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Welcome back to Neighborhood Style Showdown, our quest to determine the Philly region's most stylish neighborhood.
Old City by night. Image credit: B. Krist for GPTMC
With one of Philly's most popular parks at its center, Rittenhouse Square attracts people from all over the city—and beyond. Diaper bags are as ubiquitous as designer handbags, and you'll find plenty of the latter at the Rittenhouse Row boutiques Joan Shepp, Knit Wit, and Adresse. The style here is rich and polished, but the area is also a stomping ground for tourists and locals who need to run into Gap, H&M, or Urban Outfitters to stock up on basics. In a nutshell, Rittenhouse style is a little bit of everything.
If there's any neighborhood with style that can take on Rittenhouse, it's Old City. This is where the cool kids go to shop emerging designer labels that most of the country hasn't even heard of yet, and the boutiques along North Third Street have the same effortless, impossibly-chic vibe. Where else in the city can you find the latest collections from Isabel Marant, A.P.C., Rachel Comey in the same room as curated vintage?