Fancy yourself a foodie? There’s no better way to taste all different kinds of cuisines than to go on a food tour. These culinary tours have become all the rage all around the world, so whether you’re on vacation or just in your hometown, it’s likely you’ll find plenty of food tour options that can help you taste a variety of cuisines. Here are 11 of the best food tours in the world!
1. South Beach Food Tour in Miami
Miami, Florida has tons of renowned restaurants and a variety of types of food. In order to taste them all, consider going on a Miami Culinary Tour. There are several different options, including a South Beach Food Tour and a Little Havana Food Tour that can give you the taste of Cuban food right here in the US. Tours are often given twice a daily for around $60 per person.
2. Pepperpot Culinary Tour in Barbados
The all-inclusive Turtle Beach resort in Barbados has a Pepperpot Culinary Tour that lets guests check out the island’s Holetown neighborhood, Speightstown Fish Market, and famous Bajan chef Peter Edey’s restaurant, Scotch Bonnet. You can try every kind of delicacy available to island locals, including macaroni pie and pudding and souse. On top of the delicious meals, you can also save on the resort’s nightly rates by using a Hotels.com coupon code at checkout!
3. Willemstad Walking Food Tour in Curacao
There are several options for food tours in the city of Willemstad in Curacao (a small Caribbean island). There’s a walking food tour that allows you to try a tropical batido smoothie from the Floating Market or taste traditional dishes like stoba and funchi from the Old Market. Since there are several walking food tours available, check with your hotel for recommendations on one that will work for you.
4. Truffle Hunting in Florence
Serious food lovers will delight in Fiesole, Italy’s truffle hunting adventure. The truffle hunting and cooking experience comes from the 5-star hotel Il Salviatino in the Florence area, where you can work with famous Tuscan truffle hunter, Giulio Benuzzi and his dog, Eda for a hands-on truffle hunt. You can even go to his personal home, where he walks guests through the truffle process (including finding, cleaning, maintenance, and cooking of the truffles). Then, you’ll get to try a truffle tasting lunch with several specialities, including truffle sauce bean soup and truffle ice cream. Hotels.com also offers coupon codes for this resort as well to help lower your costs!
5. Risotto Experience in Verona
Another great culinary tour is available through the Palazzo Victoria resort in Verona, Italy. If you love risotto, you will definitely salivate over the Risotto Experience tour at a risotto farm called Riseria Ferron (about an hour drive from the resort). The owner of the farm, Gabrielle Ferron, will take you on a tour of the rice fields, on a hunt for hops and herbs to use in the risotto, and then he teaches guests how to make the perfect risotto. This tour is only $90 a person, and is set in the gorgeous countryside! The best part is the resort is 5-star, but you can find rooms for as low as $290 a night on Hotels.com!
6. Mission District Food Tour in San Francisco
San Francisco, California has become a mecca for foodies looking for tasty treats. In fact, there’s no better destination for food lovers than the Mission District. Avital Tours offers a 3-hour, 4-stop tour that allows you to taste 2 appetizers, an entree, and dessert for $84 (alcohol is a little extra.) Check the site’s info for details on times and possible restaurant stops.
7. Peruvian Cuisine in Peru
Want to know how to cook authentic Peruvian food? The JW Marriott El Convento Cusco hotel, in Cusco, Peru, offers several food tours and cooking classes to help you become better acquainted with the traditional flavors of the region. Chef Rely Alencastre offers a 5-course interactive cooking lesson that starts with a tour of the local Mercado San Pedro. The tour also includes stops at popular vendor stands where guests can sample ingredients like chirimoya, lucuma, queso andino, and quinoa. This experience will help you take the flavors of Peru home with you! Plus, you can save on the cost of the hotel with a Hotels.com discount code!
8. Artisanal Cheese Tour in Guatemala
If you’re staying at Casa Palopo, located on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, you’ll be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience through the farms of Santo Tomas Perdido. The excursion starts with a boat ride right from the private dock of the hotel to the town of San Lucas Toliman. There guests can take a tour of a farm that specializes in handmade Guatemalan cheeses (including the Santo Tomas, Cajuan, and Junaal with Chili Chiltepe). There’s also a demonstration of the cheese-making process and a tasting with speciality pairings for each guest to try.
9. Taste of San Juan in Puerto Rico
Heading to Puerto Rico on vacation? Make sure to stay at the San Juan Marriott resort. They offer a Taste of San Juan package (run by Spoon Food Tours) where guests can learn about the history and architecture of the city, try delicious blends of coffee, and sample traditional dishes like mofongo, fried fritters, pasteles with chicken, etc. While you’re enjoying the authentic food, you can also enjoy low hotel prices (like $179 a night) from Hotels.com.
10. Lower East Side Pizza Walk in New York City
Even serious foodies will admit there’s nothing tastier than a slice of New York pizza. Head to Manhattan, and sign up for a tour through Scott’s Pizza Tours, where you can head to America’s oldest pizzeria and check out the best pizzas in Little Italy and Greenwich Village. There are a bunch of different tour options, so check out the site for specific tours and prices. It’ll all be worth it when you bite into your first slice!
11. Tastes of the South in Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia has some of the most exciting homegrown food trends in the US. You’re bound to find some delicious treats when you take the Tastes of the South Walking Tour (offered by Sweet Peach Tours). The 2-hour tour allows you to sample plenty of Southern specialities, like fried green tomatoes, grits, oxtail, and catfish. For just $49.95 a person, you can get your fill of yummy foods while visiting some of Atlanta’s most popular restaurants.