A Tax-Free, Stress-Free Family Shopping Guide!
Philadelphia has a variety of boutiques, department stores, name-brand outlets and other various shops for men and women of every age, as well as an array of restaurants, museums and other attractions to fill your stay. And don’t be afraid to venture out of our suggested shopping itinerary, there are plenty of other stops to make!
Jump start the day with a bagel and coffee from South Street Philly Bagels (613 S. 3rd Street). After breakfast browse South Street, Philadelphia’s “edgiest” street in town! Stop in Unica children’s clothing store (331 South Street) and Gamestop video game store (505 South Street) for the kids, and any of the many men’s and women’s stores and boutiques along the way, including the Denim Bar(113 South Street) or Adidas (436 South Street).
Make your way to Johnny Rockets (443 South Street) for a fun, family American diner experience; including tabletop jukeboxes at every booth. Or, stop by one of Philadelphia’s famous cheesesteak joints, like Jims Steaks (400 South Street), and check-out the pictures on the walls of all the celebrities who have visited as you wait for your order
Explore Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Row, home to a variety of Philadelphia’s upscale shops and restaurants. The Children's Boutique (1702 Walnut Street) is great for unique and designer children’s clothing and the Joseph Fox Bookshop (1724 Sansom Street) has a large selection of books for children and adults. Also, make sure to stop by The Shops at Bellevue (Broad & Walnut streets) where you can find stores such as: Polo Ralph Lauren, Williams Sonoma, Nicole Miller, Origins and Tiffany & Co. to see the world famous jeweler’s most recent creations.
Head over to the Hard Rock Café (11th and Market streets), where the walls are filled with music memorabilia! Once you have finished up with a legendary Hard Rock Café thick ice-cream shake, stop by the gift shop for your own favorite Rock n’ Roll souvenirs
Before beginning another fun-filled day of shopping, enjoy breakfast at the Down Home Diner (12th and Filbert streets) for American dining with a southern twist! Afterward head over to the Greyhound Bus Terminal (1001 Filbert Street) and purchase shuttle bus tickets to Sanatoga Outlets (name of the exit at the stop), for an afternoon of shopping at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets (18 West Lightcap Road, Limerick, PA).
The outlets have discounted shops for the whole family! There are 26 different children’s stores including Tommy Hilfiger Kids, Guess Kids, Toy Town and many other adult clothing, and accessory stores including: BCBG Max Azria, Kenneth Cole, Puma and Michael Kors. The Philadelphia Premium Outlets also have many gift shops such as: Lindt Chocolate, Lancome (company outlet), Yankee Candle and Bath and Body Works.
Before heading back to Center City, save some time to visit the King of Prussia Mall (160 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA) and enjoy lunch at either one of the mall’s 22 quick serve restaurants or one of the 17 sit-down restaurants. King of Prussia Mall, the largest retail mall in the U.S., has a variety of stores perfect for keeping the entire family busy. For the kids there is the Disney Store, the Lego store, Learning Express toy store, and even a Build-a-Bear workshop, where you can pick out, stuff, dress and name your very own stuffed animal! The King of Prussia Mall is also full of fun for the adults, from luxury shops such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, 7 For All Mankind, and Tory Burch to a variety of jewelers, makeup, shoe and accessory shops, and a large selection of department stores including Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus. Also, King of Prussia has a wide selection of electronic stores including: Apple store, Bose, Radioshack and Sony.
After a long day of shopping at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets and the King of Prussia Mall, head back into the city for dinner at the award-winning DiNardo’s Famous Crabs (312 Race Street) seafood restaurant.
Fuel up at Cosi, (9th and Chestnut streets) for some coffee and wonderful breakfast sandwiches before heading to the Shops at Liberty Place (17th and Chestnut streets) for great retailers including Aldo Shoes, Express, J. Crew and more.
Trek on over to the Reading Terminal Market (12th and Arch streets) for a variety of dining options, including some traditional Pennsylvania Dutch such as, Barb and Suzy’s Kitchen, or explore the outdoor farmers market! And don’t forget to stop by the Basset’s Ice Cream counter, the oldest ice cream company in the U.S!
After dining at the Reading Terminal Market, make your way to Macy’s department store located in the historic Wanamaker Building (801 Market Street) for daily deals for the whole family! Macy’s is home to a selection of brands, including Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Levi's, Kate Spade and much more. Be sure to stop by the Macy's Visitor Center on the main floor and pick up an International Savings Card that entitles you to an additional 10% off most purchases throughout the store.
When you’re finished finding some great deals at Macy’s, make your way over to Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood to explore stores and boutiques such as, Brave New Worlds (45 N Second Street) comic shop or Sugarcube (124 N.Third Street), a store full of independent designer clothing. By now some dinner is a necessity, so good thing there are many options in Old City! Your family can choose from Buddakan (325 Chestnut Street) modern Asian cuisine, to La Famiglia (8 S. Front Street) Italian dining, or even the Eulogy Belgian Tavern (136 Chestnut Street), home to Philadelphia’s largest beer selection (for the adults), and classic Belgian dishes including plump North Sea-style mussels and authentic Belgian Frietjes.