Meet your knowledgeable local guide at a central point in Boston’s South End to begin your food tour. The city’s lively food scene is constantly evolving; the restaurants mentioned are intended to give an idea of the places you may visit, but the itinerary could change on the day of your tour. Explore the neighborhood on foot, covering less than 2 miles (3.2km) at a leisurely pace with frequent stops and some seated tastings.
Dive in with sandwiches at the Parish Cafe, where you’ll learn how some of Boston’s top chefs created their own sandwiches for the menu. Then, get a taste of Venezuelan cuisine and its blend of Andean and Caribbean flavors at Orinoco Kitchen. Orinoco Kitchen invites you to savor its dishes in the warm ambiance of a taguarita, a traditional family-run restaurant typically found in Venezuela.
Down the street, tuck into fish specials such as New England fried clams at Morse Fish Company, Boston’s oldest fish market, established in 1903. Across the street from Morse’s, you’ll see the Cathedral of The Holy Cross, a Gothic Revival cathedral built in 1875 and one of the largest Catholic churches in New England.
Continue your stroll to Vejigantes Restaurant where you’ll try authentic Puerto Rican dishes and hear about the Puerto Rican community’s rich history in the Villa Victoria area of the South End.
Nearby, the gourmet food shop South End Formaggio serves up samples of artisan cheeses, meats and wines. Wrap up your tasting tour with a sweet treat at Flour Bakery, a renowned bakery and cafe that makes cookies and pastries among other delicious temptations.
As you make your way through this colorful historical neighborhood, your guide will point out Victorian brownstone buildings and share stories about some of the South End’s sights and famous residents.