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Take in the cultural diversity of South Philadelphia on this 3.5-hour guided tour through its historic neighborhoods. See the art of Isaiah Zagar, a local mosaic mural artist, whose work is on display throughout the city, including Magic Gardens (admission included). Visit the 9th Street Italian Market, America’s oldest outdoor market, and sample some food. Catch a public bus to South Street, with its eclectic blend of shops, bars and eateries, and walk along Fabric Row, America’s largest concentration of fabric shops. There’s something for everyone in South Philly.


  • 3.5-hour tour of South Philly neighborhoods and landmarks
  • Walk through the historic 9th Street Italian Market
  • Visit food stalls, and taste samples from shops and restaurants
  • Explore Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and marvel at Isaiah Zagar’s eclectic mosaic murals
  • Ride a city bus for a local's perspective on South Philly
  • See the large concentration of fabric shops on Fabric Row
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 for a personalized experience with a knowledgeable guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

As you explore the 9th Street Italian Market, you can see where boxer Rocky Balboa ran through the streets on one of his training runs in the movie that made South Philly famous.

What You Can Expect

South Philly Culture Tour Including 9th Street Italian Market and Magic Gardens Mosaic Gallery

Explore South Philly's historical streets with an insider guide.

Customer Reviews

Douglas H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our tour guide, Arielle, was so knowledgeable about the South Philly area. Great tour and the Magic Gradens are amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour is a must! It was sooo much fun. I don't know if I would have made it a point to go to this part of town on our own without this tour. We met at a good location, near the Italian markets. We received so many food samples, from fresh cheeses, balsamic vinegars and olive oil infusions, house made tortillas, and gelato. The mosaic gardens was very interesting. We actually got to go in the museum, which was really impressive. Nina was our guide and she was fantastic! She took us around charming neighborhoods, down to Penn's Landing briefly, showed us her personal community garden, and gave interesting facts about the city. We ended the tour near Jim's steaks, which is a pretty popular cheesesteak place. I didn't realize how many things we would see or how many food samples we would get. Nina actually sold me on the historic tour offered by the same company that day, which we enjoyed also. This tour exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend.

Rebecca B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Alex was an amazing tour guide. He was very Knowledgeable and informative. It was very hot that day but he made sure we stayed in shade and went into air condition buildings. He adapted our tour to what we like to see and eat! Thank you for a wonderful visit into South Philly. I can't wait to come back again to visit Italian Market and the Magic Gardens. I could spend all day in that wonderful Gallery.

Monica B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was our second tour with Ben. He was fantastic!!! His passion, knowledge, and love for Philly truly shows. The Italian market is so much fun...great people and fantastic food. Super rich in history.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Need to add that we so much appreciated historical insights Kendra shared yesterday.,please add to our previous review.

Jessica C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour, awesome guide, a Philly native! Extremely knowledgeable and fun!

Shanice G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016


lori c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fabulous - would never have found the mosaic gardens on my own. So helpful to hear the history associated with the murals, markets, and neighborhoods.

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