4 Afternoon Itineraries For Shopping and Eating in Philadelphia

Local Philadelphia establishments make shopping—and snacking—easy.

Indulge your pocketbook and your palates in the same afternoon with these hand-picked shop-dine pairings of local Philly boutiques and cafes.

Boho-Philly, Brit-Pub Chic

Shop here: Housed in a historic Rittenhouse Square mansion, Anthropologie offers boho chic style for wardrobe and home. This flagship store of the Philly-headquartered brand dazzles on two levels—upstairs, women’s clothes and accessories tempt with tactile fabrics and romantic packaging, while downstairs, an eclectic mix of dishware and home goods spills over tabletops in arrangements that will inspire you to start feasting. 1801 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa., 215.568.2114

Anthropologie, Philadelphia

Eat here: Satisfy that craving and head up the block to The Dandelion, where cozy chic British pub décor also enchants. Grab a seat on the fireside sofa and order afternoon tea—choose either savory or sweet tea tiers, or try both with the Royal Occasion triple tier. 124 S. 18th St., Philadelphia, Pa., 215.558.2500


Paris in the Spring

Shop here: New Center City boutique Skirt offers elegant styles in a sophisticated but fun atmosphere. Sumptuous Autumn Cashmere sweaters, AG denim and fringe ponchos from The Perfext by Elyse Walker line the main room, while dressing rooms glow with flattering peach-pink walls. With its black-and-white awnings and mod gold chandeliers, there’s a bit of a Parisian feel to Skirt. 212 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, Pa., 215.309.8419

Eat here: This makes it a perfect pairing with neighboring Miel Patisserie, where you’ll find French café fare, coffee and luxurious pastries in a glowing corner bistro setting. Enjoy a café au lait and croque-monsieur or sip an espresso as you peruse glass cases of decadent desserts almost too gorgeous to eat. 204 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, Pa., 215.731.9191


Shop and Sip for a Cause

Shop here: At United By Blue Coffeehouse & Clothier in Old City, apparel and vittles are served up side-by-side. The vibe here epitomizes Americana, with exposed brick and weathered wood floors. Pillow-soft tees, sweatshirts and flannel shirts are truly locally designed—the company’s headquarters is on the second floor. United By Blue believes in “Responsible Durable Goods”—for every item purchased the company picks up a pound of trash from waterways.

United By Blue Cafe, Philadelphia

Eat here: Its partner café, located in the middle of the sunlit store, features hyperlocal offerings as well, with small-batch coffee roasted in town by ReAnimator Coffee and sandwiches made of local ingredients by a local purveyor. Try cappuccino and cronuts, baked fresh daily by Frangelli’s Bakery, an old-time South Philly institution. 144 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, Pa., 215.278.7746


Let the Fam Tag Along

Shop hereCloth focuses on natural parenting, with offerings that include organic bath care, baby slings, cloth diapering and responsibly made toys and gifts. A smart, curated wardrobe section features comfy clothes in colorful prints, cozy fleece booties and offbeat Hog Island Press onesies sporting humorous Philly-themed graphics. 1605 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, Pa., 215.755.1575

Eat here: A friendly, homey vibe can also be found up the avenue at Black 'N Brew, a café that delights kids with homemade treats like whole wheat chocolate chip cookies and fruit smoothies. During the weekday Coffee Happy Hour from 3-5 pm, a hot mug of premier local La Colombe coffee is just a dollar. Pair a warm brew with another happy hour special the whole family will enjoy—a short stack of pancakes for $3. 1523 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, Pa., 267.639.6070

Cloth children's boutique, Philadelphia

Doreen Creede
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A regular contributor to WHERE Philadelphia on chic finds in Philly, Doreen Creede has been...