Garces Trading Company is Chef Jose Garces's culinary package offering European fare, reflecting a touch of the chef's Spanish cooking with handcrafted cheese and charcuterie in a modern bistro setting. The space is used as a gourmet market to host artisanal and imported foods under the Garces Trading Company label, a flower shop, an on-site bakery, private label olive oils and vinegars, Chef Garces' signature coffee and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's first wine boutique. And of course a full fledged cafe. The lunch, brunch and dinner menu features an assortment of pastas such as Pappardelle with lamb ragu, sun choke puree and piavecchio, thin crust and deep dish pizzas, sandwiches and daily specials. The venue looks like an outdoor European market, where guests can browse through the shops displaying delectable wares of hanging cured meats and cheeses, blossom sprays and cases of wine, shop and then settle down in the central dining area to enjoy the wonderful food and their purchases.
As a city imbued with a strong sense of history, it's obvious that Philadelphia would have a shopping locale such as Antiques Row. The shopping section is overloaded with the classic, dusty antiques shops and dealers, as well as plenty of designers skilled at making items from the past fresh and new. You'll often see couples, young and old, shopping here for the perfect item for their home. Whether you're looking for something to add depth and value to décor or simply something from a particular era, Antiques Row is the spot to look to fit the niche.
For a whole lot of style and pizazz, walk into Kimberly Boutique-a garment and accessories store. This self-owned business sells off-the-rack garments, designer wear, bags, jewelry and much more. It offers the very best in stylish clothing for one and all. Just try on a great pair of jeans and a funky shirt to feel like a million bucks. You won't regret your pick-the fashion is up to the mark and uber-chic. Make sure you walk in with a heavy pocket!
All you choco maniacs will dig this place. A café dedicated to chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Feast on the likes of Lemon-thyme burst, dark chocolate with an explosive, and tart and spicy liquid center. The frozen drinking chocolate is also quite a hit. So make Center City your haunt and keep looking for excuses, oops occasions to celebrate!
Greek native designer Bela Shehu's designs can be picked at her chic store that is frequented by those with a natty sense of style. T-shirt, jeans, formal dresses, pantsuits and party wear comprise part of the collection. Other items to be discovered are designs from Christopher Dean and Cass Guy. Sexy is the key word, and clothes retain a distinct quality-they are not the flamboyant, outrageous rags you find on big ramps, but stuff that can actually be worn. Biche de Bere French handmade metal jewelry adds to the bling. Needless to say, the tab may be a bit of a shock, but it can be counted among life's little trifles if you belong to the hoity-toity class.
Blaze your fiery trail around the city on your brand new mini-wheels, bought from this exclusive store. The 1,800 square foot sprawling place is stuffed with ski, skate and snowboarding gear and accessories that will delight the hard-core speedophile. A large range of men's and women's wear also line the shelves, as do a myriad of shoes, sweaters, jackets and other sports duds. Sift through togs from Burton, Lib Tech, Rome, Northwave, Arbor, Volcom, Roxy, Quiksilver, and Helly Hansen-you will be overwhelmed with choices!
Tucked into the southeastern corner of the Reading Terminal Market, Iovine's carries a small but select group of organic greens, herbs, roots, radishes, endive, and other leafy delights. Iovine Brothers Produce is also one of the only places in the area to get fresh organic eggs. There is a good deal of macrobiotic produce on hand as well. Fruit is the only item that is not pesticide and chemical free. Located under the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the market is filled with other fresh produce sellers, delis, bakeries, and prepared foods.
Tucked away in the enclaves of South Philly lies a den of authentic Middle Eastern cuisine known as Bitar's. The Brothers Bitar prepare falafels, shish-kabobs, gyros, kafta(ground lamb and spices) and other items prepared on pita bread. Authentic imported ingredients are used and are available to take home in the marketplace first and restaurant second establishment. Simple sidewalk tables and a few tables inside provide for a casual lunch. Many customers get their selections for take out.
Located three blocks east of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Market Place East is a blend of shops and restaurants in a renovated historic building. Major tenants include Ross Dress for Less and Dress Barn. The lower level features a food court with atrium setting. Enjoy lunch at Au Bon Pain, Dunkin Donuts, Pagano's Market, Pagano's Pizza, China Pagoda and Bankers Cafeteria.
The flagship store of the renowned women's apparel company is right in the heart of Center City's Rittenhouse Row, a great place to spend the afternoon, with plenty of shops and restaurants from which to choose. Completely renovated, the elegant Walnut Street Jones New York store carries the most recent fashions from the collection: Jones New York, Jones New York Sport, Jones New York Suit, and Jones & Co.
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