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The Best Places to Shop in Philadelphia


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Interior of Blue Sole Shoes shop. Shoes are displayed on orange walls and black cubes in the center of the store.

Blue Sole Shoes — Photo by 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.

Can’t-miss shops include:

  • Joan Shepp: For over 50 years, this boutique has brought designer wares to Philadelphia, stocking brands like Balenciaga, Rick Owens, Comme Des Garçons, Moschino and more (1811 Chestnut Street).
  • Dope Botanicals: An “a’plant’ecary” selling plant-based remedies in the form of herbs, smoothies, tonics, teas and tinctures (257 S. 20th Street).
  • Blue Sole Shoes: High-end men’s shoes, socks and accessories (1805 Chestnut Street).

Where: Rittenhouse Row near 18th & Chestnut streets

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