Become enchanted with this charming city on these exciting Boston food tours!
Boston, the capital of Massachusetts, holds international prestige for being home to research powerhouses such as MIT and Harvard University. But don’t be intimidated, Boston is always welcome to new visitors and is a great place to meet new people and share ideas, especially on these Boston food tours. With large-scale public transit, bike paths all over and lush green spaces, Boston has a high quality of life and boasts being one of the healthiest cities in the country. But that’s not all, the city is also brimming with cultural attractions such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Boston Centre for the Arts.
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Boston Food Tours
For a first time visitor, it may be difficult to decide where to go and what to see. A food or walking tour is an excellent way to discover a city all while learning about the history and culture from the most reliable source: a passionate local. Perfect for Boston natives alike, here are our favourite Boston food tours to complete any trip to the city!
1. Bites of Boston Food Tours
At Bites of Boston, they love their city and are passionate about sharing that love with others. What better way to learn about a city than through its food? Bites of Boston mix savoury food tastings with captivating stories and local culture, history and architecture to create a truly unique Boston experience. They offer a variety of tours that venture in the city’s most exciting and delicious neighbourhoods like South End and Alston. Their Classic Bites of Boston Food Tour is an excellent way to dive right into iconic meals and treats such as lobster rolls, clam chowder, baked beans and Boston Cream Pie. Also, learn all about the city’s history and how these dishes came to be Boston staples. Click here to visit their website and learn more.
2. Michele Topor’s Boston Food Tours
Michele Topor believes authentic cuisine has three essential ingredients: high quality produce, a sense of regional tradition and an understanding of the culture. If only all recipes were as simple as that! Michele is a truly one of a kind host, and her passion for Boston’s food scene is quite contagious, to say the least. Her North End Market Tour will bring you to one of America’s brightest Italo-American communities. You will be lead on a journey through the sights, scents, and aromas that make up this lively neighbourhood as you taste your way through a pasticceria, salumeria, panetteria and much more. And in true Italian fashion, you’ll finish your tour relaxing with your new friends with an aperitivo in hand. For more information, you can visit Michele Topor’s website by clicking here.
3. Boston Foodie Tours
Boston Foodie Tours was founded by Audrey Giannattasio, a Boston native and a Cambridge School of Culinary Arts alum. If that is not enough for credibility, I don’t know what is! Boston Foodie Tours partners with only the finest locally-owned food institutions of the city, so you know you’re getting the best quality. Their Boston Public Market & North End Tour will take you through the historic outdoor Haymarket Market and the indoor Boston Public Market before heading to the North End, or Little Italy as it is also known. This tour will give you a comprehensive understanding of all the cultures that inhabit this area all while tasting equally important foods. Freshly made mozzarella, iconic lobster rolls, Boston doughnuts and chowder from the country’s longest running restaurant? Count me in! Click here to visit their website and learn more.
4. North End Boston Tour
North End Boston Tours wants to take you to Little Italy’s most well-loved pizzerias, restaurants, bakeries, pastry shops, and salumerias. Guided by Robert Agrippino, a charismatic Boston native and proud Italian-American, you know you are in good hands. For Robert, the passion for good food and hospitality runs generation deep. On his North End tour, you will visit authentic Italian shops and restaurants, as well as hidden gems only a true local could show you. A walk through Hanover Street and Salem Street will bring you to the oldest bakery in Boston. Also, Robert will take you to important historical sites such as the Paul Revere statue and house and St Stephens Church. The perfect blend of historical and delicious, you will leave with a full stomach, and a full heart. Click here to learn more and go to the website.
5. Yummy Walks
Yummy Walks wants everyone to get a real taste Boston! Of course this means getting to eat iconic and tasty Boston foods, but it also means learning about the city’s the history, culture, architecture, and entertainment. Each neighbourhood has its own life and story, and Yummy Walks is here to welcome you like a local. Participate in their Original Foods of the Freedom Trail tour and embark on a journey where you will visit 12 historic sites on the Freedom Trail and sample New England‘s famous cuisine. Sustainable seafood, traditional Popover and American apple pie are just a few of the locally made foods on the menu. Enjoy them as your guide takes you through architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight. For more information on their tours, visit the Yummy Walks website by clicking here.
6. Off The Beaten Path Food Tours
Off The Beaten Path Food Tours… well, the truth is in the name! They have made it their mission to give their customers a truly unique experience of Boston that cannot be found anywhere else. They want to share delicious food, support local businesses, and show the rich cultural history of a constantly evolving city. Join them on their Jamaica Plain Boston Food Tour to discover this exciting neighbourhood and the multitudes of cultures it contains! Jamaica Plain, or JP as the locals call it, is an area near Fenway Park but apart from the touristic humble-jumble found in the centre. Pretend you’re a true Bostonian as you visit off the beaten path restaurants and shops, and taste Lebanese, Mexican and Italian foods. Also, JP is home to Sam Adams, the oldest craft brewery in America so you won’t be going thirsty. Click here to visit their website.
7. Boston’s “Politically Incorrect” North End Food Tours
Boston’s “Politically Incorrect” tours are not your typical tour. There is only one way to learn all about the history and culture of Little Italy — straight from the most reliable source possible, an Italian born and raised in Boston. No sugarcoating, you’re getting the real deal. The North End has always been Anthony Gesualdi’s home, and now he’s opening his doors to show you what it means to be Italian American. Yes, that’s right, he is literally opening his doors to you! You will stop at Mamma Maria‘s where Anthony’s mother will show you first hand what Italian hospitality truly is. But the eating only begins there as you will be visiting the area’s most cherished salumeria, pasticceria and panetteria where you will learn to make your own Italian panini. At the end, you’ll find yourself saying Che Bontà! How Tasty! For more information, visit their website here.
8. City Wine Tours
City Wine Tours has one simple goal: to make learning about wine as fun as it is to drink! They have created wine tours all over the city that are accessible and enjoyable to everyone (over 21 that is!). City Wine Tours have recruited experts in the wine industry to teach you how to taste, pair and buy wine. Partake in their Back Bay Wine Tour to discover one of Boston’s most historic neighbourhoods. This tour takes you two to coveted restaurants: Post 390 and Legal Sea Food. Here you will sample 6 wines with hors-d’oeuvres to compliment your tasting. Sit back, relax, pop open a bottle and enjoy the good company. Click here to visit their website and learn more.
9. Boston Pizza Tours
Boston Pizza Tours is the original pizza tour that focuses on the local. Local guides, local business and local flavour! None of that imported stuff. Boston Pizza Tours deliver big on education, history and culture as well as big taste! Each of their tours explore a historical neighbourhood of Boston and visit the three most iconic pizzerias of the area. Their North End Pizza Tour is no different. Here you will walk the cobblestone streets of the North End and visit 5 historical sites of the Freedom Trail. This all while savouring three tasty slices of pizza. Perfect for a visitor’s first time in Boston as well as a long-time resident who is looking to learn a bit more about home. For more information on their tours, click here to visit the Boston Pizza Tour website.
10. City Brew Tours Boston
City Brew Tours offer all-inclusive beer-focused experiences all across North America, so you now they’re serious about the craft. Craft beer that is! City Brew Tours want to share their passion for beer knowledge, history and craft with visitors and locals. Great food and transportation are also covered, so you can fully enjoy the entire experience. The Original Boston Brew Tour is an excellent starting point for beer amateurs. You will be able to taste up to 15 beers. Yes, you read that correctly. 15! You’ll be visiting the best breweries, cideries and distilleries of Boston. Also, you’ll be granted VIP access at 4 stops to get a greater understanding of the beer industry. Click here to visit their website and see a full list of their tours.
11. Cocktails and Cannoli
Cocktails and Cannoli‘s North End Dessert Tour is for the sweet tooth in all of us! Who needs lunch when you have desserts and cocktails? Sample the best of the North End’s treats as your guide shares incredible historical tales and culinary fun facts. You will taste 5 desserts, including cannoli, gelato and tiramisu, and 3 cocktails. You will also be visiting important historical sites such as the Paul Revere House and the Old North Church. And that’s not all, you will also participate in a blind cannoli taste off and attend a chocolate making demonstration, samples included of course! Cocktails and Cannoli offers a truly unique experience of Boston that will leave you with sweet memories for years to come. For more information or to book, click here to visit their website.
A city like Boston is overflowing with historical and cultural sites, parks, and impressive architecture. Walking and biking tours are an excellent way to get around the city, see the sights and stay healthy! Perfect for the whole family, step outside and breathe in the fresh air!
12. Free Tours by Foot
Free Tours by Foot want to make history and education accessible and fun for everyone! They offer creative and entertaining walking and biking tours of the most interesting neighbourhoods of Boston. Their guides are always looking to share their enthusiasm and passion for their city to all. And their tours are free so everyone can participate, it’s up to you to decide what to give! Their Freedom Trail Walking Tour is a two-hour walking experience through the history of Boston and America. Learn all about the country’s birth with stories of rebellion, war and the nation’s independence. You’ll leave with much to think about, and smile on your face. To see a full list of their tours, visit their tours here.
13. Samuel Adams
Samuel Adams is THE American brewery. Not only were they the first craft brewery in the US, but they also believe in the American Dream. They support local food and beverage entrepreneurs and provide them with resources to keep the country growing. Of course, Boston is home to this iconic brewery. What better way to experience Boston than through one of its most innovative and recognizable companies! They offer an array of beer tours, but their Classic Brewery Tour cannot be missed. Learn all about what ingredients are used and how the brewing process is done. Not to mention, you will also taste the roasted malts and smell German Noble hops that have given Boston Lager its unique flavour known all over America. Click here to visit their website and learn more.
14. Urban Adventours
Biking tours are an excellent way to see more of the city in less time, and stay healthy! Urban Adventours offers bike tours all over the city in charming neighbourhoods like Cambridge and the North End to name a few. Their Emerald Necklace Bike Tour will show you the beautiful green spaces that make Boston so adored. This “necklace” is in fact a series of parks and green spaces that snakes all throughout the city. Here you will cycle along the Charles River Esplanade and visit cultural institutions like the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. And if you like, you can upgrade your bike to an E-bike on any tour for a fee. For more info, click here to visit their website.
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