Here's What To Do On An Ultimate Girls-Only Adventure in Philadelphia

From the top spots for art, nightlife, spa and more, find out the best there is in Philadelphia for the ultimate girls’ only adventure
An iconic view of the Philadelphia skyline
An iconic view of the Philadelphia skylineShutterstock

Philadelphia is the perfect destination for an unforgettable girls-only vacation. With its unique blend of culture, history, and entertainment, you and your crew can enjoy exceptional art, iconic landmarks, tax-free shopping sprees, and culinary adventures all in one city. We've carefully selected the best places to visit to ensure that your trip is filled with memorable experiences, from exploring the city's vibrant nightlife to indulging in delicious food and much more.


Inside the Barnes Foundation
Inside the Barnes FoundationJ Ryan

When visiting Philadelphia, it is highly recommended to experience the city's vibrant art scene with your friends. You can take a leisurely walk down South Broad Street and soak up the dynamic energy of the Avenue of the Arts, home to some of the city's most prominent performing arts establishments, including Ensemble Arts Philly, Miller Theater, and Philadelphia Theater Company.

Rising Sun at PAFA
Rising Sun at PAFAJ Ryan

Also, you can visit the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), which is the oldest art museum and school in the United States. It is housed in a grand New-Gothic building designed by Frank Furness and features an extensive collection of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculptures.

Shofuso house in West Fairmount Park
Shofuso house in West Fairmount ParkKyle Huff

In West Fairmount Park, you can tour Shofuso, a traditional-style house built in Japan in 1953 using traditional techniques and materials. The property includes a garden, a koi pond, and an island, all of which can be visited.

At the Barnes Foundation, you can explore one of the world's most exceptional collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modernist paintings, including works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Modigliani, and Van Gogh. The museum also houses textiles, metalwork, decorative objects, African sculpture, Native American ceramics and jewellery, Pennsylvania German furniture, and more.

To experience the vibrant performing arts scene in Philly, you can attend captivating shows and performances. For example, you can watch a performance by the Philadelphia Ballet, one of the leading ballet companies in the country, at the Academy of Music, the oldest opera house in the US. Alternatively, you can enjoy a show at the Walnut Street Theatre, America's oldest theatre, which produces an exciting season of Broadway-quality musicals and plays.

Finally, you can explore the world's largest outdoor art gallery by taking a Mural Arts Tour. Public and private tours are available, featuring some of the city's 4000 murals.


Food from Osteria
Food from OsteriaMarissa Evans

Philadelphia boasts a fine dining scene that is both luxurious and delicious. Double Knot is the place to be if you are looking for a gastronomic adventure. This restaurant features Japanese-inspired cuisine in a chic and intimate atmosphere. For rich Italian flavours in an elegant setting, head over to Cicala at the Divine Lorraine, located north of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Across the street, you will find Osteria, which is known for its unforgettable house-made Italian dishes that combine fine dining and family-style service. Dolce Italian, located in W Philadelphia, serves house-made pasta, Neapolitan-style pizzas, and other signature Italian dishes.

Inside the Reading Terminal Market
Inside the Reading Terminal MarketKyle Huff

Reading Terminal Market is another must-visit place for food lovers. This market has over 80 diverse food vendors, offering everything from Pennsylvania Dutch baked goods to Middle Eastern specialities. You can quickly grab essential Philadelphia foods for lunch, such as a cheesesteak or roast pork sandwich, or sit down for a hearty entrée and a beer at one of the iconic bars and restaurants. This market is a true reflection of Philadelphia's unique culture and food culture.

Tax-Free Shopping and More

Fashion District, Philadelphia
Fashion District, PhiladelphiaKyle Huff

Embark on a shopping extravaganza in Philadelphia, where vibrant neighbourhoods offer an array of unique boutiques and tax-free shopping experiences. Explore independent shops scattered throughout the city's eclectic districts, perfect for picking up souvenirs or distinctive gifts.

Fashion District Philadelphia, spanning three city blocks, is home to a mix of shopping, dining, entertainment, and cultural experiences. Reading Terminal Market, just down the street from the Fashion District, is also home to dozens of vendors selling art, crafts, and gifts from local vendors.

Woman shopping at Rittenhouse Row
Woman shopping at Rittenhouse Row

Venture into Philadelphia's Gayborhood and Washington Square West for chic boutique finds, such as Open House's stylish home décor or Duross & Langel's luxurious skincare products. Upscale boutiques like Joan Shepp and Boyds can be found in Rittenhouse Row, while Old City's cobblestone streets house gems like Philadelphia Independents, offering handmade products and much more.

Discover Fabric Row's historic textile shops in Queen Village, or explore Chestnut Hill's garden district, where artisans and local designers thrive at places like Artisans on the Avenue and The Market at the Fareway. With each neighbourhood offering its distinct charm, Philadelphia promises an unforgettable shopping spree with your closest pals.

Located approximately 35 miles northwest of downtown, Philadelphia Premium Outlets is home to 150 fashion brands, with 25% to 65% discounts.


Nightlife at Yakitori Boy
Nightlife at Yakitori Boy

Many options exist if you are looking for a great night out in Philadelphia. You can enjoy live music or spend time with friends while creating unforgettable memories. Time is a restaurant, whiskey bar, taproom, and music venue just a few blocks from the Convention Center. They offer nightly live performances and have three rooms to choose from. The first room is a dining area to enjoy swinging jazz performances. The second room is upstairs and has a Parisian-style club atmosphere. The third room is a cosy whiskey bar where you can have a comforting nightcap. DBG Philly is a lounge and beer garden with eclectic vibes if you're looking for a more laid-back atmosphere. They offer hand-crafted burgers and an excellent place for casual conversations. The Trestle Inn is a perfect choice if you want to go back in time and enjoy vintage vibes and custom cocktails. Yakitori Boy is a karaoke lounge and sushi bar for a truly unforgettable night where the performances are just as memorable as the menu.


Spa at Four Season
Spa at Four SeasonFour Seasons

Are you looking for a relaxing girls' day out? The Rittenhouse Spa and Club - Hair by Paul Labrecque in Philadelphia is the perfect retreat for you and your friends. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and indulge in a range of rejuvenating spa treatments, unwind by the serene indoor pool, or release tension with invigorating workouts. Located near the lush greenery of Rittenhouse Square, this spa is just moments away from upscale shopping, cultural landmarks, and delectable dining options.

For the ultimate luxury experience, head over to the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center. This hotel has been awarded a AAA Five Diamond Designation and features a stunning infinity pool on the 57th floor of the city's tallest building. Pamper yourselves with a range of spa, salon, and wellness services tailored to ensure you and your friends enjoy every moment to the fullest.

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