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A Philadelphia Shopping Guide - Independent Boutiques and International Brands

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Philadelphia’s shopping scene reflects the diversity and character of each of its neighborhoods. With its markets and independent shops, Old City emphasizes small and local: handmade crafts, boutique fashions, and artisan foods. Rittenhouse Square’s elegant retail row offers haute couture and luxury goods, while the huge King of Prussia Mall, a 30-minute drive from Center City, features international brands and department stores.

Rittenhouse Square


Just off this historic square, the stretch of Walnut Street from 19th to Broad tempts fashionistas with high-end chains like Barney’s New York and Intermix, as well as one-off boutiques. On the parallel Chestnut Street corridor stands Philadelphia’s own haute department store Boyd’s - think Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Escada, and Paul Smith. From here, you can stroll towards Broad Street for cosmetics, accessories, Japanese sweaters, and children’s clothes. When your arms need a break, pop into DiBruno Bros. for a coffee and a gourmet treat.


  • Boyd’s, 1818 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103; Tel: +1 215 564 9000; Website: Boyd’s

  • DiBruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103; Tel: +1 215 665 9220; Website: DiBruno Bros.

Center City East


On this side of City Hall, the storefronts grow smaller and more specialized. Antiques Row dominates Pine Street between 9th and 13th, with Amish needlepoint samplers, French furniture, and vintage kitchenware. On the Midtown Village corridor of 13th Street, you can browse Open House’s sleek gifts and Duross and Langel’s natural soaps. Design buffs can scour the shelves at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) gift shop for books, prints, and furnishings. Edible delights at Reading Terminal Market include Amish baked goods along with locally made fruit butters, artisan chocolates, and wine.


  • Open House, 107 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107; Tel: +1 215 922 1415; Website: Open House

  • American Institute of Architects, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107; Tel: +1 215 569 3188; Website: American Institute of Architects


Old City


Urbane boutiques line the cobblestone streets of the city’s gallery district, and edgy style thrives. Wander down 2nd and 3rd streets between Race and Market to uncover mid-century modern furniture at Mode Moderne, along with new and vintage women’s fashions at Vagabond. For a fun, historical treat, you can visit Shane Confectionery, a sweet shop where staff dress in period costume and serve up toy candy, hand-dipped chocolates, and seasonal goodies.


  • Mode Moderne, 159 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106; Tel: +1 215 627 0299; Website: Mode Moderne

  • Shane Confectionery, 110 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106; Tel: +1 215 922 1048; Website: Shane Confectionery


Chestnut Hill


A 12-mile train ride from Center City, Chestnut Hill offers retail pleasures and a small-town ambiance. Along the cobblestone thoroughfare of Germantown Avenue, you’ll find global crafts, flowers, antiques, jewelry, and all manner of clothing. The vintage prints at Philadelphia Print Shop and preppy fashions at Quelque Chose exemplify the traditional character of this village, while the fresh looks at Style Camp and the mod housewares at Hipster Home represent its newer, more contemporary face.


  • Quelque Chose, 8437 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118; Tel: +1 215 248 6022; Website: Quelque Chose

  • Style Camp, 8433 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118; Tel: +1 215 242 3108; Website: Style Camp


Shopping tips


Clothing in Philadelphia - as in all of Pennsylvania - is tax free. Many small boutiques don’t open until 11 AM, so plan accordingly.