Duration: Two days and two nights
Despite its legendary history and colonial overtones, Philadelphia's cosmopolitan taste precedes all. Marathon shopping is kind of a big deal in Philadelphia and for good reason. You'll find it all, from chic boutiques to high-end mega malls, from the see-and-be-seen streets, to the out-of-the-way treasure troves. Plus, three magical words: tax-free shopping (with world-class BYOBs and boutique hotels thrown in for good measure).
Any proper big city shopping trip should start at the top of town. Start at Rittenhouse Square (18th & Walnut) and hit all three floors of the Anthropologie® store where you'll fall in love with the kitschy aprons and coffee canisters, the bootie-sandals and wispy scarves. Come to Rittenhouse for the curated row of specialty boutiques you won't find anywhere else. There's Boyds for suits, TownHome for a sophisticated jewelry selection, Joan Shepp for designer... Read More >
This boutique offers items to design your urban home to reflect modern living. Open House's bedding suits will turn your boudoir into a trendy yet comfortable area. Brighten up your place with some new age lamps. Or maybe you just need some new house wear for in your kitchen. Open House has everything you need to make you look like a master of interior design.Read More >
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.Read More >
To round out the first day, head back up Chestnut Street a few blocks towards the soaring mall right in the center of town, Liberty Place. This shopping oasis is certainly not hard to miss, considering it's in two of the tallest buildings in the city. With shops like J. Crew®, Nine West© and Jos. A Banks Clothiers®, it's tough not to fill your bags in one of the finest urban retail centers in the country.Read More >
Specializing in women’s jewelry and accessories, Verde carries a selection of clothing and items for the home. The shop has all the things that make you happy including flowers, chocolates, purses and jewelry.Read More >
For more than nine years, Doggie Style stores have been bringing the Philadelphia area the finest in pet fashion and supplies. Pet lovers can get all the pet basics along with the fanciest pet pampering accessories.Read More >
Philadelphia's wine, cheese and beer bar. 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.Read More >
This chic brasserie offers traditional bistro fare in a charming and comfortable space. Located in Rittenhouse Square, Parc pays tribute to French cafÃ© culture, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Enjoy classic onion soup, escargots, steak frites and pleateus de fruits de mer.Read More >
Since 1930, Pat’s King of Steaks has been offering the classic Philadelphia Cheesesteak. Located in South Philly, visitors can enjoy a sandwich from the original founder of the cheesesteak.Read More >
Since 1966 Geno’s Steaks has been a leading competitor for the best cheesesteak in Philadelphia. Enjoy a thinly sliced rib-eye steak, melted cheese, oven-fresh bread along with Joe’s choice of hot sauce for a mouth-watering lunch.Read More >
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.Read More >
Centrally located just 15 minutes from Center City, Manayunk offers an urban experience with small town charm, with shops including the modern designs of Nadeau to trendy boutiques and one-off jewelry stores. We like Dwelling for magazine-spread interior goods (you can have them shipped home). Head over to Remix to see if they have all the premier luxury brands you're looking for at a fraction of the price. Visit Main Street Music for a stroll through a last-century dinosaur:... Read More >
Head toward Valley Forge in King of Prussia where you'll find the largest, most luxurious mall on the East Coast. Here you'll be able to find the best of the best in shopping. Hermes, Neiman Marcus©, Mont Blanc™, Tiffany & Co.®, and Cartier®, along with not-in-every-mall stores like Pottery Barn Kids®, Williams Sonoma Home©, Urban Outfitters® and more. In case you thought King of Prussia didn't have everything you were looking for, the... Read More >
Located in historic Bucks County, just an hour outside of Center City Philadelphia, this village offers charming colonial-style buildings, award-winning gardens and distinctive Bucks County shopping. For more than 50 years, visitors have followed the winding brick pathways to experience exceptional dining, unique boutiques and family fun.Read More >
Head 45 minutes west of the city to enjoy premium shopping at discounted prices. With over 150 outlet stores including Calvin Klein®, Coach©, Banana Republic®, and Last Call by Neiman Marcus©, this center has something for everyone.Read More >
This find dining experience focuses on seafood and steaks. With an ever evolving wine list and a menu to match it's a great place to relax after a long day of shopping. The best time to enjoy Creed's is on Fridays or Saturdays for live entertainment at the piano bar.Read More >
Hungry? Try dining and drinking in history at the Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant. The transformed mill now features sushi, stone-oven pizza and of course, premium crafts created in the new state-of-the-art brew house. Pick from multiple dining rooms and bars ready to cater to your every whim.Read More >
Spend a restful night in Valley Forge with a name you know and trust. Just think — you in the lap of luxury, just a musket shot away from where George Washington had his troops munching on Pepperpot stew.Read More >
Philadelphia Magic Gardens
To experience the eclectic flavor of the infamous South Street, hop on over to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. Not your traditional masterpiece, the gardens take the shape of artist’s Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic sculpture. It spans half a block and is full of hand-made tiles, glittering mirrors, bicycle wheels and folk art statues - a work of art you won’t want to miss. Mosey back to Old City afterwards for a chance to warm up.
Walnut Street Theatre
First opened in 1809, the Walnut Street Theatre is the oldest in the country. Stars from every era of American theatre have graced its stage including the Marx Brothers, Marlon Brando, and Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner. Become a subscriber to join more than 55,000 season ticket holders and watch a performance at the most subscribed theatre company in the world!
Blue Cross RiverRink
Philadelphia’s only outdoor ice rink provides a beautiful backdrop to one of winter’s favorite pastimes. With spectacular views of the Delaware River waterfront and the Ben Franklin Bridge, ice skaters will enjoy making laps around this rink. If you get a little too chilly, head in to the clubhouse for pizza, hot chocolate and arcade games.
Betsy Ross House
To get an inside peek into the woman who created our Stars and Stripes, meander over to the Betsy Ross House a few blocks away. This historic home is full of artifacts and stories interpreting the life of Betsy Ross. Don’t duck out before you get a full audio tour or a chance to witness an 18th century musical performance.