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Essence of South Philly Walking Tour

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Come along on this walking tour and be tempted by delicious treats at a Jewish delicatessen, step into history books at Pennsylvania’s oldest church, wander through charming streets infused with an Italian heritage, enjoy lunch at a world-renowned market, marvel at intricate mosaic art and soak up bohemian vibes on Philly’s South Street.

Your journey begins at one of the oldest Jewish delicatessens in the city, where you may enjoy breakfast or some of the wonderful treats from the bakery to take with you on the rest of the tour.

Essence of South Philly Walking Tour Details

Length: 4 hours


9:30 am Saturday & Sunday


48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. Tour does not include hotel pick up. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

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Essence of South Philly Walking Tour Description

Walk through some of the delightful streets and past local homes of Philly’s Queen Village neighborhood. There will be a chance to see some of the 3,000 murals that decorate the city before reaching Gloria Dei (Old Swede’s) Church, Pennsylvania’s oldest. At this National Historic Site, learn about both Revolutionary War soldiers and ordinary citizens from colonial times buried in its cemetery, and walk into 300 years of history at this beautiful church.

Next, walk on to the Sparks Shot Tower, America’s first shot factory. After a short break at one of the area’s charming local coffee shops, continue on through the Bella Vista neighborhood. Here experience Philly’s strong Italian heritage, and if you’re lucky watch a game at a park designated for local bocce leagues. A short stroll from here brings us to the bakeries, spice stores, cafes, Italian food stores and market stalls of the Italian Market.

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. Take this opportunity to enjoy lunch and shopping at the market.

After lunch walk on to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, showcasing the mosaic art of Isaiah Zagar. This amazing place includes a fully mosaic indoor gallery and a massive outdoor labyrinthine mosaic structure. Finally end the tour on South Street, famous for its bohemian mix of clothes, jewelry, gift and music stores. Stay on after the tour finishes to shop, eat and drink on Philadelphia’s most eclectic street.


  • English speaking guide
  • Bus fares
  • Food samples
  • Admission to the mosaic gallery and store tours


  • Personal shopping
  • Tips and gratuities

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. Tour does not include hotel pick up. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

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