Explore Philadelphia

Philadelphia for the Ladies

A shop and yoga studio in one in addition to multiple spas and nail bars may scream girls trip, but it’s the local museum exhibits—like a garden escape with tea time at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden and sites like Boathouse Rowwhich light up at night for a purely romantic feel—that make this city feel a bit more like The City of Sisterly Love.

Whether you’re traveling with your mother, daughter or girlfriends Philly caters to the female masses. Spend time outdoors walking around the shops on Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Row or retreat inside at the fashion-friendly Fabric Workshop and Museum. Stop for lunch and get pampered at a local spa or stop to take photos at LOVE Park. The choices are endless. Enjoy it, girls. 

Duross & Langel

Proprietors Steve Duross and James Langel combine old family recipes and modern science to create a signature line of natural soaps, salts, lotions and potions in their colorful, modern apothecary shop. Also ask about classes and workshops. Open M-Sa 11 am-7 pm, Su noon-5 pm.

Talula's Garden

With a varied garden-to-table menu and extensive wine list, Talula’s offers adventurous eaters delicious options like marinated halibut and oxtail stuffed artichoke barigoule with sea beans and saffron. Snag a seat in the charming outdoor garden in good weather. D (daily), Br (Su).

Le Reve Rittenhouse Day Spa

Rêve means “dream” in French and, accordingly, the spa serves up some dreamy treats like the Couples Package, which offers an exotic escape with your choice of indulgences in three luxurious suites and the Aromatherapy Salt Room, where you can enjoy healing chromatherapy lighting, an aromatherapy/chromatherapy steam shower an

The Nail Bar

Thanks to friendly service, clean environs and complimentary champagne or wine, basic manicures and pedicures feel like an indulgence at this second-floor Rittenhouse-area salon. Appointments recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Open Tu-Su.

Rittenhouse Row

Swanky shops and restaurants surround Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square, a lovely urban park on Walnut Street between 18th and 20th streets.

Stratus Rooftop Lounge

This sophisticated open-air social space on the 11th floor of Hotel Monaco is the place to be for cocktails with a twist­­ of history (it looks out at Independence Hall, after all). The menu features top-shelf tipples, while a 30-foot-long fireplace heats up the ambiance on cooler nights.

Reading Terminal Market

Founded in 1893, Reading Terminal Market has evolved into one of Philadelphia’s major dining destinations, a food mecca where you can taste international and local specialties, including cheesesteaks and Pennsylvania Dutch treats.

Love Park (JFK Plaza)

Located in downtown Philly, JFK Plaza has been nicknamed LOVE Park thanks to artist Robert Indiana's famous LOVE sculpture which overlooks the plaza and fountain. The park is also home to the Fairmount Park Welcome Center, free concerts, food trucks and events.

Boathouse Row

On the east bank of the Schuylkill River, these Victorian-style buildings along Kelly Drive make a dazzling landmark and house the rowing clubs of the Schuylkill Navy, a historic athletic organization which hosts several major competitions every year.

Academy of Music

Built in 1857, this National Historic Landmark is the oldest known continuously operating opera house in the nation. "Aladdin," June 13-July 1.

Shofuso Japanese House & Garden

This picturesque destination is located in Fairmount Park, two blocks from the Please Touch Museum. Escape to Japan by touring the house and garden, feeding the koi fish in the pond and viewing ikebana flower arrangements. Look for the “Shofuso Waterfall” fusuma murals by famed contemporary Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju.

Fabric Workshop and Museum

This nonprofit pushes the frontiers of contemporary art by supporting artists who work with experimental materials. Design enthusiasts find plenty to see here, from an extensive permanent collection to special exhibitions, plus lectures and tours. Don’t miss the design-driven gift shop. Free. Open daily.

Capogiro Gelato Cafe

Fine artisanal gelato and sorbetto, plus coffee, sandwiches, soups and salads. Daily flavors of the delicious frozen treats might include champagne mango, burnt sugar or Fior di Latte (made with milk sourced from a single herd in Lancaster County). B, L, D (daily).