Rittenhouse Square Neighborhood Guide
Discover Things to Do Near Center City
Philadelphia pairs together the excitement of New York with the charm of small-town America. Once the nation’s capital, early American history meets buzzworthy new restaurants in a city dotted with beautiful squares and lined with cobblestone streets. Stay in the heart of it all at AKA just steps from its beautiful and leafy namesake park, Rittenhouse Square.
Where to Eat in Rittenhouse Square
The star power of chef Stephan Starr shines bright at Barclay Prime, a high-end Philadelphia Steakhouse on Rittenhouse Square. This contemporary fine dining experience includes an unmatched menu of meat and seafood, plus highly personalized touches like a curated selection of steak knives presented to diners prior to their entrees. Nearby, The Continental Mid-Town is spread out across two-levels. Enjoy tapas-style dishes and martinis inside, or up on the chic roof deck.
a.kitchen + bar: 135 S. 18th Street
Barclay Prime: 237 S 18th Street
The Continental Mid-Town: 1801 Chestnut Street
Shopping in Rittenhouse Square
The city’s premier shopping district, Walnut Street is just steps from AKA Rittenhouse Square. Here you’ll find everything from fast-fashion brands like Urban Outfitters and Madewell to upscale boutiques like Theory, and enjoy the convenience of shops like the Apple Store and L'Occitane en Provence at your fingertips.
Urban Outfitters: 1627 Walnut Street
Madewell: 1716 Walnut Street
Apple Store: 1607 Walnut Street
L’Occitane en Provence: 1606 Walnut Street
Athleta: 1722 Walnut Street
Timberland: 1709 Walnut Street
Stuart Weitzman: 1711 Walnut Street
Intermix: 1718 Walnut Street
Lululemon: 1720 Walnut Street
Rittenhouse Square Museums and Art Galleries
Even if you’ve never been to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, you’ll recognize the landmark from the classic 1976 film Rocky. The museum was famous long before Sylvester Stallone ran up the museum’s steps to the tune of the Rocky theme song. Founded in 1876, its permanent contains more than a quarter of a million works of art. At the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, explore historic Victorian works from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Philadelphia Museum of Art: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: 118-128 N. Broad Street
Outdoor Activities in Rittenhouse Square
One of the city’s finest squares is just steps from AKA. Join the well-heeled locals in Rittenhouse Square, widely considered one of the finest urban public spaces in the United States.
Rittenhouse Square: 210 W. Rittenhouse Square