Field Guide: 8 Best Shops in Fishtown

Artsy upstarts, salvaged goods and cool couturiers.


The most shoppable salon in Phily is The Parlour, which pairs luxe brands with some of their own housemade miracle-workers. | Photo by Courtney Apple.

The shopping here is less of a neat cluster and more of a slowly unfurling trail of gems that leads you all the way up Frankford Avenue to the edge of Kensington. Sure, there are barren pockets along the way, but these speak less to what’s missing and more to the neighborhood’s possibilities. And if what comes along is anything like the fantastically motley collection already here — from the festival-ready baubles and fringed moccasins at Adorn (1314 Frankford Avenue) to the acclaimed selection of antique furniture at 20th Century by HFKA (1311 Frankford Avenue) — we can expect big things.

Coming up next, a La Colombe flagship cafe and distillery next to The Parlour, and rumors of a boutique hotel. Whether this increases foot traffic or just makes parking a nightmare remains to be seen. For now, make a beeline to this brimming retail corridor, where you’ll find everything from an incredible atelier to some of the best vintage shopping in the entire city.


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  • julie samuels

    Oh yea, the developers are always promoting fishtown and even in Ny Times. Yeah, right, only about 5 stores there. I went to Parlour and bought some shea butter stuff in a jar. It smelled awful and could have gotten a better product off or etsy or made it myself. Please people.

    • honeybadger25

      Julie, you sound super bitter. Didn’t you bother to smell it before you bought it? These shops and their owners are delights and a welcome addition to the neighborhood and overall revitalization of Frankford Avenue. Many of their products are made in the USA and it’s much better than downtown Chestnut/Walnut Street shopping, which now resembles a cookie-cutter shopping mall. Why don’t you go enjoy a nice lunch at the soon-to-be-opened Cheesecake Factory and then buy some lotion at Bath and Body Works? All of the profit from your crappy meal can then go back to their corporate headquarters 6 states away and you can smell exactly like a suburban housewife. Maybe that’s more your speed than unique local shopping experiences.

      • julie samuels

        Why are you making this so personal. I’m simply stating that the hype about Fishtown is over-glorification. Yeah, the people there seem nice but the products I could make myself. Got a salt spray for my hair that was sub par too. Don’t shop on Walnut. Don’t have enough money to waste on cheaply made products I could make myself.

  • Brian

    My favorite in the neighborhood is Craft Foundry at Berks and Belgrade!

  • Charles Francis

    Craft Foundry is awesome!