The Philadelphia Guide
Recently, the City of Brotherly Love has become a hybrid of old and new, classic and cool—experiencing a renaissance of its own. Take, for instance, Fishtown: The neighborhood once known for commercial fishing has seen an influx of some of the city’s best restaurants, bars, and art galleries, offering a destination for young professionals and creatives alike–and giving Philly a whole new, revitalized feel. But at its core, Philadelphia is a city that runs on a medley of loyalty, tradition, and so much history. There are the sports fans—diehards for their Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and 76ers—the ever-famous (rightfully so) cheesesteaks, and the deep-rooted historical context—after all, it was here where most of the American Revolution was devised and the Declaration of Independence was adopted and signed. For the teeniest tourists, the city’s landmarked buildings and cobblestone streets lend endless opportunities for exploration and surprise history lessons, not to mention, refresher courses for the adults.
Art in the Age116 N. 3rd St., Old City | 215.922.2600
You don’t have to be a mixology enthusiast to appreciate the beauty of this cocktail-and-bar-centric shop, but if you are, welcome to mecca. The shelves are beautifully merchandised with bottles of booze (both classic and indie), every alcohol-related book imaginable, obscure mixers, garnishes, and a dizzying selection of bar tools—plus, you’ll find incredibly knowledgeable staff to show you how to put it all to good use. Not a DIY-er? The space plays host to lots of tastings and booze-related events, so make sure to inquire about the social calendar.
Bario Neal700 S. 6th St., Bella Vista | 215.454.2164
Designers Page Neal and Anna Bario have been making ethically sourced jewelry for more than ten years. Moved by a desire to created pieces that are sustainable and progressive, their collection has caught the attention of many (ours included), and now boasts two locations (the second is in NYC). The designs are unique and include materials that are responsibly sourced, including fairmined and reclaimed metals and conflict-free, fully traceable diamonds.
Conversion38 S. 3rd St., Old City | 610.803.5475
An eclectic custom and vintage furniture shop, Conversion is one of those places you'll score a Mid--century coffee table or accent piece that you'll have forever. There's a great ethos here: All the items are either vintage or handmade with incredible detail in the US. The woodworking and welding team will also help you design a custom piece.
Eagan Day260 S. 16th St., Rittenhouse | 267.773.8833
Tucked in an 1800s brownstone, this streamlined, thoughtful fine jewelry store is an unexpected oasis from the city. The space, outfitted with furniture from BDDW, is meant to evoke the look and feel of taking a walk in a garden. The pieces are minimal, inventive, and unique, with each one with a unique architectural bent. To top it off, the customer service team is extremely dedicated and thinks outside of the box.
Knit Wit905 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr | 484.592.0576
The OG of Philly fashion boutiques, Knit Wit is where you go for wearable Raquel Allegra knits, Milly dresses, alternative apparel tees, and, of course, denim (Rag & Bone, J Brand, Citizens of Humanity). It’s been in business since the late ‘60s—needless to say they've got their milieu down cold.
Meadowsweet Mercantile47 N. 2nd St., Old City | 215.756.4802
Doing vintage in a way that feels fresh and current is no easy feat, and the folks behind this local-adored shop do it exceptionally well. The secret is in the mix of new and old: pre-loved Levi’s, concert tees, and leathers marched alongside Cuttalossa-designed linens, candles, and giftables. Make sure to check in regarding events as the owners constantly host music- and art-themed events.
Provenance1801 N. American St. #1E, Kensington | 215.925.2002
This craftsman team behind this salvage company has that kind of indelible talent that can make a piece to transform virtually any space. With a reverence for old historic pieces, they turn most anything into functional, stunning pieces (take, for instance, a part of the Long Island boardwalk, which they turned into rustic flooring).
Rikumo1216 Walnut St., Washington Square West | 215.609.4972
Housed in a newer and larger location in Midtown Village (they’d been in Callowhill since 2010), this boutique run by husband-and-wife duo Kaz and Yuka Morihata is a veritable love song to their native Japan. Here, a thoughtful selection of porcelain, bento lunch boxes, yoshii towels, and Binchotan charcoal line the shelves. Don’t miss a sampling of the loose leaf tea, which is offered to you upon entering the shop—and easy to re-order thanks to their exhaustive online store should you find yourself hankering for it later.
Shop Sixty Five128 S. 17th St., Rittenhouse | 267.239.5488
It’s really no surprise that this relatively new Rittenhouse boutique (undeniably one of the best places to shop in the city) is helmed by former fashion editor. There's Current/Elliott denim, Helmut Lang knits, Dannijo jewelry, and so much more are as wearable as they are on-trend, meaning, you can see exactly where your loot will fit within an existing wardrobe before you bring it home. With its elaborate fireplace, antique furnishings, and gleaming hardwood floors, the layout is more akin to a cool friend’s apartment than a retail space.
Terrain914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills | 610.459.2400
One of our favorite spots for impeccable thought through decor for the home and garden, they've got several locations throughout the US, though this is the original. To shop here is more like a visit to an envy-inducing English estate garden where everything is for sale, including an impressive inventory of plants for all seasons. The staff is always friendly and super helpful, whether you’re looking for outdoor furniture or looking for tips on how to care for indoor greenery. It's well worth the 30 minute drive outside the city. Trust.
Vagabond37 N. 3rd St., Old City | 267.671.0737
This boutique stocks hard-to-find, smaller label women's clothing, vintage pieces, edgy jewelry, plus a small selection of home accessories. Founded by two design-minded ladies, both with a background in all things pattern-making and knitting, they also sell yarn and supplies if you're feeling crafty.