I actually kind of dig Philly... Stores: the only one that I've found that I really like is called Adresse on Locust. It's got men's, women's and home. The men's wear has Paul Smith, Etro, Malo, Gentry Portofino, and a few other lines. More importantly, the people who run it are super sweet and have good taste. Good stock of men's Lambertson Truex leather wear, probably second only to Bergdorfs. Not the cheapest place, but it's heart is in the right place. Food: cheesesteaks outside of Philly just don't do it. Like bagels outside NYC. Spend a rainy Saturday morning at the Reading Terminal as well -- big covered marketplace of good eats. Sights: take in the Eastern Penitentiary, it's creepy cool. In the summer, get out in the parks some. Of course a weekend trip is a must. NYC is a livelier city than DC by far (hell, Philly can make that claim as well). If you're young and never been to NYC before, enjoy. Of course it'll stink in the summer, but so will DC and Philly.