- Best Souvenirs (for Yourself): Although it's definitely not a souvenir shop, Open House has the perfect take-home notecards, costume jewelry, and Philly-theme onesies to carry home and make someone there smile.
- Best Jewelry: A local secret so precious, it feels wrong to share it. Put it this way: Little, unmarked Halloween on Pine Street has such a trove of precious baubles, it's almost a cultural destination. Almost.
- Best Women's Fashion, Local: Talk about sustainable: Sarah van Aken designs the dresses, skirts, jackets, and more at her shop, Sa Va. She makes the wares next door.
- Best Women's Fashion, Classic: Open more than 80 years, staid, stalwart, sophisticated Sophy Curson, at 19th and Sansom, with its haute ready-to-wear and ask-and-ye-shall-receive service, feels like the sort of place Betty Draper would have shopped.
- Best Day Spa: Another secret: A facial, mani-pedi or massage at tucked-away Rescue Rittenhouse Spa Lounge is a minivacation within a vacation, of the relaxing and beautifying variety.
- Best Mall: Sometimes, the best choice is the most obvious: King of Prussia, the country's second-largest enclosed shopping center, has everything you need (from Old Navy to Neiman Marcus) -- and many more things you want. KOP's only downside: The drive out there can be slo-ow.
- Best Shoes: In the heart of Fabric Row, Bus Stop Boutique, stocks a great little assortment of pumps, Tom's, and boots. By great, I mean, addictive.
- Best Handmade Finds: Northern Liberties' Art Star gallery is like a non-virtual, much friendlier, version of Etsy -- with art openings.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.