Sam­pling the City

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One of the best ways to get to know Philly? Through its food and drink. City Food Tours ( 800.656.0713, www.phillysfood­tour.

com) of­fers sev­eral ex­plo­rations of the city’s rich culi­nary scene, from gourmet to ca­sual. The Fla­vors of Philly tour of­fers sam­ples of clas­sic lo­cal foods—think cheeses­teaks and soft pret­zels— with a sweet end­ing at Read­ing Ter­mi­nal Mar­ket’s Fa­mous 4th Street Cookie Com­pany and Choco­late by Mueller. Fol­low up any tasty trip with The Tip­pler’s Tour ( www.his­toricphiladel­phia.

org/tip­plers-tour), which fol­lows an 18th-cen­tury guide through Old City’s his­toric and mod­ern-day wa­ter­ing holes. With cock­tails, snacks and tales of yes­ter­year, this en­ter­tain­ing blast to the past quenches thirsts for knowl­edge and lo­cal quaffs.


As the name sug­gests, Franklin’s Foot­steps is a 75-minute jaunt that tracks the found­ing fa­ther and his com­pa­tri­ots dur­ing the birth of the na­tion. En­er­getic, in­for­ma­tive guides il­lu­mi­nate spots like Franklin Court, In­de­pen­dence Hall, Car­pen­ters’ Hall, Christ Church and the Betsy Ross House, whet­ting ap­petites for fur­ther ex­plo­rations. 215.389.1279, www.philly­


The Mu­ral Arts Pro­gram Tour takes art en­thu­si­asts on a two-hour ex­cur­sion through a tapestry of more than 3,000 mu­rals through­out the city. Guides re­veal the col­or­ful tales be­hind these out­door mas­ter­pieces and ex­plain the his­tory of the city’s much-loved Mu­ral Arts Pro­gram. 215.925.3633, www. mu­


The Philadel­phia Cen­ter for Ar­chi­tec­ture of­fers the Mod­ern Metropo­lis tour, a two-hour am­ble that sheds light on Philly’s build­ings. Even par­tic­i­pants who don’t know their Vic­to­rian Eclec­ti­cism from their French Re­vival­ism will love the in­sight into land­marks from City Hall to the Com­cast Cen­ter (the city’s tallest build­ing). 215.569.3186, www.philadel­phi­acfa. org/ar­chi­tec­ture-tours


The Philly Movie Sites bus tour shines a spot­light on 50 sites fea­tured in pop­u­lar flicks like “Rocky,” “In Her Shoes,” “Na­tional Trea­sure,” “Shooter” and, of course, “Philadel­phia.” A fun added bonus? Guides screen the ac­tual movie clip at each lo­ca­tion. The pri­vate tour also in­cludes plenty of anec­dotes about stars, sets and lo­cal moviemak­ing his­tory. 215.625.7980, www. moviesites­


The bud­get- con­scious Free and Friendly Tours of­fers just that. Con­ge­nial (and knowl­edge­able) lo­cals take groups through the city they love and ask only for tips in re­turn. High­lights on set out­ings in­clude his­toric sites like Ben Franklin’s house, but familes can cus­tom­ize ex­plo­rations, too. 877.558.9671,­and­friend­ly­


Start your search for gear at pop­u­lar shops like Ath­leta ( 1722 Wal­nut St.), Lu­l­ule­mon Ath­let­ica ( 1720 Wal­nut St.) and Cameo Wa­ter Wear ( 1625 Ch­est­nut St.), which out­fit ev­ery­thing from a barre class to wa­ter aer­o­bics.


Philadel­phia Run­ner caters to all run­ning lev­els with friendly and ex­pert fit­tings for ev­ery­thing from sneak­ers to sports bras. Jog­gers also find col­lec­tions from big brands like Nike’s Epic and The North Face’s Bet­ter Than Naked, plus spe­cialty items like Fee­tures no-blis­ter socks. The mini-chain is equally wel­com­ing to walk­ers and car­ries a se­lec­tion of looser fit­ting tops and longer shorts ap­pro­pri­ate for brisk am­bles around town. Mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions


I. Gold­berg Army & Navy may not have fancy décor like its Cen­ter City coun­ter­parts, but they do have three im­por­tant things ev­ery­one looks for: qual­ity, ser­vice and great prices. “From nose to toes,” I. Gold­berg out­fits the whole fam­ily for ac­tive pur­suits at the gym or on the trail with­out break­ing the bud­get. 1300 Ch­est­nut St.


Spe­cial­iz­ing in bikes from the 1970s through 1990s, VIA Bi­cy­cle of­fers vin­tage bikes, bik­ing gear, rac­ing team jer­seys and cy­cling caps from past eras. These rare, high-qual­ity pieces (the jer­seys are of­ten knit in merino wool) fly out of the store with col­lec­tors who seek out com­pan­ion cloth­ing for their retro rides. 622 S. Broad St.


For stylish work­out clothes with­out the high prices, head to Cen­tury 21. In ad­di­tion to car­ry­ing a large as­sort­ment of men’s and women’s name brands at up to 75 per­cent off re­tail, this iconic depart­ment store also car­ries highly sought af­ter, but hard to find, bou­tique brands like Ko­ral, Marc New York Per­for­mance and Nanette Le­pore. 821 Mar­ket St.

One of many his­tory-themed tours in Philadel­phia

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