Beyond the Cheesesteak

Adult (12+)
$45
Child (6-12)
$40
Child Under 6
Free

Combine street food and brain food on this Philadelphia tour that takes you in the hallowed halls of academia, the glory of the grand terminal, the worship of college sports, and the fun of food trucking!

Philly Food Tour Highlights

  • Experience the best of Philly’s street food in the city’s University City neighborhood
  • Get to know two of Philly’s major universities through their unique, eclectic, and tasty food trucks
  • Discover Drexel University’s historic architecture with a local to tell you all about it
  • Visit the University of Pennsylvania’s iconic sports venues, impressive libraries, and picturesque campus

Inclusions: Local English speaking guide, food from three food trucks, and a trolley token.

Exclusions: Additional food and drink beyond what is included, items of a personal nature, and tips and gratuities for your guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 2.5 Hours
  • Meeting point: Inside 30th Street Station, near the center of the station next to the WWII Memorial.
  • Starting time: 11.00 AM
  • Ending point: 40th St. Trolley Station – The traveler will be able to ride the trolley (token provided) back to 30th St. or continue into Center City.
  • Full Itinerary
  • Feed your mind as well as your belly on this Philadelphia food tour that bypasses the usual tourist spots and sends you back to school on the university campuses. Don’t worry, there won’t be an exam at the end — there’ll be food trucks instead!

    Your Philadelphia city tour begins at the city’s largest transportation hub, 30th St. Station. You get a glimpse of the fine architecture inside the grand terminal, and be in the midst of the busy intersection of trains, buses, subways and trolleys. We leave the station on foot and begin the journey down Market Street.

    Before we make it very far, we stop for a taste of the Caribbean or we can keep it local, at our first group of food trucks. It’s a bit of a hidden gem here, and you’ll be amazed at the quality of food being produced here.

    Just down the road we reach Drexel University, where we head down one of their new green quads and into the beautiful Main Building, the very first building on Drexel’s campus. Meander down the hill past World Cafe Live and underneath the highline as trains are passing high above.

    From here, we enter Penn Park, a brand-new green space with spectacular views of the Philly skyline. After soaking up this panorama, your walking food tour of Philly continues over the train tracks and passes by some of the most iconic college sports venues in the country: Franklin Field and the Palestra.

    We reach our second group of food trucks just in front of Franklin Field. You also get to experience this chaotic and wonderful food scene during the heart of lunch — a truly local experience!

    From there, we head to the heart of Penn’s campus, the very first public university in the U.S. We take you inside Fisher Library, an architectural masterpiece by Frank Furness. We walk by College Hall, Penn’s first building on the campus, and go inside Houston Hall, home of America’s first Student Union. From there, we walk up Locust Walk, arguably the most beautiful city campus setting in the country.

    After that, we end up on Spruce Street, where you’re treated to something sweet. This is one of the best spots for food trucks in Philly, and a food tour wouldn’t be complete without stopping here!

    We finally arrive at a trolley stop, where your guide provides a token for each person. This street trolley ride is a unique experience and you definitely feel like a Philadelphia local once you’ve taken a trip on it! From this point, you have the option to ride back to 30th St. or continue into the city center.

    Need a place to stay?

    Heading to Philly without a place to rest your head? Have no fear — the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia Hotel is ready to welcome you to the City of Brotherly Love! As our preferred accommodation partner in Philadelphia, we recommend grabbing a room there if you haven’t already booked any accommodation. Sleep tight!

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English speaking guide, food from three food trucks, and a trolley token.

    Exclusions: Additional food and drink beyond what is included, items of a personal nature, and tips and gratuities for your guide.

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Closure of sites: Please note that Fisher Library will have restricted access during finals period.

    Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +1 215 280 3746
    Email address: [email protected]

  • Reviews
  • Ms. Megan B. from USA traveled on 18 Mar 2016:

    We took this tour in order to become more acquainted with the University City area and were not disappointed. In addition to learning a lot about the local area and eating some really tasty food, we also had some wonderful conversations with our guide, Kendra.