Rittenhouse Square is the darling of Center City. It is a highly walkable & attractive section of Philadelphia with no limit of things to do. From shopping to dining to cultural institutions they have you covered. A real estate lover’s dream it is chock full of high end real estate like beautiful “they don’t make ’em like they used to” brownstones & soaring luxurious amenity rich condos in the sky; there is something for everyone here. This neighborhood is serviced by the Center City Resident’s Association.
What Are the Boundaries
21st Street to the West, Broad to the East, South to the South & Market to the North
Restaurants, Bars & Nightlife
Grab a drink at R2L (definitely go at night…this is one of the most dazzling views of the city), sit park side at Parc or Rouge to see & be seen or put your dancing shoes on & head to G or Whisper. Some of our favorites are sitting by the fire at the Dandelion, a steak dinner at a round booth at Butcher & Singer (feel like a member of the Rat Pack), a fancy French dining experience at Lacroix, a caffeine fix at Miel (so charming) & oysters & champagne for happy hour at the Sansom Street Oyster House. We never run out of things to do in this neighborhood.
Rittenhouse is home to the 2nd DiBruno Bros. outpost, Sue’s Produce, Food & Friend’s, the Palm Tree Market & a quick car or cab ride can get you to Trader Joe’s on Market, the Whole Foods on Hamilton or South Street & the Super Fresh on South. Not to mention the Reading Terminal Market which is easily accessed by any Center City neighborhood.
Residents of this neighborhood are really lucky. They have TWO options for year round Farmer’s Market. A personal favorite is the one on the Square on the Walnut Street side; the Rittenhouse Market. This one is open on Saturdays from 10-2 all year. Local & organic meats, cheeses & dairy are sold alongside fruits, vegetables, mushrooms from Kennett Square & a variety of annuals succulents & cut flowers. Many vendors even accept credit cards. Another option for residents & public transportation takers alike is the Thursday market at the 16th Street concourse between Market & JFK on Thursdays from noon-6:30 p.m. It is mostly local & organic fruits & vegetables. This market is also year round & they also accept credit cards.
This is probably the best neighborhood for shopping in Center City. Walnut Street is where most of the shopping is located, however, there are many stores peppered throughout the neighborhood to explore. There is a mix of small boutiques like Knit Wit, South Moon Under, Plage Tahiti, the Philadelphia outpost of Intermix & chains like J. Crew, BCBG, Club Monaco, Burberry & Jack Wills (just to name a few). The flagship Anthropologie store is in a beautiful converted mansion right off the square. Whatever you are looking for you are bound to find something special & unique on a shopping trip here.
Rittenhouse Square Park is one of the most beautiful & best used parks in the city. It is lovingly maintained through a public/private partnership between the Fairmount Park Commission & Friends of Rittenhouse Square Park. It is a green leafy oasis full of trees, gardens, nicely manicured lawns, sculptures & a gazing pool. Despite the hustle & bustle of being in Center City the park is a calm respite for residents & visitors alike. On any given day you will find people sitting on one of the many benches eating lunch & people watching, mothers with their children, dog walkers & many people hanging out & enjoying a very public space. The park is surrounded by upscale shopping, luxury condos & hotels, fine dining with lots of outdoor seating facing the park (tres Parissiene) & some of the best cultural institutions Rittenhouse Square offers. Notably, this is one of the original open air parks designed by William Penn during the late 17th century.
Parking & Public Transportation
We love bestparking.com for parking lot & garage options. Suburban Station is nearby where you can catch any one of the Regional Rails. You can take the PATCO line into New Jersey at 16th & Locust. Buses run along Walnut, 19th & 17th. There is a subway stop at 19th & Market & the Walnut/Locust stop is right on Broad Street. This is also an easy spot in the city to catch a cab.
|Price Range:||$1,195 to $14,000,000||Price Average:||$260,871|
|Size Range:||375 to 35,244 Sq. Ft.||Size Average:||1,316 Sq. Ft.|