Philadelphia Shopping Guide

Old City

Bruges Home

This spacious home store puts a twist on contemporary living by offering textured throw pillows from California's Lauren Saunders, Bulgaria's Bulgar swirl-patterned dishes, and sunny travel bags from Japan's Uchi as part of its quest to bring fresh, international lines to Philly.
323A Race St., 215-922-6041, brugeshome.com

Products: Bags, Decorative/Lighting, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Foster's Urban Homeware

It's impossible to take life too seriously at this sunny home accessory-cum-toy store. Each nook has a new focus, from sleek mod-print Denyse Schmidt Designs bedding to Waechtersbach dinner plates in saturated colors. Count on it for its abundance of quirky gifts (Ben Franklin action figures, bowling pin-shaped lamps).
124 N. Third St., 267-671-0588, shopfosters.com

Products: Decorative/Lighting, Linens, Tabeltop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Kel Boutique

Owner Kelly Gilmore strives for timeless and figure-flattering clothes and stocks her tiny boutique accordingly, with tunics from Puella, sweet dresses from Tocca, and sophisticated garments from Rebecca Taylor.
229 Race St., 215-625-0702

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Lost + Found

Affordable items for every season make the dependable collection at this unassuming boutique a hit. Sift through the racks for cap-sleeved tees from Language and wrap dresses and trench coats from GSUS. And don't miss the pumps from Fly London and sandals from Pink stacked on the floor, or the bags from Rootote on the back shelves.
133 N. Third St., 215-928-1311

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Lougewear, Women's Clothing, Vintage, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Scarlett Alley

It's easy to spend hours inspecting the dizzying amounts of gifts sold at this Old City institution. Our favorites: personalized ceramic platters, whimsical umbrellas, wooden bowls, and a heart charm bracelet by local metalsmith John Wind.
241 Race St., 215-592-7898, scarlettalley.com

Products: Jewelry, Tabletop, Books/Stationery, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Smak Parlour

Mismatched chandeliers and carousel horses serve as decor at this dollhouse of a shop opened by locals Abby Kessler and Katie Loftus. An on-site seamstress whips up the pair's cute under-$200 creations, which include black lace dresses, skull-print hoodies, and Empire-cut denim jackets.
219 Market St., 215-625-4551, smakparlour.com

Products: Lingerie/Lougewear, Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Sugarcube

A walk-in safe doubles as a dressing room for this hip spot, which is located in a historically registered former bank. Proprietor Elisa Buratto, a onetime Urban Outfitters vintage buyer, stocks it with a well-edited mix, with vintage Charles Jourdan pumps, Gunne Sax tops, new smocks from A.P.C., and Bermuda shorts from Saja.
48 S. Third St., 215-238-0825, sugarcube.us

Products: Women's Clothing, Vintage, Shoes
Type of Store: Boutique

Third Street Habit

Floral-fabric-draped dressing rooms, curlicue wrought-iron racks, and a velveteen love seat set an appropriately feminine mood at this boutique that features a forward-thinking assortment of labels (Chan Luu, Sonia/Sonia Rykiel, Imitation of Christ). Bonus: truly helpful shopgirls.
153 N. Third St., 215-925-5455, thirdstreethabit.com

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Lougewear, Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Topstitch

Local designers have come together to sell their goods in this upstairs boutique. Find bags, earrings, and clothes from Linda Smyth, nature-inspired jewelry from Julie Waring and Emmaluv, and reconstructed vintage from Babooshka and Kinked.
311 Market St., 267-332-4057

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

Vagabond

An anchor of Old City's shopping scene, this spacious shop is filled with quick-to-sell-out West Coast apparel from the likes of Veronica M., well-preserved vintage, and locally made clothing. Also find modern dresses from co-owner Megan Murphy's City of Brotherly Love line and soft sweaters from co-owner Mary Clark's StellaPop knitwear line. Inspired by the group of knitting gals always hanging on the couches? You can also pick up a skein from the back of the store and join the circle.
37 N. Third St., 267-671-0737, vagabondboutique.com

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Lougewear, Women's Clothing, Vintage, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique
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