This year’s Guide to Philly features neighborhood guides written by students and recent grads. In this mini-guide to Rittenhouse, we cover things to do, places to eat and everything YOU need to know to enjoy the neighborhood!
As told by Miles West, Temple University 2022
I’m a recently graduated Journalism major from Temple. In my free time, I enjoy sports, music, movies, and TV shows, plus exploring outdoor spaces in the city.
The Rittenhouse neighborhood is an aesthetically pleasing mixture of old-Philadelphia mixed with the city’s rapid growth. This Center City highlight is a one-stop shop for just about anything you could need in the city.
Smack dab in the middle of the city, Rittenhouse is easily accessible through various modes of transportation. 15th/16th Street & Locust Street Station SEPTA station lands you in the epicenter of Rittenhouse’s shopping district, while Indego bikes are plentiful in the area as well.
Kicking back and enjoying the sun at Rittenhouse Square is an ideal summer day for me. Usually, I stop by Barnes & Noble across the street to find a book, then I pick out a spot in the park to chill. The Philadelphia Institute Library is another great option for bibliophiles.
Indochino offers a unique service with their tailored approach to custom suits, a convenient utility for college students transitioning to professional life.
Rittenhouse is not only for play though—there are plenty of ways to stay in shape in the area too. CKO Kickboxing offers discounted classes for students looking to get their burn on. Nearby Philadelphia Runner provides an all-encompassing analysis to keep their patrons in peak shape; not to mention the runs hosted by the club where students can socialize with fellow runners.
Parc Rittenhouse and Devon Seafood are some of Philly’s most renowned fine dining experiences, where visitors can enjoy their meals with Rittenhouse Square Park as a backdrop. Rittenhouse Market around the corner can fulfill all your grocery shopping needs.
Art enthusiasts can enjoy University of the Arts-Art Alliance. Their monthly galleries put top-tier artists on display for free admission.