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The Best Places to Shop in Philadelphia

There’s plenty to peruse — and clothing and shoes are tax-free!

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Old City Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
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Philadelphia — with that lovely, state-wide law that keeps clothing and shoes tax-free — is the perfect destination for those looking to spend the day shopping.

In neighborhood pockets all over the city, residents and visitors alike find a plethora of boutique shops, big-name brands, vintage vendors and more.

Plus, as a city of makers and shakers, Philly brings opportunities to meet up-and-coming designers and purchase finds that no one else will own.

Just outside of the city, numerous day-trip-worthy experiences exist as well, including charming and quaint towns lined with independent shops and mega malls, including the King of Prussia Mall, one of the largest malls in the country.

Read on for all of the best places to go shopping in and around Philadelphia.

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Rittenhouse Row

Shops, restaurants, boutiques, galleries, bars and more

Shoppoing on Walnut Avenue Shoppoing on Walnut Avenue
— Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Between the swanky high-rises, charming brownstones and Rittenhouse Square (one of Philly’s most popular parks), shoppers can find a reliable smattering of national and international retailers. Known as Rittenhouse Row, the area is one of the best places in Philly to wander around outdoors while stopping to pop in one store after the next.

Where: Rittenhouse Row, 1831 Chestnut Street

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13th Street in Midtown Village

13th and Locust street shopping 13th and Locust street shopping
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The stretch of 13th Street from Locust to Chestnut streets in Midtown Village is home to some of the city’s best restaurants, nightspots and gift shops — many of which stay open late to accommodate last-minute purchases or post-dinner treats.

Where: 13th Street in Midtown Village, 13th and Locust streets

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Jewelers' Row

Just steps from The Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall is the country’s oldest diamond district, Jewelers’ Row. Dozens of vendors populate the blocks around 7th and Sansom streets, which has created a longstanding, gold-standard go-to for happy couples in search of a ring.

Where: Jewelers' Row, S. 7th and Sansom street

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University City

People shopping in University City People shopping in University City
— Photo by C. Gabello for Visit Philadelphia

Catering to the college crowd that fills the area, University City houses trendy stores like Urban Outfitters, American Apparel and The Gap. You’ll also find bicycle shops, running shoe stores, bookshops and more, making shopping more convenient than ever.

Where: University City, 3500 Market Street

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Northern Liberties

People shopping in Northern Liberties People shopping in Northern Liberties
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Just north of Old City, the burgeoning Northern Liberties neighborhood mixes art pioneers with modern apartment-dwelling professionals. Here, find everything from vintage retailers to handcrafted jewelry outlets to independent boutiques, scattered between the taprooms, BYOBs and cafes that fill the area.

Where: Northern Liberties, 400 Spring Garden Street

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East Passyunk

East Passyunk shops East Passyunk shops
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Stretching diagonally between South Street and South Broad Street, East Passyunk Avenue is where well-established Italian-American heritage meets newbie hipsters. Shopping, which also pairs old-school and brand-new, begins south of The Italian Market, where shops sell items ranging from suits to made-in-Philly baby apparel to jewelry.

Where: East Passyunk Avenue, Passyunk Square

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Old City

Old city shopping Old city shopping
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Benjamin Franklin’s former ’hood — home to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Christ Church, Elfreth’s Alley and more — is rich in both history and retail. The shopping heart of the area is found on 2nd and 3rd streets, from Market to Race streets, where converted industrial buildings cater to a fashion- and design-forward clientele.

Where: Old City, Race and N. 3rd streets

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South Street

Philadelphia’s famous street bustles with restaurants, galleries and a whole lot more

View of South Street View of South Street
— Photo by Kevin Gilper for South Street District

Along South Street, visitors and residents, teenagers and adults, preppies and punk rockers, artists and attorneys all mix seamlessly together. The collection of stores that line the street is equally eclectic, ranging from clothing boutiques to vintage furniture outlets to hat shops and more.

Where: South Street, 301 South Street

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Chestnut Hill

Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Cobblestoned Germantown Avenue runs through the heart of Chestnut Hill, a tree-lined, northwestern neighborhood. It’s here that shoppers can find vendors of sporting goods, hardware, cameras and art residing next to a scattering of small boutiques.

Where: Chestnut Hill, Germantown Avenue

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Main Street Manayunk

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— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Main Street in Manayunk is lined with a strip of quaint, canal-facing historic buildings. Over the years, many of these have been transformed into trendy boutiques, chic restaurants and happening bars, creating a fun spot to spend the afternoon shopping and walking around.

Where: Main Street Manayunk, Main Street

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Kennett Square

Shoppers in Kennett Square Shoppers in Kennett Square
— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Known as the “Mushroom Capital of the World,” Kennett Square offers plenty of shopping opportunities and fantastic dining experiences that go beyond portobellos and shiitakes. Wander down State Street for crafts, specialty shops and mushroom-related gifts before relaxing inside one of the area’s restaurants.

Where: Kennett Square, Baltimore Pike and Union Street, Kennett Square

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New Hope

Shoppers in New Hope Shoppers in New Hope
— Photo courtesy Visit Bucks County

Nestled along the Delaware River, New Hope is a quaint, creative community just an hour drive from downtown Philadelphia. Here, spend the day taking in the town’s charming riverside views and walking its streets, lined with local arts and crafts, boutique shops and antique dealers.

Where: New Hope, E. Bridge and S. Main streets

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West Chester

Shoppers in West Chester Shoppers in West Chester
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The tree-lined streets around West Chester University are for more than just the college crowd. A day-trip worthy destination, the area holds plenty of brewpubs and cafes, bistros and specialty fooderies alongside not-to-be-missed boutiques and antique vendors.

Where: West Chester, 700 S. High Street, West Chester

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King of Prussia Mall

One of the largest malls in the U.S.

Shoppers at King of Prussia Mall Shoppers at King of Prussia Mall
— Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

As one of the largest shopping malls in the entire country(!), the King of Prussia Mall holds more a number of department stores alongside 400-plus stores, boutiques and restaurants. Find a nice mix of luxury, budget-friendly, national and international brands, as well as stores that cannot be found elsewhere in the region — all located just a 20-minute drive from Philadelphia.

Where: King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia

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Reading Terminal Market

America’s oldest farmers’ market

Shoppers at Reading Terminal Market Shoppers at Reading Terminal Market
— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

For a food shopping paradise, don’t miss the Reading Terminal Market, the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Established in 1892, the one-stop shop houses everything from local produce and meat to artisanal cheeses and raved-about donuts and other incredibly delicious desserts. It’s also home to the “best sandwich in America” – DiNic’s roast pork.

Where: Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch streets

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Macy's Center City

Located in the historic Wanamaker building, Macy’s Center City is one of Philadelphia’s top shopping destinations with more than 100 years of retail history. Recognized as one of the most architecturally significant retail spaces in the U.S. and a National Historical Landmark, Macy’s is a must-visit destination for shoppers and history buffs alike.

Where: Macy's Center City, 1300 Market Street

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Century 21

Philadelphia is the first city outside the New York metropolitan area to have access to Century 21, a massive haven for affordable fashion. Located in Market East, the 100,000-square-foot retail space can easily fill up an afternoon with priceless deal searching.

Where: Century 21, 821 Market Street

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The Shops at Liberty Place

More than 55 popular shops and restaurants in an urban setting

Shops at Liberty Place interior Shops at Liberty Place interior
— Photo courtesy Shops at Liberty Place

Located in the middle of Center City’s shopping district, The Shops at Liberty Place feature more than 55 shops and restaurants in a chic, urban setting. With popular spots like Bloomingdale’s, Victoria’s Secret, LOFT and The Body Shop, The Shops at Liberty Place have everything you need — in one place.

Where: The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut Street

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Peddler’s Village

Charming countryside village just one hour from Philadelphia

People outside in Peddler's Village People outside in Peddler's Village
— Photo by A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia

Peddler’s Village offers small town, colonial charm just one hour from Center City Philadelphia. Explore 65 independently owned and operated specialty shops, six restaurants, a 71-room inn, family-friendly attractions and exciting annual events.

Where: Peddler’s Village, 41 Peddler's Village Road, Lahaska

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Suburban Square

Upscale outdoor shopping — with a farmers’ market

Suburban Square in Ardmore Suburban Square in Ardmore
— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Ardmore’s Suburban Square is a pedestrian-friendly, upscale outdoor shopping center that serves as one of the Main Line’s high-end shopping destinations. The open-air mall also sits next to the Ardmore Farmers’ Market and a curated lineup of eating options.

Where: Suburban Square, Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore

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Philadelphia Premium Outlets

Premier shopping destination in Philadelphia and the Countryside

Shoppers at Philadelphia Premium Outlets Shoppers at Philadelphia Premium Outlets
— Photo courtesy Philadelphia Premium Outlets

Located just 35 miles northwest of Center City, the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick feature more than 150 designer and brand-name outlet stores in an astounding 425,000-square-foot outdoor space.

Where: Philadelphia Premium Outlets, 18 W. Lightcap Road, Limerick

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Philadelphia Mills Mall

New name for favorite discount shopping destination

Philadelphia Mills exterior Philadelphia Mills exterior
— Photo courtesy Philadelphia Mills

Formerly known as Franklin Mills, Philadelphia Mills is the “Landmark of the Discount Shopper,” offering bargain-hunters top designer names at up to 60 percent off the normal ticketed price. Located in Bucks County, the 1.7-million-square-foot space is just 15 miles from Center City.

Where: Philadelphia Mills Mall, 1455 Franklin Mills Circle

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Rittenhouse Row
13th Street in Midtown Village
Jewelers' Row
University City
Northern Liberties
East Passyunk
Old City
South Street
Chestnut Hill
Main Street Manayunk
Kennett Square
New Hope
West Chester
King of Prussia Mall
Reading Terminal Market
Macy's Center City
Century 21
The Shops at Liberty Place
Peddler’s Village
Suburban Square
Philadelphia Premium Outlets
Philadelphia Mills Mall
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