Unlike many of Philadelphia’s other neighborhoods, Midtown Village is quite tiny. Stretching just a few blocks, the entire area can be seen in just a few hours. But, despite the size, the neighborhood is home to some of Philly’s best restaurants and shops, so a full day is just as easy to do. Come on an empty stomach and get ready to open your wallets—we give you a day in Midtown Village.
Marked by a steel door and small sign, Double Knot is a popular spot for any meal of the day. But, for coffee, it offers an experience unlike any other. Find coffees from local maker, Elixr, and a constantly rotating menu of specialty pours. Enjoy them all seated in a cozy booth or plush chairs that feel like you’re in your living room—if your living room was head-to-toe industrial and the stylish space on the block. Plus: donuts and pastries to rival your favorite bakery. 120 S. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.631.3868
The heart of Midtown Village is the 13th Street stretch. Door-to-door shopping, with restaurants mixed in, makes it easy to have a day of spending. Find trendy boutiques like Verde and Lou Lou Boutique, all-natural soaps and lotions at Duross & Langel, Philly-inspired gifts at Open House, high-end art to add to your collection at Carre d’ artistes, outdoor supplies at I. Golderg Army & Navy and paper goods and cards at Paper on Pine.
If you literally shopped 'til you dropped, head to Opa and take a load off your feet during a sit-down, yet casual, lunch. Find an array of Greek items like gyros and saganaki or opt for the Mediterranean Express, a lunch special offering a half sandwich and two items from the salads and souvlakia sections. With a full stomach, you can now continue on your day. 1311 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.545.0170
If stopping for a sit-down meal isn’t in the cards for you, head to Jake’s Sandwich Board. Many places will tell you they have the best hoagies, but Jake’s actually means it. Order the 50/50, a hearty sandwich filled with pulled slow-roasted pork, bacon, Sriracha spread and sharp provolone. 122 S. 12th St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.922.0102
Things to Do
Macy’s is another spot to shop during your time in Midtown Village, but before you dismiss the large retail chain, take a closer look. Our Macy’s is a National Historical Landmark. Learn about the history during the Macy’s Tour, where a knowledgeable tour guide explains the Wanamaker Grand Organ, the timeline of the store and points out the hidden plaques and figures scattered throughout the grounds. Meet at the Visitor’s Desk on the first floor. 1300 Market St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.241.9000
Have some fun and take a break from the outdoors with a few rounds of bowling at Lucky Strike. The upscale alley is ideal for families during the day, but turns into a 21+ party at night. It also has food and drinks to satisfy non-bowlers. 1336 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.545.2471
We did warn you, the shopping is vast. After giving your wallet a break for a bit, head back into the stores. Find stylish jewelry at Bella Turka, home décor at Luxe Home and Cella Luxuria and unique sports apparel at Shibe Vintage Sports. When all of that is done, treat yourself to a pampering session at Eviama Life Spa, a spa that also has a boutique full of skincare products, clothing and more.
Start your evening at Indeblue, where the happy hour never ends (it starts at 5 pm). Cocktails are $6, wine and beer is $5 and tons of bar snacks (think vegetable samosas, crispy cauliflower and stuffed long hots, a popular hot-pepper dish) range from $3-$5. 205 S. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.545.4633
Get here early. Sampan is one of the city’s most beloved happy hours, so seats fill up fast. Modern Asian street food fills the menu and many of the restaurant's favorites are discounted from 4-7 pm. Pro tip: if there are no spots on the first floor, head upstairs to the Grafitti Bar, an outdoor space fully heated during colder months, that offers the same menus. 124 S. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.732.3501
It’s hard to pick one spot for dinner, but after a full day in Midtown Village, we suggest Lolita. Here, you’ll find Mexican food with a modern twist and inventive margaritas like cucumber-jalapeño and plum basil. It's the perfect place to unwind and reflect on your delightful day. 106 S. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.546.7100