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Top Spots to Satisfy Your Shopping Bug in Rittenhouse Square

Shopping is a kind of therapy for many individuals. Whether or not there's a search for a specific item or for a specific recipient makes little difference. Sometimes the fun is in the browsing and in the adventure of wondering what one might find amongst the racks and shelves and displays. Many like to shop stores they've never been to before, others prefer to stop back in to a few favorites to see what's been added to the inventory, or what items have made it to the sale rack at last. No matter what shopping preferences lead the way for you and your crowd, Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square certainly has a shop or two to meet those needs. Wander into The Shops at Liberty Place for a browser's paradise, with plenty of stores and eateries to spend the better part of the day here. Men are not left out of the mix, as Boyds has long led the pack as the premier place to get quality business wear here, (and also carries items for women as well). There are also many boutiques here which carry everything from unique gift items to one-of-a-kind jewelry to candles and home decor. So take the time to indulge your passion for shopping in this terrific city destination.


This tiny specialty shop is the perfect place to treat yourself to something unique, find a thoughtful gift for that hard-to-buy-for person or just browse and enjoy. The shop prides itself in finding items not available in larger chain stores, as well as items that just speak to the more creative and interesting side of life. When you're tired of looking at the same old types of items, this place is a refreshing shopping experience. Located in upscale Rittenhouse Square area, the shop fits the locale and the clientele, and is as individual and unique as its merchandise.

If you like to bike, are interested in getting started in the sport, consider yourself a good cyclist, or simply want to pick up a gift for the rider in your life, this is the place to go. The staff here is knowledgeable in all things bike, and sell some of the best brands in the world when it comes to cycling. Get sized up and speak with someone about finding the best bike for your kind of riding or find some terrific new equipment and clothing to make your rides even better. The store is also a training center and offers coaching services to help you ease into the sport more effectively, train for a specific event, or improve your overall performance.

This location of DiBruno Brothers is their flagship locale, and offers the company's largest cheese cave, as well as a huge selection of meats and seafood. There is also a coffee bar here, as well as an upstairs cafe for dining on premises and for meeting friends for lunch. When it comes time for heading home, folks can enjoy the fact that this is a full-fledged European style marketplace offering all kinds of gourmet grocery items. Purchase what's needed for dinner tonight, or select a few new items to try. DiBruno Brothers is a well-known name in the city of Philadelphia for fresh, quality food products. Stop into this location and see for yourself how delicious the many options are.

Joan Shepp
Photo courtesy of Joan Shepp

For decades Joan Shepp has been clothing women (and now men) who refuse to be seen in anything less than the best. Featured in every fashion magazine you can think of, this boutique sells only the designer labels that cater to a discerning ladies-who-lunch crowd. Need a Givenchy Nightingale tote for tonight's corporate awards ceremony? It's on sale for $1211. You get the idea. If you want to wear what "they're" wearing, this is the place to find it. If adorning yourself in this fancy of a wardrobe is not your thing or not within your budget, feel free to stop by and plan for a day when you may want to go crazy and splurge.

Though we generally favor local shoppes over corporate chains here at 10Best, we unhesitatingly make an exception for this location of Anthropologie because it's the Philly-based company's flagship store. Housed in a restored four-story mansion topped with a stained-glass dome on a busy corner of Rittenhouse Row, the multi-level retailer is stocked with the latest and most fabulous women's and household items that Anthropologie carries. It may not be practical to buy a canopy bed while on vacation but it is definitely fun to buy a new Leifsdottir dress to make your fashionista friends back home jealous (whether you tell them you paid $398 for it is up to you!).

The ground floor of this historic and attractive building houses a variety of upscale and stylish shops. Stop by such stores as Nicole Miller, Polo Ralph Lauren, Williams Sonoma, The Walking Company and other top retail outlets to cure your shopping needs, find something lovely to wear to an upcoming event, or pick out a special gift. The building also offers dining options should the need to eat come into play while you're here. There are casual choices, as well as several upscale eateries located here that are perfect for either lunch or dinner. So shop, dine and leave feeling pretty good about a day spent here.


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 sneaks, it is still THE destination for footwear you literally won't find anywhere else, though now you can buy an everyday pair of Chinos, or a Crooks and Castles baseball jacket. There's a deep selection of vintage sports shoes and Ubiq's own line of (mostly preppy) sneakers. Fun to try on a variety of their offerings, this place is also perfect for anyone looking to finish off an outfit (or start one).

This Northern Liberties shop offers customers attractive attire and accessories with a local Philadelphia flair. There's even doggie-wear as well for the well-dressed pooch. The shop prides itself on its approach to casual clothing that also sports some personality as well as local allegiance. It's breezy and comfy, casual but not trashy, presentable but not stuffy. There are clothing options for women as well, and plenty of options for gals to shop and bring a few options home for their men. The shirts are well made with attention to detail and are not your average boxy tops. These are doggone good!

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, Loft and Aveda. Completely enclosed, the center is a pleasant escape from the weather outside (especially in the winter or the heat of summer), and helps its popularity by hosting a wide slate of special events each season. Perfect for a little (or big) treat for yourself, a loved one, or to grab a necessity, Liberty Place is clean and convenient. There's also a food court should you find yourself in need of some afternoon sustenance. Parking is available in the four-level complex located under Liberty Place.

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 boutique, and now handbags and high-heels hang not far from the tuxes, European dress shirts and cufflinks. Personal attention is de rigeur here, so don't be surprised if a formally-dressed sales person stays with you through your entire visit. Special requests and sizes are no trouble here. If you've got a special event, this is the place to guarantee your look will be top-shelf. If you get hungry, there's a sushi bar on the mezzanine.