This men’s shoe mecca has always had a killer selection of high-end kicks, but, now, after moving to a new 3,000-square-foot outpost, it’s improved its selection: Find even more luxe shoe and accessory labels, new ready-to-wear apparel, a private speakeasy lounge—and, yes, their $6 shoe shines. 1822 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, ToBoxshoes.com.
After a decade as a men’s and women’s boutique, AITA has pivoted back to its boozy roots, focusing on spirits and barware. While we’ll always love their liquors, it’s the weekly batches of one-of-a-kind glasses and bar supplies shuttled in by vintage emporium Jinxed that keep us, ahem, thirsty for more. 116 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, old.artintheage.com/store.
For years, B&O has been an audiophile’s godsend on the Main Line. But since its move last year, owner Scott Gensler has upped the offerings, with more stylish speaker systems, headphones and televisions. Even better, you can uninterruptedly test gadgets (ones typically only available online) before you buy. 163 East Lancaster Avenue, 2nd Floor, Wayne, PA 19087, stores.bang-olufsen.com/united-states/bang-olufsen-main-line.
AMDG shows up when they say they will, communication is easy and clear, and if there is anything you’re unhappy with—which is highly unlikely—they’ll come back out and deal with it. For work one of our editors needed done, AMDG also offered the lowest estimate by far; the end result, our colleague gushes, is impeccable. 2377 Haverford Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003, TRUSTAMDG.COM.
On Wednesday and Sunday nights, this minimalist dining room strips itself of its contemporary Filipino sensibilities and genteel service, puts bamboo leaves on the table, and gets down-and-dirty with a massive eat-with-your-hands feast of grilled meats, flaky fish, crispy lumpia (Filipino spring rolls), seasonal vegetables and rice—all dumped right on your table by chef-owner Lou Boquila himself. 1535 South 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, perlaphilly.com.
The best pizzas often come from bread nerds, and owner-pizzaiolo Danny DiGiampietro is a bona fide geek when it comes to his dough. A long fermentation process results in ultra-bubbly crusts and a chewy center tinged with sourdough sweetness. 122 North Haddon Avenue, Haddonfield, NJ 08033, angeloshaddonfield.com.
This institution—revamped last year by Chris D’Ambro and Marina de Oliveira—does it all right, from the tidy menu of casual comfort foods to the elegant cocktail list. Both are best enjoyed on the Secret Garden-like patio, where twinkly lights, soft music, and the aromatics of fresh herbs (grown by the kitchen staff) make for the chillest summer hang in the city. 701 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, southwarkrestaurant.com.
Resist the temptation to discuss your menu plan of attack before the waiter lists chef Shane Solomon’s nightly specials, because they’ll inevitably throw a wrench in your plans. Recent highlights: gnocchi with ramps, gorgonzola crema and summer truffle; soft-shell crab carbonara with white asparagus, prosciutto and hand-cut spaghetti; and soups that can outshine a main course. Forget to order the pizza? Yeah, it happens. 420 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, pizzeriastella.net.
With picnic-table seating (ideal for large groups), shuffleboard tables (more room for spectators), and a happy-hour menu of $3 beers and $2 tacos, it’s as if Mission was designed solely for our favorite time of day. 1516 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, missiontaqueria.com.
If you’re not being weird in the craft-beer world these days, you’re not doing enough. Crime & Punishment is doing plenty. The beer lineup in this Dostoyevsky-inspired spot is strange, but in a you’ll-never-be-bored kind of way. To wit: the Three-Body Problem kombu gose, a kettle-soured beer brewed with 20 pounds of dried kelp 2711 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130, crimeandpunishmentbrewingco.com.
The space is white and bright, there are oodles of leather and wood, a flamingo mural and a living wall, and-—well, basically, we’d like to move in. Luckily, husband-and-wife team Emily and Andrew De Stefano’s venture just outside Kennett Square has pretty sweet hair and makeup services, too. (They offer four different kinds of ponytail styling alone!) 882 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317, tribebeauty.com.
Ignore the dim lights, soft music and aromatic oils; you’re not here to relax. You’re here to work—or, rather, be worked on, with a massage so deep, so laser-like in its knot-obliterating precision, that you’ll leave 80 glorious minutes later feeling far less hunched and more, well, human. 1 Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103, curiocollection3.hilton.com/en/hotels/pennsylvania/the-logan-philadelphia-curio-collection-by-hilton-PHLQQQQ/index.html.
Highlights and lowlights—i.e., seriously exquisite dimension—in pinks, lavenders, ceruleans and greens instead of everybody else’s blonds and ombrés. (Tip: Do yourself a favor and binge on the Instagram feed before you go in.) 139 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, barnetfairhair.com.
Sara Sherr has been ruling the local karaoke scene for a while now, but her newest series—in this unexpected coffee shop/bar/co-working space mashup—is the freshest one yet. The themed Thursday nights include Queer, Feminist, Big Gay Country and, our personal favorite, Protest. 931 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123, winwincoffeebar.com.
This outdoor seasonal series, helmed by beloved local yogi Malik Wilson, runs every single day and goes beyond anything you'd expect from a free fitness class. Instructions like "Twist your torso toward Camden" are just a bonus. Race Street Pier, Race Street and North Columbus Boulevard, .