Philadelphia Named The #2 Best Shopping City In The World By Condé Nast Traveler

Reading Terminal Market
The Reading Terminal Market is named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the best reasons to shop in Philadelphia.
(Photo by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia)

Thanks to a solid foundation of longstanding retailers and a recent influx of High Street stores and independent boutiques, the Philadelphia shopping scene feels like it has welcomed a new era.

And we’re not the only ones to notice.

Philadelphia claims the #2 spot on the latest Condé Nast Traveler list of The Best Shopping Cities in the World.

The list, as chosen by Condé Nast Traveler readers, calls out 24 of the best cities and neighborhoods all across the world for shopping and fashion including Barcelona at the top and other U.S. cities like Chicago, San Francisco, Honolulu, Portland and Austin.

Naming the expansive Reading Terminal Market and the independent shops of 3rd Street as two key retail meccas, the travel site acknowledges that this city’s shopping landscape is seriously on the rise.

Plus, we think one of the greatest reasons retail therapy feels so right in Philadelphia is that this city (along with the rest of Pennsylvania) is tax-free when it comes to clothing and shoes — all the more reason for a shopping trip to the City of Brotherly Love.


The Best Shopping Cities in the World [Condé Nast Traveler]


Leave a comment directly on the blog


  1. I think Philadelphia is one of 24 named best cities for shopping. I don’t think the list is in any particular order nor does it state it’s a ranking. I think it’s great you think Philadelphia leads Paris, Milan, Hong Kong and New York, but let’s really give that a second thought. I still think it’s a wonderful recognition as Philadelphia is a great city.

  2. To be exact the Old City 3rd Street shopping corridor runs from Chestnut to Vine Streets. Also known as N3rd Street because shopping is only one part of the diverse businesses in the neighborhood. ‘Independent by Design’ Old City designs and develops technology, brands businesses, develops public relations, feeds the masses of foodies, presents works of art and furnishes businesses, homes, and apartments not to mention outfitting restaurants across the region. So yes 3rd Street it is. Welcome.

  3. It’s probably a countdown to the best cities for shopping; that would actually make more sense! :-)

  4. The Philadelphia Inquirer
    Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Columnist
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 3:01 AM

    “Shortly after the new year, Condé Nast Traveler ranked Philadelphia the No. 2 shopping city in the world.
    I repeat, the world.
    It said our Reading Terminal Market and Third Street independents – namely clothing boutique Sugarcube and sleek furniture shop Minima – boasted better shopping than Hong Kong or Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
    The only burg that outranked Philly on the 24-city list – based on an online survey of 77,000 readers and information compiled by Traveler’s blog coordinator – was Barcelona, Spain.”


  5. Philly was once my home, Ive always loved it, I come down from N. Nj, & NYC, to shop, sightsee, visit family, and of course to eat. Best hoagies on the east coast, its gotta be the bread. Can’t wait for the chstk festival! Keep us advised of any changes.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *