Rittenhouse Row and Walnut Street (Center City Philadelphia)
Any proper big city shopping trip should start at the top of town, where ladies-who-lunch rub shoulders with ladies-on-lunch. Start at Rittenhouse Square (18th & Walnut) and hit all three floors of the Anthropologie mothership store where you'll fall in love with the kitschy aprons and coffee canisters, the bootie-sandals and wispy scarves. The multi-level Barney's Co-op is a few doors down, too. Come to Rittenhouse for the curated row of specialty boutiques you won't find anywhere else. There's Boyd's for suits, Town Home for sophisticated interior coolness, Joan Shepp for designer threads, a Lagos flagship store for their signature sterling silver couture, and the curious 18th Street Apothecary for its hip, old-fashioned pharmacy goodies. Shop-a-holics beware — we're just getting warmed up.
Open House, Verde and Doggie Style (Midtown Philadelphia)
Head east a few blocks to the eclectic boutiques that pop up near 12th and Sansom Streets, known as Midtown. Keep an eye out for gift ideas galore for you, family and even the family pet.
Reading Terminal (Center City Philadelphia)
Just a few blocks away and around City Hall at 12th and Arch Street, let your nose lead you to the mouth-watering aromas of Reading Terminal. The Terminal offers an exhilarating selection of baked goods, meats, poultry, seafood, produce, Amish specialties and crafts from around the world. Peppered throughout the market are a mix of stands and restaurants for you to explore. Be sure to find Termini Brothers BakeryÂ for a fresh-from-that-morning cannoli, and ask for extra powder.
The Shops at Liberty Place (Center City Philadelphia)
To round out the first day, head back up Chestnut Street (west) a few blocks towards the soaring mall right in the center of town. Liberty Place is a shopping oasis that's certainly not hard to miss, considering it's in two of the tallest buildings in the city. With shops like J Crew, Nine West, Ann Taylor Loft and Swarovski, it's tough not to fill your bags in one of the finest urban retail centers in the country. With all this shopping, you may be on the verge of dropping, so take a load off in the food court mezzanine. Get some rest and watch all the busy shoppers below. Then go over the day's shopping spree in your head, and start thinking about what to wear for dinner.
Philadelphia's wine, cheese and beer cafÃ©. Catch a seat outside and people watch while you sample the ever changing menu of this Philly hot-spot. Cabernet and Carmignano? Don't worry, the friendly staff will help guide you through a memorable wine, cheese and beer experience.
Rittenhouse 1775 (Philadelphia)
Located on a small quiet street in the very heart of Philadelphia's most fashionable district, it's also within walking distance to many of the city's world-class restaurants, cafes, museums and of course unique boutique shopping.