Markets, Mosaics, and Magic

Experience Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Quick Details

Availability:  Wed – Sun

Duration: 3.5 hours

Start Time: 10 a.m.

Meeting Point: Corner of 9th & South Streets, outside New Image Art & Framing601 South 9th StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19147

Ending Point: Corner of 4th & South Streets, outside Jim’s Cheesesteaks

Tour Group Size: 12 people maximum per guide

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, some food samples, and admission to the mosaic gallery.

Exclusions: Personal shopping, tips, and gratuities for your guide.

Adults (Ages 12+)
Children (Ages 6-12)
Children under 6

Markets, Mosaics, and Magic Details

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.

Philly Walking Tour Highlights

  • Discover the hidden gems of some of the most historic neighborhoods in the country
  • Admire Isaiah Zagar’s beautiful one-of-a-kind mosaics at Magic Gardens
  • Get to know the real South Philly from a local perspective
  • Wander among the colorful stalls and enjoy the tastes of the shops, cafes, and restaurants at the world-famous Italian Market
  • Take a glimpse into one of the city’s most charming neighborhoods and finish on Philly’s eclectic South Street

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 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 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 continue this Philadelphia city tour with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, which showcases the mosaic art of Isaiah Zagar. This amazing place includes a fully mosaiced 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 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.