MGI’s Guide To A Day In Philadelphia

Philadelphia has so much to offer in terms of art, culture, fine foods and shopping and this summer is no exception. Before it comes to a close we wanted to share some of our team’s favorite Philly spots so you can make the most of our next day trip. Rest assured, each recommendation is known for its great use of design, unparalleled quality and artisan selections – whether it’s art, pastries or jewelry!

Let’s kick off the day with a plein air brunch at Parc on Rittenhouse Square… This iconic French bistro is just as well known for its Parisian-inspired décor as their expansive menu filled with imported cheeses, fine wines and all the classic dishes your Francophile heart desires! Bring on the salade niçoise, steak au poivre and tarte tatin.

If you’re lucky enough to go on a Saturday, the weekly farmer’s market in Rittenhouse Square will draw you in before you know it. On these mornings the sidewalks seemingly overflow with seasonal produce, freshly cut flowers, sustainably sourced proteins, prepared foods, baked goods, live plants, personal care items and gifts. Our favorite vendors include Forest & Main for artisan local beer, Aurora Grace for the most beautiful chocolates you’ve ever seen and Triple Tree Flowers for seasonal or dried bouquets bursting with color, texture and variety.

Wander west on Walnut and you’ll be at The Ritual Shoppe in a matter of minutes. This expertly-curated boutique offers a bevy of handcrafted jewelry, beauty and apothecary products as well as crystals and tarot decks to help you get in touch with your celestial side. It’s the perfect spot to pick up a gift for a friend or treat yourself.

After all that shopping, you may be ready for a pick me up. K’Far Café can be found just to the north between Chestnut and Walnut. An Israeli café from the team behind Zahav, K’Far is a gorgeously designed spot to recaffeinate and take in the inspired, feminine interiors.

From there, you are ready to hit The Barnes! Thanks to the Philadelphia region’s original maximalist, Albert C. Barnes, anyone can immerse themselves in a day of fantastic art and décor – many modernist and impressionist masters grace these walls including Picasso, Renoir and Matisse. The museum’s eclectic collection will inspire you to build out your own gallery walls. Be sure to give us a call when you’re ready – you know we’re game!

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