Spend a Day in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square

Boutique shopping, top restaurants, intriguing sights, one block at a time.

Rittenhouse Square is one of Philadelphia’s wealthiest neighborhoods. But back in the 1700s, the area was grazing land for livestock. It wasn’t until the mid-1800s that homes started to go up and people started to move in. Today, celebrities and sports stars call Rittenhouse home, as do luxury shops and some of the city’s best restaurants. Anchoring it all, leafy Rittenhouse Square, one of city founder William Penn’s original green spaces, offers respite from the hustle and bustle. Here’s how to get the most out of this lovely enclave.

Where to Eat

Parc

The sidewalk tables at this Stephen Starr spot exude Parisian cafe society, making it popular for people-watching and digging into French classics. 227 S. 18th
St., 215.545.2262

V Street

At this casual spot, plant gurus Kate Jacoby and Richard Landau apply the talents they honed at renowned Vedge to global street food. 126 S. 19th St., 215.278.7943

Vernick Food & Drink

One of the city’s best restaurants, James Beard Award winner Greg Vernick’s convivial spot is cozy and serves soul-satisfying dishes. 2031 Walnut St., 267.639.6644

Vernick Food & Drink

Where to Shop

This shopper’s paradise o ers a wide array of retail treasures. Charming Joseph Fox carries bestsellers and small-press faves; fun-loving Omoi Zakka stocks on-trend gifts; glam Skirt trades in women’s looks for the fashion-forward.

Joseph Fox Books

This longtime family-owned charmer carries bestsellers and small-press faves. 1724 Sansom St., 215.563.4184

Omoi Zakka

With two locations, this adorable boutique pays homage to Japanese gift shops and carries stationery, decor and more. 1608 Pine St., 215.545.0963; 41 S. 3rd St., 215.454.6910

Skirt

Knowledgeable stylists curate fashion-forward looks with the latest pieces from brands including Veronica Beard, Mara Hoffman and Max Mara. 212 S. 17th St., 215.309.8419

Omoi Zakka

What to See

Mütter Museum

This off-the-beaten track repository of medical history preserves specimens and instruments from the 19th century. 19 S. 22nd St., 215.560.8564

The Rosenbach

Literary collections here include the manuscript of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” and first editions displayed in an elegant 1860s townhouse. 2008-2010 Delancey Place, 215.732.1600

The Rosenbach

Where to Play

One Liberty Observation Deck

At this sky-high perch, visitors survey the scene—and all of Philly—with views from Center City to South Philly and beyond 1650 Market St., 215.561.3325

Rittenhouse Square

Day and night, this neighborhood buzzes with activity. At the center of
it all, Rittenhouse Square makes a peaceful oasis for a midday stroll or a quick browse through popup markets. 1800 Walnut St., 215.683.3600

One Liberty Observation Deck

Anne Kim-Dannibale
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