Decadent Gourmet Tour

City Food Tours & Events

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Activity #2119
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Description

Hold on to your taste buds! This 3-hour gourmet tasting adventure in the heart of Philadelphia will introduce you to tastings of 5 world-class, decadent treats at 5 of the city’s best gourmet destinations!

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.
Next up, a visit to Philadelphia’s most famous gourmet superstore, Di Bruno Bros. During our 8-block walk to the posh neighborhood of Rittenhouse Square, your guide will point out significant architecture and a few hot restaurants to add to your “Must Visit” list. In Di Bruno’s renowned cheese cave, we’ll lavish you with hearty portions of 4 fantastic farmstead and imported cheeses. Your guide will share the inside scoop on how cheese is made, and we'll answer all of your questions about selecting and serving cheeses! We’ll arm you with the confidence to approach any cheese shop like a pro and the skills to throw together one killer cheese board at your next party!

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?

You must provide your own transportation to and from the tour.
Gratuities are not included in the ticket price, but are greatly appreciated.

Meeting Location

Center City, Market Street area near City Hall (Philadelphia, PA) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

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96 Reviews Rating: 4.3 4.3 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Excellent
Sat, Jun 6  3:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
Our guide Rochelle was amazing. She did a great job combining good with history. She was thorough and informative. I would highlybtecmemd her and the tour to anyone.
Rating: 5
We loved it!
Sun, May 31  3:00 PM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
 
My husband and I went on this tour and we had a great time. It was a fun and cheap date idea. The food wasn't really an entire meal, but we really enjoyed what we had to taste. The reading terminal market is really fun, and going to De Bruno's was a cool experience. We would recommend this tour. Even thought it's not a full meal you get to eat some pretty tasty things, and the information and your of the city is really fun. We really enjoyed it. We would do it again!
Rating: 5
Excellent selection of local restaurants
Sat, May 30  3:00 PM Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
 
Choice of restaurants showed the real feel of Philly.
Rating: 3
Good with reservations
Sat, May 16  3:00 PM Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
 
Our guide Rochelle was wonderful, informed, interesting. My problem is that it was not made clear how much walking was involved and our friends were a little impaired .. The walking was hard for them. For me, I am a diabetic and nowhere was it mentioned that we would have more sweets than a normal person should consume. A little more disclaimer is needed by way of description of the stops. A decadent tour, to me, means really good tastes of really good foods and I found only very sugar infused treats, other than the cheese, were included. I came home with a blood sugar over 400. I expected tastes of wonderful foods, not donuts, dried pears and ice cream. Unfortunately, we will not partake of this kind of tour again.
Rating: 5
Great Tour and Great Food!
Sat, Apr 25  3:00 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Rochelle was a great tour guide, very knowledgeable, and the food was excellent at every stop along the way. The added discussion of historical and significant city sites along the way was an expected bonus. Keep up the good work!
Rating: 5
Great walking food tour
Sat, Apr 4  3:00 PM Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
 
Rochelle was a great guide. The tour stopped at all the places mentioned in the description, along with a few other stops like Macy's and Del Frisco's, and explained the history, architecture, and even where some movies were filmed. We had a group of about 9 or so and everyone was very friendly.
Rating: 4
Top Notch!
Sat, Mar 14  3:00 PM Male 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
 
All around good stuff. Not much food, but it's a gourmet experience, not a full meal. My only complaint was the first stop. While informative, the dried pears did not impress me. Everything else was super! Best donut of my life, great cheese, excellent gelato of incredible variety, and great Mediterranean sampler.
Rating: 4
Overall Good experience - just a few little things
Sat, Mar 14  3:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
 
Overall we really enjoyed our experience

Just two little things

Between the first stop at the Reading Terminal Market and the next stop, it is probably at least a brisk 20 minute walk with no stops and no narration by the tour guide. Might want to considering finding something to break up that long walk. Our tour guide Rochelle was very good at the locations, but she walks awfully fast for a walking tour and since she is on the shorter side, it's hard to keep track of her in the crowds on the sidewalk. Some of the older folks in our group had a very hard time keeping up.
Rating: 4
Worth the money
Sun, Feb 22  3:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Me and my boyfriend did this tour during our last minute romantic vacation into Philly. We only live about an hour outside of Philly but are still new to the state.

We've never done something like this, a tour of any kind but we are both foodies and it seemed like something fun to try.

The group was small (6 people, 3 couples) so it was really nice. Our tour guide Virginia was great! Easy to talk to and she keep things interesting and moving smoothly. She gave out alot of information but managed to avoid making it seem like a lecture.

The places we visited were great. We visited the Reading Terminal Market first which, as a first timer, was a bit intimidating. Very busy, with alot of people. But Reading Terminal is a MUST see in Philly so it was worth it. We ate at 3 different places there.

Then moved onto Macys, cutting through while she gave us some brief history. It was beautiful. From there we walked to Di Frisco's. We didnt eat but it was a absolutely stunning restaurant to visit. A ton of history. From there we walked to Di Bruno's.

Now Di Bruno's was the main reason I picked this tour in particular. I was really excited to go and I definitely wasnt disappointed. She brought us to a closed off area so it was quiet. We did a fun little cheese tasting class and let our feet rest. We then went shopping through the store where we were encouraged to sample everything. We ended up buying dinner for later from there.

Next and lastly, we went to Capogrio Gelato. We did a fun tasting of 6 different flavors. Not tiny little amounts either, more than a tablespoon worth of these unique flavors. She ended things smoothly after that.

She had also provided us large bottles of water for throughout the tour. It was a walking tour, but nothing rough especially with good weather. She kept up information no matter where we walked, giving out tidbits of everything we saw.

We plan on doing other tours. This was absolutely wonderful and we loved it.
Rating: 4
A Great Philly Experience
Sat, Feb 7  3:00 PM Female 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
 
I attended the Decadent Gourmet Tour with my boyfriend, and we had a great time! Our tour guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about the city and it's history. All of the food we tasted was delicious, and I definitely recommend this tour!
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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.

About

City Food Tours & Events

Chef, former Philly restaurateur and Penn Grad, Robert Weinberg, along with partner Eric, are well versed in all things food and Center City. They'll share the inside scoop on chocolate, cheese, tea, and gelato (varies by day) in this delicious Center City tour.

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.  
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