Shop Till You Drop: The Top 5 Places to Shop in Philadelphia

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It’s the holiday season, which, contrary to all the hymns and tunes on the radio, means credit card workout season. You need the perfect gift for everyone from your sister and your best friend to your boss and your hair stylist (she is, after all, the only one who can get that perfect shade of spun gold). So many presents to purchase doesn’t need to translate into so many parking lots to stalk bag-toting customers in, though. Head to one of these Philadelphia area shopping destinations and you’ll only have to practice your spot hunting skills once.

1 King of Prussia Mall

Don’t settle for one shopping center with a task this daunting: you need two. The Court and Plaza together making up the largest retail destination on the East Coast, and you’ll see the tourist buses pulling in to prove it. Home to the area’s best luxury boutiques, you can pop into Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Cartier and Tory Burch while still hitting Pac Sun for your nephew’s new snowboard gear.

160 North Gulph Road

King of Prussia, PA 19406


2 Rittenhouse Square

You’ll have to brave the cold for this one, but there is something about walking the city streets, all dressed for the holidays, that feels traditional and hip all at once. Start at the park and head east down Walnut Street for a great selection of popular shops like Kiehl’s, Kenneth Cole and BCBG Max Azria.

18th and Walnut streets

Philadelphia, PA 19103

3 Old City

When your gift list is a little more trendy than traditional, the independent boutiques of Third and Second streets will deliver little treasures you’d have trouble finding elsewhere. Pick up some sassy skirts at Third Street Habit or a vintage trench at Sugarcube.

Third and Market streets

Philadelphia, PA 19106

4 Suburban Square

The Main Line’s version of a shopping center on steroids, this outdoor mall has all the names that your kids are asking after. Banana Republic, Eileen Fisher and for the perfect wrapping paper and cards, Paper Source.

Anderson and Coulter streets

Ardmore, PA 19003


5 Philadelphia Premium Outlets

Four words, kids: Neiman Marcus Last Call. Shop for yourself and your best buds when there’s a perpetual sale at these outlet and factory shops, including Restoration Hardware, Coach, Nike and Kate Spade.

18 West Lightcap Road

Limerick, PA 19464


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