For your Philadelphia South Street Walking Tour you should make your way to 4th Street Deli at the corner of 4th and Bainbridge Streets, where your local guide will be waiting.
Your South Philly odyssey begins at one of the oldest Jewish delicatessens in the city, where you may enjoy breakfast before the tour or some of the wonderful treats from the bakery to take with you on the tour.
Leaving here, walk through some of the delightful streets and past local homes of Philly’s Queen Village neighborhood. There will be a chance to see some of the 3,000 murals that decorate the city before reaching Gloria Dei (Old Swede’s) Church, Pennsylvania’s oldest.
At this National Historic Site, learn about both Revolutionary War soldiers and ordinary citizens from colonial times buried in its cemetery, and walk into 300 years of history at this beautiful church. Next, walk on to the Sparks Shot Tower, America’s first shot factory.
After a short break at one of the area’s charming local coffee shops (payable direct),continue on through the Bella Vista neighborhood. Here, experience Philly’s strong Italian heritage, and if you’re lucky watch a game at a park designated for local bocce leagues. A short stroll from here brings us to the bakeries, spice stores, cafes, Italian food stores and market stalls of the Italian Market.
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. Take this opportunity to enjoy lunch (own expense) and shopping at the market.
After lunch walk on to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, showcasing the mosaic art of Isaiah Zagar. This amazing place includes a fully mosaiced indoor gallery and a massive outdoor labyrinthine mosaic structure.Finally end the tour on South Street, famous for its bohemian mix of clothes, jewelry, gift and music stores.
The tour ends at Jim's Cheesesteaks at the corner of 4th and South Streets but you can stay on afterwards to shop, eat and drink on Philadelphia’s most eclectic street.