One of five original squares planned by city founder William Penn in the late 17th century, Rittenhouse Square is the heart of Center City’s most expensive and exclusive neighborhood. With a bevy of high-rise residences filled with top-end luxury apartments, and some of the best fine dining experiences in the city, residents can marvel at their options, while also enjoying the luxury retail shopping in the area, all of which help surrounds the beautiful tree-filled park.
What to do and where to go when the stomach grumbles settle in is always an important decision. Why waste a great meal out on a mediocre dining venue? Fortunately, when staying or visiting Philadelphia’s trendy and upscale Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, there’s certainly no shortage of choices. From casual dining options to much more fancy venues, from breakfast to brunch to lunch and dinner and snacks, no one should go hungry in this area. Should you need a place to sit outside and check out the scenery and the locals, make Parc Brasserie your choice. Perhaps you’d like to kick it up a notch for brunch one day. Lacroix at the Rittenhouse is your venue. Even folks who like to eat things a bit different than the average sandwich and burger have choices here, as Dizengoff continues to get great reviews and The Foodery offers up so many beer choices you’ll have to visit more than once to really get a taste of things. It’s also a place you’ll want to take some products home for later enjoyment.
If you haven’t heard about this Stephen Starr’s British-inspired pub in Rittenhouse Square’s brunch menu, don’t feel bad. It is somewhat of a hidden treasure. While this venue is indeed known for great burgers and fish and chips, not everyone knows about the delicious brunch options available here. Once you get a taste of the brioche french toast made of vanilla cream chantilly, and maple syrup or the pancakes with glazed apples and cinnamon-tinged cream, you’re sure to be back for more. Don’t forget about their signature cocktails either, as they’re often the topper to a brunch that starts any day off right.
Vegetarian fans rejoice: Philadelphia has great options for those who do veg only, and this eatery is high on the list of delicious venues. Swing in for lunch and sample an old favorite, or be daring and try something new and tasty. HipCityVeg offers choices like smoked tempeh spinach salad, udon noodle salad, curry tofu wrap and the classic veggie burger as well as a variety of drinks and desserts to satisfy your midday cravings and keep you coming back for more whether you’re a tried-and-true veggie lover to just a lunchtime patron looking to shake things up a bit.
To ensure that Rittenhouse Square is not all just about eating brilliant food and shopping till you drop there are plenty of things to keep one busy in and around Rittenhouse Square? Grab some friends and explore the medically-interesting Mutter museum located at 19 S. 22nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19103. Or you could take in a performance of your choice at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts that’s sure to please located at 260 S. Broad Street Philadelphia PA 19102. Starting around the holidays, don’t miss the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting for a truly magical experience happening in the Center of the Square.