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Where to Shop in Old City: The Definitive Guide

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Historic sites, like the Betsy Ross House and Elfreth's Alley, are located here, but let's get real: The reason we go to Old City is for the shopping.

After the jump, find our definitive guide to Old City's retail scene, an alphabetical roundup of the 23 boutiques and stores that helped earn the neighborhood the title of Philadelphia's Most Stylish Neighborhood earlier this year.


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Adresse

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Newly relocated to Old City, this swanky boutique stocks the latest looks from designers like Stella McCartney, Lela Rose, and Peter Som, and it’s the only shop in the Philadelphia area to house apparel by The Row. [Image credit: Adresse/Facebook]

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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The only store in Philly with its own in-house line of liqueurs, woodsy-vibed Art in the Age supplies both genders with clothing and accessories from a mix of indie and American labels like Penfield, Steven Alan, and Woolrich.

Briar Vintage

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The sibling store to Sazz Vintage, Briar Vintage styles the modern day gentleman with vintage apparel and accessories dating from the 1800s—1960s. Ask for David.[Image credit: Briar Vintage]

Charlie's Jeans

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Specializing in denim fit, Charlie's Jeans is Old City's jeans headquarters, offering jeans from a huge variety of in-demand labels.[Image credit: Charlie's Jeans/Facebook]

Franklin Square

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This Old City boutique-meets-design studio houses affordably-priced women's apparel from emerging designers, plus jewelry that's handmade by the store's owner, Liz Burt.

Impact Imports

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Expect 2,000 square feet of imported garden stone statues, reclaimed teak furniture, and architectural elements at this North Second Street showroom. [Image credit: Impact Imports]

Jonathan Adler

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Jonathan Adler's happy-chic home decor items (pottery, pillows, throws, furniture, more) supply an instant mood lift. [Image credit: Jonathan Adler]

Jules Goldman Books and Antiques

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The only thing cooler than this shop's inventory of old books, ephemera, and bric-a-brac? The selection of antique/estate jewelry, pocketbooks, and home decor items housed in the rear of the store. [Image credit: Barbara Blau Collectables/Facebook]

Kaleidoscope Boutique

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Kaleidoscope is set apart from any other store in the city via a collection of vintage Chanel jewelry, plus a roster of labels that includes King Baby Studio and Brian Lichtenberg. Check out the selection of couture evening wear in the rear of the store.

Lost + Found

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One of the more wallet-friendly boutiques in Old City, Lost + Found houses labels like OTBT, Restricted, Obey, Quiksilver, Tulle, Ya, and Aryn K. Discounts are deepened with regular sales. Be sure to check out the vintage rack in the back.

Lovely Bride

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This peachy-pink-walled bridal boutique displays glittery bridal accessories and sparkly jewelry alongside gowns from designers like Carol Hannah, Ivy & Aster, Elizabeth Dye, Nicole Miller, Leanne Marshall, and Sarah Janks. [Image credit: Lovely Bride]

Never Too Spoiled

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Here, you can pick up a cozy cardigan or sundress before shopping a huge array of jewelry, accessories, smalls, and bric-a-brac. [Image credit: Never Too Spoiled/Facebook]

Sazz Vintage Clothing

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The sibling store to Briar Vintage, Sazz Vintage fills its racks with men's and women's apparel that dates from the 1930s—1980s. Ridiculous ugly Christmas sweaters have a home here over the holidays. [Image credit: Sazz Vintage/Facebook]

Scarlett Alley

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One of the city's best places for hostess and wedding gifts, this Old City stalwart also houses jewelry and accessories from local and global labels.

Sioux Zanne Messix

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Head straight for the antique/vintage jewelry at this easy-to-miss boutique. [Image credit: Sioux Zanne Messix/Facebook]

Smak Parlour

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Part Barbie's Dream House, part women's boutique, Smak Parlour features trendy apparel and accessories that are easy on the wallet. [Image credit: Smak Parlour/Facebook]

Sugarcube®

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Apparel and accessories for both men and women have a home in this "dynamic industrial lodge," which stocks indie, American-made, and local labels, like Steven Alan, Pendleton, Levi's Made and Crafted, Red Wing, and Dunderdon. [Image credit: Sugarcube]

The Geisha House

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Get acquainted with new and upcoming designers at this hip women's boutique, 2013 winner of our So Hot Right Now Racked Award.

Third Street Habit

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On the menu at Third Street Habit? Denim by Mother and Joie, apparel from Free People and Etoile Isabel Marant, and jewelry by Pamela Love and Chan Luu.

Three Sirens Boutique

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At this women's boutique, jewelry from local designers is displayed alongside apparel from Press, Blaque Label, IT Jeans, Gracia, Hard Tail, RD Style, Minuet. Most items are priced under $100. [Image credit: Three Sirens]

United By Blue Coffeehouse and Clothier

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A newer addition to Old City's retail scene, United By Blue complements its selection of eco-minded tees and canvas totes with an in-store coffee bar. [Image credit: UBB/Facebook]

US*U.S. Designer Co-op

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Housing only indie designers, US*U.S.'s mission is to help spur the Philadelphia fashion industry. [Image credit: US*U.S./Facebook]

Vagabond

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At Vagabond, you'll find shoes from Rachel Comey and Swedish Hasbeens, jewelry from Philly’s own Bario Neal, and apparel from a mix of local and national labels. Head to the rear of the store for vintage finds.

Adresse

Newly relocated to Old City, this swanky boutique stocks the latest looks from designers like Stella McCartney, Lela Rose, and Peter Som, and it’s the only shop in the Philadelphia area to house apparel by The Row. [Image credit: Adresse/Facebook]

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

The only store in Philly with its own in-house line of liqueurs, woodsy-vibed Art in the Age supplies both genders with clothing and accessories from a mix of indie and American labels like Penfield, Steven Alan, and Woolrich.

Briar Vintage

The sibling store to Sazz Vintage, Briar Vintage styles the modern day gentleman with vintage apparel and accessories dating from the 1800s—1960s. Ask for David.[Image credit: Briar Vintage]

Charlie's Jeans

Specializing in denim fit, Charlie's Jeans is Old City's jeans headquarters, offering jeans from a huge variety of in-demand labels.[Image credit: Charlie's Jeans/Facebook]

Franklin Square

This Old City boutique-meets-design studio houses affordably-priced women's apparel from emerging designers, plus jewelry that's handmade by the store's owner, Liz Burt.

Impact Imports

Expect 2,000 square feet of imported garden stone statues, reclaimed teak furniture, and architectural elements at this North Second Street showroom. [Image credit: Impact Imports]

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler's happy-chic home decor items (pottery, pillows, throws, furniture, more) supply an instant mood lift. [Image credit: Jonathan Adler]

Jules Goldman Books and Antiques

The only thing cooler than this shop's inventory of old books, ephemera, and bric-a-brac? The selection of antique/estate jewelry, pocketbooks, and home decor items housed in the rear of the store. [Image credit: Barbara Blau Collectables/Facebook]

Kaleidoscope Boutique

Kaleidoscope is set apart from any other store in the city via a collection of vintage Chanel jewelry, plus a roster of labels that includes King Baby Studio and Brian Lichtenberg. Check out the selection of couture evening wear in the rear of the store.

Lost + Found

One of the more wallet-friendly boutiques in Old City, Lost + Found houses labels like OTBT, Restricted, Obey, Quiksilver, Tulle, Ya, and Aryn K. Discounts are deepened with regular sales. Be sure to check out the vintage rack in the back.

Lovely Bride

This peachy-pink-walled bridal boutique displays glittery bridal accessories and sparkly jewelry alongside gowns from designers like Carol Hannah, Ivy & Aster, Elizabeth Dye, Nicole Miller, Leanne Marshall, and Sarah Janks. [Image credit: Lovely Bride]