Dec. 12, 2014
Guides aimed at Villanova University students often list this destination as the best shopping in the area. In truth, the King of Prussia mall is the region's premier shopping destination. Villanova itself has no shopping to speak of, and only a small commercial district with eateries catering to students, but it's easy to find both luxury retail and great Main Streets within minutes of Villanova.
In Villanova, the best shopping is all around it.
Villanova itself has no real commercial district to speak of, which seems to be just fine by the residents. It's not all that difficult to get in the car, catch a train or bus, or hop on one's bike to head to shopping and restaurants in nearby Rosemont, St. Davids, Bryn Mawr and Wayne.
There is a small commercial district at the intersection of Lancaster Avenue and Spring Mill Road at the edge of the Villanova campus, though, and it includes some businesses and eateries that cater to the Villanova University crowd. One of those is Campus Corner Pizza, which offers an extensive menu of pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, salads, strombolis, soups, cheesesteaks, seafood and so on. Two doors down is the Nova Mediterranean Grill, which offers "healthy and tasty food with simple and fresh ingredients found across the eastern Mediterranean." (It also offers quesadillas and burgers for those not feeling terribly Greek when they visit.) In between these is Winger's, where chicken wings, chicken nuggets, chicken tenders and Southern fried chicken reign supreme.
For anything else besides gasoline, convenience foods or an all-night copy center, it's off to the surrounding areas. Rosemont's Garrett Hill section supplies the "campus pubs" 'Novans might hang out in, St. Davids has the local supermarket and a computer superstore. The entertainment is found in Bryn Mawr, Ardmore and Wayne (and some of those pubs in Garrett Hill). And for real shopping, the King of Prussia malls are a short drive away, or there are the homegrown boutiques in the Main Line's other shopping hubs.