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. 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.
Swing by a historic deli, a tempting bakery and along Christian Street, before getting to the noises, smells and sights of the famous Italian or, more accurately, 9th Street Market. The Market is the oldest and largest every-day open-air market in the USA, and it’ll be easy to understand why it is one of Philly’s must-see attractions.
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.
After leaving 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 Asian stores, brimming with smells and sights that are sure to delight the senses.
Continuing on for another block or two you’ll arrive at the intersection made famous by Pat's and Geno's, where you'll be able to choose between their competing Philly Cheesesteaks. Select your topping, with or without onions, choose the cheese you'd like, and pull up a seat on the street to enjoy a quintessential Philly culinary experience (payable direct). A delicious way to end your market walking tour.
The tour concludes at the Corner of 9th Street & Passyunk Avenue.