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Crowds consistently gather at Sabrina's Cafe in Bella Vista Credit: R. Kennedy for GPTMC


You can’t drop into Bella Vista without heading to the Italian Market. The bounty of choices can prove overwhelming, even for eaters with big appetites.

Take this hit list with you to get the full 9th Street experience from morning to evening.

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The Italian Market

A South Philadelphia mainstay since the 19th century

Do you love food, or even just like it? Get to the Italian Market. Immediately.

The South Philadelphia mainstay, thriving since the 19th Century, is a haven for lovers of food.

9th Street and Washington Avenue
(Along 9th Street between Wharton and Fitzwater)
Philadelphia, PA

Sabrina’s Café

A bright and cozy BYOB in South Philadelphia


Nestled near the Italian Market in South Philadelphia, this corner bakery-turned-restaurant serves outstanding, consistent dishes in a cozy, inviting atmosphere. And it just may be Philadelphia’s most popular restaurant.

910-912 Christian Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 574-1599

Fante’s Kitchen Shop

A one-stop shop for the aspiring chef


Before Walnut Street had Williams-Sonoma, the Italian Market had this multi-room storehouse of everything and anything for the home cook. And in addition to vending freshly ground coffee beans (and every possible maker to brew them), essential to esoteric cake-making tools, top-of-the-line Le Creuset and Henckels and gadgets galore, Fante’s often discounts them too.

1006 S. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-5557

Di Bruno Bros.

A glistening specialty food emporium providing a veritable feast for the senses

Cheesecave at the Chestnut Street Di Bruno Bros.

The Di Bruno Bros. specialty store on Chestnut Street is an absolute must-see if you appreciate food. At all. Seriously. This place is very close to a boutique foodies heaven.

1730 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 665-9220

Bardascino Park

A different kind of ball park


This lovingly maintained Bella Vista corner park is well-known for hosting competitive bocce ball tournaments, public concerts and sales.

10th and Carpenter streets
Philadelphia, PA 19147

John’s Water Ice

South Philly’s go-to for Italian water ice since 1945


Since 1945, this warm-weather to-go spot has been transforming fruit, sugar and frozen water into water ice—known elsewhere as “Italian ice.” Loyal patrons choose from lemon, chocolate, cherry or pineapple water ice; vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or butter pecan ice cream; or a combination thereof that John’s dubs “gelati.”

701 Christian Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 925-6955

Paesano’s II

Serious sandwiches with Italian influence


The second location of Northern Liberties’ gourmet Italian sandwich shop resides in heart of the Italian Market. Among the bread-swaddled options: roasted suckling pig adorned with long hots, sharp provolone and broccoli rabe, as well as fried lasagna topped with a fried egg.

1017 S. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 440-0371



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