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9th Street Italian Market
P.O. Box 31710 Philadelphia, PA
S. 9th Street Italian Market from
Wharton St. to Fitzwater St.
South Philly
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Cross Street: Washington Avenue
History of The Italian Market
Please visit our SHOP & DINE section for a complete list of hours of operation by individual merchant. Tuesday to Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sundays: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. During Auuual Festival

The South 9th Street Italian Market runs along 9th Street from Wharton to Fitzwater Streets. The market began in the mid-to-late 1880s when Antonio Palumbo, an Italian immigrant, opened a boarding house in the neighborhood for other Italians. Businesses sprang up to serve this growing community and began to form the largest, outdoor, continuous market in the country. Food stalls began to occupy the East side of 9th Street, where merchants sold fresh fish, fruit and vegetables. A number of butcher shops began to offer the highest-quality cuts of meat. Cheese shops, restaurants and bakeries filled the West side of 9th Street.

Today, while the outdoor vendors and many of the original Italian businesses remain, the market has diversified to reflect new waves of immigration. The market boasts some of the most authentic Mexican fare in the city and the surrounding neighborhood is home to a number of Asian eateries and grocery stores, featuring delicacies such as Korean barbeque and Vietnamese Pho. Additionally, a number of unique gift and service providers provide a well-rounded shopping experience.
  • Tours: Take a tour of the South 9th Street Italian Market, with a personal tour guide - one of our longstanding merchants. Along the way, learn the history of the Italian Market and anecdotal stories about the market's most famous and infamous personalities and hot spots. Stop and sample foods from several iconic food shops. Shop for a gift or memorabilia.

    Contact Andy Maunder for more tour info at 215-280-3746 or send an email to

    What Is The Italian Market: Philadelphia's South 9th Street Italian Market is the nation's oldest outdoor market. Our merchants invite you to join them in a one-of-a-kind celebration on the 3rd weekend in May. It's an extravaganza for the senses - streets lined with vendors offering every Italian delicacy possible, live entertainment, fun contests and more! Come on down for a cant’-miss day of family fun.

  • Annual Festival: Over 100 vendors,lots of food,wiffle ball tounument, live music, Procession of the Saints and much more. Come join us in May. more info...
    Procession Of The Saints
    Parking: The Official Italian Market parking lot is on Carpenter St between 9th & 10th Streets.

    Parking is $5 per day. Lot is open daily 7am-7pm. Additional pay-lots are located at Washington Avenue, between 8th and 9th Streets, and between 9th and 10th Streets. Last but not least, two-hour parking is available on neighboring streets.

Downlode 9th Street Festival Map
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