Which Miami Food Tours are the Best?
The Miami food scene is a cultural melting pot of local, regional and international flavors and you will discover unique dishes you won’t find in many other places. The local cuisine is somewhat centered on seafood given the fresh abundant local supply. Miami is also known for its authentic and amazing Cuban cuisine, but other Latin American ingredients are used in restaurants throughout the city. With so much great foods waiting to be tasted, you can bet that there are many food tours to choose from. We’ve vetted the many options so you can find one that is right for you.
Some tours visit several different neighborhoods, while others focus on one specific neighborhood. Most tours are in Miami’s popular areas: South Beach, Wynwood and Little Havana. The two most popular food tour companies are Miami Food Tours and Miami Culinary Tours. The average price per person (in 2016) is between $45-$60 and includes tastings and in some cases includes transport. Group size is usually limited to under 15 people which is a nice size to enjoy your tour. We recommend that if you have any food allergies or restrictions, make sure to check each tour carefully to see whether or not they can accommodate you before buying a ticket.
SOUTH BEACH FOOD TOURS
If you’re looking for a tour that offers a taste of almost everything under the sun, South Beach is your best bet. Discover what happens when foods typical of Cuba, Argentina, Spain and the Caribbean make their way to Florida and end up in creative and inventive meals.
Run by Miami Culinary Tours, this 2 ½ hour tour samples six different dishes such as gazpacho, empanadas, different kinds of ceviche, and even gelato. (For a preview ‘taste’, watch the above video). From small “mom & pop” restaurants to an establishment owned by Gloria Estefan, you’ll get a good sense of what types of food the locals enjoy. This tour has a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor and 4 ½ stars on Yelp. One reviewer wrote that this tour was the highlight of their trip to Miami! The small number of negative reviews center around logistical problems, such as scheduling issues. So as long as you ask any questions you may have before-hand, seems like you cannot go wrong with this tour!
- Tour schedule Daily. Lunch at 12 pm and Dinner at 5 pm
- $59 Adults
- $49 Children (age 8-13)
- Possible Free Admission with GoMiami Card
If you get the GoMiami Card, you can actually build your own pass and select this tour as one of your options in order to get a significant discount. The GoMiami Card is also great for getting around the city in order to find a variety of restaurants, as they offer bike rentals and bus services in addition to many different attractions.
Offered by Miami Food Tours, this SoBe (South Beach) tour’s name is a play on the phrase “tour de force” and that is what this company strives to offer you. They pride themselves on showing tourists the side of the city that locals like to visit most frequently. The five tastings introduce you to Miami nouvelle cuisine, authentic ethnic eateries and a kosher ice cream factory. You’ll also learn about the culinary and artistic history of the area. Lasting 3 hours and covering 1 1/2 miles, be sure to wear comfortable shoes. This tour is a value if you are traveling with children as the price is substantially lower for kids under the age of 12.
Sporting 5 stars on TripAdvisor and 4 ½ stars on Yelp, this tour is a pretty safe bet. There are hardly any negative reviews for this tour or any other tours run by this company. Reviewers sing the praises of the entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides. One reviewer wrote that this tour is “the first thing you should do in Miami.” Given all that Miami has to offer, that’s about as high a compliment as you’ll find.
- Tour schedule Daily 11 am & 4:30 pm
- $58 Adults
- $35 Children (age 8-12)
- $17.50 Children age 7 or younger, if they will be eating
This tour company only offers one food tour and it’s a very good one. They aim to give their guests an array of foods found in South Beach and includes tastings of Cuban, Haitian, Peruvian, Mediterranean, Italian, French and American foods. It is suggested that you eat breakfast before the tour. This isn’t to say you won’t get enough to eat on the tour. In fact, it is the opposite. So much food is sampled that for most people, lunch afterwards is not needed.
This tour is highly rated on both Yelp and TripAdvisor. The few negative reviews come from guests who were unfamiliar with the concept of a food tour. As long as you read the company’s lengthy tour description page describing what you should expect from the experience, you should be pretty happy with this tour. The price is very reasonable especially for kids under 12. There is also a generous discount for members of the military, veterans, policemen and firemen. Lastly, they offer private tours which might be a better way to try this tour if you are traveling with a large party.
- Tour schedule Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 am
- $55 Adults
- $35 Children (5-12 years old)
- Free Children under 5
- $35 for Military/Veterans/Policemen/Firemen
- $100 for Private Tours (email or call to schedule)
WYNWOOD FOOD TOURS
Get out of the South Beach state of mind and experience one of the most creative neighborhoods in Miami through its artwork, architectural design and eclectic restaurants. Chefs in Wynwood delight in creating a fusion of several different cultural cuisines, so you can expect to discover a few new flavors while taking in the sights and sounds of this vibrant and colorful art district.
Another winner from Miami Culinary Tours. You’ll visit some of Wynwood’s most unique restaurants serving dishes fusing Peruvian, Caribbean and Italian cuisine. As you walk to each location, your knowledgeable tour guides will tell you about the neighborhood and the artists who have contributed to its magnificent culture. If you’re looking for a memorable meal, this Wynwood food tour will provide diverse and delectable flavors that you won’t soon forget.
The tour includes tastings from five establishments. Because there are so many fantastic dining options in Wynwood, this tour company likes to vary the establishments from time to time. There are 15 different restaurants from which the 5 you’ll visit are chosen from, which means you could take this tour more than once and never eat the same food twice!
- Tour schedule Daily. Lunch 12 pm. Dinner 4:30 pm
- $69 Adults
- $59 Children (8-13 years old)
This is another offering from Miami Food Tours and offers a more interesting taste of Miami. A change of scenery and menus can definitely make a for a big difference in experience. What is specifically different about this tour from other tours is that instead of walking around the city, you’ll be swooped up in a golf cart and driven from location to location. This food tour may take you to areas other than Wynwood, but most are located in the heart of this creative neighborhood. Expect to learn a lot about the eclectic dishes you’ll find in the area as you uncover the history behind the architecture and street art that defines the “Magic City” as Wynwood is called.
While there are not a lot of reviews specifically discussing the Swooped With Forks tour, those that do are very favorable. Guests report generous sample sizes, which means you should eat a light breakfast. There aren’t any negative reviews of this specific tour so if you’re looking for a food tour to take you off the beaten path and you don’t want to be confined to Wynwood, this is the tour for you. One downside is that tickets are twice the price of other tours but that is because of the fact that you will be driven rather than walking. This is a big advantage for those with mobility issues or anyone who isn’t fond of walking in the heat and sun. Also, this food tour lasts four hours, so you are getting more for your money.
- Tour schedule 11 am Check their calendar for year-round availability
- $129 Adults
- $99 Children (8-15 years old)
LITTLE HAVANA FOOD TOURS
As you may have guessed, much of the Cuban culture and cuisine is located in the neighborhood named after the capitol of Cuba. The neighborhood is filled with landmarks and historically important sights as well as incredible restaurants that bring the flavor of Cuba to South Florida.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise at this point, but this is yet another food tour offered by Miami Culinary Tours. What should be surprising is how different this excursion is from their other offerings. You’ll visit the heart of Little Havana and While you taste the many flavors of Cuba, such as empanadas, cuban sandwiches, mojitos, guarapo juice and more. You’ll also learn all about the district and its historical significance. This tour is designed for both visitors and locals, which means you can expect to learn and experience a lot of culture that you wouldn’t normally find on the typical tour of Miami.
As you may have guessed, this tour receives stellar ratings on both TripAdvisor and Yelp. Guests have said that tour is an excellent way to discover the neighborhood and learn all about the culture. Some reviewers noted that they were initially uncomfortable visiting Little Havana on their own, but the tour made them feel very comfortable and they were able to experience this not-to-be-missed neighborhood.
- Tour schedule 12:30 pm daily, Rain or Shine
- $59 Adults
- $49 Children (8-13 years old)
This tour is offered by the Bike and Roll company so get ready to pedal off the calories you’ll be taking in. Discover the sights, sounds and flavor of Little Havana by bike and learn about the neighborhood from a well-informed tour guide. Bike and Roll Miami has a 4 ½ star rating on both TripAdvisor and Yelp. Reviews of this specific tour are generally very favorable, with only a few people leaving negative comments, mostly focused on the amount of time that was spent riding bikes. The tour covers as much as 20 miles so if you aren’t in good shape or not comfortable riding a bike, you might want to consider a different option. That being said, those who were able to make the trip reported having a great time. Note: children are not recommended due to distance
- Tour schedule 10:30 am daily
- Tickets (includes bicycle and helmet)
- $59 Adults
- $$49 for Students (21 and under)
OTHER MIAMI FOOD TOURS
There are some tours of the Miami area that include meals, but they are not specifically food tours. Instead of getting the opportunity to experience several different flavors from all around the city, you’ll visit one or two restaurants. If you don’t care too much about sampling food from a variety of places, you might want to consider the Miami to the Max tour offered by the Miami Tour Company. They are highly rated on TripAdvisor, and this particular tour provides a full meal at a great restaurant. After that meal, you will also visit an ice cream shop and savor the flavor of Cuban coffee. Miami to the Max will take you through Wynwood, Little Havana and South Beach, so it’s a pretty good option if a traditional food tour isn’t something that interests you.
Alternatively, you could experience the city on your own by taking advantage of the GoMiami Card. With the card, you’ll have access to bike rentals and bus service that will take you to several different locations in Miami. In addition to this option, you can also use the MetroMover light rail system to get around a 4.4 mile area in the city for free. We highly recommend trying out a guided tour rather than exploring South Florida on your own, but if you are the adventurous type, make sure to plan out an itinerary before making any excursion.
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