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LOS ANGELES

LOS ANGELES FOOD TOUR

Exploring America’s Culinary Frontier

 

2-7 people

 

Chinatown -> Jewelry District

 

~5-6 hours

 

10:45am
Tuesday –Saturday

Quick Bite: Our 5 ½-hour Los Angeles food tour explores the extreme culinary diversity and ingenuity of LA’s oldest neighborhoods, out of which a staggeringly enormous and magical city has developed.

Nobody walks in LA? Prepare to challenge your expectations and preconceptions as we wind our way through Downtown Los Angeles on foot. The City of Angels is vast and sprawling, to be sure, a world city and global hub that boasts the busiest port in the western hemisphere and a local economy rivaled only by New York and Tokyo. Yet strolling through its dense core, where it all began hundreds of years ago alongside the LA River, Los Angeles still feels like a western outpost – forward looking, experimental, and adventuresome, especially when it comes to eating.

Our food journey is a taste of the banquet laid out for the bold, the curious, and the intrepid as they explore the seemingly boundaryless City of Angels.

We’ll begin our day in on this Los Angeles food tour in LA’s atmospheric Chinatown, which is experiencing a culinary renaissance. Here we’ll first sit down at a new spot – at once both modern and traditional – for a reinvented tea ceremony, followed by a taste of some of the most innovative tacos around. After a few other delectable stops in Chinatown, we’ll rummage through a tiny Vietnamese bodega to find LA’s preeminently delicious Báhn Mì and continue our walk down storied Olvera Street, stopping for taquitos at the spot where they were invented, before checking out Union Station and Pueblo de Los Angeles, including Avila Adobe, built in 1818 – the oldest existing residence in Los Angeles.

Traversing the Hollywood Freeway, we’ll stop to discuss how cars and then later freeways transformed Los Angeles into the postmodern paradise it is today before we make our way into the pedestrian-friendly backstreets of Little Tokyo to sample some of the most authentic – and delicious – Japanese food in America, from exquisite sushi to artisanal mochi. Walking down Broadway we’ll marvel at example after example of the city’s most impressive architecture and sample some of the best bites to be found inside LA’s oldest food market. All along the way we’ll stop for other surprises, both edible and cultural.

LOS ANGELES CITY GUIDE

In a metropolis encompassing 88 cities and a near infinite number of neighborhoods, the culinary tapestry of Los Angeles is united by more treasures, currents and paradoxes than the city has freeway exits. It is an ever-fluctuating ecosystem sustained by immigrant enclaves offering genuine tastes of the home cooking and celebratory feasts they feel homesick for. It’s where first-generation sons and daughters aren’t afraid to shatter all the rules.

Our food journey may seem extensive, but it’s truly only a taste of the banquet laid out for the bold, the curious, and the intrepid as they continue to explore the seemingly boundaryless City of Angels.Introducing our pocket-sized Los Angeles guide — perfect for your next culinary adventure. Yours free when you sign up for our newsletter.From celebrity chefs to timeless burger joints, lively Los Angeles has a wide range of dishes to impress you. It’s hard to name on best food in Los Angeles, because the city is home to a huge number of cuisines and communities that have made an impact on restaurant tables. From Mexican tacos and birria to Korean kimchi and bulgogi, you’ll find everything East to West.

A taste of LA

Review of Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of the Best of Los Angeles

Reviewed August 9, 2022

This was a great tour for a first timer to LA. The tour hit up some key spots that I was interested in, Santa Monica Pier and the Griffith Observatory. Our tour guide/driver Jeff was awesome, very friendly and knowledgeable, he kept us all entertained with his jokes and playlist. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone that would like to see a little bit of everything that LA has to offer.

Date of experience: August 2022

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Explore all of the most famous L.A. hotspots... with some exciting stops, stories, and facts along the wayTour Details.. Your experience begins on The World Famous Hollywood Walk of Fame where you will board one of our air-conditioned buses customized for sightseeing. Your fun + entertaining driver-guide will take you to explore all the LA Hot Spots with some stops along the way. Remember, L.A. traffic is one of a kind – this tour is approximately 5 hours, with traffic permitting of course! We also strongly recommend checking the weather for the day of your tour & the listed websites for our stops to plan your dress accordingly. Please arrive 15-minutes prior to your scheduled departure time so the group can depart on time.Departures..This tour departs at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM daily. Tour Itinerary...Here is exactly what you can expect when you book our Taste of L.A. Tour. Tour Begins At Hollywood Walk Of Fame. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a public sidewalk in Hollywood, California that is embedded with more than 2,500 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars bearing the names of celebrities honored for their contributions to the entertainment industryHollywood Blvd. The Boulevard is one of the most famous streets in all of Los Angeles (and the world!). It is home to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as well as many other popular tourist destinations. The Boulevard is also a popular spot for celebrities, as it is often used as a filming location for movies and TV shows.2The Sunset StripThe Sunset Strip is a famous strip of road located in West Hollywood, California. It is lined with restaurants, bars, and nightclubs that are popular with celebrities. It is also home to celeb-filled events like the Grammy Awards Viewing Party, which takes place every year at The Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip.3West HollywoodWest Hollywood is a neighborhood located in the west side of Los Angeles. It is home to many celebrities, as well as some of the best nightlife in all of Los Angeles. The area is also home to the Sunset Strip, which is a famous stretch of road that is lined with clubs, bars, and restaurants.4Beverly Hills Beverly Hills is a wealthy neighborhood located in the west side of Los Angeles. It is home to many celebrities, as well as some of the most expensive real estate in the world. The area is also home to Rodeo Drive, one of the most famous shopping districts in all of Los Angeles, and is one of the best spots in all of Southern California to catch celebrities out and about.5Rodeo DriveRodeo Drive is a famous shopping district located in Beverly Hills, California. It is home to many high-end designer stores, as well as some of the most expensive real estate in all of Los Angeles. The area is also a popular spot for celebrities and paparazzi, as well as tourists who want to catch a glimpse of the rich and famous.6Bell AirBell Air is a gated neighborhood located in the west side of Los Angeles. It is home to many celebrities, as well as some of the most expensive real estate in all of Los Angeles. The area is also home to Rodeo Drive, one of the most famous shopping districts in all of Los Angeles, and is one of the best spots in all of Southern California to catch celebrities out and about.7Santa Monica Pier & BeachFor 1 hour, we will stop at the Santa Monica Pier & Beach, where you can enjoy the famous Southern California sun, take a stroll on the pier, grab some food and drinks, or even play some carnival games!Santa MonicaSanta Monica is a beach city located in Los Angeles County, California. It is home to the Santa Monica Pier, as well as the 3rd Street Promenade, which is a pedestrian-only shopping district. Santa Monica is also a popular spot for celebrities, as it is often used as a filming location for movies and TV shows.8Culver CityCulver City is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. It is home to many studios and production companies, as well as the headquarters of Sony Pictures. The city is also a popular spot for celebrities, as it is often used as a filming location for movies and TV shows.9S. Fairfax Ave.S. Fairfax Avenue is a street located in Los Angeles, California. It is home to many businesses, as well as the Farmers Market, which is a popular tourist destination.10Museum RowMuseum row is located on S. Fairfax Avenue and is home to many museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Petersen Automotive Museum, and the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. During our bus tour, we will drive past Museum Row.11The Grove/Original Farmer's MarketFinally, what we've all been waiting for: lunch! The Grove, also known as the Original Farmer's Market, is a historic marketplace and popular shopping destination. With over 80 places to eat, drink, and shop, there's something for everyone at this foodie paradise. We will stop here for 1 hour and then continue the tour.Melrose Ave.Melrose Avenue is a street located in Los Angeles, California. It is home to many businesses and restaurants, as well as the Melrose Trading Post, a popular flea market. It's a popular hotspot for shopping, dining, and celebrity-watching.12Paramount StudiosParamount Studios is a movie studio located in Hollywood, California. It has been home to many famous movies and TV shows, including The Godfather, Forrest Gump, and The Big Bang Theory. During our bus tour, we will drive past Paramount Studios and you'll have an opportunity to peak inside the gates of where some of your favorite movies and TV shows were filmed.13The Greek TheatreThe Greek Theatre is an outdoor amphitheater located in Los Angeles, California. It is home to many concerts and events, and has a capacity of over 5,000 people. Celebrities and bands such as Adele, Bruno Mars, and Coldplay have all performed at The Greek Theatre in recent years.14Griffith ParkGriffith Park is a large park located in Los Angeles, California. It is home to many attractions, including the Griffith Observatory, the Los Angeles Zoo, and the Greek Theatre. During our bus tour, we will drive past Griffith Park and you'll have an opportunity to see the Hollywood Sign up close!15Griffith ObservatoryWant to spot some stars? No, we mean actual stars! The Griffith Observatory is one of the best places in Los Angeles to do just that. This world-famous observatory is also home to a planetarium, museum, and telescope exhibits. We will stop at the Observatory for 1 hour, giving you ample time to explore the LA landmark.MORE INFORMATIONTour Ends Where We Began!Finally, we will end our tour right back where we started - the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You will have plenty of time to explore the area and take photos with your favorite stars!A Taste Of LA: Half-Day Tour Of The BEST Of Los Angeles! Photo Gallery...Here are some highlights of the Taste of L.A. Tour from our gallery!BOOK NOW:Within 24 hours of departure time (for full-price tickets only).Live Tour GuideAll tour guide. Explore all of the most famous L.A. hotspots... with some exciting stops, stories, and facts along the way!Tour Details...Your experience begins on The World Famous Hollywood Walk of Fame where you will board one of our air-conditioned buses customized for sightseeing. Your fun + entertaining driver-guide will take you to explore all the LA Hot Spots with some stops along the way! Remember, L.A. traffic is one of a kind – this tour is approximately 5 hours, with traffic permitting of course! We also strongly recommend checking the weather for the day of your tour & the listed websites for our stops to plan your dress accordingly.Please arrive 15-minutes prior to your scheduled departure time so the group can depart on time.Departures...This tour departs at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM daily.Tour Itinerary...Here is exactly what you can expect when you book our Taste of L.A. Tour:Tour Begins At Hollywood Walk Of FameThe Hollywood Walk of Fame is a public sidewalk in Hollywood, California that is embedded with more than 2,500 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars bearing the names of celebrities honored for their contributions to the entertainment industry.1Hollywood Blvd.The Boulevard is one of the most famous streets in all of Los Angeles (and the world!). It is home to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as well as many other popular tourist destinations. The Boulevard is also a popular spot for celebrities, as it is often used as a filming location for movies and TV shows.2The Sunset StripThe Sunset Strip is a famous strip of road located in West Hollywood, California. It is lined with restaurants, bars, and nightclubs that are popular with celebrities. It is also home to celeb-filled events like the Grammy Awards Viewing Party, which takes place every year at The Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip.3West HollywoodWest Hollywood is a neighborhood located in the west side of Los Angeles. It is home to many celebrities, as well as some of the best nightlife in all of Los Angeles. The area is also home to the Sunset Strip, which is a famous stretch of road that is lined with clubs, bars, and restaurants.4Use all of your senses on this unique adventure, combining the iconic sights and foods of L.A. See the incredible sights, hear the amazing history and taste the iconic food to truly experience everything Los Angeles has to offer.We begin our adventure with a visit to famous Philippe The Original, one of the oldest and most famous restaurants in Southern California.  They are also the creators of the famous French Dip Sandwich, which we will sample prior to exploring the historical Downtown.  Next we'll visit El Pueblo de Los Angeles (the birthplace of Los Angeles), lively Olvera Street, Avila Adobe (the oldest house in L.A.), magnificent Union Station,  and colorful Chinatown, as we see the evolution of Los Angeles.The bright lights of Hollywood await us next, as we head to the famous Hollywood Boulevard, first we will visit the famous In-n-Out Burger ordering from their secret menu. Then we will explore the most famous sights of L.A. such as  Grauman's Chinese Theater, Walk of Fame, Hand and footprints of the Stars, Dolby Theater (formerly Kodak), Roosevelt Hotel, Egyptian Theater and many other historical and surprise locations. Of course no visit to Hollywood would be complete without seeing the famous Hollywood Sign up close and personal. We will drive by the Gower Gulch, Paramount Studios and Hollywood Forever Memorial Park before arriving at our next iconic food place. Pink's hot dog stand has been around for over 70 years serving the locals and celebrities alike. No preferential treatment here, as everyone stands in a long line to sample the best hot dogs in town.  We will then check out the trendy Melrose Avenue, en route to Beverly Hills.  Once arriving, we will see all the famous sights of this Beverly Hills including celebrity houses, famous mansions, photo opportunity with the famous Beverly Hills sign, and of course Rodeo Drive. Ending our adventure on a sweet note, we will sample L.A.'s  famous Sprinkle's cupcakes.

A Taste of LA

A 5 Hour Experience Covering the Must See Stops in LA!

Your experience begins on The Hollywood Walk of Fame where you will board one of our open-air buses customized for sightseeing.
Your fun + entertaining driver-guide will take you to explore all the LA Hot Spots with some stops along the way!

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Hollywood, The Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Views of Bel Air, The Getty

1 Hour @ Santa Monica Pier & Beach

Santa Monica, Culver City, S Fairfax, Museum Row, Petersen Automotive Museum, LACMA, La Brea Tar Pits, Urban Lights


1 Hour @ The Grove / The Original Famers Market (Lunch Stop)

Fairfax, Melrose, Paramount Studios, The Greek Theatre, Griffith Park

1 Hour @ Griffith Observatory / The Hollywood Sign

Capitol Records, Hollywood Blvd

The Hollywood Walk of Fame

The tour starts at 10AM in Hollywood along the Walk of Fame.
Advanced Reservations required. Ticket link below.

 

*The Tour begins/ends on the Hollywood Walk of Fame so you will have ample time to explore everything in Hollywood!

*While you are @ The Griffith Observatory you will have the BEST opportunity to take your must-have pictures of The Hollywood Sign.

*The tour is approximately 5 hours with traffic permitting, however, LA traffic is one of a kind lol.

*We recommend checking the weather for the day of your tour & the listed websites for our stops to plan accordingly.

*Please arrive 15-minutes prior to your scheduled departure time so the group can depart on time.

*While in Santa Monica if you are going to walk down to the Ocean you MUST leave all the sand @ the beach. Please & Thanks!

*Take advantage of reviewing the lunch & shopping options The Grove / The Farmers Market has to offer before you arrive to help maximize your time.

** This tour does NOT cover Celebrity Homes

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