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The Bourse

The Bourse
The Bourse

© Matti Mattila

The Philadelphia Bourse is a bustling conglomeration of commerce and trade within the Independence Mall, where businessmen, shoppers, and tourists alike revel in this giant retail and office complex's lively atmosphere.

Grain and commodities exporter George E. Bartol founded the Philadelphia Bourse in 1890, after visiting the impressive Bourse in Hamburg, Germany. Upon its completion in 1895, the Philadelphia Bourse Building became the United States' first commodities exchange. In 1979, Kaiserman Company, Inc. purchased the Bourse Building and transformed it into a dynamic office and retail complex. Today, the Bourse is home to more than 50 businesses and boasts 24 food and retail establishments, many of them specialty shops containing souvenirs, unique jewelry, and the latest fashions. Its impressive selection of food, from sushi to Mexican to authentic Philadelphia cheesesteaks, can satisfy even the most fickle of eaters. The Bourse is also within walking distance of many of Philadelphia's most celebrated historic sights, such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.


  • Hours:
  • Only open March through November
  • Monday through Saturday: 10am to 6pm, Sunday: 11am to 5pm
  • Contact:
  • Location: 111 S. Independence Mall East, Suite 900 Philadelphia, PA
  • Phone: 215-625-0300
  • Website:
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