Italian Market

Italian Market, Philadelphia: Hours, Address, Italian Market Reviews: 4/5

Italian Market
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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A colorful outdoor market specializing in Italian foodstuffs.
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Bryce S
New Hope, PA1,588 contributions
Jul 2021
We visited the Italian Market in Philadelphia on Saturday morning. We live outside the city, but it’s an easy drive. It’s a great experience. You can understand why it’s a popular tourist attraction. Two of the benefits in our post pandemic world are that it’s on outdoor experience and there are now several outdoor cafes.

The main feature is one street lined with vendors selling fresh vegetables and fruits from plywood tables. The line of tables covers several blocks. The prices are reasonable. This isn’t a farmer’s market, but rather a produce market. Bring cash.

The street is lined on both sides with food specialty shops. There are places for pasta, cheeses, pork, olive oil, herbs, baked goods and high end specialty foods. There’s Fante’s, famous for cookware and kitchen utensils.

It’s a great place to wander and shop. There are plenty of places to eat in the general area. Parking is the problem. Fortunately, there’s a public lot nearby. On Saturday, parking for an hour cost a dollar. Parking is the only negative.
Written July 11, 2021
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kharpole
Newburgh, IN13 contributions
Nov 2019
5 or 6 blocks of authentic mam and pop shops. Kitchen wares, bottle shops, live poultry, cheese shop, restaurant’s, cafes, and my favorite, cannoli cafe. With THE 2 Cheese steak shops at one end, you won’t go home hungry. A great way to spend a afternoon.
Written February 15, 2020
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JeffBreedlove
Atlanta, GA4,236 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We enjoyed our visit to The Italian Market. There are still several great restaurants and stores. Perhaps not as many as years past, but still enough independent local place to make this an authentic neighborhood

As a traveler I respect the effort by this community to provide a enjoyable experience for their guests

This is a great place to visit early before it’s too crowded a d get a treat at one of the shops

Parking is a challenge, there is lot or two in the immediate area

Go enjoy
Written November 27, 2021
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cgpabon01
Northborough, MA478 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
What is published and what you get to see, if you dare to visit will kill you! A dirty, deserted, stinky,all rotten street, .. It is like a ghost town compared to what it used to be. My recommendation…A total waste of time and big frustration
Written August 27, 2021
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LoafJugThouTree
Shepherdstown, WV664 contributions
Apr 2021
Give yourself three to four hours, so you can look, smell, nibble, do more than nibble, select, and prepare for the journey home. WHAT FUN! So many foods and kitchen implements that you find nowhere else. And so much you can find elsewhere, except it's not as good. Pastas. Oils. Vinegars. Fruits. Veggies. Arrive hungry! You'll be thankful when you do.
Written April 28, 2021
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Micaela H.
Denver, CO4 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
Sad to say, but not all is wonderful here. The true Italian markets are wonderful and the Italian businesses are done with a spirit of excellence. Once you cross Carpenter Street, feels like Old Mexico with dirty sidewalks and trash and no pride of ownership. I thought this entire area was Italian owned businesses but they are not all Italian. I am of Spanish/Mexican decent and I am embarrassed/sad to see the vast differences in Italian owned vs. non-Italian owned business. We have to up our game folks.
Written July 5, 2021
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Rick R
Danbury, CT448 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
On arrival you’ll see lots of produce vendors lining the sides of the road. Great selection and great prices. Behind those vendors are shops with meat cheese and fish vendors. Great selection and prices here to. Along the street you’ll pass restaurants and bakeries as well as general general grocers w all kinds of it Italian foods including fresh and frozen pastas. Bring a bag or two. Maybe even a cooler bag cause you will want to bring lots home.
Written March 2, 2020
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chetndeb
Elizabeth, NJ3,306 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
I love Farmers markets and the open air Italian market has everything you could want. I always get my produce there and no trip would be complete without a stop at Di Bruno cheese shop.
Written April 3, 2021
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MiouMiou
West Long Branch, NJ1,123 contributions
We just returned from a day trip to Philadelphia and the Italian Market. It was interesting, but not what we expected.

First of all, you can "do" the entire market in about 2 hours. It is definitely not an all day affair. Since we went on a Saturday, there was an outdoor market as well, with lots of vendors selling fruits and vegetables, with prices that were a lot lower than the supermarket. The quality of the produce looked pretty good. Of course all the vendors were strictly on a cash only basis.

South 9th Street was packed with people, but we were able to find parking right on the street immediately. There are a lot of interesting shops, mostly of the food variety.

There are a lot of speciality meat and fish markets, most all of whom only take cash, so that is something to keep in mind. There are a lot of ATM machines all around in case you run out of money.

We loved DiBruno Brothers at 930 South 9th Street. This shop sells cheeses from all over the world, and we were able to find 10 year old Gouda (something we had previously only been able to purchase in The Netherlands) as well as the best Stilton Cheese I have had outside of England. We were also able to get two pointy loaves of freshly baked Italian bread, and they smelled so good we could barely wait to get home to eat them. DiBruno's is packed, you will wait in line, but it is so worth it. Service is fast and friendly, and they will give you a taste of everything. The prices for the cheeses are not cheap, but certainly cheaper than taking a plane to the country you want the special cheese from. The minute we walked into DiBruno's we began drooling, there were no many wonderful types of deli items, Italian specialties, sausages, it is definitely not to be missed. DiBruno's does take credit cards, by the way, as does Claudio's.

We also stopped into Claudio Specialty Foods at 924-26 South 9th Street, and got a can of expresso coffee that my husband has said is the best he ever tried. They have an impressive selection of olives, cheese and meats as well. Again, there is a line, but service is quick and friendly.

We did not eat at any of the famous "cheese-steak" places that lined the street, opting instead for a sit down lunch at Ralph's Italian Restaurant, at 760 S. 9th Street. The meal there was great, the waiters were very friendly. I had the "everything" salad for $12, it was absolutely huge, almost 8 inches high, packed with Italian meats, cheeses, olives, tuna, anchovies, it was excellent. It was so big that I had to take most of it home, and it took 2 large take away containers to fit the leftovers. The waiter also threw in a half of loaf of delicious bread. My husband had the meat lasagna for $13 and he said it was excellent. Again, Ralph's is cash only, so be prepared. We would definitely eat here again next time we return.

Oddly enough, on the whole street, we could only find one Italian Bakery, and by the time we got there, they were pretty much sold out of everything. It is also difficult to find a bathroom - you have to buy something to use a bathroom in any store.

The thing we were most surprised and disappointed about was how small the "Italian Market" area was, and how many vacant stores there were. The worst thing about it was the filth - the streets and sidewalks were absolutey filthy with trash, as well as a lot of dead pigeons. There was one Chinese type market that had a lot of live turkeys and chickens crammed into tiny crates outside the store on the sidewalk, and that was just awful to see, and we crossed the street to avoid it.

Its definitely a place worth visiting, especially if you live locally, as you can get a lot of foodstuffs here that can't be bought in the regular supermarkets. Just don't plan to make a day out of it.
Written September 16, 2006
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booradley2
san diego214 contributions
I'd actually gone down to South Philly to check out Joey Coyle's old neighborhood. (Joey Coyle was a guy who found a million dollars in cash literally lying in the street near his house. The guy lived out one of my favorite fantasies, and I had to actually see the area where it happened.) After walking around Coyle's neighborhood, I got in my car and began driving randomly. All the streets in that part of town are one lane wide and lined solidly with parked cars, so there's no place to pull over (to look at a map, say). Two-story brick rowhouses fill every block. It feels like you're driving through a giant maze. About the only thing that changes is the ethnic composition of the people you see hanging out on the street. (And that seems to vary almost from block to block, at times.) During this odyssey I passed the southern end of the Italian Market. This was a Sunday afternoon in October and I thought the place would be deserted---the Eagles were playing a game and I figured everyone would be home watching---but the sidewalks were full of shoppers, browsers and plain old looky-loos. I found a place to park and I joined the throng. The shops that make up the market are ancient and loaded with character. I'm not much into shopping but I like marketplaces, especially old authentic bazaars like the Italian Market. I don't think you can say you've really experienced Philadelphia without visiting the market and environs.
Written November 19, 2004
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