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Rittenhouse Row (Philadelphia), Pennsylvania

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New York has Fifth Avenue. Chicago has Michigan Avenue. And Philadelphia has Walnut Street. All are some of the top retail destinations in the country in terms of rents charged per square foot. And you know if the rents are high on Walnut Street then the stores are going to be high-priced as well. Walnut Street's the sort of place where retailers set up shop just so they can say they're in the area's premier shopping district.

Shops line busy Walnut Street, part of Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Row.
Shops line busy Walnut Street, part of Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Row.

That area is also referred to as Rittenhouse Row—in much the same way as Michigan Avenue is referred to as the Magnificent Mile. Philly's retail gem is named after the community in which it's located, Rittenhouse Square, which itself is named after the famous park in the middle of the area.

From its earliest days, the community was known as an upscale area. Having a house, facing the park itself was a status symbol. Most of those large houses are gone now replaced by high-rise condos and co-ops. The few houses remaining have been sectioned off as apartments. But the area is still a draw for the well-to-do and the high-end retailers have followed.

Walnut Street is Rittenhouse Square's Main Street, but other businesses can be found on the area side streets, including the ones with frontage on Rittenhouse Square. The official eastern end of Rittenhouse Row starts at the intersection of Walnut and Broad Streets, although there is more retail if you continue heading east on Walnut.

Rittenhouse Row is just a few blocks away from Philadelphia's financial center.
Rittenhouse Row is just a few blocks away from Philadelphia's financial center.

At the intersection of Walnut and Broad, Rittenhouse Row is anchored by The Shops at Bellevue, a small indoor mall built inside the historic Bellevue hotel. There's also a food court inside if you're looking for a quick snack. Many of the stores along Rittenhouse Row are chains. However, as you head further west, the rents go down, so that's where to go to find the more unique stores.

But the neighborhood's real treasure is Rittenhouse Square, the city park in the center of the district. Besides the usual people watching, you'll find the park is loaded with unique sculptures. Don't expect to see too many street performers. Residents have complained about them and there has been some controversy over whether the city has a right to force them out.

Retail Hours

Although the area has many stores you'd see in a typical mall, don't expect typical mall hours. Most stores are open seven days a week but they usually close by dinner time.

Parking

Parking is tight but there are pay garages in the area. Just follow the signs. Also, traffic can be heavy so don't spend too much time circling the block for that perfect spot.

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Restrooms

Public restrooms can be found at the Shops at Bellevue food court.

Location

Lay down a towel and relax in Rittenhouse Square.
Lay down a towel and relax in Rittenhouse Square.

Rittenhouse Row is located just southwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's Center City. It is about one hundred miles from both New York City and Baltimore, Maryland.

From I-95, take exit 17 to South Broad St. (Pennsylvania Route 611) northbound. Go about three and a half miles. Turn left at Lombard St. Turn right at S. 18th Street. This will lead to the intersection of 18th and Walnut Streets, the center of Rittenhouse Row. The park will be on your left.

Rittenhouse Row is also accessible by the 15th/16th Street Station on the PATCO subway line, the Walnut-Locust Station on the Broad Street subway line and the 19th Street Station on the Market-Frankford subway line.

External Links

www.rittenhouserow.org
www.bellevuephiladelphia.com

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Accessories

Burberry (1705 Walnut Street, 215-557-7400)
Club Monaco (1503 Walnut Street, 215-567-7071)
Coach (1703 Walnut Street, 215-564-4558)
Cole Haan (1600 Walnut Street, 215-985-5801)
Guess (1520 Walnut Street, 215-875-8525)
Jacques Ferber (1708 Walnut Street, 215-735-4173)
Joan Shepp (1616 Walnut Street, 215-735-2666)
Juicy Couture (1701 Walnut Street, 215-569-3402)
Kimberly Boutique (123 South 16th Street, 215-564-1066)
Knit Wit (1718 Walnut Street, 215-564-4760)
Lucky Brand Jeans (1634 Walnut Street, 215-732-8934)
Petulia's Folly (1710-12 Sansom Street, 215-569-1344)
Philadelphia Runner (1601 Sansom Street, 215-972-8333)
Ralph Lauren (200 South Broad Street, 215-985-2800)
Talbots (1719-1721 Walnut Street, 215-569-8088)

Antiques

H. A. Eberhardt & Son, Inc. (2010 Walnut Street, 215-568-4144)
Lisa M. ReisMan et Cie (1714 Rittenhouse Square, 215-735-2781)

Apparel

Ann Taylor (1713 Walnut Street, 215-977-9336)
Armani Exchange (1429 Walnut Street, 215-563-5022)
Brooks Brothers (1513 Walnut Street, 215-564-4100)
Burberry (1705 Walnut Street, 215-557-7400)
Club Monaco (1503 Walnut Street, 215-567-7071)
Guess (1520 Walnut Street, 215-875-8525)
Jacques Ferber (1708 Walnut Street, 215-735-4173)
Joan Shepp (1616 Walnut Street, 215-735-2666)
Juicy Couture (1701 Walnut Street, 215-569-3402)
Kimberly Boutique (123 South 16th Street, 215-564-1066)
Knit Wit (1718 Walnut Street, 215-564-4760)
Lucky Brand Jeans (1634 Walnut Street, 215-732-8934)
MaxStudio (1616 Walnut Street, 215-545-6003)
Petulia's Folly (1710-12 Sansom Street, 215-569-1344)
Philadelphia Runner (1601 Sansom Street, 215-972-8333)
Ralph Lauren (200 South Broad Street, 215-985-2800)
Sophy Curson (122 South 19th Street, 215-567-4662)
Talbots (1719-1721 Walnut Street, 215-569-8088)
Urban Outfitters (1627 Walnut Street, 215-569-3131)
Van Aken (1700 Sansom Street, 215-496-0408)

Books

Barnes & Noble (1805 Walnut Street, 215-665-0716)
Joseph Fox Bookshop (1724 Sansom Street, 215-563-4184)

Children's

The Children's Boutique (1702 Walnut Street, 215-732-2661)

Coffee and Dessert

Barnes & Noble (1805 Walnut Street, 215-665-0716)
Cafe Loftus (136 South 15th Street, 215-988-9486)
Capogiro Gelato Artisans (117 South 20th Street, 215-636-9250)
Metropolitan Bakery (262 South 19th Street, 215-545-6655)

Dining

Alfa Bar (1709 Walnut Street, 215-751-0201)
Alma de Cuba (1623 Walnut Street, 215-988-1799)
Applebee's (215 South 15th Street, 215-772-2791)
Audrey Claire (276 South 20th Street, 215-731-1222)
Barclay Prime (237 South 18th Street, 215-732-7560)
Butcher & Singer (1500 Walnut Street, 215-732-4444)
Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse (1823 Sansom Street, 215-665-9500)
D'Angelo's Ristorante Italiano (256 South 20th Street, 215-546-3935)
Devon Seafood Grill (225 South 18th Street, 215-546-5940)
Happy Rooster (118 South 16th Street, 215-963-9311)
Il Portico Ristorante (1519 Walnut Street, 215-587-7000)
The Irish Pub (2007 Walnut Street, 215-568-5603)
Lacroix at the Rittenhouse (210 West Rittenhouse Square, 215-546-9000)
Ladder 15 (1528 Sansom Street, 215-964-9755)
Le Bec Fin (1523 Walnut Street, 215-567-1000)
Noble An American Cookery (2025 Sansom Street, 215-568-7000)
The Palm Restaurant (200 South Broad Street, 215-546-7256)
Parc Restaurant Bistro & Cafe (227 South 18th Street, 215-545-2262)
Pietro's Pizza (1714 Walnut Street, 215-735-8090)
Qdoba Mexican Grill (1528 Walnut Street, 215-546-8007)
Remedy Tea Bar (1628 Sansom Street, 215-557-6688)
Rouge (205 South 18th Street, 215-732-6622)
Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine (124 South 15th Street, 215-564-1821)
Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse (210 West Rittenhouse Square, 215-545-1700)
Snackbar (253 South 20th Street, 215-545-5655)
Twenty Manning (261 South 20th Street, 215-731-0900)
Village Whiskey (118 South 20th Street, 215-665-1088)

Electronics

Apple Store (1607 Walnut Street, 215-861-6400)

Eyewear

Innervision Eyewear (1700 Sansom Street, 215-832-0350)
Optique (1845 Walnut Street, 215-564-6666)
Pearle Vision (1704 Walnut Street, 215-732-7622)

Footwear

Aerosoles (1700 Walnut Street, 215-546-5407)
Benjamin Lovell Shoes (119 South 18th Street, 215-564-4655)
Burberry (1705 Walnut Street, 215-557-7400)
Cole Haan (1600 Walnut Street, 215-985-5801)
Guess (1520 Walnut Street, 215-875-8525)
Head Start Shoes (126 South 17th Street, 215-567-0056)
Joan Shepp (1616 Walnut Street, 215-735-2666)
Lucky Brand Jeans (1634 Walnut Street, 215-732-8934)
Petulia's Folly (1710-12 Sansom Street, 215-569-1344)
Philadelphia Runner (1601 Sansom Street, 215-972-8333)
Ralph Lauren (200 South Broad Street, 215-985-2800)
Talbots (1719-1721 Walnut Street, 215-569-8088)
Urban Outfitters (1627 Walnut Street, 215-569-3131)

Framing

Framing By Walter (2016 Walnut Street, 215-567-3099)

Galleries

Lisa M. ReisMan et Cie (1714 Rittenhouse Square, 215-735-2781)

Gift Shops

Manor Home & Gifts (210 South 17th Street, 215-732-1030)
Town Home (1616 Walnut Street, 215-972-5100)
Urban Outfitters (1627 Walnut Street, 215-569-3131)
Wonderland (2037 Walnut Street, 215-561-1071)

Health and Beauty

MAC (1427 Walnut Street, 215-568-2282)
L'Occitane en Provence (1606 Walnut Street, 215-985-0279)
Origins (200 South Broad Street #M2, 215-772-9441)
ULTA Beauty (1619 Walnut Street, 215-640-9602)

Home Furnishings

Design Within Reach (1710 Walnut Street, 215-735-3195)
J&L Designs (258 South 18th Street, 215-546-4270)
Lisa M. ReisMan et Cie (1714 Rittenhouse Square, 215-735-2781)
Manor Home & Gifts (210 South 17th Street, 215-732-1030)
Petulia's Folly (1710-1712 Sansom Street, 215-569-1344)
Urban Outfitters (1627 Walnut Street, 215-569-3131)
Williams-Sonoma (200 South Broad Street #M6, 215-545-7392)

Jewelry

Dahlia (2003 Walnut Street, 215-568-6878)
Deborah Finn's Rittenhouse Jewelers (220 South 20th Street, 215-665-1776)
Egan Day (260 South 16th Street, 267-773-8833)
Juicy Couture (1701 Walnut Street, 215-569-3402)
Lagos The Store (1735 Walnut Street, 877-588-2401)
Tiffany & Co. (1414 Walnut Street, 215-735-1919)

Maternity

Mimi Maternity (1615 Walnut Street, 215-567-1425)

Stationary

Details (103 South 18th Street, 215-977-9559)

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