Italian Market#11 in Best Things To Do in Philadelphia
In addition to visiting Reading Terminal Market and signing up for a Chew Philly Food Tours excursion, foodies will want to save time for shopping and dining at Philadelphia's Italian Market on South Ninth Street. One of the oldest open-air markets in the country, the Italian Market features a multitude of gourmet food vendors selling imported goods, fresh cheeses, homemade chocolates and more. Additionally, visitors have access to stores offering everything from sports gear to books to flowers, as well as bars and restaurants that specialize in Mexican, Italian and Middle Eastern fare, among other cuisines.
Although patrons provide mixed feedback about the market's prices – some say the venue's wares are overpriced, while others note that items sold here are cheaper than comparable goods at Reading Terminal Market – many rave about its old-world ambiance and friendly employees. To make the most of a visit, travelers can book a market tour with a local tour operator like Urban Adventures or Taste 4 Travel, which are featured in our list of the best Philadelphia tours. Tours start at $35 per person.
Some visitors caution that street parking is limited here, so consider arriving early or using public transportation. SEPTA's Ellsworth-Federal station (on the Broad Street Line) is situated a half-mile west, and the No. 45, 47 and 64 buses all offer stops within walking distance. While most of the market's restaurants and stores are open daily, food stalls are generally only staffed Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Check out the Italian Market's website to learn more about vendors, eateries, boutiques, tours and special events.
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Opposite Independence Hall, you'll find the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park. Now residing in a huge glass gazebo, this 2,080-pound piece of history was once mounted in the belfry of Independence Hall. It was used to mark important historic events, most notably at the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Historians believe the first crack developed in the early 1840s. Metal workers were tasked with repairing the bell in anticipation of George Washington's birthday in 1846. The repair was unsuccessful and the bell ceased to chime ever again.
Despite the long lines, recent visitors called this attraction a must-see for all Americans. They also suggested planning your visit first thing in the morning during the week.
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