Philadelphia, PA - The neighborhood's most prominent feature is the 9th Street Italian Market, a quintessential Philadelphia fixture immortalized in the Rocky montage and one of America's best open-air produce markets. It's a place where shoppers shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, and housewares under brightly colored metal awnings that span the sidewalk for blocks along 9th Street. Food vendors operate ground-floor shops in traditional Philadelphia rowhouses; many originally lived above their businesses, and some still do.
The Neighborhood of 9th Street and Washington Avenue
Although the 9th Street Italian Market continues to be a center of Italian-American life, recent years have brought an influx of immigrants from Latin America to the surrounding neighborhoods, and the Market's stalls now offer a variety of items catering to South Philly's Hispanic population. The Latin American influence has also been reflected in the area's increased number of Mexican restaurants and grocery stores.
The 9th Street corridor is served by the South Philly Branch of the Philadelphia Metro Transit System. The line runs from the Broad Street Station to the Walnut Hill Station via the South Street Bridge, with a single stop at South Street and Washington Avenue intersection.