Best Philadelphia, PA Shopping

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    10. Ubiq

    Founded as a sneaker boutique for those who absolutely must have the latest and rarest cult kicks, Ubiq has matured into a place for unique casual men's clothes and shoes. Partnering with brands like Vans and Puma to...

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    8. Shops at Liberty Place

    Located between the Liberty Place towers in Center City's hotel district, this sleek shopping complex offers an impressive array of over 60 retail tenants, including Fire & Ice, J. Crew, Godiva Chocolatier, Les...

    Photo courtesy of The Shops at Liberty Place
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    7. Boyds

    A landmark in the men's fashion world, the family-owned Boyds has been the clothier of choice for well-heeled men since 1938. The third (and current) generation of owners brought women's fashions to the four-story...

    Photo courtesy of Boyds
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    6. Historic Antique Row

    Billed as the city's Antique Row, Pine Street is home to numerous high-end stores and curiosity shops that cater to seasoned and novice collectors alike. But don't let the name fool you. Wedged in between the antique...

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    5. AIA Bookstore and Design Center

    You may not think a gift shop run by the American Institute of Architects to be a go-to place for shopping. But in Philadelphia it is, and when we say it's stocked with gifts for everyone, we mean it's stocked with...

    Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Center for Architecture
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    4. Macy's

    Located in the former John Wanamaker building, this store is a mainstay in the Philadelphia shopping scene. For more than 100 years, it has welcomed shoppers to the area, under several names. Housed in the building...

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    3. 9th Street Italian Market

    Billed as the oldest and largest working market in the US, historic 9th Street looks, sounds and smells more or less as it did when it was founded in the early 1900s. In those days, if you were on the quest for fresh...

    Photo courtesy of The South 9th Street Business Men's Association
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    1. Jeweler's Row

    Comprised of more than 300 stores, this is the oldest diamond district in the country, with many stores under their fifth generation of family ownership. Stores are located on Sansom Street between 7th and 8th, and...

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About Philadelphia, PA Shopping

Granted, Philadelphia's  not generally held in the same esteem as Los Angeles, Miami or New York when it comes to shopping, but maybe it should be. After all, you don't have to pay a sales tax on any clothes you purchase here, and there's a growing cadre of sought-after indie designers who are making their mark on the fashion world.  With that in mind, the city's shops are legendary for their selections of vintage clothing, particularly so on South Street, Pine Street (aka Antique Row) and in Old City. For a taste of more current fashions, there're places like King of Prussia Mall and the Shops at Liberty Place. To cultivate an avant-garde or hipster vibe, look to the eclectic shops along Liberties Walk or Piazza at Schmidts, both in Northern Liberties. For shopping of the non-sartorial kind, you'll find public market places located throughout the city, notably the Reading Terminal Market in Center City and South Philly's famous Italian Market on 9th Street.


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