Palm Desert: El Paseo Walking Food Tour

Desert Tasty Tours

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Activity #3257
Stroll, savor, and smile your way through the tasty cuisine and rich culture of Palm Desert’s fashionable El Paseo promenade!
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Description

The El Paseo Food Tour from Desert Tasty Tours is a delicious and insightful way for locals and visitors alike to taste and experience Palm Desert’s most popular downtown district -- fashionable El Paseo. The tour is appropriate for all fitness levels and appropriate for ages 13 and older.

On this Taste of Palm Desert, you can expect to visit six El Paseo tasting stops along the way on your three-hour, narrated walking tour. You will enjoy a smorgasbord of samples -- enough for lunch. You will learn about each location, what makes them unique and how they fit into the culinary tapestry of Palm Desert. All tastings are included in your ticket price.

Tasting locations may include
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  • Cafe & Coffee Bar
  • Fresh Seafood Restaurant
  • Genuine Italian Ristorante
  • Spice & Herb Specialty Shop
  • Pizza Bar
  • Gourmet Marketplace & Cafe
Eating your way through the tour is just one of the tasty ingredients…add a dash of history, a cup of culture and a dollop of famous-resident name dropping…and you get a delicious day of fun.

Come join us on our next Desert Tasty Tour!

What Is Not Included?

Gratuity for your tour guide is not included in the ticket price. Leaving a gratuity is at your discretion, but if your Desert Tasty Tours guide did a superb job, you are welcome to reward him/her to show your appreciation.

Meeting Location

The Gardens on El Paseo Top Floor (Palm Desert, CA) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

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Rating: 4
Fun
SEGough Tue, Oct 21  11:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Good food. Would do again in another city.
Rating: 5
Amazing
yosereli Tue, Apr 15  11:30 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
This seemed like a fun way to get away from the pool for a few hours and get an insiders view of downtown. We got so much more than that! The food was amazing, the tour guide Mary, so pleasant and knowledgeable and the whole experience was so much fun for my husband and me and our two pre-teen foodie kids! Great way to spend the hottest hours of the day.
Rating: 5
Food Walk in Palm Desert
Marshasavage Fri, Apr 4  11:30 AM Female 60-69 Combination Group of Friends
 
Patti, our tour guide, was a very pleasant person filled with facts and history of the area which only benefited our food tour. She seemed to accommodate of every need. We attended 5 restaurants and received delicious bites of food from savory to sweet. One of the restaurants served wine and although I don't drink wine, my friend said it was delicious. The Spice Shop was another stop that is filled with every spice anyone could want. The smell alone is worth going into this shop. We certainly enjoyed ourselves and will certainly return to all the restaurants that we attended. We were told that this company has a food walk in Palm Springs. My next stop!
Rating: 4
Great tour of El Paseo
Dkettman Sat, Mar 29  11:30 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Very fun tour, informative and saw places we likely would not have gone to on our own. Kristy was very lively and fun.
Rating: 5
great vacation activity
drgard Thu, Mar 27  11:30 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
We really enjoyed the tour, and appreciated the friendliness and knowledge of our native tour guide, Pattie. She knew all the ins and outs, told us intriguing facts about Palm Springs celebrities, and really added to the overall enjoyment of the tour. The food portions were very reasonable. Any more, and we would not have been able to walk the tour. We enjoyed Mama Ginas, the wine bar, Savory, the coffee shop...even the ceviche. Every stop was a winner! We would not hesitate to do this again when in Palm Springs.
Rating: 4
Glad we went!
Husker1k Fri, Mar 21  11:30 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
We have been visiting Palm Desert for the last 22 years, as a group of over 40 people. After spending hours on El Paseo on numerous trips, we were taken to several new spots that we enjoyed and will return to because of the Tasty Tours introduction. Kristy was informative and a pleasure to have as a guide. Plus, she was great help in securing two shuttle rides to aid those of us who have bad knees.
Rating: 5
Great!
Carolsmi2014 Fri, Mar 21  11:30 AM Female 70+ Local Couple on a Date
 
Our leader was great fun places we visited food was good all in all a wonderful three hours.
Rating: 4
Great introduction to Palm Springs
AllanHale Tue, Mar 18  11:30 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
Nice way to get a taste of the resturant choices. The tour was informative and food was great. Nice wat to spend a couple of hours getting familiar with the area.
Rating: 2
Could be better with a different tour guide.
Haruko4 Sat, Mar 15  11:30 AM Male 60-69 Local Group of Friends
 
My wife and I have been on many food tours in several states and several foreign countries. We enjoy the food and drink and the other typical things that food tours have to offer. Unfortunately, this tour came up short for several reasons. First the good stuff: The mix of establishments visited was good: a couple of restaurants, a spice shop, a wine bar, a pastry shop, etc. The amount of walking, even in the heat of the Coachella valley was very reasonable. At 3 hours, the tour was like many others we've been on. But now the not-so-good stuff: Above all else, our tour guide, Pattie, was inexperienced and inaccurate in her presentation of the information on her "script." Perhaps if you get a different guide your experience will be better than ours. Our guide had a "script" she tried to read from, but because she didn't know the information herself, her presentation was very poor. We were a group of six. My wife and I took four out-of-town friends on this tour and because we live in the area we were quite familiar with the history, demography and facilities she talked about. I couldn't believe how badly she messed up the facts. I was embarrassed to have been the sponsor of my friend's experience! Our guide said she'd been conducting tours in the area for over seven months, but she had to refer to her notes for everything she said. That might be OK except that she said things that didn't make sense and all of the information was very superficial. We've always gotten accurate, detailed information on tours like this, but not this time. Beyond that, she didn't really even have any interesting stories to tell. Like I say, perhaps a different guide would have made a difference. My second biggest complaint was the quality of encounter at each of our stops. On most other food tours we've been on someone from the establishment we were visiting would greet us with at least a few words about their establishment or their philosophy or their history or something. On this tour it was as though the places we were visiting just wanted to get their obligation out of the way by delivering something to us without a word of explanation. On the plus side, we got a great reception and explanation at the spice shop and a very modest explanation of some bread served at the wine stop, but that was it. We went to one of the most famous restaurants in Palm Desert and uncooked gnocchi was delivered without a word from either the establishment or our guide. (After complaints from the group our guide said she would talk to the establishment about the food being raw.) Other stops were similarly devoid of explanation. The establishments missed an opportunity to present their offerings. While the price was not unreasonable, I would not recommend this tour because of the weakness of the tour guide and the low quality destination experience. I bet if you get the owner of the tour company, Christy, your experience will be better. At least I hope so.
Rating: 5
Delicious and fun!!
lorischarf Wed, Mar 12  11:30 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
I will go again! Well worth the cost! I am telling all of my fiends and guests that it is a must!!
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Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Yes, tickets must be purchased in advance. Tours often sell out so we suggest purchasing your tickets early to guarantee your desired tour day. You can buy your Desert Tasty Tour tickets with Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
How far in advance should I book a tour?
We suggest you book your Desert Tasty Tour at least a week in advance. Larger groups should book up to two weeks early. We understand that sometimes people wait until the last minute, but we suggest you book as soon as possible, because tours generally sell out. Book early to guarantee your spot!
What about inclement weather?
Tours are held on the rare occasion of rain and on all sunshiny days. We know the desert can get hot, so please come prepared with sunscreen, a hat and a bottle of water.
Are tours appropriate for children?
Desert Tasty Tours is most appropriate for teenagers and adults and is not recommended for children. The three hour tour includes 1 mile of walking, food tastings, and information geared toward adults. Any children who do attend are required to have a full-priced ticket, except for babies who will not be tasting and can come for free. If you have any questions about bringing children, please feel free to click on the "Contact DesertFood" link to discuss.
How much food is served on the tour?
On your Desert Tasty Tour journey we will experience six delicious samplings at five or more locations. For most people, the total tastings are equivalent to a lunch.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please let us know if you or any one in your group has any dietary restrictions or food allergies upon purchasing your tickets. While some of the tastings are simply hard to replace, we will do our best to accommodate restrictions if notified in advance.
Are there any beverages served on the tour?
Yes, you’ll have the opportunity to have water at the various tasting stops. In addition, there is a wine/beer tasting included for guests 21 and older. Please be sure to bring a valid ID to partake in the tasting. Remember that it's hot in the desert, so we encourage guests to bring their own bottles of water as well.
How far do we walk and at what pace?
The tour covers approximately 1 mile over a three-hour period on flat (no hills) paved streets. We do recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes. We walk at a relaxed pace and stop frequently, including spending 15 - 20 minutes at each of the designated tasting spots.
Does the tour start and end at the same place?
The tour finishes approximately 5 blocks from the starting location. The specific meeting location will be provided when you purchase your tickets.
Are restrooms available during the tour?
Yes, there are restrooms at several locations throughout the tour.
Would locals enjoy the tour?
Absolutely! A large number of tour participants are locals. Even desert natives are sure to learn some interesting facts about area history, architecture and culture. And while you may have been to some of the tasting locations on the tour, you will see them in a whole new light.
What should I wear?
While you will be touring fashionable El Paseo, we want you to be comfortable. Palm Desert is pretty casual when it comes to fashion, so don't feel compelled to dress like you are hitting the town. We strongly recommend a hat and sunscreen, as the sun is almost always shining. You will be on your feet the majority of the tour, so please wear comfortable walking shoes.
Where do I park?
There is ample free parking on the street and in a parking structure located near the beginning of the tour. Specific parking information and directions will be provided after purchasing your tickets.
Are tours wheelchair accessible?
Yes, our walking tour routes are wheelchair accessible.
Can we shop along the way?
While the tour is held along El Paseo, the best shopping boulevard in the Palm Springs area, we ask that you refrain from shopping during the tour. We highly recommend allowing time after the tour to visit all the places that catch your eye.
Am I allowed to bring a camera?
By all means, yes! We want you to take home memories of your tour and share them with your family and friends.
Are tours pet friendly?
Sorry, no pets are allowed on the tour, except for service animals. Please notify us in advance if you are accompanied by a service animal.
Does the tour guide accept gratuities?
If your Desert Tasty Tour guide did a superb job, you are welcome to reward him/her to show your appreciation. Leaving a gratuity is at your discretion, but the service industry standard is 15%.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes, Desert Tasty Tour gift certificates are available. They make the perfect gift for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays or just because. Please click on the "Contact DesertFood" link to let us know what you are interested in.
Can I book a private tour?
Yes, private Desert Tasty Tours can be arranged for small and large groups. Please click on the "Contact DesertFood" link to contact us directly to discuss booking a private tour.

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Desert Tasty Tours

Desert Tasty Tours offers a three-hour guided walking food tour of Palm Desert’s most popular downtown district. Whether you are a tourist or a lifetime local, unleash the culinary explorer inside you via a Desert Tasty Tour for a delicious and insightful way to experience Palm Desert’s El Paseo.

As an independent small business, we take pride in making certain each and every one of our customers has an unforgettable tour experience. Our recipe for success involves a combination of fresh tastings, interesting personalities, intriguing information and the history, art and architecture of this unique desert boulevard.

Walk away from your adventure with a new found culinary perspective, a satisfied stomach and a local’s knowledge of this fun, interesting and beautiful destination. We look forward to seeing you on the next Desert Tasty Tour.
 
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