• Location: Berkeley, California
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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On this 3-hour gourmet food walking tour of Berkeley’s ‘Gourmet Ghetto,’ venture behind the scenes of the North Shattuck district. Food tastings include gourmet cheeses, chocolates, gelato, pizza, sandwiches and wine at notable venues committed to sustainable and organic cuisine. An in-the-know guide introduces you to local owners and chefs who enlighten you about the culinary culture of this San Francisco Bay Area enclave.


  • 3-hour food tour of Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto district
  • Visit several acclaimed eateries and chat with the chefs and owners
  • Enjoy samples of gourmet cheeses, chocolates, cupcakes, gelato, sandwiches, pizza, wine and more
  • Sip coffee at the original Peet’s Coffee & Tea location
  • Learn about the San Francisco East Bay’s culinary history and culture from your knowledgeable guide
  • All food tastings included

What You Can Expect

Best of Berkeley Gourmet Food Tour

Sample Tempting Treats from Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto

Meet your informative guide at a convenient location on Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley — easily accessible from San Francisco or East Bay cities by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) — and embark on your 3-hour walking tour of North Berkeley, colloquially known as the Gourmet Ghetto.

You’ll explore this culinary landscape, home to long-established icons including Chez Panisse and The Cheeseboard Collective, while you discover local hotspots, chat with food purveyors and enjoy a variety of tastings. Learn about Berkeley’s commitment to sustainable practices as you enjoy seasonal, organic and locally grown food.

At Love at First Bite Cupcakery & Bakery, sink your teeth into homemade cupcakes; savor velvety chocolates at Alegio Chocolates; sample crispy potato puffs at Gregoire’s and pizza at The Cheeseboard Pizzeria. Sip tea at Imperial Tea Court, munch on meaty sandwiches at The Local Butcher Shop and slurp homemade soups at SOOP in Epicurious Garden.

Top off your gastronomic tour at Vintage with a wine tasting and set foot inside the original Peet’s Coffee & Tea for a taste of this West Coast institution, before returning to the starting point.

Please note: Places visited and tastings are subject to change depending upon availability.

Customer Reviews

Michelle O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent food tour experience!

Nigel R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Fab tour, tried lots of excellent food and plenty of it , well worth the time and tour quite was sooo good, very interesting thanks
Would highly recommend

June N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour guide was knowledgable of the area and restaurants beyond just the tour. Best walking tour We have taken. Come hungry. Kentucky if food to eat. I highly recommend taking this tour

Jane S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Our tour guide was great and the food was excellent. We also enjoyed learning about tea and the wine tasting.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

The Berkeley food tour was fabulous and our foodie guide was excellent! We made nine stops during the 3 1/2 hr tour and each was quite different from the others. From Saul's homemade pastrami and homemade rye bread to the delicious cupcakes at Love's First Bite, to the chocolate sampling and in depth discussion at Alegio, on to Soop, Gregoire's potato puffs, The Local Butcher, The Cheeseboard, Peet's and Vintage Berkeley for some wine sipping. A delightful tour with yummy treats and samplings that would appeal to everyone!

Laura All Over USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

This Berkeley food tour was outstanding! We visited nine locations around the Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood, and the samples at each spot were tasty and quite varied. The group was small, so it was easy to hear our guide (Carrie, who was fantastic!) as she explained the story behind the restaurants, shops, and dishes. Each person we met at the stops was very passionate about what they do, and shared very interesting stories. I feel like a learned a lot on this tour, and as a San Francisco resident I look forward to returning to many of these places that I never would have found on my own.

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