City Bites: 6 Delectable Food Tours with Kids
Looking for a delicious way to create lasting memories of your vacation? Kid-friendly food tours are popping up all over the country and provide a tasty glimpse into a city’s culinary culture and history. When choosing a walking tour for your family, keep in mind that the best are short on walking, last no longer than a couple of hours, and finish with a sweet treat.
Here are six great city tours for food-loving families. (Note: While we list each tour’s price, we were often able to find the same tour for less on Viator.com.)
North Beach/Little Italy Food Tour: San Francisco, CA
What’s for a kid not to like? Local Tastes of the City’s tour of North Beach and Little Italy packs pizza, pasta, and chocolate into roughly eight blocks of San Francisco’s rolling hills. You’ll visit a 100-year old bakery, hear tales of the Gold Rush, see how coffee is roasted, and learn why the area is called North Beach when there’s no sand in sight. Info: Local Tastes of the City, 888/358-8687. Duration: 3 hours. Price: $59 for adults; $39 for kids ages 12-16; $15 for kids ages 2-11, free for kids 2 and under.
Tastes of Chinatown with Dim Sum: New York, NY
Led by local Chinese guides, New York Food Tour’s “Tastes of Chinatown with Dim Sum” takes you on a tour of regional cuisines as you and the kids also learn about Chinese-American culture. Along the way, you’ll try soft and crunchy Pekingese dumplings, buns filled with sweet or savory fillings, and popular snacks like Cantonese beef jerky and Taiwanese teas. Info: New York Food Tour, 347-559-0111. Duration: 3-3.5 hours. Price: $69 for adults; call for children’s discount.
Original Farmer’s Market Food & History Tour: Los Angeles, CA
Adjacent to The Grove, a happening outdoor mall, there isn’t a more convenient location for a food tour with kids. The Original Farmer’s Market is not your average weekend vegetable and fruit market; since 1934, it’s been a permanent structure with markets, restaurants and shops. As your tour brings you to various ethnic eateries, a gourmet market, candy shop, and famous donut shop, you’l l soak in old Hollywood history while keeping your eyes peeled for a celebrity. The fountains at The Grove are often a backdrop for the TV show “Extra,” which films on location. Info: Melting Pot Food Tours, 800-979-3370. Duration: 2.5 hours. Price: $59 for adults; $45 for ages 5-12; free for under 5)