Your friendly and knowledgeable guide will start you off at the iconic Reading Terminal Market for an insider’s highlight tour that will introduce you to the market’s history, layout, and stops at 3 foodie havens, not to be missed. Your “gourmand’s-eye view” of the market will have you zipping through the aisles like a seasoned market regular. Your Reading Terminal Market visit includes:
- Fair Food Farmstand, known for its unparalleled array of artisanal foods from small, family farms in the tri-state area. Dive into an addictively delicious snack while we fill you in on the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” movement sweeping the nation.
- Kamal's Middle Eastern Specialties, for a delicious assortment of hummus, baba ghanoush, grape leaves, falafel, and couscous.
- Flying Monkey, the market’s sweet spot, will have your heart aflutter after one bite of their sinfully rich cake truffles—a truly innovative chocolate treat.
The sweet finale to your adventure is a visit to the best gelateria outside of Italy, Capogiro Gelato. Here’s your chance to test your taste buds during a blind tasting of 6 luscious gelato and sorbetto. As you indulge, we’ll dispel some common myths about gelato and share fun facts about how it’s different than ice cream.
This Tasting is perfect for individuals, couples, families and out-of-town guests! Great for Birthdays, Anniversaries, and dates! With more than 2.5 hours of indulging and less than 20 minutes of walking, this is perfect for people of all abilities.
This is a tasting adventure, not a full meal. This tour is not designed for children under the age of 14. .
**In rare circumstances tours may be cancelled due to low attendance.
CONTENT AND SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
What Is Not Included?
Gratuities are not included in the ticket price, but are greatly appreciated.
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
- Tickets must be purchased in advance to guarantee your spots. Tours sell out quickly! Tickets can be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.
- What if I have food allergies or dietary restrictions?
- We are happy to accommodate vegetarians, dietary restrictions, and special needs. Please make a note when purchasing tour tickets. We'll do everything we can to arrange substitutes for you. City Food Tours and event participants are responsible for all the food and beverages they consume. If you have any allergies or concerns about ingredients please ask your guide or event leader before consuming anything.
- Are children allowed on the tour?
- Children under 14 years of age are not permitted. All participants, regardless of age, must have a ticket to attend the tour.
- If this trip is sold out can I get on a waiting list?
- Unfortunately there are no waiting lists for the tours. Please check another date/time for availability.
- What happens if it rains?
- The tour will take place in all light weather conditions. In rare circumstances such as a heavy snow storm, a hurricane, or other extreme weather and the tour venues can't open, the tour will be canceled. All you would have to do is rebook your tour.
- What places will we go on the tour?
- We will be visiting family-owned shops specializing in delicious, handmade foods. We'll keep you off the tourist beat and introduce you to some of Philly's hidden gems. Please see tour description for more details.
- How much food will I eat on the tour?
- You'll be visiting 5 specialty food shops to taste a variety of foods that include local baked goods, Mediterranean dishes, and artisanal cheeses. Please keep in mind that our tours are not designed to be a balanced meal but a tasting adventure!
- Will I be able to drink anything on the tour?
- Yes! This tour includes a tea tasting. Please feel free to bring a water bottle, too.
- Is there a lot of walking on the tour?
- The walking on the tour will cover less than 1.5 miles and will be less than 30 minutes total. We will walk at a very leisurely pace, and include several stops.
- Will I learn about Philadelphia on this tour?
- Yes. Our guides have lived in Philly for years! They will incorporate fun facts about the neighborhood you are touring.
- I'm from the Philly area. Is the tour still good for me?
- Absolutely! On our tours you will explore hidden places that you probably don't know about, have the opportunity to meet food experts, and learn many new things about food. You will see some of the coolest spots in the city and experience your hometown in a totally new way.
- Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
- All stops on this tour are wheelchair accessible. Please click "Contact PhillyFoods" to let us know that someone in a wheelchair will be on the tour.
- Do you have private tours?
- Yes, we do offer private tours. Please click "Contact PhillyFoods" to the left of the page to request more information.
- Are gift certificates available?
- Yes, gift certificates are available, and they make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate for this tour, please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
City Food Tours & Events
Robert was co-owner of the acclaimed restaurant, Beyond Measure, and graduated from the New York Restaurant School. He has lived in Philadelphia for 23 years and has been quoted on radio and in magazines throughout the area.
Eric has lived in the city for more than 12 years and has extensive teaching and tour-guide experience. He also completed a number of culinary classes at The Philadelphia Restaurant School.