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Explore the culinary delights of Carmel, just down the coast from Monterey, on this food and wine walking tour. With a knowledgeable foodie guide, you’ll learn about the history and gourmet culture of Carmel, an upscale enclave known for its charming architecture and cozy, small-town vibe, as you visit local eateries to sample locavore and ethnic dishes, chocolate, and wine. Limited to 16 people, this tour provides a small-group experience with personalized attention.


  • Walking tour of Carmel with gourmet food and wine tastings
  • Sample delicious chocolates, pasta, olive oils, wines, and farm-to-table preparations at popular local restaurants and boutique shops
  • Learn about Carmel’s history, culinary scene, culture and architecture from your enthusiastic insider guide
  • All food and wine tastings included
  • Small-group tour limited to 16 people provides a more intimate experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

I really love that this tour takes you to places off the beaten path and allows you to sample a delicious array of local foods and California wines. Plus the tour guide is a true foodie with a fabulous personality and a deep knowledge of Carmel history!

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What You Can Expect

Carmel Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour

Delicious Food Experience in Carmel

Your walking tour starts at Camel’s Sunset Cultural Center, where you’ll meet your guide, a food lover with a wealth of knowledge to share about this coastal town and its history and culture as an artists’ colony and culinary destination. While you walk down hidden lanes and come across small plazas, admire the local architecture and listen to information from your guide.

You’ll make stops at restaurants, stylish watering holes and food shops to meet business owners and sample different food items. You may visit places like Casanova Restaurant, Trio Carmel, Anton & Michael, Terry’s Lounge at the Historic Cypress Inn, Lula’s Chocolates and Affina Food & Wine. Learn about the ‘locavore’ concept as you sample goodies such as gnocchi, olive oil, seasonal risotto, wine or cocktails, and locally made truffles and caramels. In general, the tastings add up to an average lunch. 

Finish up in the early afternoon, which leaves you plenty of time to continue exploring Carmel on your own. Total walking distance is just more than 1 mile and includes several tasting breaks; it’s suitable for adults of all fitness levels.

Customer Reviews

Annitta E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Amber a great tour guide on an amazing tour

Wayne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was an excellent tour. We found 2 new restaurants we want to return to for a full meal. In addition to some great stops, the guide, Stacy, also filled us in on occasional historical tidbits. Fortunately, the weather cooperated and the rain held off until evening, but even if it had rained, it would have been a thoroughly delightful experience. Recommended for anybody who wants to try some good food and wine and doesn't mind walking a bit. The walking actually helps wear off the calories from the generous samples and the stops give you a break from the walking.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Best time while in California! The food and wine choices were fantastic, the restaurants were exceptional! The chefs, wine sommeliers were gracious and spent time with us. Mig our tour guide made this experience 10 stars! I shared this tour with 3 of my high school girl friends, two of which are from the area, everyone had a wonderful time. I am a certified KCBS BBQ food tasting judge, the food was exceptional, well paired with the wines served, the serving sizes were perfect. This tour rivaled the walking food tour I did while in Paris, France. Do not miss this one, I did not want it to end! Worth every dime, well done Carmel!

John P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had a fabulous three hour tour. Amber Gilles was our tour leader and she was knowledgeable and fun. We had wonderful food samplings, wine samplings, olive oil samplings at various establishments and what better ending than local chocolates. We highly recommend Carmel Food Tours. A great concept and tour. Thank you!!

Edward P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was an extremely enjoyable time

Anthony S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We were on an August tour with Mig who was just excellent. I really felt she knew Carmel and made us feel like insiders as well. The food offerings were excellent, the chocolate frM Lulus got rave reviews, I almost didn't give it away!

Gayle P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour. Stacey the guide was friendly and funny. Lots of food and local wines. Recommend doing this tour as soon as you arrive in Carmel as it provides great ideas for eating out.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was great. Our tour guide Mig was fantastic. Really enjoyed everything about it. We really felt bad because we totally forgot to tip Mig for the great job she did. Sorry Mig.

Chuck H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our group of seven was just the right size for our personalized tour. The food was great and the hosts were knowledgeable most friendly. Our guide knew all the answers to our questions about the town and the stops we made. It was a truly enjoyable event.

Candace S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was wonderful! This was our first time in Carmel and we really enjoyed getting to hear and see the history of this beautiful place. I would highly recommend it to everyone! We loved the food, the atmosphere, and the people. Our tour guide Staci was excellent!

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