Stressing over the never-ending options of flowers, chocolates, restaurants, and hotels to impress your Valentine with? Here’s the ultimate guide to Rittenhouse Square to help you minimize the panic and celebrate your love.
Whether you're looking for classic red roses or a custom arrangement, the florists at Pure Design will know exactly how to impress your date.
Local favorite flower shop, Pure Design, creates stunning arrangements that you can either customize or select from their list of options. Along with the help of an incredibly friendly staff, find a stunning and fresh bouquet that your beau will love. Completely lost? Select designer's choice, where a specialist will expertly pick the freshest blooms from this season. 500 S. 22nd St., 215-545-6666
Famous for their champagne truffles, stop by Teuscher for decadent bites that your special someone can't resist.
We can't think of a better place to grab your sweets than at Swiss chocolatier, Teuscher (The Shops at The Bellevue, 215-546-7600). Here, you'll find extravagant treats that your valentine can appreciate, including the cult-favorite champagne truffles. Or, if you're hoping to switch it up this year, opt for Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates (108 S. 13th St., 215-546-8700), where you'll find delicious bites painted with bright colors and eye-catching designs. One-of-a-kind flavors like smoked bacon-infused dark chocolate, Sicilian pistachio with olive oil and sea salt, and Bollywood with curry, coconut, and cashew are sure to stand out.
For a lively scene and shared plates, snag a table at popular Spanish eatery Tinto.
If you're really looking to pull out all the stops for your special someone this year, R2L Restaurant (50 S. 16th St., 37th Floor, 215-564-5337) is the ideal destination to impress. This sophisticated American eatery located 500 feet above the city with sweeping views will offer a three-course prix fixe menu on Saturday and Sunday. If you weren't able to book in advance for a window table at R2L Restaurant, don't fret. With plenty of options around the area, head over to Tinto (114 S. 20th St., 215-665-9150), where you and your date can nosh on Basque-style tapas. Plus, during Valentine's Day weekend, this Spanish-influenced tapas bar and lounge will offer two different tasting menus with optional wine pairings that are ideal for sharing.
The Franklin Bar offers potent sips and sultry decor.
Set the mood at this top-notch cocktail lounge, which has a downstairs and upstairs bar. And because the staff at The Franklin Bar (112 S. 18th St., 267-467-3277) knows you won’t be able to have just one drink with their wide selection of libations, they'll offer three- and five-course tasting menus of their most beloved choices. The Ranstead Room (2013 Ranstead St.) is another great location to snuggle up with your date with a couple of nightcaps; this hidden speakeasy will take you back to a more romantic era, thanks to its cozy bar area and seductive candlelit décor.
The Rittenhouse Hotel offers classic charm and modern amenities with prime views of Rittenhouse Square Park.
There's no better time than Valentine's Day to spend the weekend at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia (10 Avenue of the Arts, 215-523-8000), a historic luxury stay, which will undoubtedly kick up the romance. Go above and beyond this year, and book the Romance Package to receive chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of prosecco to share with your one and only. Or you can stick to what you know best, and opt for The Rittenhouse Hotel (210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 215-546-9000), a classic Philadelphia mainstay where luxe interiors and five-star accommodations await. Whether you plan on spending the weekend with afternoon tea or strolling around the park, this option is a win-win on location, service, and amenities.