Palm Desert: El Paseo Walking Food Tour

Desert Tasty Tours

Zerve Seller: DesertFood
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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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
  • 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.)


103 Reviews Rating: 4.5 4.5 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Palm Desert tasty walk
Sat, Feb 21  11:00 AM Unspecified 60-69 Unspecified Group of Friends
Absolutely loved the experience with my guest. Good food, great guide with interesting commentary.

Plan to take 2 more friends next week
Rating: 4
Great overview of the Palm Desert area
Tue, Feb 10  11:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
We went on the tour on Tuesday and our host was Laurie. She did a very nice job of giving us an overview of the area and the surrounding rest. We liked Wila and Frieds so much that we made reservations for Valentine's Day! A very nice variety of the local fare including a spice shop which we enjoyed ! A very nice morning and afternoon well spent with an affable host.
Rating: 4
Excellent variety of food, walking.
Sat, Jan 31  11:00 AM Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our only complaint was the food options for one of our party who was gluten intolerant. For example in the Wolfgang puck restaurant there could have been a mini gluten free pizza rather than hummus and veggies.
Rating: 4
Good event; would have liked more wine
Wed, Jan 21  11:00 AM Female 70+ Combination Other
The cost was a little more than what we received; it really gave good advertising for the places we visited.

the spice shop had the best presentation and will definitely go back there.

Good way to show out of towner the area.
Rating: 4
A middle age couple and a nice afternoon stroll...
Wed, Jan 14  11:00 AM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
I enjoyed the walking tour of the El Paseo shopping district. The stops were both entertaining and delicious. What a nice afternoon. However, come hungry... tastey treats to enjoy and you will likely skip dinner after this event. DG and AG from Michigan.
Rating: 5
Do it again and again
Tue, Jan 13  11:00 AM Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Laurie was fantastic. Kept us somewhat on schedule (not easy since we were window shopping along the way). Each stop was interesting and we have already been back to two of the stops on the tour. Price is good value for what you get. Easy to find start. Quite a bit of walking, but with what you eat, the walk between locations was welcome. If possible, add different places for a second tour. We did El Paseo.
Rating: 5
Wonderful tour!
Sat, Jan 10  11:00 AM Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The food was delicious at all the stops along the way... What a great way to sample many of the local venues while visitng. I want to go back to every one of these places now! Well worth taking this tour while in the area.
Rating: 4
Fun Activity
Sat, Jan 3  11:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Signed up a restaurant tasting tour. I have done these in Seattle and New Orleans. I like the balance of history ,and food. The tour is only as good as the guide and the restaurants. The restaurant stops were good but our guide was just ok. Nice and pleasant but seemed distracted and forced presentation. Nothing about the food culture of the area which is always interesting. I would recommend as an activity just to become familiar with local restaurants.
Rating: 5
highly recommended!
Fri, Jan 2  11:00 AM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Mary was awesome! It was a small group( two couples) and so seemed more personal. Would highly recommend
Rating: 4
Mary was a lovely, friendly guide on our food tour
Mon, Dec 29, 14  11:00 AM Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Mary was so pleasant, genuine, knowledgeable and receptive to questions & comments, which is important to me, as I like to truly participate and get informed. Food was all great, F&W did not accommodate my husbands request for a tea as he does not drink coffee. I 'get' that too many varied requests can be difficult to accommodate, but to start off your morning, a good cup of coffee or tea is important. We felt it was a simple request that would have been easy (and cheap) for them to accommodate and which unfortunately made the decision not to return there easy when there are many other places to choose from...too bad as they get great reviews and surely are wonderful. Mama Gina's was most generous with portions, and they were delicious, be sure to continue to include them! Everything was tasty, walk was easy and pleasant and I would recommend this to others. Thank you
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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.


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.
Stroll. Savor. Smile!
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