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Philadelphia: Flavors of Philly Food Tour

1. Philadelphia: Flavors of Philly Food Tour

Explore the most popular food spots and dishes in Philadelphia on this 2.5-hour walking tour. Eat your way through the city with 5 stops along the way, all the while picking up insight into the city’s history and culture from your expert guide. Make sure to come hungry — this is not only a tasting adventure, but a meal that includes classic Philly eats like cheesesteaks and cheese whiz fries, tomato pie, soft pretzels, and 2 sweet treats from the world-famous Reading Terminal Market. Get the scoop on Philly’s food history with quirky stories about how some of these iconic foods came to be, and walk away with some insider tips about the best places to eat like a Philadelphian. This one-of-a-kind tasting experience brings you to where the locals really eat — low-key, no-frills, independently-owned gems that share the uniquely unpretentious vibe of the city.  In addition to some first-class sightseeing, visit an authentic mom-and-pop pizzeria, a soft pretzel bakery, the historic Reading Terminal Market, and much more. This tour is served up with a generous side of humor, Philadelphia history, and a helping of beautiful architecture that includes an up-close look at City Hall, the second-largest municipal building in the country. As the tour ends in Reading Terminal Market, walk away with a thorough understanding of the city, and some more tips on how to eat like a true Philadelphian.

Philadelphia: 9th Street Italian Market Walking Food Tour

2. Philadelphia: 9th Street Italian Market Walking Food Tour

Walk and taste your way through Philadelphia’s 9th Street Italian Market on this guided walking tour. Immerse yourself in the scents and sounds of this lively street as you taste a variety of local food samples, such as cannoli, tomato pie, and tacos. Along a stretch of 9th Street in the heart of South Philadelphia lies the Italian Market, one of America’s oldest and largest outdoor markets. This collection of butchers, bakers, specialty shops, and restaurants has been the backbone of this neighborhood since its creation in the late 1800s. The market has survived throughout the passing decades by welcoming vendors from around the world. Today, it remains a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Come along for a stroll through this historic market to immerse yourself in the vibrant fruit stalls, fragrant bakeries, and various shops and unique stores. Get inspired by the area’s hidden alleys covered in local street art. You’ll also have the chance to sample several dishes, such as Philly’s famous tomato pie, hand-made cannoli, fresh tacos, an Italian Market specialty, and immigrant-inspired food. Get introduced to Italian Market staples so you (and your tastebuds) get the most out of this flavorful tour. If you are a vegetarian or have other special dietary needs, don’t worry: discounts are available and your guide can assist you with recommendations on where to purchase alternative diet-friendly food during the tour. Wherever your guide leads you, your senses will be popping as you discover one of the most unique, thriving, and diverse areas of the City of Brotherly Love.

Philly Cheesesteak Tour and Tastings by Segway

3. Philly Cheesesteak Tour and Tastings by Segway

Enjoy tastes of 5 different Philly cheesesteaks as you tour South Philly by Segway, stopping at the best cheesesteak establishments on your route. Meet your entertaining guide and begin your tour with a 30-minute orientation session. Once you feel comfortable riding your self-balancing electric Segway, you’ll weave through the streets of South Philly on a 5-mile loop. Glide along the neighborhood’s streets, passing the Italian Market, South Street, and Society Hill – all without breaking a sweat. As you enjoy these scrumptious tastings of the sandwich that made the city famous, you’ll understand why there’s nothing quite like a crusty roll filled with thinly sliced sautéed beef and melted cheese. You’ll sample 5 different cheesesteaks and decide which is your favorite. Gobble up a quarter of a sandwich at each vendor, from your classic hole-in-the-wall restaurant to the take-out window. Enjoy the flavors and textures of ribeye beef and melted cheese, dripping with toppings such as sautéed mushrooms, ketchup, and hot or sweet peppers. Your guide will make sure you order the traditional Philly cheesesteak, known locally as a Whiz Wit, topped with processed cheese spread and fried onions! This small-group Segway tour is limited to 8 people, ensuring personalized attention from your guide.

Philadelphia: Favorite Foods Walking Tour

4. Philadelphia: Favorite Foods Walking Tour

Eat your way through Philadelphia's greatest dishes on this filling guided walking tour and learn some fascinating local tidbits on the way to all the foodie hotspots. Go inside the iconic Reading Terminal Market, where Philly classics like fresh soft pretzels and scrapple can be paired with international tastes like Italian cannoli. Savor the one and only Philly cheesesteak, a local favorite that has inspired imitators around the world. Then, you'll head to trendy Sansom Street and discover Philly food innovations like creamy vegan shakes, locally-sourced mushroom pizza, and lick-the-bowl-clean New World hummus made from Old World recipes. You'll also get a chance to sip on fair trade coffee at a fast-growing local start-up, one of many examples of Philly's social consciousness and move towards environmental sustainability. Hit many highlights of Philly's foodie scene before the tours end.

Historic Happy Hour Food Tour of Old City

5. Historic Happy Hour Food Tour of Old City

Your Philadelphia food tasting tour begins right near the iconic Independence Hall. Start off with some hearty apps accompanied by a deliciously light beverage, just like the colonials would have liked, but with modern cooking techniques and rich flavors. From here, stroll through the picturesque streets of Philadelphia’s old colonial neighborhoods and see a selection of the city’s most historic landmarks. Arrive at the second stop of the day, one of the city’s oldest restaurants bursting with authentic American charm. Dine on a modernized colonial dish, washed down with a smooth and strong cocktail. At the next stop, enjoy some traditional Pennsylvanian beer with another colonial-based dish before finally heading to America’s oldest confectionery store for a real sweet treat! The tour is a unique way to learn about Philadelphia’s colorful history, whilst making the most of happy hour. The walking tour combines visits to countless must-see sights, as well as off-the-beaten-path locations that you won’t find in traditional tourist books. Be sure to arrive on an empty belly, so you can have your fill of traditional dishes and boozy beverages.

South Philly: People, Places & Flavors of the Italian Market

6. South Philly: People, Places & Flavors of the Italian Market

The Liberty Bell. Independence Hall. We all know Philadelphia for its famous landmarks and historical background, but did you also know that it's home to this wicked food market? Join this Italian Market tour in Philadelphia for a dose of yummy Philly food at its very best.  Starting at the always-colorful South Street, head off with your local guide through the neighborhood of Bella Vista in South Philly. You’ll explore the tiny streets in this section and have a chance to view some of the iconic mosaic art from a local artist. As you continue to tour Philadelphia, swing by a historic deli, duck into a tempting bakery, and stroll along Christian Street before arriving at the sounds, aromas, and sights of the famous Italian market or, more accurately, the South 9th Street Curb Market. The market is the oldest and largest everyday open-air market in the USA, and it’s easy to understand why it is one of Philly’s must-see attractions. With your local guide leading the way on this Philly tour, explore the huge variety of stores located here, many of which are Italian in heritage. Tempt tastebuds as you wander past cheeses, chocolates, spices, and olive oils. Discover bakeries, butchers, and a myriad of other produce stalls plus a wonderful kitchen store. And don’t worry, if the temptation to purchase becomes too great, you’re likely to get a bargain as many of these stores discount for our travelers! Along the way, you'll get the chance to talk to some of the owners and employees of these shops and stalls, and hear fascinating local stories of the development of this area over the years. As you continue through the market, cross over the main intersection and head towards a variety of Mexican stores. If this area looks familiar it’s probably because it was here that Rocky ran through the streets on one of his famous training runs. Nearby you’ll also see a selection of Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Chinese stores, brimming with aromas and sights that are sure to delight the senses. This Philadelphia market tour concludes at the intersection made famous by local restaurant competitors Pat's and Geno's, where you'll be able to buy a famous Philly Cheesesteak after the tour. If you don’t want the adventure to end here, continue with your guide on the Markets, Mosaics, & Magic tour.

Philadelphia: Underground Donut Tour

7. Philadelphia: Underground Donut Tour

Take a donut tour of Philadelphia's city center, and discover the best Philly has to offer. Taste curated samples of the best donuts at each location. Some of the stops on this downtown tour include true donut institutions, such as Federal Donuts, Dottie's Donuts, and Beiler's Doughnuts. Gather your friends, family, and co-workers for a special food tour through Philadelphia. Savor classic donut styles like glazed, cream-filled, and more. Join us and meet other like-minded donut enthusiasts while enjoying a walk through different neighborhoods of the city. This tour is suitable for smaller as well as larger groups and the perfect way to celebrate bachelor parties, bridal showers, birthdays, weekend getaways, or even corporate events.

Philadelphia: Sip of Philly Brew Tour

8. Philadelphia: Sip of Philly Brew Tour

This all-inclusive tour offers guests an inside look at Philly and Southern New Jersey’s local craft beer scene. Get an introduction to the rich history of beer through interactive tastings and a lunch that pairs beer with the best food.  Itineraries may vary among brewery affiliates, but may include such luminaries as: Yards Brewing Co, Evil Genius Beer, and Flying Fish Brewing Co. Yards Brewing Company has grown into one of the area’s most prolific breweries, churning out some of the most popular and widely distributed beers in Philly.   Evil Genius Beer Company opened their doors in March 2017, but their beer was well-known long before then. Their beers on tap rotate on a weekly to bi-weekly basis, and their menu delves deeper than beer with an assortment of Pennsylvania’s own gin and some original quick bites. Flying Fish Brewing Co is an award-winning company and the largest producer in South Jersey.

Philadelphia: Sightseeing Day Pass for 35+ Attractions

9. Philadelphia: Sightseeing Day Pass for 35+ Attractions

Use The Philadelphia Pass directly from your mobile phone to allow you cash-free entry to over 35 destinations, museums, and tours, including some of the most popular attractions in The City of Brotherly love. Delve into the history of the city as you explore landmark museums and monuments, or take a spooky after-hours walking tour to discover haunted Philly. Train like Rocky on the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or eat like a local at either the historic Reading Terminal Market, or the 9th Street Italian Market. With your pass, you'll enjoy discounts at many local restaurants and bars. Attractions included: • Eastern State Penitentiary • Adventure Aquarium • Betsy Ross House • Franklin’s Grave at Christ Church Burial Grounds • City Hall Tower Tour • Fort Mifflin • QVC Studio Tour • Escape Game King of Prussia Museums included: • Philadelphia Museum of Art • National Constitution Center • Museum of the American Revolution • Academy of Natural Sciences • African American Museum • Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial • National Liberty Museum • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts • Philadelphia History Museum • Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum • The Mutter Museum • The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology • Wharton Esherick Museum • Penn Museum Tours included: • Philadelphia Sightseeing Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour • 76 Carriage Company - Franklin Footsteps Walking Tour • Ghost Tour of Philadelphia Candlelight Walking Tour • Grim Philly Twilight Tours • Independence Tour - Walking Tour • Philly Tour Hub • Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour • Philadelphia Sightseeing Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour • 76 Carriage Company - Franklin Footsteps Walking Tour • Ghost Tour of Philadelphia Candlelight Walking Tour • Grim Philly Twilight Tours • Independence Tour - Walking Tour • Philly Tour Hub • The Constitutional Walking Tour • RiverLink Ferry (operates seasonally) • Big Red Pedal Pub Crawl Tours • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Decadent Gourmet Food Tour

10. Decadent Gourmet Food Tour

Your culinary adventure begins at the iconic Reading Terminal Market with a unique insider’s tour that introduces you to the market’s history, layout, and locals. With your expert guide, wander around the market like a seasoned regular and stop at 3 food havens for a selection of tasty treats. At the market enjoy 3 delicious tastings such as gourmet cheese curds, a sampling of Middle Eastern delights and a Philly favorite dessert, plus more. Head out onto the vibrant streets of Philadelphia next on an 8-block walk through one of the city’s poshest neighborhoods. Along the way, admire the stunning architecture of the buildings that surround you and listen to your guide’s narration about the history of the area and the people who live here. Your guide will also share a selection of tips and recommendations for nearby restaurants that you can visit during your trip. Arrive at Di Bruno Bros next, the city’s most famous gourmet superstore and a total heaven for any foodie! Head to DiBruno Brothers renowned cheese cave and lavish yourself with hearty portions of 4 fantastic farmstead and imported cheeses. Learn about how cheese is made as well as the best tips and tricks for selecting and serving cheese like a pro. The tour concludes with a sweet and salty finale from one of the most well-known bakeries in the city, a surprise treat that will certainly leave you licking your lips.

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What people are saying about Philadelphia

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 29 reviews

Very informative and yummy tour around the most delicious eateries in downtown Philadelphia. A mix of flavors and history with fun stories and trivia. Our guide Alex was very nice and informed, and obviously loves the city, he customized the tour to accommodate our needs and his company was very pleasant. It is a walking tour that starts at the meeting point and ends at the famous Reading Terminal Market. It’s a treat for foodies but only if you like walking.

Owen was our guide, and he was very good and knowledgeable about the city and the history, and had a few of his own interesting anecdotes thrown in that we enjoyed. The food was spaced out so we didn't get too full all at once! I would definitely recommend this activity.

The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, and was able to relate interesting historical knowledge of the area. The food and cocktails were the perfect way to listen to the history of Philadelphia. Which suggested for anyone.

Very knowledgeable tour guide & great Philadelphia food representation!

Great tour, and Adam was a fantastic guide. Highly recommended.