Rittenhouse Square

The place to see and be seen, Rittenhouse Square draws Philadelphians and out-of-towners for top-quality restaurants, off-the-beaten-path museums and great shopping on Walnut and Chestnut Streets.

Photo © B. Krist for GPTMC

Insider Tips

Local celebrities, like members of the Philadelphia Phillies, frequent the many restaurants of Rittenhouse, such as Parc and LaCroix.

Rittenhouse is the place for sweet treats like Capogiro Gelato and Yogorino.

Rittenhouse Square is one of the five original parks planned by William Penn during the founding of Philadelphia. It’s a quarter-mile around the outside of the park, so if you’re jogging for exercise you’ll have to make a few loops!

The Rittenhouse Square area is very easily walked and is accessible by public transportation. Parking is very limited, so try to get there by SEPTA, bike or foot.

SEPTA routes around the square include the 9, 12 and 21 buses, PATCO, the subway and the 19th and Market Street trolley.


On a Budget


Long in the Tooth $
2027 Sansom St.
Yelp.com
215.569.1994
For the cheapest and best selection of used and new CDs, Long in the Tooth is ideal. Its collection features both current hits and music from the last few decades.

 


Curtis Institute of Music (free)
1726 Locust St.
curtis.edu
215.893.5252
The Curtis Institute of Music is home to many intimate and often free concerts, with some of the best up-and-coming musical prodigies.

 

Study Spots


La Citadelle $
1600 Pine St.
Yelp.com
215.546.0820
Free Wi-Fi and lots of indoor and outdoor seating meet all of your studying needs. Delicious coffee and desserts!

 


Philadelphia City Institute (free)
1905 Locust St.
freelibrary.org
215.685.6621
To study and get your research done, check out the Rittenhouse Square area branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. This cozy library makes up for its small size with its charm.

 


Fitler Square (free)
23rd & Pine Sts.
fitlersquare.org
Although slightly smaller than Rittenhouse Square, Fitler Square is also much less crowded. The park is a perfect place to get away and, of course, study.

 

Outside Itch


Rittenhouse Square (free)
18th and Walnut Sts.
On a nice day, it’s perfect to enjoy the outdoors along with adorable pets, impromptu sing-a-longs and other antics that seem to take over this popular hangout spot. The park often hosts different events, like live music performances and flea markets.

 


Villa’s Shoe Repair $$$
266 S. 19th St.
Yelp.com
215.545.5837
If you plan on walking anywhere, you’ll need shoes in top shape. This old-school shop resorts back to those simpler times by fixing shoes, bags and purses on their last leg. Accepts cash only!

 

Arts & Culture


Philadelphia Art Alliance $
251 S. 18th St.
philartalliance.org
215.545.4302
With a large variety of exhibits and a low admission price, the Philadelphia Art Alliance museum is a great place to experience the arts and culture side of Philly. They also have a great garden restaurant.

 


JAG Fine Art $
1538 Pine St.
jagfineart.com
215.840.8591
For a variety of receptions and exhibits, check out JAG Fine Art! Featuring everything from photography to paintings, JAG is a great place for art in Philly.

 


Plays and Players Theatre $$
1714 Delancey Place
playsandplayers.org
215.735.0630
For the most talented theatre in Philly, Plays and Players is the place! This charming and nearly 100-year-old building provides a very intimate setting.

 

Seriously


Omoi $$$
1608 Pine St.
omoionline.com
215.545.0963
For the heart of Japan in Philly, head to Omoi. From stationery, clothing and more infused with Japanese culture, your Tokyo needs will definitely be fulfilled.

 


Doggie Style $$
1635 Spruce St.
doggiestyle2.com
215.545.5900
For the widest selection of upscale items for your dog or cat, Doggie Style is the place to be. Its assortment is one of a kind!

 


Mutter Museum $$
19 S. 22nd St.
muttermuseum.org
215.563.3737
Philadelphia is one of those cities where the line between unique and strange definitely blurs. No stranger to that description is the Mutter Museum, which holds one of the biggest assortments of medical oddities around. With everything from Siamese Twins to tumors, this museum is absolutely for the adventurous type.

 

Don’t Miss



Tselaine $$
1927 Walnut St.
Yelp.com
215.301.4752

 


Hello World $$
257 S. 20th St.
shophelloworld.com
215.545.5297

 


Food and Friends $$
1933 Spruce St.
Yelp.com
215.545.1722

 


Helium $$
2031 Sansom St.
heliumcomedy.com
215.496.9001

 


Academy of Music $$$
Broad and Locust sts.
academyofmusic.org
215.893.1999

 


Scoop Deville $
1734 Chestnut St.
scoopdevilleicecream.com
215.988.9992