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Philadelphia Italian Market Tour

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Key Highlights

  • The perfect tour for foodies
  • A tour to titillate and tantalize your tastebuds
  • Discover the history of the famous Philly markets
  • See the street made famous by Rocky
  • Get your fill with tasty food samples
  • Be spoiled for choice by ethnic food stores
  • Chomp down on a Philly Cheese Steak
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily Except Monday

    Duration

    2 hours

    Start time

    10:00am

    Meeting Point

    Corner of 9th & South Streets, outside New Image Art & Framing.
    Please report to the meeting point 10 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    Corner of 9th Street & Passyunk Avenue.

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Get in touch with your inner food critic when you explore the 9th Street Italian Market of Philadelphia.

    This renowned Market is at the heart of one of the oldest neighborhoods in the country. Discover the sounds, smells, tastes and history of this authentic, eclectic shopping and eating emporium.

    See the famous street where Rocky went on one of his training runs!

    Stop for the chance to sample a Philly Cheese Steak, talk to the owners, buy the food and learn about this area’s wonderful history.

    Itinerary

    For your Philadelphia Italian Market Tour you should make your way to the Corner of 9th & South Streets, outside New Image Art & Framing, to meet your local guide.

    Starting at the always vibrant and eclectic South Street you will head off through the neighborhood of Bella Vista in South Philly. You’ll explore the tiny streets in this section and have a chance to view some of the iconic mosaic art from a local artist. Grab a drink at a local coffee shop (payable direct) and see one of the City's great murals across from a typical neighborhood park.

    As we continue to tour Philadelphia, swing by a historic deli, duck into a tempting bakery, and stroll along Christian Street before arriving at the sounds, aromas, and sights of the famous Italian market or, more accurately, the South 9th Street Curb Market.

    With your local guide leading the way, explore the huge variety of stores located here, many of which are Italian in heritage. Your taste buds with be titillated as you wander past cheeses, chocolates, spices and olive oils. Discover a wonderful kitchen store, bakeries, butchers and myriad of other produce stalls.

    And don’t worry, if the temptation to purchase becomes too great, you’re likely to get a bargain as many of these stores discount for our travellers! Along the way you'll get the chance to talk to some of the owners and employees of these shops and stalls, and hear fascinating stories of the development of this area over the years.

    As you continue through the market, cross over the main intersection and head towards a variety of Mexican stores. If this area looks familiar it’s probably because it was here that Rocky ran through the streets on one of his famous training runs. Nearby you’ll also see a selection of Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Chinese, brimming with smells and sights that are sure to delight the senses.

    This Philadelphia market tour concludes at the intersection made famous by local restaurant competitors Pat's and Geno's, where you'll be able to buy a famous Philly Cheesesteak after the tour. If you don’t want the adventure to end here, continue with your guide on the Markets, Mosaics, & Magic tour.

    The tour concludes at the Corner of 9th Street & Passyunk Avenue.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • English-speaking guide
    • Walking tour

    Exclusions

    • Transportation
    • Food and beverages (but most stores will offer discounts if you wish to sample the food)
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.

    Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Please present your booking voucher to the guide at the start of the tour.
    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.