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Markets, Mosaics, and Magic

South Philly Neighborhood Tour

Tour Snapshot
Discover the art, culture, diversity, and food in one of the most eclectic neighborhoods of Philadelphia! You'll wander among the colorful stalls and enjoy the tastes of the shops and cafes of the world-famous Italian Market and marvel at Isaiah Zagar's beautiful, one-of-a-kind mosaics at the Philadelphia Magic Gardens, and get to know the real South Philly from a local perspective.
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Markets, Mosaics, and Magic
 Tour Information
Availability
Wednesday - Sunday
Duration
3.5 hours
Start Time
10:00am
Start Location
Corner of 9th and South Streets
End Location
Jim's Cheesesteaks at the corner of 4th and South Streets
Price Adults $40, Children $29
Tour Group Size 12 people max
Inclusions Some food samples (depending on availability) and admission to the mosaic gallery.
Exclusions Personal shopping, additional food and drink, gratuity.
 General Itinerary

Take on the diversity of Philly in the best way possible – local style!  Begin your Philadelphia neighborhood tour on the ever-colorful South Street.  Follow your local guide through the streets of the Bella Vista neighborhood for your first glimpse of some beautiful mosaics. We’ll swing by a historic deli, duck into a tempting bakery, and marvel at the sights, smells, and sounds of the famous Italian Market.

The market is the oldest and largest everyday open-air market in America, and you’ll soon understand why it is one of Philly’s must-see attractions. Tempt your taste buds as we wander past the myriad of local stores carrying everything from cheese, chocolate, spices, and olive oils, to the best bakeries, butcher shops, and produce stalls. We’ll take the time to mix with business owners and residents, taste some samples, and hear stories of early immigrants to the city. It was also here that Rocky ran through the streets on one of his famous training runs — feel free to recreate this scene yourself!

We'll continue this Philadelphia city tour with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, which showcases the mosaic art of Isaiah Zagar. This amazing place includes a fully mosaicked indoor gallery and a massive outdoor labyrinthine mosaic structure. Here your guide will fill you in on the local tales of this area, giving you the opportunity to ask them any questions you may have about this classic Philly spot.

From the Magic Gardens, we’ll either take a stroll or catch a local bus down Philly’s eclectic and dynamic South Street.  Get your counter-culture fix here, and, in the spirit of being a bona fide local on South Street, you can make an appointment for your new Urban Adventures tattoo.

Finally, we take a peek into one of the country’s most historic neighborhoods, Queen Village, to soak in the character of this charming corner of Philadelphia.  We finish the tour back on South Street for a chance to ask your local guide where you should eat, drink, and shop after the tour.

Frequently Asked Questions
 Why should I choose the Philly Tour Hub and Philadelphia Urban Adventures?

The Philly Tour Hub is a unique, boutique tour company based in Old City, Philadelphia. Offering public tours, private tours, driving tours, walking tours, Segway tours, group scavenger hunts, the Philly Tour Hub is has the widest variety of Philadelphia tours.

Philadelphia Urban Adventures is our public walking tour brand, taking groups on tours that give travelers incredible local experiences throughout Philadelphia - showing you things that only locals know. Philadelphia Urban Adventures is part of the global Urban Adventures brand, connecting travelers and guides in over 130 cities around the world. Our goal with our Urban Adventures tours is to give you the Best. Day. Ever! And we are proud to say that our tours are consistently ranked at the top of the list on TripAdvisor.

 How is a Philadelphia Urban Adventures unique?
A tour with Philadelphia Urban Adventures is like no other tour you've ever taken. Our tours are created by Philly-locals and Philly-lovers to show visitors the awesome side of Philadelphia. We create tours that we'd like to take - tours that are Fun, Responsible, Educational, and full of Value! Even travelers who have lived in the Philadelphia area for their entire lives will learn something new and incredible on an Urban Adventures tour!
 What will my guide be like?
All of our guides are excellent, local Philly-lovers - we couldn't be a top tour company on TripAdvisor without them! None of our guides are scripted and all of our guides are travel-lovers who are excited to show you around their city! Whoever your guide is, you're sure to have a fantastic time, hear incredible stories and history, feel taken care of, and make a new friend.