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"I love to wander around Philadelphia, down Walnut Street all the way down to the Delaware River...all those little streets, it’s almost like being back in England."

Simon Doonan
Creative Ambassador-At-Large, Barneys New York

Center City Philadelphia is a bustling patchwork of vibrant, diverse neighborhoods, with their own unique retail flavor…all eagerly waiting to be discovered by you.
Uptown and Upscale
Historically the city's most prestigious and fashionable place to live, the neighborhood around Rittenhouse Square is now just as perfect a place to shop, dine, browse and celebrity-watch as any American city can offer. Teeming with high-fashion eye candy, unique boutiques and al fresco dining, Rittenhouse has broadened its base with the help of a resurgent nightclub scene and a high-rise condo boom. learn more

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Square In Name Only
A community of stately row homes and modern condos that's also home to Midtown Village, a hub of chic dining and eclectic shops. Washington Square showcases a bustling theater district, America's second-largest concentration of jewelry stores, an 18th century aura around Independence Hall and the heart of Philadelphia's thriving gay culture. learn more

Picture Perfect
Between the famous steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the shadow of William Penn atop City Hall runs the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a leafy, Parisian-inspired boulevard adorned with world-class museums, fascinating cultural institutions, fountains, gardens, recreational amenities, and the colorful flags of all the world's nations. The parkway is ringed with high-rise residences and hotels, as well as thriving pockets of retail in skyscrapers like the Comcast Center and Liberty Place. learn more

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Unconventionally Diverse
Thanks to the proximity of Chinatown, the ever-bustling Market Street East and the historic Reading Terminal Market (a culinary cornucopia of fresh and prepared foods), Philly's Convention Center area defies convention. The Convention Center itself is undergoing a major expansion, slated for completion in early 2011. The area draws enormous numbers of out-of-towners each year, and features several major hotels to provide them all with a good night's sleep. Macy's is steps away, as is the Gallery at Market East – an urban mall that hosts 40,000+ shoppers per day. learn more

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Everything Old is New Again
Beer lovers, food fiends and art aficionados mingle in this historic neighborhood turned über-hip destination. Noteworthy landmarks like the B. Free Franklin Post Office and the Betsy Ross's House pepper the area's colorful façade of quaint homes, art galleries (open late once a month for First Friday), music venues, worldly pubs and popular restaurants…where outdoor seating abounds. Indie boutiques, funky furniture stores and purveyors of modern housewares give the area a design-heavy utilitarian vibe. learn more

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Offbeat and Always On
From its bohemian '60s roots as the place where "hippies meet," South Street has never been about conformity. Today, its crazy quilt of quirky shops, edgy fashions, chic boutiques, galleries and scores of bustling bars and restaurants make South Street Philly's foremost fishbowl for 24-hour people-watching and photo-taking. learn more