Philadelphia Chinatown Food Tour
Take a tour of mainland China, Hong Kong, Korea and Vietnam all with out your passport! Frequent food stops to refuel while on an exploration of this small but might and uniquely Philly Chinatown’s history. With a densely packed wealth of delicious food and rich culture. Journey from the search for “gim sa” (Golden Mountain) to a rail worker bachelor society, to the birth of a vocal, thriving and striving cultural enclave that is more than just a business district but a diverse and eclectic “Asian Town” that many call home.
Join Free Tours by Foot for a 3 hour tour of Philadelphia’s Chinatown, a journey through the history and culture of this rich and growing community. We have designed this tour to provide visitors with excellent insight into the neighborhood’s culinary possibilities and the distinctive personality of this diverse Asian neighborhood.
Some of the shops and stops:
- Friendship Gate
- Dim Sum Garden (last stop: a shared family style meal)
- Asian Underground Mart
- Asian Arts Initiative
- Fo Shou Temple*
- Noodle Factory*
- Mr. Wish
- Bread Top Bakery
- “House of Dragons” Fire House
- Vi Vi Bubble
- Bonchon (if time permits)
- and More!
(* = viewed from outside only)
Some of the foods we sample:
- Tako Yaki
- Vietnamese Sandwiches (if time and bellies permit)
- Moon Cakes
- Bubble Teas
- Sweet Tofu
- Soup Dumplings
- Crepes (if time and bellies permit)
- and much more (so show up hungry!!!)
At each food stop, you choose what treats you would like to taste. Try them all or none at all (don’t forget, this is also a history and culture tour). Unlike on other tours that charge around $45 for a set sample menu, with us you choose what to eat and how much to spend. Suggested amount to bring is between $10-$12 cash, depending on your appetite. You may also want to bring a reusable grocery bag since you will want to bring it home to share! The highlight for many is the final family style shared dumpling meal, so pace yourselves to have room!! You will not leave hungry for flavor or history!
Where: Outside the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Bookstore at 1218 Arch St. between 12th and 13th Streets across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Look for your guide with a Free Tours by Foot Sign and wearing orange or holding an orange umbrella.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1 mile (1.5K).
When: Every Sunday at 1:30pm. Check our full tour calendar for the most up to date information.
Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget. Suggest food sampling price $10-$12 cash.