The Rittenhouse Guide to Fall in Philadelphia

Fall in the northeastern US — is there a better place in the world to spend autumn? From the vibrant colors of the changing leaves to cooler temperatures, fall is the best time to explore the region, whether by car or train. Follow along as we journey from Philadelphia to New York to Boston, uncovering the best things to do this autumn. First up: fall in Philadelphia.

Why spend fall in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia is history come to life. It has all the culture and glamor of New York, yet offers a small-town charm that’s harder for the big city to deliver. From the food scene (Philly is famous for its markets where you can sample the best the city has to offer) to urban parks that bring nature to the city center, there’s plenty to do this fall in Philadelphia.

What to Eat in Philadelphia

From sidewalk dining at Parc Brasserie to BYOB at Audrey Claire and the rite of passage that is an Italian meal at Vetri, these are the best restaurants in Philadelphia to try now. For more local flavor, Chef Jonathan Cichon, who helms the kitchen at Lacroix at The Rittenhouse, says the sandwiches in Philly are a must. “Ranging from roast pork with broccoli rabe to chicken cutlet drenched in mozzarella and tomato sauce and the Vietnamese banh mi,” the city boasts the best sandwiches in the nation. 

Outdoor Activities

Summer may be over, but outdoor activities are just beginning. Cool, temperate weather makes fall in Philadelphia one of the best times for exploring — and simply enjoying being outdoors. Whether it’s Spruce Street Harbor Park (where you can sample local craft beers and bites from the stalls) or the art installations, markets, and film screenings at Cherry Street Pier, the Delaware River waterfront is wonderful to explore on a brisk autumn day.


Head to Walnut Street, the northern block of Rittenhouse Square, for the best shopping in Philadelphia. Apple, Brooks Brothers, Club Monaco, and seemingly the rest of the alphabet are available on this popular street.

The Pleasures of Rittenhouse Square

When you stay at The Rittenhouse Hotel, you’re just steps from the city’s most picturesque square. Take in all of the outdoor works of art, dating to 1832, or visit The Rosenbach, a collection of rare books in a charming 19th-century townhouse. There’s plenty of dining right at the hotel — the AAA Four-Diamond Lacroix, the elegant Italian restaurant Scarpetta — and even more excellent dining awaits just steps away, such as Barclay Prime from acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr. 

Ready to experience fall in Philadelphia?

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