Philadelphia shopping

Top Choice Food & Drinks in Old City & Society Hill

Art in the Age

Designed as a boutique homage to the cocktail, this spot is both a home-bar supply store and tasting room. Settle down at its bar for a tasting ($7 or $10 depending on your poison) or buy hand-crafted spirits, artis…
Top Choice Books in Philadelphia

Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books

Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill is the owner and passionate force behind this ace cafe and bookstore specializing in black writers and literature. The shelves that line the several rooms of the cozy caf…
Top Choice Food & Drinks in Old City & Society Hill

Shane Confectionery

Since 1863 this wonderfully old-school candy shop has been making sweet treats, including buttercreams and slabs, from antique molds. With the shop assistants dressed in Victorian garb it's like stepping back in tim…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Chinatown & Center City East

Ten Thousand Villages

Browse a globe-trotting selection of goods at this ethically focused handicrafts store supporting fair-trade initiatives around the world. Pick up anything from Peruvian woolly hats to singing bowls from Nepal.
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Rittenhouse Square & Center City West


Boyd's has been in business since 1938, initially specializing in men's clothing, but branching out into womenswear in 1990 when they moved into the original Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts building. It's a grand …
Top Choice Books in Fishtown & Northern Liberties

Amalgum Comics & Coffeehouse

Reveling in geek culture is this mashup of a comic book store and cafe, the passion project of owner Ariell Johnson. Check its Facebook page for details of the many events held here including anime screenings, month…
Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in Rittenhouse Square & Center City West


Easily missed is this quirky store by designer Alex Stadler, who sells his textile and clothing designs alongside a colorful mishmash of arty gifts, crafts and vintage products. You'll find everything from felt doug…
Top Choice Books in University City & West Philadelphia

Penn Book Center

In its fifth decade, this friendly indie bookstore is not just a store, but a community worth seeking out and supporting. There's a good selection of local authors and knowledgeable staff.
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Chinatown & Center City East

Lapstone & Hammer

Occupying the former home of Pauline's, an old art-deco bridal store, Lapstone & Hammer's range of male streetwear and high fashion is artfully displayed. Among the international labels, such as Comme des Garçon…
Top Choice Books in Chinatown & Center City East

Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni's Room

Every shape and shade of LGBTQI book and magazine appears to be on sale at this long-running secondhand bookstore. It carries many other book genres, too, as well as some recorded music, clothing and other bits and …