Philadelphia Italian Market
Also known as the 9th Street Market, Philadelphia’s Italian Market has grown to encompass 8th street and 10th street, and stretches from Fitzwater Street to Wharton Street. There are nearly 200 individual businesses in the market, including curbside vendors lining the street and specialty shops and restaurants in the storefronts in between. A number of cafés and restaurants offer outdoor seating.
Although you can explore the market independently, opting for a guided tour will give you greater insights and help you find hidden gems. Sample a variety of local favorites on a food tasting tour; learn more about the history of the market and meet vendors on a market specific tour; or visit the market as part of a broader sightseeing tour of Philadelphia.
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Things to know before you go
- Dress for the weather as the market is outdoors.
- Bring cash, as not all vendors will take credit cards.
- You can find public restrooms at the Italian Market Visitor Center on 9th Street, between Montrose and Christian streets.
How to get there
The market is located in the Bella Vista and Passyunk Square neighborhoods. There are several paid parking lots and time-restricted street parking in the area. By public transportation, take a bus running along South 8th, 9th, or 10th streets, or the Broad Street Orange Line to Ellsworth-Federal Station.
When to get there
The market is open daily, though some vendors and shops will be closed on Mondays. Hours will vary among vendors, with some opening very early in the morning and closing by early afternoon. Restaurants are generally open later. The market can get very busy on the weekends. Visit early or during the week to beat the crowds.
What to Eat at the Italian Market
Despite its name, you can find more than just Italian food at the Philadelphia Italian Market. Two of the city’s most storied cheesesteak vendors, Geno's Steaks and Pat's King of Steaks, can be found here. You can also find everything from tacos and Thai food to dim sum and jerk chicken. And of course, you can still get pizza and pasta here, including at Lorenzo’s Pizza and Ralph’s Italian Restaurant, which have both been around for over 80 years.
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