Philadelphia Shopping

Shopaholics love the City of Brotherly Love for its style—funky artwork and highbrow housewares, fine jewels, and haute couture.

Indeed, Philadelphia has spawned some influential fashion retailers. The Urban Outfitters chain was born in a storefront in West Philadelphia. Its sophisticated sister, Anthropologie, also has its roots in Philadelphia. Lagos, the popular high-end jewelry line,

was founded here, and all items are still produced locally. High-fashion boutiques Joan Shepp, Knit Wit, and Elle Lauri, all in the Rittenhouse Square area, are well regarded by locals for designer clothing and accessories.

Some of the most spirited shopping in town is also pleasing to the palate. The indoor Reading Terminal Market and the outdoor Italian Market are bustling with urban dwellers buying groceries and visitors searching for the perfect Philadelphia cheesesteak. Equally welcoming is the city's quaint, cobblestone Antiques Row, the three-block stretch of Pine Street crammed with shops selling everything from estate jewelry to stained glass and vintage furniture. Also worth a trip is the Third Street Corridor in Old City, home to scads of independent, funky boutiques. In Northern Liberties, the Piazza at Schmidt's is a giant mixed-use development inspired by Rome's Piazza Navona, which houses 100,000 square feet of retail space bursting with creative entrepreneurs.

Neighborhoods are presented clockwise starting from the Old City, a commercial waterfront turned arts enclave on the Delaware River, moving south to South Philadelphia, then west to Center City and Rittenhouse Square, across the Schuylkill River to University City around the University of Pennsylvania campus, and ending in the north with Northern Liberties.

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Bario-Neal Jewelry

  • Jewelry/Accessories

Stunningly simple earrings, bracelets, and necklaces are designed and handcrafted locally at this store-workshop by two women (Anna Bario...

Benjamin Lovell

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

This small, locally based chain specializes in stylish comfort, including brands like Dansko, Naot, Clarks, La Canadienne, Uggs, and...

Blendo, Past and Present

  • Antiques/Collectibles

More like a favorite flea market than an antiques shop, the truckload of finds at Blendo is so plentiful they overflow onto the sidewalk.

Bluemercury

  • Perfume/Cosmetics

Makeup and skin-care junkies can get their fix at this sleek shop featuring products from Aqua di Parma, Bliss, Bumble & Bumble,...

Born Yesterday

  • Clothing

This shop is filled with unique clothing and toys for haute tots. Specialties include handmade goods, imported fashions, and styles not...

Bourse

  • Shopping Centers/Malls

Across the street from the Liberty Bell is the Bourse, an elegantly restored 1895 commodities exchange building. The six-story skylighted...

Boyds

  • Clothing

Beneath the royal-blue canopy and white-marble entrance, you can find the largest single-store men's clothier in the country, with nine...

Bredenbreck's Ice Cream Parlor

  • Food/Candy

The bakery half of the store is nothing to write home about, but on the ice-cream side they scoop Bassetts ice cream. If you've tried...

Brickbat Books

  • Books/Stationery

The charming, worn-in feel of this store lined with wooden shelves befits the merchandise for sale: the focus is on rare, small-press...

Brown Betty Dessert Boutique

  • Food/Candy

One of the many women-owned businesses in the nabe, Brown Betty is revered for its pineapple pound cake and for its long menu of cupcakes.

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