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Now a national retail destination, Center City Philadelphia boasts your favorite global brands, plus a vibrant mix of local boutiques. Philadelphia’s downtown is perfect for all of your shopping needs.


Meet Danielle Allen

Philadelphia, PA

Neighborhood or town you live in:
West Oak Lane

What do you do for a living?
I’m the Orchestra Advancement Administrative Specialist for The Philadelphia Orchestra.  In this role, I assist in managing the Orchestra’s Global Initiatives & Government Relations (GIGR).

What do you most love about what you do for a living?
My GIGR work affords me the exciting opportunity to travel with the Orchestra across the country and around the world.  I love the travel and cultural exchange, but none of that would be possible without the music.  I absolutely love being able to hear/experience The Philadelphia Orchestra in such an intimate way!

How would you spend a perfect day in Center City? 
A perfect day in Center City is spent shopping with my friends. That's followed by lunch or dinner at a great restaurant that serves delicious cocktails. The day turns into the perfect evening with a performance at one of Center City's arts/cultural institutions. 

Favorite places to shop in Center City
I shop just about everywhere (especially when I see a sale sign), but some of my Center City favorites include: Zara, Duross & Langel, LOFT, Open House, Madewell, Sophisticated Seconds, Anthropologie, Goorin Bros., Century 21, Macy’s, Urban Outfitters.

Favorite places to eat in Center City
The Reading Terminal, Sampan, Mission Taqueria, Federal Donuts, Dan Dan , Alma de Cuba, El Fuego, Max Brenner, Pinefish, Mixto, honeygrow, Double Knot, Grocery, DiBruno Brothers.  This list could go on and on!

Favorite places to drink in Center City
In addition to most of the restaurants listed above: Maison 208, Bud & Marilyn’s, El Vez, Graffiti Bar, Harp & Crown.

Favorite Center City hidden gem:
Some could argue that they aren't really hidden, but people are my favorite Center City hidden gem. 

"We can sometimes be upstaged by all of Center City’s wonderful attractions, but we - with all our beautiful differences - are what makes Center City shine so brightly."

Favorite article of clothing
I have a Topshop ombre/baroque-print dress that I just adore.  It fits perfectly and is suitable for most occasions.  I feel beautiful in that dress!

Describe your go-to look
When all else fails, denim to the rescue!  It’s casual yet sophisticated and is the best base to show off statement pieces (clothing, jewelry, shoes, etc.)

Favorite scent
Jo Malone Amber & Patchouli Cologne Intense

Last trip you went on
My most-recent travel was with The Philadelphia Orchestra on its 2017 Tour of Asia.  We traveled to Shanghai, Beijing and Seoul.  I was there for work, but I was able to schedule ample time for sightseeing and shopping!

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