What is a Food Tour?

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What exactly is a food tour?

You won’t find it hard to find things to do on a European city break. From ancient monuments and museums, to theatre, art and shopping, Europe is a fascinating region and the guidebooks have hundreds of recommendations on what to see while you’re there. You can definitely follow customer reviews to find restaurants that other travellers love, or even buy a ticket for a hop-on-hop-off bus and explore the city yourself. But none of those options will show you where the locals actually hangout, or give you a meaningful understanding of the history of the city and the way of life there. That’s the gap that Eating Europe food tours fill.

Food Tours show you the local cuisine in real life contexts

Food tours are led by local guides who take you to  a range of locations, from markets and bakeries to pubs and exclusive cocktail lounges. At each of the stops you’ll try a small dish or beverage and learn how it fits into the city’s culture. You’ll also be told fascinating stories about the neighbourhood along the way to give you a deeper understanding of what you’re tasting and the local way of life. Food tours are unique because they give you the chance to sample a variety of local foods in an authentic setting.

It’s like visiting a friend who is showing you their favourite spots in town

Imagine you’ve gone to visit a friend who is showing you around the city. It’s likely they’ll take you to their favourite dives where everyone heads to after work. They may even introduce you to other locals, or share interesting stories about some of the sights you pass along the way. That’s the role our tour guides play! All of them are fully qualified and experienced chaperones, but more importantly, they’re also locals themselves who can share insider knowledge based on their own experiences. Our guides will give you handy tips on how you can enjoy a more authentic experience during the rest of your stay.  So if you want to eat fresh herring like a real Amsterdamian, or know how to avoid “fake gelato” – this is where you’ll find out!

gnocchi making tour

Food tours are the perfect balance of authenticity and careful planning

The problem with following guidebook recommendations is that everyone is reading the same reviews! If you’re looking for authentic food, there’s nothing worse than turning up at an “undiscovered gem” only to find out that every other visitor has heard of it too! Our food tours take to you shops and eateries that the locals actually visit. Plus we introduce you to the people behind the food so you can enjoy authentic interactions while you’re there. Our goal is to give you a taste of local life from a local’s perspective! Food tours give you enough authenticity to feel like you’ve discovered something new, combined with a carefully planned itinerary to ensure the experience is safe and fun.

king of porchetta in trastevere rome

Local food and drink without the risk or planning

Always wanted to try Florence’s famous lampredotto sandwich but not sure you’ll like it? Or maybe you want to experience a real Italian trattoria but you’re concerned you’ll end up at an overpriced tourist trap instead? Food tours are a great way to taste the very best local foods without the risk or planning.

Eating Europe has been giving travellers a taste of local life since 2011, so we’ve got a pretty good knowledge of the region. We’ve built strong relationships with local vendors and carefully selected each of the stops on our tours to ensure you’re not only tasting the very best foods, but are enjoying an exclusive and authentic experience as well. We operate in ten European cities and have over 7000 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor because our tours are fun, offer a unique perspective of the city, and leave you feeling like a real insider! Leave us to do the decision-making and planning. We have a team of experienced Operations Managers on the ground to make sure everything runs without a hitch. All you have to do is turn up ready to eat and have fun!

Seafood on a grill

You’ll leave with local tips and memories that will last forever

How impressed would your friends and family be if you told them you’d learnt to dance the Tarantella while dining alfresco on a private rooftop terrace in Naples? Or what if you could blow them away with an expertly made Florentine steak? Well, not only will you leave an Eating Europe food tour with a full belly, we also arm you with tips, tricks and stories that you can take back home or use during the rest of your stay. That could be anything from learning Neopolitan hand gestures to discovering where to find the freshest fish. Some of our experiences also include exclusive cooking demonstrations or classes, so you won’t just know how to eat like a local, you’ll know how to prepare food like one too!

We recommend you book a food tour for the beginning of your trip so you can make use of the local knowledge you learn, or even return to any of the delicious stops that you particularly loved before you leave.

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Taste of Testaccio

Taste of Testaccio

Share a genuine taste of local life in this iconic city

Departs: Mon to Sat Various Times
Duration: 4 hours
Twilight Trastevere Rome Food Tour

Twilight Trastevere Rome Food Tour

Enjoy the hottest spots and best kept secrets of Trastevere like a true VIP

Departs: Mon to Sat Various Times
Duration: 4 hours
East End Food Tour

East End Food Tour

Eat Like a Local through London's diverse East End neighbourhood.

Departs: Thu - Sun 2:30p
Duration: 3.5 hours
Jordaan Food Tour

Jordaan Food Tour

Eat Like a Local through Amsterdam's Jordaan neighbourhood.

Departs: Daily at 11:00AM
Duration: 3.5 hours
Hip Eats & Backstreets Food Tour

Hip Eats & Backstreets Food Tour

Eat Your Way Around the City of Light Like a True Parisian

Departs: Tues to Sat at 12:30PM
Duration: 4 hours
Twilight Soho Food Tour

Twilight Soho Food Tour

Eat Like a Local through London's buzzing Soho neighbourhood.

Departs: Mon to Fri at 4pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm
Duration: 3.5 hours
Prague Food Tour

Prague Food Tour

Old-world charm & history told through local cuisine you’re sure to love.

Departs: Mon - Sat 12:30pm
Duration: 3.5 hours
Amsterdam Food & Canals Tour

Amsterdam Food & Canals Tour

Eat Like A Local On The Canals Of Amsterdam

Departs: Tues to Sat at 10:30AM
Duration: 4 hours
Florence Sunset Food Tour

Florence Sunset Food Tour

An unforgettable evening filled with steak, cocktails and picture-perfect views

Departs: Mon to Sat* 5:00pm
Duration: 3.5 hours
Eats, Street Art and Undiscovered Lisbon

Eats, Street Art and Undiscovered Lisbon

Discover hidden gems in Lisbon's local neighborhood Mouraria

Departs: Sat / Sun 1pm
Duration: 3.5 hours
A Taste of Old Napoli

A Taste of Old Napoli

Stroll through an open market and discover local specialties

Departs: Daily 10am
Duration: 3.5 hours
World’s Oldest Port Wine Cave & Food Tour

World’s Oldest Port Wine Cave & Food Tour

Discover hidden gems in Lisbon's local neighborhood Mouraria

Departs: Tue - Sun 10:30am
Duration: 4 hours

We took a lunchtime tour with our 14 year old son and 10 year old daughter. All four of us thoroughly enjoyed it, and the kids were not bored. It was a great change of pace from the major tourist sites and a very relaxing afternoon.

- Margaret V. (TripAdvisor review)

Our whole family loved the food, drink, and friendly neighbourhood feel that Rish created in this tour. From the very start everyone felt comfortable and Rish’s insights and humour kept us engaged and eager to try the next delicious item.

- Matt B. (TripAdvisor review)

Jack was a great guide and the food selections were delicious and were well contextualized within Alsace history and culture.

- Rebecca B.

Great food, interesting history, and unique sites!

- Robert F.

Excellent introduction to Gaia on the south side of the river and the culture of the Porto area. We made several stops for great food at a variety of types of restaurants and did a tour and tasting at a port producer. Bring your appetite!

- Krista H.

Toni was incredible throughout the whole tour. We got to try a variety of traditional Italian food and drink. We were so impressed with the food tour that we are booking the London food tour in the next couple of weeks. It’s a great way of seeing the city and trying some good local food!