Sweet & Savory South End Walking Food Tour

Bites of Boston Food Tours

Zerve Seller: BitesBoston
Activity #3106
Join us on a 3-hour tour of Boston's South End and enjoy both sweet & savory food tastings as we discover this historic neighborhood.

No future dates/times are currently scheduled for this activity.

For more information, please contact BitesBoston.

Description

The Sweet and Savory South End Walking Food Tour takes place in Boston’s historic South End. The rich history and vibrant culinary scene found in this neighborhood provide the perfect ingredients for a fun and memorable walking food tour experience.

What should you expect on this three-hour tour...

Delicious Food - You'll taste local favorites from six South End eateries, including a locally-inspired sandwich, a creatively concocted cookie, and the iconic New England fried clam to name a few. You'll also learn how these local establishments came to be, who owns them now, and some fun and interesting stories they have to share. The food sampled on the tour is included in the ticket price and is enough for a satisfying lunch.
 
Tasting locations visited on this tour may include:
  • A sandwich shop showcasing Boston's renowned chefs
  • A popular local bakery with mouth-watering sweets 
  • A Latin kitchen with a Venezuelan influence
  • A local cheese and specialty shop
  • A neighborhood restaurant with Puerto Rican fare
  • A Boston fish market - the city's oldest one!
Neighborhood Nourishment - You'll also enjoy a hearty helping of historical, architectural and cultural information about the South End neighborhood. You'll see some beautifully-planned Victorian bowfront communities, learn about the cultural development of the area, and hear some fascinating facts about some of the South End's famous sites and residents. With a moderate walking pace, this tour is suitable for all fitness levels.

What Is Not Included?

Gratuities are not included in the ticket price. While not mandatory, if you had a great time, gratuities are graciously accepted by our tour guides at the end of the tour.

Meeting Location

South End; Near Mass Ave. and Tremont St. (Boston, MA) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

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Rating: 4
Food trip through South Boston
Aeschleman Wed, Oct 8  12:00 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
The food part of the trip was good but the best part was being told about the history of the area and how it developed into a place to visit and eat. Our guide was excellent.
Rating: 4
Great tour
mashooper1 Sat, Sep 27  12:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Food okay tour wonderful Estelles peanut butter pie wonderfl
Rating: 5
Fun and informative
TWells88 Sat, Aug 2  12:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Fun food tour of an eclectic area of Boston. Our guide was great - well spoken and very knowledgeable of the area. I can't say enough good things about her and her enthusiasm for the food and area.
Rating: 5
Great way to spend an afternoon
kershner1 Sat, Jul 19  12:00 PM Male 70+ Local Family Without Children
 
We spent 3 hours with Alyssa, learning about the South End of Boston and the wonderful variety of small restaurants and shops available there. Alyssa was terrific - she not only knew about the food, she was very knowledgeable regarding the history of the area. My wife and I learned a lot and really enjoyed our time with her. We've been on several food tours in Boston and NY, and count this as one of the best. Heartily recommend this tour,
Rating: 5
great tour
MarySinnott Sun, Jul 13  12:00 PM Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
 
Our tour guide was super.....loved every spot we visited.....learned so much about the South End.
Rating: 5
Excellent informative service
HHarrison Wed, Jul 9  12:00 PM Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Other
 
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour
Rating: 5
Beantown Gem of a Tour
bdek7577 Sun, Jul 6  12:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
Bites of Boston is a delightful way to spend an afternoon exploring a little of the South End neighborhoods, hearing the tales and history of the community, enjoy a sampling from local restaurants & Cafe's while walking off the calories! Great way to enjoy Boston. I recommend taking the tour early in your visit as you get a good sense of what is available to come back and explore on your own. Alyssa is a top notch tour guide and at the ready to answer questions or offer advise. Looking forward to new additions of future food tours from Bites of Boston.
Rating: 5
Awesome way to spend the afternoon
JERSKINE8 Sun, Jun 29  12:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
If you love Boston and good food this tour is a must!! Everything we tried was yummy and our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area. You could tell that she had put a lot of time and effort into the whole event. The food was spaced out so you never felt full or hungry. There were enough stops along the way that you never get tired. The pace was easy and the afternoon was very enjoyable. I've been recommending this tour to all my friends.
Rating: 4
GREAT TOUR WITH A LOT OF WALKING
daveo1 Sun, Jun 29  12:00 PM Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
We (2 70+ grandparents and teenage grandson) enjoyed the tour and the food. Some of the portions were a little small (one bacon wrapped date), but on the whole very good. Guide (Aellissa) was very good and the insights into the various owners/chefs was particularly interesting. Based on our observations of the area on the tour we probably will not venture into the area of the South End, particularly at night.
Rating: 4
It was pretty good.
KennethGris Wed, Jun 25  12:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Our tour director did a great job. The food was pretty darn good, though not a fan of the fried clams. The information on the tour was somewhat interesting. I'd spend more time focused on the neighborhood and less time talking about the restaurant owners. I'd say it was about 60-40 talking about the neighborhood, but I'd say a better balance would be 80-20.
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Do I need to purchase tickets in advance? Can I pay with cash?
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Ticket purchases can be made through this site or over the phone using Visa, Mastercard or AMEX. Cash is not accepted for ticket purchases.
Are tours given in bad weather?
Tours are held rain or shine. We do ask that you check the weather forecast and dress accordingly if inclement weather is predicted.
Can children participate in the tour?
Children may participate in the tour, however, parents, who know their children best, should assess whether a 3-hour walking food tour is appropriate for their own children. As a general guideline, we do not recommend this tour for children under 12 years of age.
How much food is served on the tour?
The tour includes 6 food tastings, which amount to enough for a satisfying lunch for most participants.
Are beverages included?
Water will be provided at a couple of the tasting locations, but there are no beverage-specific tastings on the tour. There will be an opportunity to purchase a non-alcholic beverage midway through, but guests should also feel free to bring their own bottle of water if they would like to have something to drink throughout the tour.
What if I have a dietary restriction or food allergy?
Please be sure to let us know if anyone in your party has a dietary restriction or food allergy when you purchase your tickets. With advance notice, we will work to accommodate your needs to the best of our, and our tasting locations' ability, but cannot guarantee substitutions for all tastings. We are unable to accommodate a Vegan diet.
Are there vegetarian options available on the tour?
We can provide a vegetarian option at most tasting locations with advance notice. Please be sure to mention your preference for vegetarian options when purchasing your ticket, as we will not be able to arrange for alternative options on the day of the tour.
Where does the tour begin and end?
The exact meeting location will be provided at time of ticket purchase. The end of the tour is about a 5-minute walk from the starting location.
Is parking available near the starting location of the tour?
Parking is available, but limited in the South End. We find using the MBTA or taking a cab to be easiest, but nearby parking options will be provided with the meeting location details once tickets have been purchased.
Are restrooms available during the tour?
Restrooms will be available at the beginning and end of the tour at the corresponding tasting locations.
How much walking is involved? What is the walking pace like?
The tour lasts approximately 3 hours and while we will be on our feet most of the time, we do sit at some of the tasting locations for a combined total of approximately 50 minutes. The tour is conducted at a moderate pace, covering less than 2 miles and stopping frequently at tasting locations and neighborhood sites.
Do we just walk around and sample food?
No! Our guests will learn about the wonderful rich history and cultural development of Boston's South End as well as find out about some of its famous sites and residents. The tour is fully narrated by your guide, who will discuss history, culture and architecture.
Are cameras allowed on the tour?
Yes - cameras are permitted and taking photos is highly encouraged.
At what point during my vacation is it best to take this tour?
We highly recommend you take this tour toward the beginning of your vacation so you have time to re-visit the neighborhood and your new favorite eateries! As for day of the week, any day is an excellent day for a food tour. Tours do sell out quickly, however, so please book your tour well in advance for the best chance of getting your preferred date.
I live in or around Boston - is this tour for me?
Absolutely! While you may be familiar with our route and some of the stops, you may have the opportunity to try new food items at the tasting locations and learn more about the establishments themselves. Additionally, we will be sharing fun facts about the neighborhood's history, architecture, and culture that you may not know and may find fascinating. Also, being a local, you have the unique opportunity to re-visit the eateries we stop at on the tour, as well other recommendations we point out, at your leisure! We also think this tour is an excellent activity with which to entertain out-of-town family and guests.
Can I make purchases during the tour?
Seeing as the tour has been coordinated in advance to ensure an on-time tour and fresh food tastings, it is critical for us to stay on schedule during the tour. We ask that you refrain from shopping during the tour, but will provide all the information necessary for you to return to your favorite spots once the tour is over.
Is the tour wheelchair and baby stroller accessible?
Yes, all the tasting locations on the tour are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. However, please be aware that this is a historic neighborhood and some of the sidewalks are old and made of brick and can be uneven in places.
Are tours only offered in English?
Yes, at this time we only offer tours in English.
Does the tour guide accept gratuities? Are they included in the ticket price?
Gratuities are not included in the ticket price. While not mandatory, if you enjoyed your tour experience, gratuities are graciously accepted and appreciated by the tour guides.
Are pets allowed on the tour?
Due to the policies of the various food establishments we visit, pets are not allowed on this tour.
What if my question has not been answered by the FAQs?
If we have not addressed your specific question in this section, please don't hesitate to click on the "Contact BitesBoston" link to ask us your question.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes, gift certificates are available and make a great gift for family and friends. To purchase a gift certificate, please click on the "Contact BitesBoston" link to let us know what you are interested in.
Can I book a private group tour?
Yes, Bites of Boston Food Tours can accommodate private group tours. To inquire about a private tour, please contact us by clicking on the “Contact BitesBoston” link.

About

Bites of Boston Food Tours

Bites of Boston Food Tours offers walking food tours in Boston’s most tasty neighborhoods. Our walking food tours provide a unique opportunity for both locals and visitors alike to sample local foods while gaining insight into the city's history, architecture and culture. Fantastic food tastings and fascinating stories provide the perfect recipe for fun and are a great way to visit and learn more about a neighborhood.

Our walking food tours are truly a sensory experience, allowing you to see, hear, smell and taste the local flavor as you explore Boston on foot. Our goal is to provide both a fun and filling experience as we walk - and eat - our way through Boston’s most scenic, historic and delicious neighborhoods.
 
At Bites of Boston Food Tours, we are passionate about all things Boston, including the superb culinary scene. As Massachusetts natives, we are also knowledgeable about the city. We look forward to sharing our knowledge, passion, and some mouth-watering treats with you on our tours. Join us as we "Stroll Boston. One Bite at a Time."
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