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2012 Convention News

Philadelphia: A Dining and Shopping Mecca

By Sabrina Abate, Celeste Malone, & Nakeia Smith

Hungry? Philadelphia has it all, from interesting small eateries to Iron Chefs. Money burning a hole in your pocket? Shop our malls, boutiques, or antique shops. Look no further than Philadelphia to satisfy your eating and shopping desires. It might be hard to stay away from the tax-free clothing and shoes! To help you navigate around town, shopping and dining experiences are provided for various neighborhoods.

South Street, The Headhouse District

South Street is made up of more than 100 restaurants. There's American, Thai, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Irish, and Japanese (and that's just one block!).

$$$ Bistrot La Minette
French. 623 S. 6th St. (215) 925-8000. www.bistrotlaminette.com

$$ The Latest Dish
American. 613 S. 4th St. (215) 629-0565. www.latestdish.com

$$ Pietro's Coal Oven Pizzaria
121 South St. (215) 733-0675.

$ Maoz Vegitarian
Vegetarian, Middle Eastern. 248 South St. (215) 625-3500. www.maozusa.com

$ Hot Diggity
Hot dogs, vegetarian. 630 South St. (267) 886-9253. www.thehotdiggity.com

Because Philly's historic Fabric Row is smack in the middle, with one-of-akind finds in boutiques and consignment stores, South Street is truly a great place to indulge in Philly fashion!

Antiquarian's Delight Antiques, vintage, and consignment. 615 S. 6th St. (215) 592-0256. South Street's antiques market, started in a turn-of-the-century house of worship in 1983.

Temptation Women's clothing. 407 South St. (215) 923-0174. A fun clothing store with inexpensive finds.

Denim Bar Unisex clothing. 113 South St. (215) 627-9600. www.denimbar.com. Men's and women's styles from the most popular designers in Paris, Milan, New York, and Los Angeles.

Old City

Old City, located at the far eastern part of Center City, is the site of the nation's first capital. Restaurants in Old City cover a spectrum of international influences. These restaurants range from hallowed institutions of fine dining to hip fusion cuisine hotspots with vibrant bar scenes.

$$$ Buddakan Asian.
325 Chestnut St. (215) 574-9440. www.buddakan.com. A Stephen Starr restaurant; book early.

$$ FARMiCiA
American/local organic. 15 S. 3rd St., (215) 627-6274. www.farmiciarestaurant.com

$$ La Famiglia
Italian. 8th S. Front St. (215) 627-6274. www.lafamiglia.com

$ Campos Deli.
214 Market St. (215) 923-1000. www.camposdeli.com

Old City offers a range of shopping opportunities, design showrooms and art galleries, the hippest shops, and salons and boutiques of every description, with something for every taste and budget. It is one square mile of shopping fun.

Viv Pickle. Handbags. 21 N. 3rd St. (215) 922-5904. www.vivpickel.com. Go ahead, design your own handbag. Bet you can't leave with just one!

Third Street Habit. Clothing. 153 N. 3rd St. (215) 925-5455. www.third streethabit.com. Third Street Habit has been named Best Women's Boutique by Philadelphia Magazine and one of the Top 10 Boutiques in the United States by Lucky magazine.

Scarlett Alley. Eclectic. 241 Race St. (215) 592-7898. www.scarlettalley.com. Its original concept of a gift gallery keeps evolving, but its style and charm remain.

South Philadelphia

This mix of long-established residential ethnic neighborhoods provides a tapestry of sights, sounds, and tastes to explore. For food, it is best known for the open-air Italian Market, outstanding Italian restaurants, and as the home of the cheesesteak.

$$ Victor Café Italian. 1303 Dickinson St. (215) 468- 3040. www.victorcafe.com. The restaurant with opera singing staff.

$ Italian Market 9th Street and runs from Wharton Street to Fitzwater Street. www.philly italianmarket.com

$ Geno's or Pat's Cheesesteaks. 1219 S. 9th or 127 E. Passyunk Ave. No introductions needed; just go and decide which one is better!

Center City (Convention Center District)

Center City is the heart of Philadelphia. It is home to the nation's top restaurants, including award winning BYOs and superstar chef gems. The world of Chinatown is around the corner from the Convention Center.

$$$ Morimoto Asian. 325 Chestnut St. (215) 574-9440. www.buddakan.com. From Iron Chef Morimoto.

$$ Vietnam Vietnamese. 221 N. 11th St. (215) 592- 1163. www.eatatvietnam.com.

$$ Lolita Mexican BYO. 106 South 13th St. (215) 546-7100. www.lolitabyob.com. Bring your own tequila.

$ Reading Terminal Market Farmer's Market. 12th and Arch St. www.readingterminalmarket.org. Stroll through the vast indoor food bazaar and browse everything from handmade imported crafts and American quilts to fresh produce, dairy products, exotic meats and seafood, freshly cut flowers, cookbooks, and expertly prepared foods ranging from cannolis and soft pretzels to gourmet South Asian and organic vegetarian cuisine.

A shopaholic's dream, Center City boasts many shops and neighborhood stores. Around every corner is a place to window gaze or buy something special. In the colder weather, Philadelphia has plenty of indoor shopping experiences.

Macy's. 1300 Market St. One of the most architecturally significant retail spaces in the United States, this is a National Historical Landmark.

The Gallery at Market East. 9th and Market St. www.galleryatmarket east.com. The largest retail complex in downtown Philadelphia.

Shops at Liberty Place. 16th and Chestnut Sts. www.shopsatliberty.com. Shops include some of the city's finest, such as J. Crew, Godiva, Bandolino Shoes, Jos. A. Bank, and Franklin Covey.

Guides to restaurants and shopping will be provided at the convention, in upcoming Communiqué issues, and online at www.nasponline.org/conventions. Look for more Philly flare and convention information.


Sabrina Abate is local arrangements cochair and Celeste Malone and Nakeia Smith are local student cochairs.