Shop ‘Til You Drop: Italian Markets in Philadelphia

Be prepared to Shop ‘Til You Drop with our guide to the Best Italian Markets in Philadelphia! Philadelphia is known for many things, our famed art museum with “The Rocky” stairs, the LOVE sign and Ben Franklin, but our Italian Market is also one of the oldest and longest running Italian markets in the U.S. The market is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 9:00 a.m until 2:00 p.m.. Navigating the Italian Market can be daunting, so we highlighted some of our favorite shops located in the market. Some must see-shops include:

  • Di Bruno Brothers (930 S. 9th) is the beloved Philadelphia gourmet grocer got its start in the Italian Market by two brothers in 1939. They carry a wide variety of fantastic artisanal Italian cheeses, Italian Meats and a variety of unique grocery items. If you’re hosting a dinner party or simply want to pick up items for loved ones back home, Di Bruno brothers should definitely be a stop.
  • Claudio’s Specialty Foods (924 S 9th St) carries everything from the best in imported olive oil, pastas and wide array of fantastic cheeses like buffalo mozzarella and truffle cheese to name a few.
  • Spice Corner (904 S. Street) offers every spice under the sun. Perfect if you are looking for just the right spice to put the final touch on your dish. They even sell loose tea if you want something interesting after your meal. Still didn’t find what you are looking for? Try Grassia’s Italian market Spice Company (949 S. 9th St.) which has been open for an impressive 78 years.
  • Fantes Kitchen Shop (1006 S 9th St.) is a gourmands dream. Offering a wide array of baking, cooking and other specialty supplies for the passionate home cook, it’s definitely worth checking out.

All of this trekking through the Italian Market in Philadelphia is bound to make anyone hungry. Reward yourself with a sandwich at Paesano’s (1017 S 9th St) one of the best sandwich shops in Philly. Featured on the “Throw Down” with Bobby Flay and “The Layover with Anthony Bourdain, Paesano’s serves arguably some of the best subs on the eastern seaboard. Fan favorites include the Arista and the Gusataio to name a few.