Real Estate Boundaries – 6th St. to the east, 11th St. to the west, South St. to the north, and Washington Ave. to the south.
Bella Vista (Italian translation – “Beautiful Sight”) was the first Philadelphia neighborhood settled by the Italian immigrants. As a result, it is home to the 9th St. Italian Market (some people also refer to Bella Vista as the Italian Market Area). The neighborhood’s Italian Market is the country’s oldest operational open-air market. As you may imagine, the market is where you can find some of the city’s best cheeses, meats, coffee, pastries, pasta, sandwiches, produce, and more. Although there’s still a heavy Italian influence, the welcoming of other cultures has transformed the area into a much more diverse neighborhood. Bella Vista is also renowned for its multiple brunch locations, and some refer to it as the brunch capital of the city.
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