SHOPPING & DINING
Center City Philadelphia has several great shopping districts, from Antique Row on Pine Street to high-end boutiques in Rittenhouse Square to artsy Old City. And it's hard to walk one block anywhere without passing a great spot for lunch or dinner (The Washington Post just ranked us #6 on its list of "best food cities" in the country). Below are some of our favorites.
Stroll down Pine Street between 9th and Broad for art, antiques, and eclectic shops like hidden jewelry mecca Halloween (1), Omoi Zakka's (2) chic Japanese wares, and the country's oldest LGBT bookstore, Giovanni's Room (3). Good eats abound: Giorgio on Pine (4) has gluten-free pizza, and Mixto (5) serves amazing paella, including a vegan version, and fresh fruit drinks.
Bounded roughly by Chestnut, Broad, Walnut, and 20th Streets, the Rittenhouse neighborhood is upscale retail heaven. The intersection of 18th and Chestnut Streets is home to local favorites Boyd's (6), Joan Shepp (7), Di Bruno Bros. (8), Benjamin Lovell Shoes (9), and the 200-year-old Freeman's Auction House (10). Rittenhouse Square hosts the Rittenhouse Square Farmers' Market (11) (Sat 10am-2pm), a perfect spot for a snack break.
Visit 3rd Street between Market and Race Streets for vintage clothing shops as well as Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (12), showcasing art, clothing, furnishings, and specialty spirits by local artisans.
Historic Reading Terminal Market (13) offers any culinary treat you could ever want, all under one roof: crêpes, smoothies, freshly-baked apple dumplings, locally smoked fish, salty licorice, baklava, cheese counters galore, and tons of the best local produce. Open Monday-Saturday 8am-6pm and Sunday 9am-5pm. Go early to avoid the crowds.