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Shopping in Philadelphia is really fun. Both in Center City and its periphery, there exists something for everybody.Department Store
Macy's Department Store in the historic John Wanamaker’s building at 13th & Market Streets is Philadelphia's only remaining department store. It has a great, multi-story atrium, where the world's largest continually operating pipe organ resonates when concerts are held there, and just walking through the store evokes a sense of eras past.
Rittenhouse Square: Updscale shopping
Old City: Art, Design and Fashion
Shop Old City Philadelphia for award-winning independent boutiques, art galleries and furniture showrooms. Experience the 'old-world' charm this historic and residential neighborhood has to offer. For locals, business travelers and general tourists alike this area showcases the best Philadelphia has to offer in its enduring entrepreneurial spirit.
This area supplements your shopping experience with plenty of restaraunts, cafes and boutique hotels. Specifically visit the 3rd Street Corridor along 3rd street from Chestnut to Race streets for a collection of great shops in America's first neighborhood.
Jewelry, Antiques & Fabrics
If you’re jewelry shopping, don’t miss Jeweler’s Row, located in the area around 8th & Sansom Streets - literally hundreds of shops here, and lots of diamonds. For antique shoppers, go to Pine Street between 9th & Broad Streets, and savor the amazing collections you will see. And, for a unique Row, how about Fabric Row, on 4th Street from South to Catherine Streets. Every kind of fabric imaginable, plus all sorts of trims, buttons, and notions can be found here.
In the more eclectic category, take a jaunt along South Street between Front and 10th Streets, for a young, funky, punky kind of shopping experience.
There are two special markets in the city that absolutely should not be missed. First is Reading Terminal Market, at 51 North 12th Street, where aisle after aisle of food specialties and crafts lure your senses; a very lively place. It is one of the oldest farmer’s markets in the country. On Wednesdays through Saturdays, the Market gets even bigger, with the addition of many Pennsylvania Dutch merchants. They offer reasonably priced, traditional PA Dutch fare, much of which is packaged suitably for packing in your suitcase.
Second is the Italian Market, a little south of Center City on 9th Street, between Wharton & Fitzwater Streets. Here you can find all kinds of cheeses, breads, meats - it is one of the nation’s oldest outdoor markets. It is more of an international market now, featuring Italian, Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian, and Mexican stores. The number of shops featuring fresh ingredients has decliend over the last several years, in favor of pre-packaged and canned goods.
In Center City, the Gallery at Market East, 900-1000 Market Street,is currently closed and is being redevloped into an outelt mall. Another choice is the King of Prussia Mall on 160 North Gulph Road in King of Prussia, with over 400 retail stores. Drive there or take SEPTA bus #124 or #125. Two outlet malls are also drivable from the city. Philadelphia Premium Outlets in LImerick and Franklin Mills in Northeast Philadelphia. Note that the outlet malls generally do not offer better prices than a regular department store, and generally are stocked wil out-of-fashion items, and /or items created specifically to sell out the outlets. The main advantage of the outlets is the ability to find odd sizes.
A couple other shopping excursions worthy of mention are Chestnut Hill and Manayunk, both found on the northwestern arms of Philadelphia. Main Street Manayunk is a lined with many craft shops, boutiques & bars eateries, and attracts a 20 something crowd. Chestnut Hill, along the 7600-8700 blocks of Germantown, offers a quaint array of antique, clothing, & home shops in a colonial setting.
Have fun, and happy shopping! Most clothing is TAX FREE!