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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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1. Adresse

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45 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 985-3161
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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]

2. Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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116 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-2600
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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.

3. Briar Vintage

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62 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-1990
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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]

4. Charlie's Jeans

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233-237 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 923-9681
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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]

5. Franklin Square

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128 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 238-0626
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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.

6. Impact Imports

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67 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 844-2477
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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]

7. Jonathan Adler

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33 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 574-1999
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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]

8. Jules Goldman Books and Antiques

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29 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19133
(215) 923-2203
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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]

9. Kaleidoscope Boutique

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151 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(888) 796-8144
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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.

10. Lost + Found

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133 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 928-1311
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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.

11. Lovely Bride

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237 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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]

12. Never Too Spoiled

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108 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19133
(215) 928-0167
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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]

13. Sazz Vintage Clothing

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38 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 923-7299
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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]

14. Scarlett Alley

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241 Race St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 592-7898
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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.

15. Sioux Zanne Messix

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54 1/2 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 928-9250
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Head straight for the antique/vintage jewelry at this easy-to-miss boutique. [Image credit: Sioux Zanne Messix/Facebook]

16. Smak Parlour

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219 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-4551
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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]

17. Sugarcube®

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124 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 238-0825
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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]

18. The Geisha House

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134 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 886-8110
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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.

19. Third Street Habit

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153 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-5455
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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.

20. Three Sirens Boutique

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134 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-3548
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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]

21. United By Blue Coffeehouse and Clothier

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144 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(800) 779-0240
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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]

22. US*U.S. Designer Co-op

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323 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 469-1835
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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]

23. Vagabond

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37 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 671-0737
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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.

1. Adresse

45 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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]
45 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

2. Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

116 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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.
116 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

3. Briar Vintage

62 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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]
62 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

4. Charlie's Jeans

233-237 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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]
233-237 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

5. Franklin Square

128 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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.
128 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

6. Impact Imports

67 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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]
67 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

7. Jonathan Adler

33 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Jonathan Adler's happy-chic home decor items (pottery, pillows, throws, furniture, more) supply an instant mood lift. [Image credit: Jonathan Adler]
33 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

8. Jules Goldman Books and Antiques

29 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133
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]
29 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19133

9. Kaleidoscope Boutique

151 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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.
151 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

10. Lost + Found

133 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
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.
133 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

11. Lovely Bride

237 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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]
237 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

12. Never Too Spoiled

108 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133
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]
108 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19133

13. Sazz Vintage Clothing

38 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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]
38 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

14. Scarlett Alley

241 Race St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
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.
241 Race St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

15. Sioux Zanne Messix

54 1/2 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Head straight for the antique/vintage jewelry at this easy-to-miss boutique. [Image credit: Sioux Zanne Messix/Facebook]
54 1/2 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

16. Smak Parlour

219 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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]
219 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

17. Sugarcube®

124 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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]
124 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

18. The Geisha House

134 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Get acquainted with new and upcoming designers at this hip women's boutique, 2013 winner of our So Hot Right Now Racked Award.
134 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

19. Third Street Habit

153 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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.
153 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

20. Three Sirens Boutique

134 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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]
134 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

21. United By Blue Coffeehouse and Clothier

144 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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]
144 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

22. US*U.S. Designer Co-op

323 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Philadelphia, PA 19106