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The Best Places to Shop in Philadelphia

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

Peddler's Village Photo by Paul Boger Photography

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.

Note: This article was last updated on September 16, 2019.
01

Second and Third Streets in Old City

Shopping in Old City, Philadelphia Shopping in Old City, Philadelphia
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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.

Where: Second & Third streets between Race & Market streets

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Second Street in Northern Liberties

People walk by outdoor tables in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia People walk by outdoor tables in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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.

Where: Second Street between Germantown Avenue & Spring Garden Street

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13th Street in Midtown Village & The Gayborhood

People carry shopping bags on 13th Street in Philadelphia's Gayborhood People carry shopping bags on 13th Street in Philadelphia's Gayborhood
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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.

Where: 13th Street between Chestnut & Locust streets

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Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia

Shopping on Baltimore Avenue in Philadelphia Shopping on Baltimore Avenue in Philadelphia
— Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Small and local is the dominant theme along Baltimore Avenue , the leafy commercial corridor that connects Cedar Park, Spruce Hill and University City . After filling up at one of the many restaurants , shoppers can pop into stores for parenting needs, stationery supplies, novelty gifts and housewares, and visit avenue anchors like Curio Theatre Company, Dock Street Brewery and Firehouse Bicycles. The twice-yearly Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll draws businesses out onto the sidewalk offering major deals on food, crafts and more for just $1.

Where: Baltimore Avenue between 40th & 50th streets

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05

East Market Street

People shopping at Century 21 in Philadelphia People shopping at Century 21 in Philadelphia
— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

East Market Street connects Philadelphia’s Historic District with Center City, all within view of City Hall. The retail and food hub is centered near 11th and 12th streets, with national and regional brands offering affordable shopping. The 100,000-square-foot deal-centric department store Century 21 anchors the east end of the corridor at Eight Street, and Macy’s Center City at 13th Street Street serves as the western bookend.

Where: Market Street between 8th & 13th streets

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East Passyunk Avenue

Shopping on East Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia Shopping on East Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Stretching diagonally between South Street and South Broad Street, East Passyunk Avenue is where the neighborhood’s Italian-American heritage, young professionals and immigrant communities from Latin America and Asian countries come together. Shopping, which also pairs old-school and brand-new, begins south of The South 9th Street Italian Market , where shops sell suits, made-in-Philly baby apparel, jewelry and more.

Where: East Passyunk Avenue between Ninth & Broad streets

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07

Fashion District Philadelphia

Interior of the Fashion District in Philadelphia Interior of the Fashion District in Philadelphia
— Photo by S. Wink for Visit Philadelphia

Fashion District Philadelphia made its highly anticipated debut in fall 2019, transforming the former Gallery mall on East Market Street into a light-filled fashion and entertainment hub. Stores in the revamped mall , accessible at street level and from SEPTA ’s Jefferson Station, include fast-fashion favorites, established brands and a one-stop-shop where visitors can pick up items from Philly makers.

Where: Fashion District Philadelphia, Main Entrance at Ninth & Market streets

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08

Frankford and Girard Avenues in Fishtown

People walk down Girard Avenue in Fishtown, Philadelphia People walk down Girard Avenue in Fishtown, Philadelphia
— Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The densely populated Delaware River waterfront neighborhood of Fishtown has an abundance of restaurants , as well as two bustling commercial corridors. Girard Avenue from Interstate 95 to Front Street is home to many established businesses and vintage shops, while the more recently developed Frankford Avenue offers local boutiques and independent galleries in addition to a popular outpost of the Philadelphia-based coffee roasting corporation La Colombe .

Where: Centered at Frankford & Girard avenues

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Germantown Avenue in Northwest Philadelphia

Shoppers in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia Shoppers in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
— Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill Pa

Cobblestone streets, old trolley tracks and looming trees add to the charm of Germantown Avenue, which winds through the neighborhoods of Germantown , Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill . Shoppers can tuck into a local cafe, browse bookstores small and large, get sweets at a bakeshop, and bring the kids to an indoor playhouse.

Where: Germantown Avenue between Logan Street & Chestnut Hill Avenue

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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 Seventh and Sansom streets, which has created a longstanding, gold-standard go-to for happy couples in search of rings.

Where: Jewelers' Row, Seventh & Sansom streets

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Rittenhouse Row

Shopping on Walnut Street in Philadelphia Shopping on Walnut Street in Philadelphia
— Photo by M. Fischetti 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 around Chestnut and Walnut streets near the park is one of the best places in Philly to wander around outdoors while stopping to pop in one store after the next, be it an independent retailer or a local outpost of a top brand.

Where: Rittenhouse Row near 18th & Chestnut streets

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Main Street Manayunk

Shoppers on Main Street in Manayunk, Philadelphia Shoppers on Main Street in Manayunk, Philadelphia
— 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 between Shurs & Green lanes

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Philadelphia Mills Mall

Formerly known as Franklin Mills, Philadelphia Mills is a bargain-hunter’s dream, offering top designer names at up to 60 percent off the normal ticketed price across 150 stores. Located in Northeast Philadelphia, the 1.7-million-square-foot space is just 15 miles from Center City .

Where: Philadelphia Mills, 1455 Franklin Mills Circle

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The Shops at Liberty Place

People take a break from shopping in the atrium at The Shops at Liberty Place in Philadelphia People take a break from shopping in the atrium at The Shops at Liberty Place in Philadelphia
— Photo courtesy The 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 Victoria’s Secret and The Body Shop, and outlets of LOFT and Bloomingdale’s, The Shops at Liberty Place offer some of the most sought-after mall brands in the heart of the city.

Where: The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut Street

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South Street

Shoppers on South Street in Philadelphia Shoppers on South Street in Philadelphia
— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Along South Street , visitors and residents, teenagers and adults, preppies and punk rockers, artists and attorneys all mix seamlessly together. The collection of stores between Headhouse Square and the Graduate Hospital neighborhood is equally eclectic, offering clothing boutiques, vintage furniture, hat shops, small galleries and more.

Where: South Street between the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers

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More Shops for Menswear in Philadelphia

People try on sneakers at Lapstone & Hammer in Philadelphia People try on sneakers at Lapstone & Hammer in Philadelphia
Lapstone & Hammer — Photo by Visit Philadelphia

Style-wise, most major cities are melting pots — and Philadelphia is no different. The city offers a wardrobe full of top-notch menswear shops with attire for every personality and occasion. Shoppers can get dapper at Boyds, scope out rare finds at Lapstone & Hammer, snag mint condition items at Briar Vintage, or head to the Mitchell & Ness flagship store for new and reissued team apparel.

Where: Various locations including Lapstone & Hammer, 1106 Chestnut Street

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More Shops for Womenswear in Philadelphia

Women shopping at Joan Shepp. Women shopping at Joan Shepp.
Joan Shepp — Photo by Visit Philly

Independent storefronts fit naturally into the city’s fabric; their size and spirit thrive amid similarly independent restaurants, bars and cafes in close-knit neighborhoods. When it comes to outfitting the ladies, Philadelphia’s indie shops offer some of the best finds and latest trends. Shoppers can browse the size-inclusive clothing at Alice Alexander in East Falls; check out luxury streetwear from Milano di Rouge, which has styled Cardi B, Meek Mill and other famous performers; and find limited-edition sneakers at Ubiq.

Where: Various locations including Alice Alexander, 4056 Ridge Avenue

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Gay Street in West Chester

People shopping in West Chester, Pennsylvania People shopping in West Chester, Pennsylvania
— 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: Centered at Gay & High streets, West Chester

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King of Prussia Mall

Women shopping at King of Prussia Mall Women shopping at King of Prussia Mall
— Photo courtesy Simon Property Group

As one of the largest shopping malls in the entire country (!), the King of Prussia Mall is home to a number of department stores as well as more than 400 retailers, boutiques and restaurants. Shoppers can enjoy 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 less than 20 miles from Center City .

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

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Main Street in New Hope

Family shopping in New Hope, Pennsylvania Family shopping in New Hope, Pennsylvania
— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Nestled along the Delaware River, New Hope is a quaint, creative community just an hour from Center City Philadelphia. Here, shoppers 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: Centered at South Main Street & East Bridge Street, New Hope

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Peddler’s Village

People carry shopping bags in Peddler's Village outside Philadelphia People carry shopping bags in Peddler's Village outside Philadelphia
— Photo by Paul Boger

Peddler’s Village offers small-town colonial charm with 60 independently owned and operated specialty shops that line winding brick walkways. A handful of restaurants, a quaint inn and an exciting festival lineup give shoppers a reason to visit year-round.

Where: Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope

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Philadelphia Premium Outlets

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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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State Street in 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: Centered at South Union Street & State Street, Kennett Square

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Suburban Square

Shoppers wander through Ardmore's outdoor retail destination, Suburban Square Shoppers wander through Ardmore's outdoor retail destination, Suburban Square
— 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, 602 Coulter Avenue, Ardmore

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Second and Third Streets in Old City
Second Street in Northern Liberties
13th Street in Midtown Village & The Gayborhood
Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia
East Market Street
East Passyunk Avenue
Fashion District Philadelphia
Frankford and Girard Avenues in Fishtown
Germantown Avenue in Northwest Philadelphia
Jewelers' Row
Rittenhouse Row
Main Street Manayunk
Philadelphia Mills Mall
The Shops at Liberty Place
South Street
More Shops for Menswear in Philadelphia
More Shops for Womenswear in Philadelphia

Malls and Main Streets of Philadelphia's Countryside

Gay Street in West Chester
King of Prussia Mall
Main Street in New Hope
Peddler’s Village
Philadelphia Premium Outlets
State Street in Kennett Square
Suburban Square
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