Best Places to Get Out and Shop in Philadelphia

Sharon Rigney

By , Local Expert, Philadelphia
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Philadelphia is a city that truly nurtures its homegrown talent. What that means for shoppers is that despite not being considered among the world's most fashion-forward cities, Philly is a locale where you can find one-of-a-kind treasures designed and finished right in the back of the store. What's more, this ethos applies to all genres of shopping. Beyond discovering your favorite new fashion designer, you can meet master furniture craftsmen, jewelry makers, and true artisans all of shapes and sizes, and from all types of crafts. And you can pick a neighborhood based on what you love to shop for and look at: Old City, for...  Read more »

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    Jeweler's Row

    Shoppers looking for that special piece of jewelry in Philadelphia know to visit this hotspot for one-of-a-kind pieces that shine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Visit here not only for new pieces of jewelry, but also for alterations and changes to existing items you may have."

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    King of Prussia Mall

    When it comes to shopping, there's no bigger or better place in the Philadelphia area to feed your shopping obsession.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're traveling with a non-shopper, let him/her know to bring a laptop or mobile device to take advantage of the free WiFi. "

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    9th Street Italian Market

    This little chunk of Italian South Philly is a great place to experience the old-school Philadelphia food scene.

    Local Expert Tip: "For a real insider's view of the local ethnic scene, walk a few blocks farther south down Passyunk Avenue -- past the singing fountain -- to see caged live animals in queue to be turned into food."

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    This store is a must-visit for architecture buffs, as well as shoppers. It has more than 100 years of history as a retailer.

    Local Expert Tip: "Visit during the holiday season for an array of seasonal decorations and displays, including the famous holiday light show which dates back to 1955."

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    AIA Bookstore and Design Center

    Most unique shopping venue in Philadelphia? Perhaps not, but this place is definitely worth a look for those hard-to-buy-for folks.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're into architecture and design, you should also consider touring Philadelphia's magnificent City Hall (the largest masonry structure in the world) and the traffic-stopping Masonic Temple, both of which are three blocks from the shop."

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    Historic Antique Row

    Shopping shouldn't boring, and Antique Row does a great job of keeping things fun and interesting.

    Local Expert Tip: "After you're done browsing, walk about three blocks north to Midtown Village, home to some of the best new restaurants in town."

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    Be sure to get on their mailing list, as sales here are not usually advertised.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't worry about parking, pull up to the front and a valet will do it for free."

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    Shops at Liberty Place

    Located in the heart of Center City, this shopping venue is perfect for a quick gift or to spend some downtime.

    Local Expert Tip: "In the mood for some fun? Stop by the customer service desk to find out if there are any prize give-aways taking place. "

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    The Little Apple

    Located in trendy Manayunk, The Little Apple is the perfect shop for unique gift-giving ideas.

    Local Expert Tip: "Say hello to the owner's cute little dog when you visit."

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    Shoes can make the man - or woman. For niche shoppers with an eye for footwear, this place is unbeatable.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't be intimidated if your streetwear lingo and knowledge aren't up-to-the-second -- Ubiq scores top marks for its attentive and friendly customer service."



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