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Iconic 9th Street Italian Market Experience Tour in Philadelphia

Highlights
  • Small-group tour makes for a personal way to discover
  • Experience the country’s oldest and largest outdoor market up close
  • Talk with vendors and enjoy special discounts at market stalls
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Iconic 9th Street Italian Market Experience Tour in Philadelphia
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Iconic 9th Street Italian Market Experience Tour in Philadelphia
From US$ 35.00
Overview

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).

What to Expect

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).

Reviews (43)
1 - 5 of 37 reviews
Reviewed yesterday
A truly fantastic tour!

What a fantastic tour with a very knowledgeable and charismatic tour guide (Ben). We learned so much about the history of the Italian Market, Philadelphia and some contemporary fun facts. Highly recommended for all ages!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Bellagrah
Reviewed 3 days ago
So glad we did this!

I'm proud to say I'm an Irish / Italian American who has lived in the suburbs of Philadelphia all my life. I remember going to South Philadelphia on occasion as a child, but the trips have dwindled down to - I can't remember the last...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Lovelaughterandcoffe
Lee D, Guest Relations Manager at Philadelphia Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Annett (though she’s cool with being Anna, too!) said she had a wonderful time with you and your kids. And what a change you must’ve witnessed of the neighborhood! Come back anytime and check out some other neighborhoods with us, and thanks so much for...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great tour with history, funny stories and tasty samples.

We had a great time with Chuck our guide for the Italian Market tour. He was very knowledgeable about the area being a local and made us laugh with his stories.The walk was at a great pace and we enjoyed the samples from the local...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank cynrui
Lee D, Guest Relations Manager at Philadelphia Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

"Better than expected" is our slogan! Well actually, it's "Best. Day. Ever." But close enough. Thank you for your kind review and for spending your day at the market with Chuck!

Reviewed 2 January 2019 via mobile
Great Tour

I went on this tour with my Dad, and we had a really special day. Our guide Nina was fantastic! She knew all sorts of Philly/Italian Market stories and knew all the best shops and their owners. It was just the three of us, and...More

Thank madeleineG2019
Lee D, Guest Relations Manager at Philadelphia Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2019

Thanks so much for your review! Nina really is an amazing guide and friend and a true local, so we're happy you got the chance to explore her neighborhood with her. We hope you'll keep travelling, and please look us up wherever you go next!

Reviewed 15 November 2018
Walking tour in Little Italy

Wonderful visit with historic information and delightful visits to long established family businesses including delicatessens, bakeries and other specIality food shops. Not forgetting Fante’s Kitchen shop with huge collection of baking and kitchen utensils. Also a well worthwhile visit to Mosaic Garden. My guide, Nina...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank amcl17
Lee D, Guest Relations Manager at Philadelphia Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2018

She certainly is. We're really happy to hear you had a great time with Nina and hope you'll use your UA discount to explore our tours in other cities around the world!

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Response from amcl17 | Reviewed this property |
He may find these tours boring. They are fascinating for an adult interested in history and food.
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