The first vendors set up shop here in the mid to late 1880s, and the present-day Italian Market runs along 9th Street from Wharton to Fitzwater streets in Philly’s residential Bella Vista neighborhood. Visitors to the market today will experience many of the same sights, sounds, vibrant colors, and most intoxicating of all, the combined aromas of spices, coffee and freshly baked bread. There is something for everyone—fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, fish, seafood, meats, cheeses, pastries, bread, homemade pasta, ice cream, chocolates, spices, coffee, tea. Add to that a great variety of restaurants, featuring cheesesteaks, pizza, Mexican, Middle Eastern, French, American, and of course, Italian food. Overwhelmed by the choices? Stop at the Visitor Center for suggestions. The market is open year round.
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A visit to Philadelphia for a foodie would be incomplete without a visit to the city's Italian Market on 9th Street in South Philly. Cheese, meat, fish, vegetables, and more, such as specialty stores specializing in Italian delicacies and cooking equipment. This mural of former Mayor Rizzo fills the wall of one of the market buildings. Buy some parmesan cheese to take home.