Hit the country’s oldest and largest everyday open-air market for some authentic, Philly foodie action.
Duration: 9 hours
Start Time: 10 a.m.
Start Location: Corner of 9th & South Streets, outside New Image Art & Framing – 601 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
End Location: The final pub of the tour, in Center City
Tour Group Size: 12 people maximum per guide
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, some food samples, admission to the mosaic gallery, public transportation during the tour, admission to various historic sights, 4 beers, and 1 snack.
Exclusions: Personal shopping and souvenirs, lunch, other food and drinks, and tips/gratuities for your guide.
Total Philly Tour Details
Art, history, culture, diversity, and of course food and beer capture the essence of Philly on this epic journey through our city’s great neighborhoods! From Jewish delis to Italian markets, American history, public art, and local craft beer, this tour gives you a slice of the real Philly. See the iconic landmarks that shaped America before tapping into Philly’s legendary beer scene on this Total Philly adventure.
Discover the diversity of Philly in the best way possible — local style! You’ll start your Total Philly Tour exploring the ever-colorful South Street, then into the Bella Vista neighborhood for a glimpse of some beautiful mosaics. From there, we’ll hit up the oh-so-tempting tastes of the famous Italian market!
The Italian Market Philadelphia 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 as you wander past the myriad of local stores carrying everything from cheese to chocolate, as well as the city’s best bakeries, butcher shops, and produce stalls.
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.
From there, discover Philly’s eclectic and dynamic South Street, as well as one of the country’s most historic neighborhoods, Queen Village. If you’re hungry, you’ll have a chance to pick up some lunch and rest your feet. Your guide will have plenty of great recommendations.
On the next part or your Total Philly journey, you’ll visit those unmissable Philly sights. You’ll head to the heart of the Historic District, where you’ll meet your second guide of the day (or possibly continue on with your first guide). From there, we’ll weave through the charming back alleys of Old City, and down the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the country.
You’ll get some great views of the site of Ben Franklin’s home as the tour continues through Philly’s Historic District. Past Franklin Court, you’ll be greeted with views of Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center, and the U.S. Mint. We’ll also pass the Liberty Bell, where we might get a chance to go inside for pictures. Then off to Washington Square for stories of William Penn and possibly visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
We continue through Independence National Park and the must-see front yard of Independence Hall, sight of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. With plenty of local stories from your guide, you’ll get a truly unique perspective on the much-visited spots in Philadelphia.
In our opinion, there are few better ways to get to know a city than over a beer with a local. So, enter your local beer expert to cap off your Total Philly Tour! You’ll meet your beer guide (or potentially continue on with one of your original guides!) at City Hall just as locals are finishing up their workday.
At this time of day, many a Philly local will be bee-lining for the closest happy hour, and we’ll do exactly the same! We’ll choose from some of the most unique, typical, and popular drinking establishments in the city. We’ll have the option to visit the oldest continuously operating bar in Philadelphia, a classic dive bar, an Irish pub with local flair, a modern beer café, and many other neighborhood bars and pubs. At each location, we’ll talk about the history of these bars and why they are so popular.
One drink at each bar is included with the tour, as well as a pub or street snack. And the bars we visit all have one thing in common: a taste for Philadelphia craft beers and breweries! You’ll quickly find out why Philadelphia is one of America’s best beer cities.
After happy hour, end your Philadelphia tour at the tour’s final pub. From there you’ll be able to continue on your own Philly beer journey, grab some dinner at one of Philadelphia’s many great restaurants nearby, or head straight back to your new favorite Philadelphia pub.
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PHILADELPHIA WALKING TOURS
- 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 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!