Quality of Life

Shopping

Greater Philadelphia rivals the largest, most sophisticated regions in the world with its outstanding shopping and dining offerings. The region's famous malls and fashionable boutiques delight the bargain hunter and sophisticated shopper in all of us, while legendary cheese steaks satisfy the most ravenous of appetites and chic eateries impress even the most discerning dining connoisseurs.

Shopping

Greater Philadelphia certainly can make you shop 'til you drop. There's no shortage of retail centers in the area, so you're bound to find everything you're looking for and more! Best of all – there's no tax on clothing in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, and Delaware (just 30 minutes from Philadelphia) has totally tax-free shopping.

When it comes to high-end shopping in downtown Philadelphia, Rittenhouse Row is top-notch. The succession of stores that make up Rittenhouse Row runs along Walnut Street from Broad to 20th Street. Starting at The Bellevue, located on the corner of Broad and Walnut Streets, you'll find high-end stores like Tiffany & Co., Polo Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller and Williams-Sonoma. Moving further up Walnut Street, Rittenhouse Row indulges shoppers with options like Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Burberry, Coach and Anthropologie. With so many distinguished stores concentrated in one area, Rittenhouse Row is without doubt a retail wonderland.

In the mood for vintage collectibles? Take a stroll along Historic Antique Row in Philadelphia. Located on Pine Street between 9th and 12th streets, Antique Row is comprised of shops and galleries with specialties in silverware, furniture, estate jewelry, quilts and much more. While you're in the area, you might want to stop by Jewelers Row. It's just a few blocks away on the 700 block of Sansom Street. Jewelers Row is the oldest diamond district in the country. In addition to diamonds, the stores on Jewelers Row have an array of bracelets, rings, watches and other accessories decorated with precious stones and pearls.

South Street is one of Philadelphia's more offbeat shopping destinations. Unconventional stores help create a bohemian atmosphere along South Street, where both shopping and people watching are equally enjoyable! Most of the stores, which range from clothing shops and music stores to art galleries and eclectic boutiques, are privately owned. You'll be pressed to find the unique merchandise of South Street retailers repeated elsewhere, so make sure you don't leave empty handed.

Manayunk's Main Street is an excellent place for shopping, with more than 70 boutiques and galleries that range from unique shops to name-brand favorites. Stores in Manayunk are woven between cafes, restaurants and pubs, making the community an ideal location for an afternoon of shopping and dining. Each spring, Manayunk hosts the Saturday Sidewalk Stroll, an enormous sidewalk sale that kicks off festivities for the U.S. PRO Cycling Championship weekend.

The Greater Philadelphia region also has many enclosed malls. Montgomery County, for example, is home to the acclaimed King of Prussia Mall, the largest mall on the East Coast. In fact, it's so big it needs two buildings, The Plaza and The Court, to house all of its shops! In total, the King of Prussia Mall has more than 400 stores and restaurants, as well as seven major department stores: Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Lord & Taylor, JC Penney, Sears, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Or you can cross the river to the Jersey side and take a trip to the Cherry Hill Mall in Camden County. Macy's and JC Penney anchor the mall, which has more than 160 shops.

Red-brick storefronts reminiscent of a Colonial village grace Haddonfield's Main Street in New Jersey. The stores here range from elegant boutiques and upscale consignment shops to interior designers and a town hardware store. At Peddler's Village in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, you'll experience much of the same atmosphere. Seventy shops make up this shopping borough, and the buildings and landscape create an 18th-century feel. Peddler's Village is delightful any time of year, but decorations during the winter holidays make it particularly spectacular!

If you prefer outlet shopping, Penn's Purchase Factory Outlet Stores are just across the street from Peddler's Village. Here you can enjoy more than 40 name brand outlets in a quaint village setting. The Franklin Mills Mall in Northeast Philadelphia provides yet another opportunity for deep discounts. More than 200 specialty stores and outlets make it a bargain hunter's paradise. Named after Philadelphia's own Ben Franklin, Franklin Mills has major anchor stores, like Last Call Neiman Marcus and Off 5th–Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, dispersed among other discount shops, including Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Eddie Bauer Outlet Store and Guess Company Store. The Shipyard Shops right off Interstate 95 in Wilmington, Delaware, also provide good outlet shopping. These New Castle County outlet stores draw many customers and items discounted 20 to 70 percent are the norm. L.L.Bean and Nautica help make up this retail playground.

Greater Philadelphia has enough shopping opportunities to keep your credit cards busy for quite a while – outdoor shopping strips, massive malls, quaint villages and bargain outlets. There's even QVC! Did you know QVC's headquarters is in Chester County? You can take a tour of their studios in West Chester and then shop from the comfort of your own home. Whatever your preference, we've got the shopping covered here in Greater Philadelphia.

 
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