Souvenir Shopping Part 1, Philadelphia (Self Guided)

It would be a pity to leave Philadelphia without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Philadelphia, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 1
Guide Location: USA » Philadelphia (See other walking tours in Philadelphia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Author: Daniel
Campbell & Company

1) Campbell & Company

What to buy here: Campbell & Company Liberty Bell charm.

Nothing says you had a good time in Philly like a custom-made diamond ring. For generations, Campbell & Company, located on historic Jewelers Row (the oldest in the nation) has offered one of a kind, top quality jewelry. Over 80% of their jewelry consists of original designs they create in their shop. Voted the place to buy diamonds in Philadelphia, their prices are among the very best in the region, consistently beating out New York City.

Whether it’s the eye-catching allure of a diamond bracelet or diamonds or the simplicity of a sterling silver Liberty Bell charm, Campbell & Company will find just the right item for you or a loved one. By the way, if you are a dog lover you definitely have to stop by and meet Campbell’s Employee of the Month (several months running now), a wonderful golden retriever who is delighted to help make far-flung visitors feel at home. Prices vary.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 8:00 - 16:00
Pennsylvania General Store

2) Pennsylvania General Store

What to buy here: Phillyware Gift Set and Jonathan’s wooden utensils.

Looking for something extraordinary to dress up your dining room table? Choose this sophisticated dinner setting featuring hand-drawn illustrations of Philly’s most famous attractions such as Independence Hall, Boathouse Row and Art Museum. Each set includes 2 plates, 2 cups and 2 wine glasses and everything is dishwasher and microwave safe. $99.99 at the Pennsylvania General Store.

The Pennsylvania General Store is located at the historic Reading Terminal Market, an indoor farmers market which first opened its doors in 1892 and still flourishes today. Featuring over 80 vendors, two of them descendants from original stand holders of a century ago, it’s a vibrant, bustling place. You can find gourmet take-out, PA Dutch baked goods, local honey, handmade jewelry and clothing and lots more. Stop by at lunchtime to enjoy real Philly food. It’s a great place for people-watching.

While at the Pennsylvania General Store you might want to also check out their wide selection of Jonathan’s wooden utensils. This is the most gorgeous line of wooden spoons, spatulas, forks and other items you will ever see. Crafted in a small town outside of Philly, these pieces are all hand-made from cherry wood and are almost too beautiful to use. But definitely do use them, as they are smartly designed and exceedingly functional in the kitchen. See you can have it all! Average cost $20.00

Be sure and browse the Terminal and then finish off your tour with a Philly tradition, Bassett’s ice cream!

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 8:00 - 18:00; Sunday: 9:00 - 16:00
Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates

3) Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates

What to buy here: Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates.

Who knew a taste of heaven was available right here in Center City? Indulge in chocolates made of the finest ingredients right on the premises. There are a lot of different tastes and textures to choose from, but think twice about coming in here when you are hungry! The ingredient list alone will be enough to start a major chocolate craving. These are chocolates to be enjoyed and savored, they are that extraordinary. For gifts, you might want to try a sampler of the Philly line. Decorated with iconic Philadelphia images, this chocolate selection includes: Love Park, raspberry ganache, Liberty Bell, 70% cacao, vanilla bean, Soft Pretzel, peanut-butter pretzel ganache and Philly Skyline, crispy hazelnut, milk. You’ll be hard-pressed to pick a favorite. Be sure and buy a second (or third) sampler for the folks back home. Marcie Blaines Artisanal Chocolates use only the finest locally sourced ingredients including many organic items from Lancaster County, PA. Nine piece selection, $17.95 – 19.95. Sixteen piece box, $29.95.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 - 20:00; Sunday: 12:00 - 18:00
Duross & Langel Soaps and Candles

4) Duross & Langel Soaps and Candles

What to buy here: Duross & Langel Soaps and Candles

After a full day of touring the city, nothing beats a long relaxing soak in the tub. Especially when you have laid in a supply of luxurious and heavenly scented Duross & Langel products. Developed and crafted in Philadelphia this natural line will have your skin (and mood) in top condition in no time.

Bliss out to the gorgeous colors and designs of the soaps themselves. Made in small quantities to ensure top quality, Duross & Langel products are made from the best natural ingredients available. You’ll feel like the most pampered celebrity when you use these wonderful products. $7.50 per bar.

Check out their line of hand-poured candles, too. Made of the purest soy wax these candles burn almost forever…well, 30 hours at least. A great gift for a loved one is their LOVE candle, celebrating one of Philadelphia’s most popular pieces of public art, Robert Indiana’s LOVE statue at 15th St. and J.F. Kennedy Blvd. $18.00

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 - 19:00; Sunday: 12:00 - 17:00
Mütter Museum Shop

5) Mütter Museum Shop

What to buy here: Mütter Museum Oddities.

Okay, granted the Mütter Museum isn’t for everyone, but if you or someone you know is an avid CSI fan or medical science buff this is absolutely a must-see stop on your trip to Philadelphia. The museum’s collection began over 150 years ago when a 19th century surgeon decided to display his remarkable collection of medical oddities and unusual conditions. A favorite with David Letterman, and the Discovery Channel, both have spotlighted the museum’s more macabre offerings. The museum itself is fascinating and the museum shop is amazing. It contains a number of items you simply won’t find anywhere else. One of the perennial best sellers is the Conjoined Gingerbread Men Cookie Cutter, inspired by one of the museum’s best-known exhibits. $6.50

Then there is the Mütter Museum calendar, with images of the museum by a renowned group of photographers. $14.95

Where else could you find giant toy microbes or a plush anatomically correct heart pillow (a great Valentine’s Day present by the way) than at the Mütter Museum gift shop? I Heart Guts plush heart, $18.00

Feeling a little chilly? There is a bright yellow winter scarf proclaiming a crime scene…..$16.00

Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Eastern State Penitentiary Gift Shop

6) Eastern State Penitentiary Gift Shop

What to buy here: Eastern State Penitentiary Memorabilia.

Talk with almost any Philadelphia resident and sooner or later they are going to ask if you’ve visited the Pen. What Pen are they referring to? Philadelphia’s notorious Eastern State Penitentiary, considered America’s most historic prison.

It was the world’s first true “penitentiary” imprisoning many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone. Today it is no longer an active prison but is a very active tourist destination and designated historic site. One of their unusual offerings in the gift store is a key chain featuring an exact replica of the front gate key. $7.00

It is also renowned for scary nighttime tours and great Halloween festivities. Look for the limited edition Teddy Scare Bear. Exclusive to ESP, the 8-inch plush Teddy Scare is not your grandmother’s teddy bear…for one thing the brains are removable! Clearly, not meant for impressionable children under 14 (there are small parts). $14.95

A few years ago a photographer made a study of the doorways of the prison. The result is an intriguing poster that is at the same time atmospheric, chilling and architecturally arresting. It’s a one of a kind image. $11.95

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00

Walking Tours in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Create Your Own Walk in Philadelphia

Create Your Own Walk in Philadelphia

Creating your own self-guided walk in Philadelphia is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Philadelphia without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Philadelphia, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Philadelphia Religious Buildings Walking Tour

Philadelphia Religious Buildings Walking Tour

Like every historic city, Philadelphia has a vast range of old churches and historic places of worship. Many of its religious buildings are National Historic Landmarks. Take the following tour to see the most beautiful religious buildings in Philadelphia!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Philadelphia Kids Entertainment Tour

Philadelphia Kids Entertainment Tour

Philadelphia is one of the greatest family destinations in the United States. This wonderful city offers a diversity of interesting attractions for all ages. Its fabulous Arden Theatre Company, the African American Museum, the magnificent sweet shops on Market Street and the Independence Seaport Museum are amazing places for parents to enjoy with their kids. Check out these great attractions in...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Philadelphia is one of the most outstanding historic places in the USA. It is the homeland of the Liberty Bell and the Independence Hall where the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were signed. Here you will also find many art museums one of which is named in the memory of Benjamin Franklin who made Philadelphia famous. Here is a list of the most famous attractions in Philadelphia.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Old City Walking Tour

Old City Walking Tour

The Old City is a wonderful historic area in the heart of Philadelphia. The Declaration House, the Liberty Bell, Congress Hall and Independence Hall are but a few of the historical attractions this great place has to offer. Take the following tour to discover this unique area and see its great attractions!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour II

Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour II

Philadelphia contains a variety of interesting buildings and houses, from homes dating to the 18th and 19th centuries and Victorian buildings to stylish modern towers. It's also home to a vast range of magnificent and interesting landmarks. Among them are the famous LOVE Park, the impressive Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, fabulous Logan Circle, the creative Shakespeare Memorial and much...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Philadelphia for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Philadelphia has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Philadelphia, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.