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Philadelphia Iconic Foods Tour

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Voted "Best Tourist Activity" by Manayunk.com, enjoy this guided walking tour exploring the exciting culinary offerings of Philadelphia's first historic district. Try eight iconic Philly foods, including tomato pie, soft pretzels, ice cream and yes, a classic Philly cheesesteak. The 2.5-hour tour is crammed with information on the 300-year-old neighborhood, fun historical anecdotes and cultural secrets that enliven the experience in between bites.
  • Try a generous range of dishes, including the classic Philly cheesesteak
  • Learn about the history behind this 300-year-old neighborhood
  • Walk away with a TasteBook: an in-depth guide to the city’s food scene
  • Discover the neighborhood’s top sights up close
What to Expect
Meet your guide in the late morning at a centrally located meeting point in Manayunk, and embark on a culinary-minded tour of the neighborhood. This tour will take place over lunchtime, and will include generously portioned samples at multiple stops, so be sure to come hungry. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and with more than 300 years of history behind it, riverfront Manayunk was once a mill town before it became one of Philadelphia’s most food-loving neighborhoods. Take in the sights while your guide gives you a background in the history. Then, it’s time to eat. Sample tomato pie (a thick, rectangular take on pizza, topped with lots of tomato sauce), the enormous local soft pretzels, and a classic Philly cheesesteak, as well as numerous other treats. At each stop, you’ll see a new side of the neighborhood and discover more about the area’s culinary traditions. The tour ends right in the center of Manayunk, and just steps from the local train station.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Departs from Hermitage Street and Umbria Street
Return Details
Concludes on Main Street and Carson Street
  • Local guide
  • 6+ Food & Drink Tastings
  • TasteBook: A full-color, mini-magazine guide to Philadelphia's food scene
  • Ponchos (when necessary)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Bethany was pleasant and very informative and the food was good, but there is room for improvement.The Marchiano bakery's tomato pie and pepperoni bread was very tasty, but quite a distance from the rest of the tour. Perhaps smaller groups would allow access to the inside of
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Manayunk was a quaint little town with interesting history. Tour quide Laura was very good. Food tasting was good quality as well, just too many carbs.
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My son and I went on this food tour with Bethany last weekend before he went off to college. It was a lot of fun! The food was outstanding, Bethany's knowledge of Manayunk and the Philly area were great. I highly recommend this tour. My favorite was the delicious ice cream
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Response from chewphilly2019, Owner at Philadelphia Iconic Foods Tour
Responded 2 Sep 2019
This is so wonderful to hear! Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and we look forward to seeing you again!
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Considering the hills of Manayunk, the walking was quite easy. But considering all the restaurants in the area I was expecting more food. However, we did hit all the Philly favorites of tomato pie, soft pretzels, cheesesteaks. There was also cappuccino and ice cream and a off
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Response from chewphilly2019, Owner at Philadelphia Iconic Foods Tour
Responded 12 Aug 2019
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, and for your valuable thoughts! We do strive to exhibit the true spirit of our tour in our marketing and branding, which is to show 5-7 tastings of famous Philadelphia foods to our tour participants. While there are many tours in Philadelphia that visit a varied selection of restaurants, our tour specifically focuses on Authentic Philadelphia Foods, highlighting small, family-owned and reputable eateries in Manayunk that serve classic Philly foods and have been in operation for decades. In order to keep consistency of food quality and a unique perspective, we do not work with new restaurants in Manayunk or those that are chain restaurants, owned by large corporations, or not in line with authentic Philadelphia foods. We thank you again for offering your insight for future travelers. For those wanting a different tour than we offer, there are many wonderful food tours throughout Philadelphia that offer general restaurant tours and small bites from varied establishments rather than themed food tours like ours.
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Received the tour as a Christmas present and finally went on the tour today. Wonderful selection of stops including Marchiano's bakery, pretzels from Tasty Twisters, bruschetta from River City Outpost, cheese steaks (1/4) from Sorrentino's deli, cappuccino from Volo
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Response from chewphilly2019, Owner at Philadelphia Iconic Foods Tour
Responded 12 Aug 2019
What a lovely review to receive! Thank you for listing each of the tastings that you enjoyed. We sincerely appreciate the time you took in writing this review, and hope to see you again.
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