Welcome to Rittenhouse
A luxurious neighborhood nestled in the heart of downtown.
One of Philadelphia’s most popular neighborhoods for locals and out-of-towners alike, Rittenhouse provides an upscale mix of luxury amenities and beautiful green space. It’s in the heart of downtown, full of hotels, shops, and restaurants. The warmer months bring alfresco dining and events in the park, and the winter brings cozy restaurants and holiday cheer, making Rittenhouse a vibrant community all year long.
When Philadelphia was founded, there were five public squares included in the original plan. Though it didn’t always have the same name, Rittenhouse Square was one of those five. It was quiet for a long time, but in the mid-19th century, the neighborhood began to spring up around the square. Stately Victorian mansions lined the lush space, and shops and restaurants soon followed.
Rittenhouse is full of upscale homes. Condos in luxury buildings look out over gorgeous parks and are full of amenities, including concierges, gyms, spas, valet parking and salons. There are also less flashy condos in restored historic buildings on quiet streets. While there are also some new constructions, many brownstones and row houses have been immaculately restored, making them the perfect family homes with all the trappings of modern life in a beautiful place.
What to Love
- Gorgeous Rittenhouse Square
- Luxurious shopping and sought-after dining
- A vibrant community
- Great schools
- Exciting activities year-round
Rittenhouse is a vibrant neighborhood in the heart of Philadelphia. Residents have access to some of the best shopping and dining in the city, as well as an expansive calendar of events throughout the year. It’s a great place for professionals, young families, and anyone who desires to come home to beautiful streets, friendly people, and upscale living.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
The popular Rittenhouse Row shopping district sits along Walnut Street. There’s a bevy of restaurant options in this area as well, creating a bustling commercial district by day and a dining hotspot into the evening.
Parc Restaurant is a traditional French bistro with sidewalk seating and a charming dining area that feels like diners have been transported to Paris. At a.kitchen, seasonal ingredients are creatively constructed into American fare, and at its sister bar, a.bar, the menu’s innovative cocktails rotate with the seasons. The Dandelion is a stately homage to the British pub, serving craft beer alongside modern takes on pub fare. Latin flavors abound at Bar Bombón, which serves vegetarian fare on a bustling corner.
Rittenhouse Saturday Farmers' Market takes place year-round on Saturday mornings. It’s a fun space and is full of local vendors such as Gail’s Egg Farm and Rambling Roots Farm. Along Rittenhouse Row, shoppers can find boutiques as well as big-name stores like Anthropologie, Blue Mercury, Madewell, Vince, and Rag and Bone.
Things to Do
Rittenhouse is a thriving neighborhood when it comes to events, art, and cultural experiences. The community here is strong, and it comes out to support both local events and larger performances.
Rittenhouse Square Park is an iconic green space full of flowers in the spring and changing colors in the fall. It has a reflecting pool, plenty of picnic and recreation space, and hosts events and markets throughout the year. The Rittenhouse Row Festival is a spring event that brings all the businesses of Rittenhouse Row together for an exciting few days of entertainment, community, and fashion.
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is an iconic Philadelphia institution that hosts traveling Broadway shows, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, celebrity comedians, and big-name musical artists. It’s a treasure trove of cultural events and exciting nights out.