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The 10Best Places to Get Out and Shop in Philadelphia

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 instance, is great for art galleries and cutting-edge and vintage boutiques; Walnut Row in Rittenhouse Square is where you'll find the fashions the fashionistas can't live without, and Antique Row is a paradise for antique collectors and shelter mavens. Plus, as an added bonus, here in Pennsylvania, you pay no sales tax on clothing. So when the retail bug hits you, take a trip out of town a bit and hit up a sprawling complex like King of Prussia Mall for a huge spread of offerings. If a smaller venue closer to the city is what you're looking for, a place such as The Little Apple may be what suits you. Either way, this city is sure to have a shop or two for everyone!



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 create special lines of...  Read More



Located in the Manayunk section of the city, this quaint little shop offers a great opportunity to browse, or happen upon the perfect gift. They carry everything from cards and jewelry to vintage and repurposed home goods. Cute soaps, books,...  Read More

Shops at Liberty Place
Photo courtesy of The 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 Richards, Victoria's Secret,...  Read More

Chestnut Hill


It can often be a drag to go shopping and find that shops carry similar things, or things that just don't seem all that original or exciting. Enter Roots in lovely little Chestnut Hill that aims to displace that boring shopping dilemma. This...  Read More

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 stores here are furniture...  Read More

AIA Bookstore and Design Center
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Center for Architecture


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 gifts for EVERYONE. Richly...  Read More

Reading Terminal Market


First opened in 1892, the Reading Terminal Market is a great place for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack. Just about any time of the day is perfect for a bite or two from this incredible culinary mecca. Several restaurants serve a full...  Read More

King Of Prussia
King of Prussia Mall


Home to more 400 stores, boutiques and restaurants, King of Prussia Mall is one of the country's largest shopping centers. Recognized as the East Coast's premier shopping destination, this upscale retail complex is anchored by well-known...  Read More

9th Street Italian Market
Photo courtesy of The South 9th Street Business Men's Association


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 cheese, pastries, herbs,...  Read More



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 on 8th Street between Chestnut...  Read More