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A Taste of Philadlephia Foodie Tour

From the Italian Market to Reading Terminal to the "Cheesesteak Wars" interesection, taste something on every corner.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.8 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  Philadelphia has always been a melting pot of ethnic backgrounds and cultures. Proof of this is in the pudding - or in the ovens and... more »

Tips:  Top tip - this tour features a lot of tempting food offerings, but no standard breakfast fare. If you're going to eat as you go (and... more »

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Points of Interest

Any food tour of the city of Brotherly Love should start with the food that Philly is famous for: the cheese steak. And where better to start than at the birthplace of the cheese steak, Pat's King of Steaks?

Well, the fans of Geno's Steaks, right across the street, would disagree. And that's why this Food Tour starts with a warning. There's a war... More

For 36 years, Pat's King of Steaks ruled the cheese steak world - or at least its corner in South Philly. Then in 1966 Geno's moved in across the street. Legend has it that founder Joe Vento decided that if he wanted to sell cheese steaks, he may as well go where they're already being eaten. Thus began the Philly Cheese Steak wars.

Cross the... More

Continue down 9th Street until you hit the area known to tourists as "The Italian Market." Most locals just refer to this as 9th Stret, as in "They had fresh strawberries on 9th Street today." Whatever you call it, the Italian Market is a wonderful mix of grocery stores, bakeries, butcher shops and the like.

Despite its name, the Italian Market ... More

4. 816 Washington Ave philadelphia

If the cheese steak is Philly's choice of fast food sandwiches, the soft pretzel is our pick when it comes to snacks.

Unlike the cheese steak, the soft pretzel wasn't a Philly first. Instead, it can be directly traced back to the Germans who settled the area (and became known as "Pennsylvania Dutch." Philadelphians of all backgrounds quickly... More

Continue west on Washington St. Turn right on 11th. Walk (or drive) approximately 1.25 miles to Arch and turn left. Your next stop, the Reading Terminal Market, is located at 12th and Arch.

The Reading Terminal Market first opened in 1892. A direct response to complaints that outdoor markets were unsanitary and a traffic hazard, Reading Terminal ... More

Head south on 12th, turning left onto Chestnut St. Arrive by foot or car at 325 Chestnut, the home of Buddakan. This restaurant is the modern-day representative on this tour, and is also representative of the numerous Stephen Starr restaurants in the city (more on that later).

In its own right, Buddakan tops all other restaurants in Philadelphia ... More