Visitors to Philadelphia's Center City will definitely want to take in the shopping venues along Chestnut Street. The Shops at Liberty Place are a favorite destination for locals, and tourists will find a wonderful mix of boutiques, fashion accessory outlets, and European design shops. Express, Godiva Chocolates, and Nine West are just a few of the specialty stores located in this centrally located shopping area.
Along Walnut Street, shoppers will find a wide variety of clothing stores, arts and crafts retailers, and salons. The popular Shops at the Bellevue is located inside the historic Bellevue Building at one end of the Avenue of the Arts. The building houses fashionable designer shops including Polo/Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, and Williams-Sonoma. Several of the area's renowned restaurants are also found here. Visitors will love the fine entrees served up at The Palm, Bliss, and XIX restaurants.
The Rittenhouse Row district is full of art galleries, import clothiers, and French-style bistros. Shoppers will enjoy the many fine retail shops in close proximity to one another. The famous Knit Wit boutique is adjacent to such favorites as Tiffany, Urban Outfitters, and the local favorite, Burberry.
King of Prussia Mall
On the outskirts of town is the renowned King of Prussia Mall. Located near the Valley Forge National Historic Park, the mall is easily accessible by freeway from downtown Philadelphia. The mall boasts a total of seven major department stores. This shopping center is noted for its large number of European retailers, fashion outlets that have no other locations in the region, and superb restaurants. Betsey Johnson, Cole Haan, Lacoste, and Tourneau are just a few of the fine retailers found at this extravagant shopper's paradise.
Franklin Mills Mall
The Franklin Mills Mall is located approximately 15 miles from Center City and features the largest collection of outlet stores and discount retailers in Eastern Pennsylvania. More than 200 stores are located in the shopping center, which also constains a pair of food courts and a 14-screen movie theater complex. Visitors can travel to the mall via complimentary shuttle service operated by many of the downtown hotels. There is also shuttle service from Philadelphia International Airport and the Amtrak station.
Shopping tours are operated by several independent companies in the Philadelphia area. Kristel Closets offers both half- and full-day tours that include transportation, full lunch and/or dinner, and discount coupons good for use at many of the popular retailers in the city. Guests can save as much as 60 percent off retail prices when taking the scenic shopping tour operated by Kristel Closets.