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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Baker Street Bread

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Cross the street if you don't want to get lured inside by the enticing aromas of fresh-baked artisanal breads and pastries at this small...

Bredenbreck's Ice Cream Parlor

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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...

Brown Betty Dessert Boutique

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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.

Cardenas Oil & Vinegar Taproom

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You’ve seen shops like Cardenas Oil & Vinegar Taproom in small-town downtowns all across the country. At this Italian Market shop,...

Di Bruno Bros

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There are three locations to tempt the palate—the original one in the Italian Market and the hipper ones in Rittenhouse Square and...

Di Bruno Bros

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This is the original location of the famed cheese shop; the other, larger stores are in Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square West.

Green Aisle Grocery

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Food writer Adam Erace and his brother Andrew curate a selection of local, organic, and gourmet foods in their tiny 260-square-foot market...

House of Tea

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This small shop feels timeless with its wood floors, wood counter, and built-in wood cubbies holding large brass tins of loose-leaf teas...

Metropolitan Bakery

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This Philadelphia institution was founded on the principle of artisanal baking, which explains why its loaves have such an intense flavor...

Premium Steap

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This tiny tea-lover's paradise stocks a bevy of rare loose-leaf teas (Papaya Pineapple Green Tea; Earl Gray Lavender) in brass canisters...


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