Philadelphia Markets, Mosaics & Magic Discovery

Art, culture, diversity, and of course, the spirit of Rocky lives on in South Philly! Join this Philadelphia tour to see just how eclectic this gritty city is. From hidden alleyways to Italian markets, family-owned businesses, and public art, South Philly is a slice of the real Philly.


  • Discover the hidden gems of some of the most historic neighborhoods in the country

  • Admire Isaiah Zagar’s beautiful one-of-a-kind mosaics at Magic Gardens

  • Get to know the real South Philly from a local perspective

  • Wander among the colourful stalls and enjoy the tastes of the shops, cafes, and restaurants at the world-famous Italian Market

  • Take a glimpse into one of the city’s most charming neighbourhoods and finish on Philly's eclectic South Street

Local English-speaking guide
3 food stops with 3 food samples
Admission to Magic Gardens
Additional food and drinks
Tips/gratuities for your guide
Important Information
What is included in the tour?

Local English-speaking guide, 3 food stops with 3 food samples, admission to Magic Gardens

What isn't included in the tour?

Additional food and drinks, tips/gratuities for your guide

Where do we meet?

Corner of 9th & South Streets, outside New Image Art & Framing. 601 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Where does the tour end?

We will end in the Bella Vista neighborhood, with access to convenient transportation;

Can I cancel my tour?

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity

What is the duration of the tour?

3 hours

What if I can't find my guide?

If you have any issues on the day of your tour, please call +1 215 280 3746

What is the group size of this tour?

The maximum number of people on this tour will be 12 passengers.


Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour:

  • Included on this tour is admission to Magic Gardens, a non-profit organization that focuses on community development and outreach by offering educational programming, performances, and workshops to the public. Highlighting the artwork sparks discussion around topics including diversity, as well as conversations around depression and other mental health issues.
  • Take on the diversity of Philly in the best way possible – local style!  Begin your Philadelphia neighbourhood tour on the ever-colourful South Street.  Follow your local guide through the streets of the Bella Vista neighbourhood for your first glimpse of some beautiful mosaics. We’ll swing by a historic deli, duck into a tempting bakery, and marvel at the sights, smells, and sounds of the famous Italian Market. The market is the oldest and largest everyday open-air market in America, and you’ll soon understand why it is one of Philly’s must-see attractions. Tempt your taste buds as we wander past the myriad of local stores carrying everything from cheese, chocolate, spices, and olive oils, to the best bakeries, butcher shops, and produce stalls. We’ll 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 — feel free to recreate this scene yourself! We'll continue this Philadelphia city tour with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, which showcases the mosaic art of Isaiah Zagar. This amazing place includes a fully mosaicked indoor gallery and a massive outdoor labyrinthine mosaic structure. Here your guide will fill you in on the local tales of this area, giving you the opportunity to ask them any questions you may have about this classic Philly spot. Your tour concludes at the Magic Gardens. From here, your guide can give you recommendations on where to go to eat, drink, and shop along Philly’s eclectic and dynamic South Street. Now that you're a bona fide local, you may even want to make an appointment for your new Urban Adventures tattoo.

    We reserve the right to change both the route and places visited within the tour. Food inclusions are subject to change, dependent on availability on the day

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