I highly recommend this tour. Chuck did a wonderful job, he knew history and knew the local market business owners. We enjoyed our time touring the Italian Market...beware you will want to eat it all!
Venture to South Philadelphia for a small-group tour of the 9th Street Italian Market. You won’t just get to know the country’s oldest and largest open-air marketplace; accompanied by stories from your guide, plus the opportunity to talk to many of the market vendors, you’ll see a side of Philadelphia that most visitors miss. You’ll also have the opportunity to pick up tempting culinary souvenirs at a discount (own expense).
This small-group tour kicks off on South Street. Meet your guide and go for a stroll down this lively thoroughfare before heading south to the Italian Market.
Thought to be the country’s oldest and largest outdoor market, the Italian Market has long served as a hub for food lovers. Learn about the area’s history from your guide, and pick up delicious souvenirs ranging from cheeses and chocolates to spices and olive oils (own expense). You’ll also have the opportunity to chat with market vendors, and will enjoy a special tour discount at a selection of stalls.
As the tour continues, you’ll also explore a number of Mexican, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Cambodian shops: evidence of the area’s present-day culinary and cultural diversity.
The tour concludes around lunchtime at the intersection of 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue—just steps from Pat’s and Geno’s rival cheesesteak restaurants, should you be tempted to sample Philadelphia’s most famous sandwich (own expense).
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Chuck was our tour guide. I just love how connected he is to Philadelphia and it’s rich history and beautiful people. The pride and craftsmanship in the Italian market is inspiring. I loved how Chuck walked us through history while blending the very personal elements...More
I did this walking tour with our guide Chuck and a group of eight. I was with my sister and we love learning and immersing ourselves in other cultures and worlds. I promise you will have respect for this wonderful place if you take the...More
There's nothing that compares with getting a local's perspective on tour. Chuck was knowledgeable, candid, detailed and patient during our visit to the Italian Market neighborhood. From an intro to Zagar's thought-provoking art while walking through the side streets and alleys to behind-the-scenes peeks in...More
You get more than the Italian Market when Chuck takes you down the south Philly streets and alleys. We learned about some amazing street mosaics along walls of this re-emerging neighborhood. You’ll see the outside/inside and back rooms of the best “old school” meat market,...More