Italian Market

#11 in Best Things To Do in Philadelphia
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Key Info

919 S. Ninth St.

Price & Hours

Hours vary by vendor


Shopping, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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. 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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