Best Places to Shop in Philadelphia
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 neighborhoods 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 like the King of Prussia Mall, one of the largest malls in the country.
Read on for all of the best places to shop in and around Philadelphia.
Malls and Main Streets of Philadelphia’s Countryside
Second and Third Streets in Old City
Benjamin Franklin’s former ’hood — the heart of Philadelphia’s Historic District — is rich in both history and retail. The shopping heart of the area is found on Second and Third streets, from Market to Race streets, where converted industrial buildings cater to a fashion- and design-forward clientele.
Second Street in Northern Liberties
Just north of Old City, Northern Liberties is home to art pioneers and young professionals, and the many shops that fit their needs. Visitors can find most of what they need along Second Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden Street, including vintage furniture, handcrafted jewelry and charming gift shops — all scattered between the taprooms, BYOBs and cafes that fill the area.
13th Street in Midtown Village & The Gayborhood
The stretch of 13th Street from Chestnut to Locust streets in Midtown Village & The Gayborhood 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.