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.
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|cfitz415||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.
Overall Good experience - just a few little things
|LHudzick||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.
Worth the money
|psyoxy||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.
A Great Philly Experience
|eglinka||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!
Food was lame.
|Jillcroft||Sat, Feb 7 3:00 PM||Female||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
Here was the food: dried pears, a doughnut, slices of cheese, "tastes" of gelato, small sampling of greek (best out of the bunch). Really??? Have been on other tours, more organized, sampling of foods were well thought out as was the tour. The guide for this tour did the best she could under the circumstances. You should be ashamed of yourself charging for this tour.
Great Food and Tour
|dkangas||Sat, Nov 15, 14 3:00 PM||Female||40-49||Domestic Tourist(s)||Group of Friends|
The tour guide was great - she gave us a good sampling of food (all of it was delicious!) and although we had been to DiGorno Brothers already several times, we learned more from our guide.
Great intro to the flavors of Philly
|trishbl||Sat, Nov 1, 14 3:00 PM||Female||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Group of Friends|
This was a great choice for a "girls' weekend" as both of us had spent little time in Philly previously. Rochelle, our guide was excellent and did a nice job of educating us on the local flavors as well as interesting information about the vendors we visited. Would highly recommend for those who are looking for a something out of the ordinary.
|winnicsa||Sun, Oct 12, 14 3:00 PM||Female||20-29||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
Virginia was a great tour guide, very friendly, personable, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. It was a great time!
Interesting and delicious
|kenfrank3||Sat, Jul 5, 14 3:00 PM||Unspecified||Unspecified||Unspecified||Unspecified|
The tour visited 3 venders in Reading Terminal Market and then proceeded on foot to Di Bruno Brothers at 1730 Chestnut St. It concluded at Capogiro Gelato's at 20th and Sansom Streets. It stopped at interesting sites along the way. I found the treats delicious, our guide informative, and the overall experience fun. The presentation of different cheeses in Di Bruno's was for me the highlight.
Neither Decadent nor Gourmet
|cmccharper||Sat, Jun 28, 14 3:00 PM||Female||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Group of Friends|
Our tour guide was bouncy, enthusiastic, and clearly loved Philadelphia and her history. That part of the tour was outstanding. However, while the food choices were good, only the donuts and the gelato could be considered decadent (donuts) or gourmet (gelato). The rest were good but not what I'd classify as either decadent or gourmet. The Mediterranean fare was good, but it was staple food of the region. The dried pears were good but not that unusual. And the cheeses were not that unique, either. Again, there was nothing wrong with the food itself--just not what I'd expect from a tour entitled "Decadent and Gourmet."
- 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.
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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.