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Philly for Upscale Travelers

Live in the lap of luxury. Philly is known for its culture and food. As such, there's no shortage of upscale experiences for the traveler with an urge to splurge.

See the world from the top at the city’s only observation deck, or enjoy an afternoon tea at Lacroix before heading out to Rittenhouse Square's Walnut Street, where high-end retailers like jewelry store Lagos offer some of the city's finest baubles. Turn the corner and make an appointment with Commonwealth Proper for a custom suit. Trendsetters looking for the latest and greatest head to Knit Wit, Joan Shepp and Bella Turka.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle and catch a show at the Walnut Street Theatre, or see a world-class performance at Pennsylvania Ballet. Both make good conversation at dinner.

Dine at the most sought-after tables in the city. At XIX, skyline views will have you swooming over the city lights. At Vetri, talented chefs spoil diners with the best Italian cuisine the city has to offer. If you’re craving steak, Urban Farmer serves up beautiful plates filled with the season’s best crops to accompany local beef. Or find a seat at The Franklin Bar, where the bartenders take care of drinkers with a refined cocktail menu.

Galleries are filled with diverse and eclectic works throughout the city. If you’re near Old City, stop in Bluestone Fine Art Gallery and take in the featured artists’ paintings. Or if your focus is on antique textile art and oriental rugs, Gallery 51 offers a top-notch inventory of fine goods.

With plenty of places to go, see, shop and eat, luxury is abundant in Philadelphia. Enjoy!

 

One Liberty Observation Deck

This site offers 360-degree vistas of the entire city and beyond. On clear days, views extend to New Jersey and Delaware to the east, past University City to the west, down to Philly’s stadiums to the south, and up to the neighboring suburbs to the north. High-tech touch-screens let visitors zoom in. $10-$15.

Walnut Street Theatre

America’s oldest continuously operating theater has been bringing classics (including children's tales) to life on stage since 1809. Full schedule online.

Pennsylvania Ballet

Established in 1963, this is one of the premier ballet companies in the United States, bringing the best in classical ballet to the Philadelphia stage. Full schedule online.

Lagos

Philadelphia-based jeweler Lagos' one-and-only flagship store has been a fixture, located just steps from Rittenhouse Square. This jewel-box shop features award-winning collections in sterling silver and 18-kt. gold. Steven Lagos has been designing beautiful pieces accented with gemstones, diamonds and pearls for 40 years.

Sophy Curson

This salon-like spot carries a well-curated collection of gowns, day-into-evening looks, jewelry and accessories by designers like Fabiana Filippi and Alex Teih. Open M-Sa and by appointment.

Joan Shepp

With more than 40 years in the biz, Shepp purveys women’s designer apparel and accessories from top (but harder-to-find) European and American brands, including Dries van Noten, Rick Owens and Yohji Yamamoto. Open daily.

Bella Turka

The local owners of this jewelry shop regularly travel around the world in search of chic baubles, like gold coin necklaces, cocktail rings and chunky stone cuffs, and also offer funky items from select domestic designers. M-Sa 11 am-8 pm, Su noon-6 pm.    

The Franklin Bar

Venture into this subterranean speakeasy located inside the former Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. (a front for one of the largest booze running rings during Prohibition) for carefully crafted cocktails mixed with premium, seasonal and homemade ingredients. Open daily.

Lapstone & Hammer

Kate Rohrer designed this only-in-Philadelphia haven for sneakerheads. While the store's collection of well-tailored menswear, grooming products and accessories have received rave reviews, what truly commands attention in this 4,000 square-feet space is its extensive sneaker collection. Open M-Sa 10 am-7 pm, Su noon-5 pm.

Bluestone Fine Art Gallery

This gallery features original works by contemporary and traditional artists in a range of mediums including painting, ceramics and sculptures. See the work of well-known and emerging local artists.

Gallery 51

This antique textile art and oriental rugs gallery features works from all over the world, spanning the last 2,000 years. Find tribal carpets from Central Asia, Ancient Coptic ethnographic textiles and work by contemporary artists, including Alan Magee, Bo Young Moon and Christopher Windle.

The Clay Studio

This gallery and educational facility promotes the craft of ceramic arts through artist residencies, studio space, gift shop, educational and outreach programs and its permanent collection. The Clay Studio is dedicated to providing programs for all artists, emerging and expert. M-Sa 11 am-6 pm, Su noon-6 pm.

Lacroix

Featuring sumptuous cuisine, a top-notch wine list and inviting décor, Lacroix has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the city’s best dining destinations. Reservations suggested. B, L, D, Br (daily).

Vetri Cucina

Book well in advance for a table at this tiny, 35-seat stunner, one of the hottest restaurants in town. Chef-owner Marc Vetri’s award-winning cuisine shines with delicate takes on classic old-world treats. Reservations are required. L (F), D (daily).

Morimoto

This stunning brainchild of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and restaurant guru Stephen Starr features inventive Japanese cuisine and the freshest sushi on the block. The chef's prix-fixe menu is particularly noteworthy. Reservations recommended. L (M-F), D (daily).

Devon Seafood Grill

Committed to serving only the freshest fare, this restaurant features specials that change daily. You can enjoy drinks in the beautifully tiled bar area or savor your brunch, lunch or dinner in the surprisingly spacious rear dining room complete with gorgeous upholstered booths. L, D (daily), Br (Su).

XIX (Nineteen)

For a special evening, take the elevator to the 19th floor of the Hyatt Philadelphia at The Bellevue. Settle in beneath the restaurant’s spectacular pearl chandelier, or enjoy your meal in the more relaxed cafe space. B, L (M-Sa), D (daily), Br (Su).

Urban Farmer

On historic Logan Square, this modern steakhouse takes pride in using locally sourced ingredients in straightforward preparations. B, L, D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su).

R2L

Located on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place, chef Daniel Stern's restaurant offers modern twists on traditional American flavors. The stunning skyline views make this spot one of Philly’s most spectacular dining destinations. D (daily).