Posted November 25, 2009 by Jamie Moore
After the Thanksgiving turkey has been gobbled, head to King of Prussia, whose claim to fame is one of the largest malls in the country. When the shopping spree is over, rest your wallet at an affordable local theater or a funky cafe that doubles as a hip nightclub. It's all an easy day trip from D.C. or Manhattan.
King of Prussia Mall: On Black Friday, you'll find bargains galore in the 400 stores here. Department store favorites like Bloomingdale's, Macy's, and Neiman Marcus share space with the more upscale Kate Spade, Tiffany & Co., and the soon-to-be-opened Gucci boutiques. Kids will love the Lego store—teens (and dads) the electronic gadgets in Apple and Bose. When shopping energy fades, refuel at one of the 40 restaurants before continuing on with the spending fun.
Colonial Theatre: Put up your weary feet or escape the mall's temptations altogether at this 1903 theater where Houdini once performed daring acts. You can choose from a mix of blockbuster movies, independent films, and live musical and theater acts. During the holidays, catch old-fashioned favorites like White Christmas ($8) or modern celebrations such as Elf ($8). Or, go for some non-holiday entertainment with the hilarious Monty Python and the Holy Grail ($8) or the jazzy tunes of the Eric Mintel Quartet ($17).
Steel City Coffee House: Take a short drive from King of Prussia to this classic cafe stocked with gourmet coffee, loose leaf tea, homemade munchies, and live entertainment. You can banish shopping fatigue with a "Milky Way"—chocolate, caramel, and espresso—or "Rainbow Tea" with orange peel, lavender, and rose hips. In the evening the stage rocks with talent including blues guitarists and folk singers ($10-$22). Join in the weekly open mic night, and, in case you need some liquid courage, the beer and wine policy is BYO.
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