8 Places to Shop in Center City

8 Places to Shop in Center City

  • Frank Altamuro
  • 08/17/22

Center City real estate in downtown Philadelphia has some of the best dining and shopping the city has to offer. It’s also a really great place to live if you want to be near the action — houses for sale in Center City Philadelphia are going fast, especially those with historic charm.

Whether you live in nearby Center City real estate and you’re trying to find hidden gems you may have missed or you’re just visiting for the weekend, these are the eight best places to stop in. From award-winning retailers to the best local vendors, Center City has everything you need for a great day of shopping.

The Shops at Liberty Place

1625 Chestnut St.

Photo courtesy of The Shops at Liberty Place 
Did you know the city of Philadelphia actually gives out awards each year for outstanding retail buildings? They’re called a TOBY, or The Outstanding Building of the Year, and The Shops at Liberty Place won it five years in a row. This traditional shopping mall is large and has a good mix of stores for any age or interest, like Loft, Aldo, or Jos. A. Bank. If you want that traditional, all-American mall experience within Center City real estate, this is a good start!

Fashion District Philadelphia

901 Market St.

If the previous mall didn’t strike your fancy, stop by Fashion District Philadelphia, a collection of higher-end stores in a gorgeous piece of new Center City real estate. Despite the cheesy name, this is the largest single destination we have on our list, so it should be your first stop if you want to make a full day of shopping. Retailers like Armani Exchange, Eddie Bauer, and Guess all have storefronts here. There are numerous dining options, too, and a few places for kids to run and play.

Joan Shepp

1811 Chestnut St.

Photo courtesy of Joan Shepp
In the heart of the best Center City real estate is Joan Shepp, a relatively small and unassuming boutique. The selection is fantastic, though. This store is carefully curated and only has clothing and accessories from some of the best designers, like Rick Owens, Stella McCartney, and Balenciaga. Items rotate in and out given the current trends and seasons, and there’s always something new to look at. If you think of high-end or luxury boutiques in Center City, Joan Shepp is the name.

Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market

1800 Walnut St.

There are a lot of Farmers' Markets near Center City real estate. Probably half a dozen or more within the area. However, Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market is the one to make our list, for a few reasons.

It has great reviews from locals, who love the variety of vendors. It has a huge selection of things, from local breweries to herbal teas, art, designers, flowers, produce, and more. Finally, it’s really easy to get to — there is normally parking nearby. If you’re looking at houses for sale in Center City Philadelphia consider being close to this market, so you can get all your produce local and fresh.

The market is open Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Bee Natural Candle Store

51 N. 12th St.

Photo courtesy of Bee Natural Candle Store
Is Reading Terminal Market, located near homes for sale in Center City Philadelphia mostly food and produce? Absolutely. However, Bee Natural is one of the exceptions, and it’s a really great stop if you’re at the market for a bite to eat or grabbing weekly groceries. This little store sells local honey as well as hand-poured candles from local beeswax, all-natural lip balms, and raw beeswax itself for craft projects. There are also hand-poured soaps, honey bee pollen, and local gifts or goods.

Commonwealth Proper

1839 Chestnut St.

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This is a shopping experience, and it’s certainly not for everyone. If you’re looking at nearby houses for sale in Center City Philadelphia and you want to find the best tailor or menswear within a reasonable distance, Commonwealth Proper shouldn’t just be your first stop, but your only stop.

This store is tucked away on the second floor of a building and can be easy to miss if you don’t know where to look. This was actually their first location, though, and have since expanded outside of Center City real estate to Pittsburgh and Atlanta. They specialize in high-end custom-fitted menswear, including suits and tuxedos. The store has a team of stylists and tailors that can get you or your significant other fitted immaculately.


1701 Walnut St.

Photo courtesy of Vince
At the corner of 17th and Walnut is Vince. There are a few locations all over the United States, including one at the King of Prussia mall. Much of the clothing varies by season, but Vince has a lot of wardrobe staples with a level of interest that help them stand out, be it the shape, color, or fabric. The stylists here are also very helpful according to locals, and really bring this store above the rest.

Rag & Bone

1601 Walnut St.

There are only a handful of Rag & Bone stores in the United States, with the majority of them being in New York City. This isn’t the only reason Rag & Bone makes the cut, though — this Center City location is known for amazing customer service, too. Stylists can help you sort through the options, which include timeless wardrobe classics with an edgy or interesting twist, and come out with the exact piece you need.

Moving to Philly?

Are you considering joining the ranks and moving to Center City real estate? Before you make any decisions, reach out to Frank Altamuro. Frank has handled hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate across his career and works with some of the best houses for sale in Center City Philadelphia, and the surrounding area. There’s no one better qualified to help you on your search and get you into your dream home right in the heart of the action.

*Header photo courtesy of Unsplash

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