If you love discovering great tasting food, D.C. is an amazing place to visit. The city offers some excellent food tours, many of which allow you to visit its best eateries in a single day. Here are some of our favorite options.
Carpe DC Food Tours
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Carpe DC run a number of fab food tours around the nation’s capital, each centering on a different neighborhood and offering various food options. For example, you can take a tour around Georgetown, D.C.’s oldest neighborhood, to sample diverse, Southern comfort food. On this tour, you’ll eat at the Prohibition-era bar where John F. Kennedy proposed to his then-girlfriend, Jackie, sample socially conscious streetfood, and drink tea next to the historic canal.
Alternatively, take part in the 14th Street Tour to learn about other aspects of D.C.’s history while munching on pizza, authentic American cooking, and international fare at a top city restaurant. If you’re visiting in the spring, you could also join the seasonal and self-guided Tastes of Spring Cherry Blossom Food Crawl to eat your way through up to eight of D.C.’s best restaurants.
Make sure you plan ahead using a D.C. city guide to really maximize your visit and choose the best attractions and eateries for you.
DC Metro Food Tours
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DC Metro Food Tours offer a range of tours focused on various parts of the city. You can visit George Washington’s place of business on the Old Town Alexandria tour, enjoying the food this district has to offer while soaking up the rich, colonial architecture. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the diverse culinary world of Capitol Hill, where you can walk through the country’s largest Victorian neighborhood and stop off at local joints to sample regional delicacies.
For adventurous eaters, the Little Ethiopia Tour is a must-do. You’ll explore authentic Ethiopian cuisine at a variety of restaurants, many locally owned and operated by the largest Ethiopian community in the world outside of Ethiopia itself.
You can join DC Metro Food Tours for a nighttime bar crawl or a customizable, multi-course evening dining experience. The group also coordinates a one-of-a-kind wine tour in nearby Loudoun County, Virginia, for those who prefer a culinary experience outside the city.
Mangia DC Food Tours
If you love Italian food, you won’t want to miss Mangia DC’s tours. They offer tours that include four or five food and drink samples. Take part in their signature Italian Tour of Dupont Circle to learn about the original Italian population of D.C., and try great Italian food at locally owned hidden gems around the neighborhood.
For vegan and vegetarian sightseers, try the Vegan Gourmet Experience to spend time with Chef Madelyn. Madelyn will talk you through a five-course Italian meal made entirely from plant-based food. She explains the origins of each dish and recommends a wine pairing for your meal too.
With so much food and drink to explore, you’ll want to come back to D.C. to take it all in!
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