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  • 12 Steps Down

    A straight-up subterranean pub

    A dozen stairs below ground, this drinkers’ pub inhabits the northern tip of the Italian Market. Three beers on tap—one microbrew, one big-name, one low-priced—and a rock-stocked jukebox aim to please patrons on all types of budgets.

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  • 9th Street Italian Market Festival

    Enjoy a weekend of authentic Italian American culture in South Philadelphia

    Dining outside at the Italian Market

    It all starts with the great sights, sounds and aromas of America’s oldest continuously operating open-air market: South Philadelphia’s famous Italian Market. And the most important thing for you to bring with you is your appetite.

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  • Anthony’s Italian Coffee & Chocolate House

    Espresso for Italo-philes

    If you like your cafes with a strong Italian accent, visit Anthony’s, which offers panini, sweets and from-scratch gelato in addition to killer espresso drinks.

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  • Avenue Scoop

    Classic cones and cafe cuisine

    Avenue Scoop cranks out ice cream by the cone, bowl or sundae in addition to simple eats like bagels and waffles.

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  • B Square Gallery

    Bella Vista’s artistic voice

    This spacious “living room for the neighborhood” has tons of great beer on tap and a cracklin’ fireplace to warm up your bones but not your pint.

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  • 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.

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  • Bella Vista Beer Distributor

    A warehouse destination for beer by the case

    While they don’t sell six-packs (blame PA’s odd alcohol laws for that), Bella Vista is a must-stop for high-quality craft beer by the case or keg.

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  • Bibou

    A casual South Philly BYOB serving lovingly prepared, rustic French food

    Bibou

    The labor of love of husband-and-wife team Charlotte and Pierre Calmels (former executive chef at Le Bec-Fin), Bibou serves delicately prepared, rustic French bistro fare in a casual space in South Philadelphia.

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  • Bistrot La Minette

    An authentic French bistrot in the Queen Village neighborhood

    An authentic French bistrot in the Queen Village neighborhood

    Bistrot La Minette is the realization of Chef Peter Woolsey’s dream to bring the charm and good taste of a French bistrot to Philadelphia’s dynamic restaurant scene.

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  • Blue Belly BBQ

    Stick-to-your-ribs sandwiches and smoky meats

    Across the street from elder sister restaurant Cochon (see Bella Vista section), this tiny spot offers meat a bit more casually—international barbecue-style. Sandwiches come stuffed with slow-roasted pig, Korean beef, lamb barbacoa, jerk chicken, homemade “double dogs” or grilled falafel.

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  • Brauhaus Schmitz

    South Street’s bustling German beer hall

    The premier German beer bar in Philly packs in European soccer fans on the regular, but it’s also a top-notch restaurant, with modern German cooking from chef Jeremy Nolen.

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  • Cafe Diem

    Better for bun

    A teeny family-owned alternative to the many enormous Vietnamese soup parlors in the area, Diem simmers up what might be the city’s best bun bo hue, a pho alternative for lovers of funk and spice.

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  • Cafe Nhu Y

    Sandwich artists

    Craving a banh mi, or Vietnamese hoagie? The family behind Nhu Y does ‘em fresh daily at crazy-low prices.

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  • Chapterhouse Café & Gallery

    Carefully poured coffee and fine art

    A historic townhouse transformed into a cleanly modern venue for cutting-edge art shows, and great fair trade coffees and teas. Though Chapterhouse is big, its many tables are typically crowded with students and lingerers.

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  • Chick’s Social Kitchen + Bar

    Classic cocktails, Italian-style

    Classic and newly invented cocktails and small plates are the order of the evening at this bustling restored taproom. As a nod to its Italian roots, Chick’s serves Chianti and Prosecco by the glass, along with draft Peroni.

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  • Cianfrani Park

    Take it outside

    Host to regular concert series and events, Cianfrani Park is also well-loved in the neighborhood for its festive holiday light displays every winter.

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  • Claudio’s Specialty Foods

    Find all the elements of a fine antipasti plate and more

    A salad bar’s worth of olives, a half dozen cases of cheese and salumeria and more than a few shelves of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dry pasta, canned tomatoes and other Italian specialties are for sale at this friendly, well-priced Italian Market store. Next door, Claudio’s vends its homemade mozzarella.

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  • Cochon

    Perfect for pork lovers

    French for “pig,” this one-room, open-kitchen BYOB is justly known for its hearty offerings, with an emphasis on the pork. Must-tries include bacon mashed potatoes, grilled spare ribs and, from the Sunday brunch menu, deep-fried oysters with bacon mayo.

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  • Cucina Forte

    Go for gnocchi gold

    This homey Italian BYOB is best known for chef-owner Maria Forte’s amazing ricotta gnocchi, pillow pasta that The Philadelphia Inquirer restaurant critic Craig La Ban referred to as “weightless wonders of the dumpling world.” After those doughy delights, regulars recommend any of the day’s specials.

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  • D’Angelo Bros.

    A neighborhood butcher with a wide range of meats on the block

    In business for more than eight decades, Sonny D’Angelo’s neighborhood butcher has carved out a reputation as the place for unorthodox meats — think ostrich, caribou, kangaroo or even alligator.

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  • Da Vinci Art Alliance

    Nurturing creation

    Founded in 1931 by a team of Italian-American artists, Da Vinci is a non-profit space dedicated to showcasing the best creative Philly has to offer.

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  • Dante & Luigi’s

    Old World charm in the historic Italian Market

    One of the city’s oldest trattorias celebrates Italian-American cuisine with homemade lasagna, hearty veal chops and other traditional treats slathered in famous “red gravy” (South Philly-speak for marinara).

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  • 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.

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  • Fitzwater Café

    The Saloon’s little sister is a casual alternative

    Transformed from a vintage gas station, this quaint satellite to the Saloon (see below) is a Bella Vista go-to for breakfast and lunch, and, on Friday and Saturdays, casual Italian dinners. Patrons fill cafe tables and a bar for airy French toast, crunchy-topped banana muffins, roast pork sandwiches and, at night, homemade pasta.

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  • Fleisher Art Memorial

    The people’s palette

    Fleisher is a unique and inspiring space that hosts a large number of affordable classes and educational opportunities in addition to art shows and events.

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  • Gleaner’s Café

    Coffee, camaraderie and vegan baked goods

    A Hershey’s Kiss comes with every cappuccino, latte or plain ole joe at this tiny Italian Market hangout. Bagel sandwiches and vegan baked goods provide ample sustenance to balance out a customer’s caffeine buzz.

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  • Growlers

    Bella Vista’s beer bar

    This spacious “living room for the neighborhood” has tons of great beer on tap and a cracklin’ fireplace to warm up your bones but not your pint.

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  • Hawthornes Biercafe

    Beer by the bottle and casual fare with international flair

    On a wide stretch of 11th Street, this half beer boutique, half sandwich shop has become a popular breakfast-through-dinner spot. A chalkboard menu offers panini, salads, burgers, cheese and meat boards and pierogies, along with growlers of beer to go.

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  • Hot Diggity!

    Hot dogs fit for foodies

    South Street’s friendly, colorful hot dog specialist does some of the best dogs in town, complemented by a crazy selection of housemade sodas you will never find anywhere else.

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  • Isgro Pastries

    Traditional Italian treats since 1904

    More than a century ago, baker Gus Isgro established this Italian Market-area shop, a take-a-number spot whose unmistakably buttery aroma wafts down Christian Street. Customers swear by the pound cake, Italian cream and strawberry shortcakes, but filled-to-order cannoli are Isgro’s top sellers.

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  • Jed Williams Studio

    Art for all

    A representation of the artistic DIY spirit of Bella Vista and Philly as a whole, Jed Williams’ community-oriented gallery is a winning launchpad for emerging artists.

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  • Jim’s Steaks

    Cheesesteaks worth the wait

    Jim's Steak's, South Street's cheesesteak authority

    South Street’s eclectic mix of people makes for an excellent customer base for Jim’s Steaks, South Street’s premier cheesesteak shop. The crowds can often mean a bit of a wait before you actually get to taste one of Jim’s fine cheesesteak sandwiches, as the line at Jim’s on weekends can stretch out the front door and around the corner onto Fourth Street.

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  • 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.”

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  • Monsu

    A delicious slice of Sicily in South Philly

    Another Italian Market BYOB, this corner spot prides itself on its Sicilian roots. Its brunch and dinner menus offer the mild (think airy eggplant parmigiana, ricotta-and-zucchini ravioli and osso buco) to the slightly wild (sweet-and-sour tripe).

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  • Nina’s Trattoria

    Serving family recipes from across Italy

    A long vacant Italian Market storefront gained new life as this under-the-radar, authentically Italian BYOB. Lunch, brunch and dinner menus feature farm-to-table fare, including homemade meatballs, grilled radicchio and asparagus patties.

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  • Nomad Pizza

    An itinerant pizzeria puts down roots off of South Street

    Born of a food truck (which was born of a $10,000 wood oven used at home, embedded in a vintage REO Speedwagon), this simple, upscale pizzeria has a pies-first focus. Aficionados have fallen for Nomad’s airy Neapolitan-style pizzas, normally preceded by crisp salads, washed down by hoppy ales, and, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings, accompanied by free movies.

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  • 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.

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  • Paloma

    Superlative Mexican fare sans tortillas

    Haute Mexican—mushroom flan, huitlacoche mousse-stuffed duck, poblano-touched corn chowder—is the draw at this refined BYOB. Dinner here ends with no-kidding desserts such as mojito layer cake with a scoop of mango habanero sorbet.

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  • Percy Street Barbecue

    Texas-style barbecue in the truest sense

    Percy Street Barbecue

    Serving a straightforward selection of slowly smoked meats and homey side dishes alongside craft beers and tasty cocktails, Percy Street is on its way to become the city’s top spot for barbecue.

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  • Ps and Qs

    Mind your apparel, guys

    At this new menswear boutique, heritage brands—Herschel Supply Co., Pendleton—share racks with trendy labels—Norse Projects, Warriors of Radness. Each piece has been thoroughly vetted to be on point, right down to the stripes on the Richer Poorer socks and the masculine scents of the rugged candles.

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  • Ralph’s

    Serving red gravy for more than a century

    Ralph's Italian Restaurant in Bella Vista.

    America’s oldest Italian restaurant, this two-floor tribute to old-school Italian-American fare still packs in the crowds, more than a century after opening its doors. Loyal patrons go for the basics—sausage and peppers, mussels red or white—and usually go home with doggie bags.

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  • Royal Tavern

    Amazing bar fare and a great jukebox make this a South Philly favorite

    Royal Tavern

    Holding court in a former South Philly Italian restaurant, the Royal Tavern is a jukebox- and food-fueled establishment that’s grown to become a neighborhood favorite.

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  • 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.

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  • Saloon

    A longtime, loved occassion destination

    This polished, splurge-worthy Italian-American stalwart knows its way around a filet mignon, veal chop and lobster. Unlike many of its BYOB neighbors, the Saloon boasts a major wine list and a beautiful bar for sitting and sipping.

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  • Sam’s Morning Glory

    An elevated diner with a loyal following

    Bella Vista’s original brunch spot calls itself a “finer diner.” And, it’s true: The daytime-only spot turns the average omelet into a delish skillet frittata, bakes some serious biscuits and flips a heavenly flapjack, known there as a “glory cake.”

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  • San Mateo Carnavalero

    An annual Mexican fiesta commemorating the Battle of Puebla

    A springtime tradition honoring victory at the Battle of Puebla, Carnaval de Puebla features a raucous, joyful parade of vibrant costumed dancers, who march from Deep South Philly’s Mexican neighborhoods and convene for a large outdoor party on Washington Avenue.

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  • Santucci’s Pizza

    Pizza, squared

    Square, upside-down pizza (where the cheese hides under the sauce) is the signature of this casual eatery. Also on the menu: stromboli, hot wings and garlic-bread cheesesteaks.

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  • Sarcone’s Deli

    Very nearly Hoagie Heaven

    Sarcone's

    The Sarcone’s Hoagie Roll is a work of art. A delicately crunchy crust and a soft, dense interior, the combination of which makes for the perfect bread to be filled with meats, cheese, oils, vinegars and herbs.

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  • Shank’s Original

    Classic Philly cheesesteaks and hoagies on the South Philadelphia waterfront.

    Shank's Original

    Visit Shank’s Original for a highly reputed cheesesteak and an old-school South Philly experience transplanted to the waterfront. The tradition of Shank’s dates back to 1962 when Shank’s and Evelyn’s (“Shank’s”) opened its doors to the Italian Market near 10th and Catherine Streets. In 2009, Shank’s closed it’s original location and opened a new location on Columbus Boulevard. The new location is right at the base of Pier 40 on the Delaware River.

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  • South Street Headhouse Spring Festival

    Massive outdoor street party to celebrate the season

    Celebrate spring with the South Street Headhouse Spring Festival and Brauhaus Schmitz Maifest.

    Get out and celebrate the season during the second annual South Street Headhouse Spring Festival

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  • Taffets

    A mecca for gluten-free folks

    If you love bread and baked goods but can’t have gluten, Taffets is the place for you — their entire line of products is strictly celiac-friendly.

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  • The Dive

    A smoky den of iniquity

    This casual hangout offers a vast beer selection—from cans of Schlitz to local microbrews—a rock-filled jukebox, inexpensive pool tables and friendly barkeeps. But it’s this pub’s exemption from the citywide smoking ban that makes it earn its name.

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  • The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society

    Supporting and savoring the art of classical guitar

    Philadelphia aficionados founded the society in 1966 to inform, educate and bliss out devotees of the quiet instrument popularized by Andres Segovia.

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  • Tortilleria y San Roman

    Tortilla heaven

    It doesn’t look like much from the outside, San Roman is known far and wide for its calentitas (hot and fresh tortillas), delicious tortilla chips and spicy scratchmade salsa.

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  • Triangle Park

    A three-sided conversation

    A perfect example of Philly’s neighborly ingenuity, this pocket park at the intersection of three major Bella Vista streets has been painstakingly cleaned and overhauled to provide a beautiful relaxation area for locals.

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  • Via Bicycles

    Bikes on bikes on bikes

    The frames climb all the way to the ceiling at Via, a long-running cash-only destination for unique rides, parts, repairs and bike-nerd conversation. (Plus, there’s a free tire pump outside the front door)

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  • Villa Di Roma

    Classic southern Italian in South Philly

    With red-brick tiles outside and murals of old Italy inside, this reliable Italian Market old-timer is a charming tribute to the Philadelphians who call their tomato sauce “gravy.” The lengthy menu serves up the full roster of classics, from spaghetti and meatballs to clams casino to veal Marsala to baked ziti to Chianti by the glass.

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  • Wishing Well

    Your wish for great craft brews and pub grub is granted

    A dozen microbrews on tap and a menu featuring scrapple-topped burgers and prosciutto-dressed Caesar salads are the draws at this straightforward bar and grill. Weekend brunch offerings include a gravy-slathered “hangover bowl” and a make-your-own bloody Mary bar.

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