By Viator, July 2011
In Madrid, foodie tours focus on the local specialty, tapas. The night-time walking tour takes you to bars and restaurants to meet the locals and experience Madrid’s bar-hopping nightlife. Local flavors to try include chorizo sausage, Galician octopus and cider from Asturias.
A Brussels foodie tour will take you to meet the city’s chefs, and taste local gourmet treats like waffles, frites and mussels.
Of course Paris is the home of gourmet dining. A chocolate and pastry tour combines the two best-loved foods of all, with visits to fine patisseries and bonbon shops revealing the artistry behind the confections. Or you could focus on foie gras, wine and cheese with a visit to a specialty fromagerie on the Left Bank.
Foodie tours are small group tours, with numbers often restricted to a maximum of eight. Feel free to pump your local tour guide for neighborhood dining tips, background information on local traditions and specialties, translation and suggestions.
For other ways to experience local cuisine and traditions, try taking a cooking lesson in a private kitchen in Rome, a Deep South cooking class in New Orleans, Tuscan dinner cooking class in Florence, or a sake tasting and cooking class in Kyoto.
Wine-tasting tours are often paired with local food and are a specialty of the world’s wine capitals like Paris, Milan, Florence, Rome, Chianti, Bordeaux, Napa and the Yarra Valley.
Tours & Tickets
Sample the bounty of Waiheke Island on a 4-hour food and wine tour that visits Stonyridge Vineyard, Casita Miro, Mudbrick Vineyard and the Rangihoua Estate. ... Read more
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Jostle with locals for the best food in town on this 3.5-hour small-group food tour of Rome! Focusing on the most exciting gourmet haunts in up-and-coming ... Read more
Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Eat your way around Bruny Island on a gourmet and sightseeing tour from Hobart. Visit scenic lookouts overlooking Adventure Bay and Cloudy Bay, rainforests of ... Read more
Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
Find out what all the fuss is about on this half-day tour of some of the best food in New Orleans' famous French Quarter. Your knowledgeable, passionate guide ... Read more
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
The new culinary center of the Big Apple, where food and dining trends are dispersed to the rest of the country, is Brooklyn. And with this half-day tour, you ... Read more
Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 4.5 hrs
Combine gourmet food and Catalan culture on a pre-dinner walking tour of Barcelona's famous tapas bars. It's a great way to begin your visit of Barcelona - not ... Read more
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Varies (3 to 4 hours depending on chosen option)