Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Center City

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to explore all that Center City has to offer year-round. A world-class dining scene, arts & culture, the oldest diamond district in the country… what’s not to love? Check out our top picks for a date night done right for couples, friends and families!   

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Fun at the Fashion District

Market East’s multi-level shopping center is so much more than just shopping. On the top floor, a massive AMC DINE-IN™ theatre offers a full bar, concessions and comfortable reclining seats. Snuggle up with some popcorn while watching a blockbuster film on the big screen before heading over to Round1 Bowling & Amusement, a full-service bowling alley and arcade for all ages. 

Perfect for: Couples, Friends, Families

📍 1001 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Make a Love Potion at The Cauldron Philly

Make magic this Valentine’s Day at The Cauldron Philly, a wizard-themed bar in Midtown Village. On select dates in February, their special Love Potion class will allow guests to brew their own alcoholic concoctions, including the signature Cupid’s Cauldron.  

Perfect for: Couples, Friends

📍 1305 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Image courtesy of the Cauldron Philly

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Acro& Workouts for Besties and Lovers

Acro& is a unique fitness community that blends elements of yoga, gymnastics and weightlifting that typically requires the help of a partner. This Valentine’s Weekend, two special classes will be hosted for both Besties and Lovers. In addition to the fitness class, expect a complimentary glass of bubbly, chocolates and letters of appreciation, and during the Lovers class, a relaxing partner massage.

Perfect for: Couples, Friends

📍 Concierge Ballroom, 30 S. 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Ice Skate at Dilworth Park

Ice skate with your sweetheart in the heart of Center City at the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink! Located in Dilworth Park, the outdoor ice rink is a great option for guests of all ages to enjoy. Nearby at the Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin, skaters can fuel up on comfort food classics and hot drinks, in addition to cocktails, beer and wine. And be sure to make some time to stroll through the park’s Wintergarden. Adorned with thousands of twinkling lights, the green space also offers reindeer topiaries and a Chaddsford Winery kiosk.

Perfect for: Couples, Friends, Families

📍 1 S. 15th Street, (west side of City Hall), Philadelphia, PA 19102
🔗 Website

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Enjoy Dinner and a Show

Center City is the epicenter of Philadelphia’s arts & culture scene, including the Kimmel Cultural Campus, the historic Walnut Street Theatre and many more venues located along the Avenue of the Arts. Upcoming productions in time for Valentine’s Day include 1776 at the Forrest Theatre, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Walnut Street Theatre and The Lifespan of a Fact at the Lantern Theater Company. Before or after the show, enjoy a romantic dinner at one of Center City’s best restaurants. Check out our Center City District Restaurant Week page for inspiration.

Perfect for: Couples, Friends, Families

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Window Shop in Jewelers' Row

Diamond engagement rings, pure gold necklaces, watches, gemstones and pearls - luxury pieces are a stone’s throw away in the country’s oldest diamond district: Jewelers’ Row District. This Valentine’s Day, take a stroll through its cobblestone streets to find the perfect gift for that special someone. While you’re in the neighborhood, treat yourself to something sweet at Lore’s Chocolates!

Perfect for: Couples

📍 Walnut to Market streets and 7th to 9th streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106
🔗 Website

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Image of the Kimpton Hotel Palomar, courtesy of J. Fusco/Visit Philadelphia


Book a Staycation

Enjoy a night of romance and relaxation at one of Philadelphia’s most luxurious hotels. Order room service, grab a drink at the lobby bar or take a dip in an indoor heated pool; with Visit Philly’s Overnight Package, you’ll find the best deal for you and your partner with added perks.

Perfect for: Couples

📍 Various


Enjoy a Spa Day with the Girls

Spend Galentine’s Day with your closest friends by being pampered with facials and pedicures at the newly reopened Rescue Spa in Rittenhouse Square. This flagship location spans 9,700 square feet, which includes 15 treatment rooms, a nail lounge, hair salon, brow room and a makeup boutique.

Perfect for: Friends

📍 1811 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Experience a Wine Tasting at City Winery

City Winery, which is located in the Fashion District, is not only a versatile dining and event space, it also doubles as a working winery! On select evenings, master winemaker Isaac Clark hosts tastings that allow guests to sip and sample blends just steps away from where they’re made. Before or after the tasting, head over to their main stage to find a live music or comedy performance.

Perfect for: Couples, Friends

📍 990 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Take a Cooking Class

La Cucina at the Market, located near Market East, hosts date night cooking classes year-round, with themes ranging from “From Rome with Love” to “Seafood Festa” and “Sushi: Let’s Roll Our Own!” This Valentine’s Day is no different: From 6-9 p.m., couples will work together to prepare a multi-course meal while sipping bottomless bubbly.

Perfect for: Couples

📍 1206 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
🔗 Website

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Image courtesy of La Cucina at the Market

Looking for More Inspiration in the City?

So many fun ways to spend a day in the city, so little time! See other ways you can explore our city here, and be sure to tag us at @centercitydistrict on Instagram to share how you spent your day in the city!