3 - 3½ hours
6 stops
Local food and culture
11 people maximum
English
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If you have any issues with payment, please email us at [email protected] with the city, date and time of tour, and how many adult and child's tickets you need so we can assist you.

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*Please note - Group & Private Tours are specifically organised for your group and therefore subject to a premium price.

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What you'll do

On our Secret Food Tour: Philadelphia, you'll be led through the busy streets of Philly for a mouth-watering three-hour urban gastronomy tour in the central and historic areas of the 'City of Brotherly Love'.

You'll get to try an innovative twist on the soft pretzel, the freshest Philly cheesesteak in town made with ingredients sourced from vendors in the Reading Terminal Market. We'll also try an amazing Malaysian dish in Chinatown, and two sweet treats, including the Pennsylvania Dutch Hot Apple Dumpling and fresh Butter Cake! Plus lots more and as always, there's our Secret Dish, which will only be revealed on the tour.

All the food will be served with water and at times, a non-alcoholic beverage. Or if you prefer, a thoughtfully curated Upgraded Drinks Package is available.

  • You'll taste and see the diversity of gastronomy in the expansive market, where you'll try a sourdough soft pretzel topped with aromatic fennel seeds, an innovative twist on a Pennsylvania favorite from a local artisanal bakery.
  • And since it wouldn't be a real Philly tour without a cheesesteak, we have the freshest cheesesteak in Reading Terminal Market for you with gooey provolone cheese on a roll baked the same morning.
  • Next you'll discover the influence of other cultures in Philly as we walk through the Friendship Arch in Chinatown and enjoy an authentic Malaysian dish called Nasi Lamak, a serving of fragrant mildly spicy curry chicken accompanied with coconut sticky rice, and flavorful condiments.
  • After that we will make our way to a secret stop to try a dish that's been made the same way since the 1860's
  • From there we will make our way back to the lovely Reading Terminal Market to taste a deliciously warm spiced apple Dumpling topped with fresh whipped cream, from the Amish owned Dutch Eating Place.
  • For our final bite we will have some of Elizabeth's Fresh Butter Cake from the famous Flying Monkey Bakery
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When you purchase our Upgraded Drinks Package, you'll enjoy the following in addition to the drinks already served on the tour:
  • Philadelphia pale ale
  • Apple cider mixed with apple brandy


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*Please note: the itinerary and menu is subject to change, based on the locations' availability, weather, and other circumstances.


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What you'll taste
THE FOOD
  • Cheesesteak Sandwich
  • Sourdough Fennel Pretzels
  • Malaysian Nasi Lemak
  • Hot Apple Dumpling
  • Freshly Made Butter Cake
  • Our delicious Secret Dish
DRINKS
  • Water
  • For more drinks see the Alcohol Upgrades above


Due to the nature of creating a well balanced and thoughtful gastronomy experience, many of our tours are unable to accommodate certain dietary restrictions. Please contact us prior to booking your tour to see if we are able to accommodate your dietary needs.

Health & Safety Standards

At Secret Food Tours we take your health and the health of our staff very seriously. To be sure that you can enjoy our tours with the maximum protection we have put in place some strict measures.

  • We have been certified by We're Good To Go
  • We make sure that all our partners and our own places are disinfected after each tour
  • All our guide have been trained on health and safety measures
  • Masks and hand sanitizers should be used on all our tours by our guides
  • Guests must bring their own mask
  • We keep our group small and we offer private tours

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Meeting Spot
We'll meet across the street from Reading Terminal Market, on 12th Street & Arch St. Our guide will be waiting outside of Panera Bread restaurant. If you have any questions. Please email us.

Mon - Sun 11:00 a.m.

12th Street & Arch St.

Your guide will be waiting with an orange umbrella so they are easy to spot.

If a tour is fully booked, or you are looking to book a *Group or Private Tour - please email us about Group & Private Tours options.

*Please note - Group & Private Tours are specifically organised for your group and therefore subject to a premium price.

WHY CENTER CITY & OLD CITY?

These two areas are very representative of the evolution of the city since its founding by William Penn in 1682. From Philly's most famous landmarks like City Hall to the bustling Chinatown neighborhood and Reading Terminal Market, Center City is undoubtedly the heart of the City of Brotherly Love.
Old City is home to historical monuments such as the resting place of Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross' house, and the picturesque Ellfrey's Alley, the longest continually inhabited street in the USA. No visit to Philadelphia is complete until you've traversed the cobblestone streets of this district.


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Frequently asked Questions
How do I order?

Simply go to our "Book Now" page where we detail our tours. Select your tour, the time of your tour, and book it! Are you organizing an event? Just email us at Group & Private Tours and we will do our best to arrange something that suits you. After your booking is made, we will send you an automatic email confirmation. If you have any questions before booking, feel free to contact us via email.

*Please note if you are using a special promo code then enter it in the "Voucher Code" section before you select the amount of tickets you would like to purchase*

What is included in the food tour?

All the delicious food and drinks mentioned above, but if you want more alcohol (and who doesn't?) We offer a upgraded drinks package that gives you 2 drinks.

Where is the meeting spot?

You can find the meeting spot here and if it's not clear you can always contact us.

The meeting spot is across the street from Reading Terminal Market, on 12th Street & Arch St. Our guide will be waiting outside of Panera Bread restaurant, with an orange umbrella and a big smile!

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Where the tour will end?

Philadelphia tour ends inside Reading Terminal Market.

Is your food tour suitable for a vegetarian or someone with other dietary requirements?

Due to the nature of creating a well balanced and thoughtful gastronomy experience, many of our tours are unable to accommodate certain dietary restrictions. Please contact us prior to booking your tour to see if we are able to accommodate your dietary needs. If you have any doubt or concerns, feel free to email us at [email protected] before booking. We have had many vegetarians doing the tour with us and they all enjoyed it thoroughly.

I am traveling with my family, is the tour ok for infants/children?

Children are more than welcome to our tour and it's free for any child 2 years or under! We have had many families attend from all over the world and everyone enjoyed the tour.

I don't drink alcohol. Can I book your tour?

This is not a problem. Just inform our guide before the tour starts. During the tasting you can select another beverage you like.

Is there enough food during your tour?

Our tours provide our customers with a lot of food. Trust us, you will not need to eat a meal after our food tour!

Where do I add my discount voucher?
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I would like to take your tour but it is already fully booked. Is there a way I can do the tour?

Our tours are often sold out very quickly. If the date you requested is not available, please do not hesitate to email us and we can see if there is anything we can do.

Is there a lot of walking?

To join our food tour, you must wear comfortable shoes. There will be around 45 minutes of walking but it's not too difficult and there are no hills or stairs. If you walk slowly, then our guide will walk slowly as well.

How many people max are on this tour?

We take 11 people maximum. If you are more than 11 people, please do not hesitate to email us and will try to see if we can accommodate.

I cannot find a way to print the confirmation. Is it OK if I have it on my phone?

You do not have to print your voucher. A confirmation on your phone will be fine!

If I purchase a voucher as a gift, or am given a voucher how long is it valid for?

All of our vouchers expire one year from the date of purchase.

Can I choose my own cheese and meat?

Our guide will take care of everything. Should you wish to try something special, please inform our guide and they will do their best to make you happy.

Where does your food come from?

We work with local businesses in Philadelphia. The food and drink we buy is top-quality, fresh and local!

What if it rains or I change my plans?

Unfortunately, the weather is unpredictable in Philadelphias. We do not issue refunds as per our terms and conditions. We also inform you that we never cancel a booking even if we have only 2 people! However we do reserve the right to cancel the tour if we feel the weather is extreme, and we cannot run the tour due to this for more info see our Terms and Conditions: https://www.secretfoodtours.com/terms-and-conditions/

Can I pay the tour in cash?

You must book directly on our website. We do not accept cash payments. Our online payment is safe, secured and SSL protected.

Why do we need to pay for booking fee?

The booking fee that you have to pay is up to our ticket provider and we can't change it. All our clients need to pay for it upon booking. The booking fee charged contributes to the cost of the ticketing system to provide an excellent service to our customers.

Foreign Transaction Fees

A few banks have charged their customer an extra fee while booking with us (this isn't the booking fee but another fee added by the bank). We think this is unfair, if this happens let us know by showing us in your bank statement and we will refund this fee as a gesture of good will.

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