It’s easy to spend money in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia’s wealthiest neighborhood and, some would argue, the heart of Center City (at least for shopping). Even so, there are inexpensive gems aplenty in Rittenhouse. So you can grab something good to eat, pull up a seat on a bench in the park itself, and commence with the people watching.
Metropolitan Bakery – A veteran of the neighborhood and a true gem, Metropolitan offers European-style breads and pastries. A fantastic spot to grab a perfect, berry-studded Danish for breakfast or a tomato focaccia for lunch.
Elixr – La Colombe’s original cafe is a Rittenhouse square tradition for coffee, but upstart roaster Elixir is giving La Colombe a run for their money.
DanDan– At this new spot you’ll find Szechuan flavors like dumplings and noodles in a cool, modern atmosphere. Bargain lunch deals can’t be beat.
Vic Sushi Bar – You could walk by this understated sushi bar every day and barely notice it, but you’d be missing out on some of the most consistent and quality sushi in this pared-down spot. It’s just the sushi bar with great combos and maki, and really, isn’t that all you need?
Dizengoff – Philly’s first hummusiya, lunch at Dizengoff will run you under $15, and for it you’ll have their hummus, hot leffe bread, pickles and a topping of your choice like spiced lamb, eggplant and tomato, or egg with sweet fried garlic.
Spread Bagelry – A block off of the square, this Montreal-style bagelry smells sweet with wood smoke. Grab a bag of bagels for later or enjoy one of their sandwiches there.
a.Bar – A sleek, modern jewel box on the corner of 18th and Walnut, a.Bar is hardly bargain dining, but their wine selection and impeccably-crafted food is worth the splurge. Plus, make it your second stop of the evening and enjoy $4 snacks at their late-night happy hour from 10pm until midnight.