Philadelphia: City tour mixes murals and meals

Special to the Los Angeles Times

Here’s a city excursion with appeal for culture vultures, foodies and altruists alike: Philadelphia’s Murals & Meals Tour allows guests to feast their eyes on public art and then savor a tasting menu and a special presentation by a local chef.

The tour is offered by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, which was founded in 1984 to help eradicate graffiti and led to the city having thousands of outdoor murals. Tour fees help support education and youth development, including a program that trains inmates, ex-offenders and young people in mural-painting techniques.

The tour is held on select Saturdays starting at 10 a.m. and ending with lunch at noon. The next one is July 16. Tours depart and return to the restaurant location. Each eatery offers a tasting menu and a special presentation about the food or the history of the restaurant.

Dates, restaurant details and mural themes are noted on the program’s calendar. The July 16 tour, starting at Distrito, 3945 Chestnut St., will focus on murals with a Latino influence.


Most tours cost $50 per person. Reservations are required, and space is limited.

Contact: Mural Arts Program, (215) 685-0754.