Fashionistas should pack light when traveling to Philadelphia—clothes and shoes are tax-free. Plus, the city offers plenty of options for amazing places to show off new outfits.
Serious shoppers start their day at MACY’S. Located in the historic Wanamaker Building, Macy’s isn’t just a shopping destination—the landmark building is an architectural gem known for its impressive Grand Court, bronze bald eagle statue and restored 1904 organ (one of the largest in the world). Across Market Street, the brand-new FASHION DISTRICT PHILADELPHIA spans three city blocks with a variety of retailers, multiple dining concepts and art installations in a well-curated one-of-a-kind shopping destination.
Browse along Chestnut Street to check out the many options at THE SHOPS AT LIBERTY PLACE. The premier shopping district in the city, RITTENHOUSE ROW is where stylish boutiques abound, like JOAN SHEPP, with designer women’s clothing, shoes and handbags. Check out the men’s and women’s designer fashions at BOYDS, which was dubbed “The Last Great Clothing Store” by The New York Times.
On a sunny day, there is arguably no better place to lunch than PARC, a Parisian-style bistro with outdoor seating on the edge of Rittenhouse Square. Diners enjoy gazing off into the park while sipping rosé and noshing on Salade Lyonnaise. Close by, A.KITCHEN+BAR serves up scrumptious and creative American fare, much of it cooked on an open grill, and offers one of the best wine lists in Philadelphia. Read More: Philadelphia’s Essential Eats
Home to one of the world’s greatest collections of Impressionist, post-Impressionist and modern European paintings, the BARNES FOUNDATION is organized by aesthetic rather than by artist, era or form.
For travelers who need to be refreshed, Philadelphia has their back. Many hotels offer the royal treatment in the form of massage and other services in their in-house spas. THE RITTENHOUSE HOTEL and THE RITZ-CARLTON, PHILADELPHIA are the perfect places to be pampered.
For those who want to dine in style, ZAHAV offers up award-winning Israeli dishes in a lively atmosphere. Reservations must be made a few months in advance to guarantee a table at this revered spot which received the James Beard Award for Best Restaurant in the U.S. Dine with an amazing view at R2L, the perfect location to enjoy a drink and meal at sunset. Indulge in handcrafted pastas and artful presentations at VETRI CUCINA, set in an intimate, historic Rittenhouse Square townhouse.
Music-lovers can have their senses delighted by some of the world’s best musicians in the PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA. Many performances take place in the acoustically perfect halls at the Kimmel Center. Read more: Performing Arts in Philadelphia
After, sip expertly crafted cocktails and admire breathtaking views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from the indoor-outdoor ASSEMBLY ROOFTOP LOUNGE. Read more: Philadelphia’s Signature Hotel Bars