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The Best Way to Experience a Destination is Through a Food Tour

Food tours are my favorite way to experience a destination. Whenever we are going somewhere new the first thing I look for is a food tour. This is also how we came up with the idea to start our own food tour in Marrakech. If you have never taken one, I highly recommend it! They are popping up all over the world and can be very broadly focused (ex: the best of Rome) or narrowly focused (ex: Chocolate of Brussels). Really you might be very surprised what you find! I’ve been on many tours in several countries and after running our own tour for almost a year there are a few things I’ve taken away as keys to having a great food tour;

8 Components of a Great Food Tour

  1. The food should be items you couldn’t find on your own or wouldn’t know to look for.
  2. Plenty of locals eating in the same places you  go.
  3. The focus is on the food so you walk away learning a bit about what you’ve eaten and why it’s important to that location.
  4. A variety of foods are offered.
  5. Cost should be representative of experience and food provided.
  6. The guide is knowledgeable, approachable, friendly and you’re able to understand them.
  7. At least one stop should include something substantial.
  8. Never, ever, walk away hungry.

    North America

    A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour – Brooklyn, New York:  The Traveling Praters “My daughter and I went on an amazing pizza tour in Brooklyn. We saw some sights, learned about the city and ate some amazing pizza.”
    Ahoy! – New York City, NY   Dangerous Business: Take a walk through Little Italy and Chinatown and do it while eating delicious foods. Next time you’re in New York this is a tour to seek out. 
    Hiphost Tours Chocolate Tour – Boston, MA:   Around the World “L” Boston isn’t the first place that comes to mind when I think chocolate but Lillie proves me wrong and highly recommends this tour.
    Boston Pizza Tour  – Boston, MA: Travel Mindset Traci shares her family experience on Boston’s North End pizza trail. How do you take your Paul Revere? Cheese, please!
    Scott’s Pizza Tour – New York, NY: Travel’s with Carole  Carole shares her experience with this tasty New York pizza based tour.
    DC Metro Food Tours – Washington D.C. – The Capitol Hill Food Tour was the first food tour I ever took and it was an amazing start. I’d also recommend checking out the Little Ethiopia and Del Ray tours.
    TasteBud Food Tour – New Orleans, LA: Life with 4 Boys “We did a TasteBud Food Tour in New Orleans. Everything was incredible from the guide to the food. The guide was informative and told us so much history of the city and its food background, and we left stuffed.
    South Beach Miami Culinary Tours – Miami, FL:   Calculated Traveler This was Mary’s first food tour and it was a big success, the tour did a great job of introducing great food that was not typical tourist fare. 
    Chicago Chocolate Tours – Chicago, IL:  Luxe Adventure Traveler I’ve been to Chicago more times than I can count but had no idea it had such a chocolate scene. Even the coldest winter day can be made brighter with chocolate!
    Savor Oakland – Oakland, CA:   RTW Girl This tour brought together not only food but also highlighted a district in Oakland. I’d be going to get my paws on the pizza and cupcakes!
    Local Taste of the City – San Francisco, CA:  Ever in Transit New York’s Little Italy may be famous but you can explore Italian immigrant culture and food in San Francisco too! 
    Taste of Kilohana – Kauai, HI  Travel the World: If you think a food tour in Hawaii is just pineapple and SPAM you’d be wrong. A visit to a plantation to sample unique produce, a delicious multi-course meal and plenty of other surprises make up this agricultural and eating extravaganza.
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