Harlem Walking Tours

Although world famous, Harlem may be New York’s best kept secret with some of the city’s most interesting architecture, food, music and people. Harlem’s history is also one of the city’s most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.

Be sure to print out and use our self-guided Harlem walking tour map and neighborhood guide.


Join Free Tours by Foot uptown on this two hour Harlem tour and discover the streets where Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and other cutting edge Harlem Renaissance players put American music on the world map and where Fidel Castro slept after being kicked out of a midtown hotel for having chickens in his room.

Come hungry, if you want to treat yourself to some great soul food after the tour!  If food is your avenue for discovery, then consider our Harlem Food Tour.  We’ll also show you some places where you could visit to experience a live gospel service.

Sites we cover on our Harlem Walking Tours:

NOTE: We do not enter these buildings on the tour.

For more details on what you will see on the tour, be sure to print out and use our self-guided Harlem walking tour map.  We also have a more detailed GPS-enabled tour of Harlem.

Tour information

Harlem Food Tour Sept 10thReservations: Required. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more should visit our groups page.

Where: Tour starts from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (map).  Tour ends outside of the Apollo Theater (map).

Duration: Approximately 2 hours 15 min. Tour distance is approximately 1.5 miles (2.5 km)

When: @2pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays (mid-March through December), @4pm Wednesdays (summer) and @9:45am on Sundays & @2pm on Fridays (Jan-March).  View our full tour calendar.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

If you can’t make one of our tours, you might consider one of the New York tourist passes, which include free guided tours of Harlem.