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Downtown LA

LA is a sprawling city with many different cultures, cuisines and things to do. Join us on our downtown LA tour to discover the hidden gems among the the rich tapestry of the city center. The tour starts at famed Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney concert hall and ends at the Grand Central Market- a perfect place […]

Hike to the Hollywood Sign

Come along on the most iconic hike in all of Los Angeles! Since 1923 the Hollywood Sign has been a symbol of the city. But even though it's one of the most recognizable spots in the world, getting to the sign means navigating a complex web of hiking trails.  Follow our Guide on a two-hour […]


In the early 1900s, a group of independent movie producers wishing to escape the eastern movie establishment made their way west to California. These producers called themselves the United Artists, and by 1910 they found themselves in the tiny village of Hollywood. It was then only known for its marvelous fruit trees, but it quickly […]

Scandals and Crimes of Old Hollywood 

Hidden beneath the layer of malls and street vendors along Hollywood Boulevard lie reminders of a crime-filled bygone era. As the film industry in Hollywood was getting its start in the early 20th century, new filmmakers found themselves caught up in a lawless world of vice and murder. By the 1930s, it got so bad […]

Free Tours by Foot is happy to offer free and name-your-own-price Los Angeles walking tours.

On our guided tours, you choose how much the tour was worth after your tour is over, encouraging your guide to provide a memorable experience. We offer sightseeing tours of LA that will give you a fuller appreciation of this great city. 

Be sure to check out our tour calendar to see which tours are offered while you are in town.


Tour Calendar

If a tour is not listed at the date and time, that means we are not running a tour then. Private tours are always available!

Our Los Angeles walking tours are also a great way to meet fellow travelers and make new friends.

Our guests come from all over the world, and this means that many different perspectives are reflected in the questions asked of our tour guides and contribute to more enriching experiences for our guests. 

Excellent5.0 Based on 84 reviews from review us onPedro C.Pedro C. ★★★★★ The tour was great! It was informative. They definitely know what they are talking about and they took me to places I would have not known about otherwise. I cant wait to book another one with themJessie L.Jessie L. ★★★★★ I truly enjoyed Kyle’s LA Crime tour! It was packed full of spooky facts about 1920s and 1950s Hollywood. Kyle did an excellent job explaining historical information in a way that was exciting, spooky and informative! Kyle answered all of my questions kindly, was very passionate about the material and we just generally had a great time! You can’t go wrong with this tour!!alia B.alia B. ★★★★★ I live in LA and had a great time on this tour. Kyle entertained us with his stories and predictions for unsolved murders and made me want to learn more about this particular time period in film. I recommend this for travelers and locals alike.Lasse Z.Lasse Z. ★★★★★ Tolle TourAlex Nogareda C.Alex Nogareda C. ★★★★★ Bien entretenido, el conductor nos llevó a varios lugares más fuera de la ruta muy chulos pudiendo visitar más cosas en el mismo tiempo nos estuvo explicando todo muy bien nos recomendó sitios para comer también. Muy bien algo diferente a lo que estoy acostumbrado pero muy bien.Nuria M.Nuria M. ★★★★★ Edgar G.Edgar G. ★★★★★ Hicimos uso de este servicio en San Francisco y es altamente recomendable. Nuestra guía, Christell, realmente muy buena y se ve que le apasiona serlo. No se lo pierdan ! Muchas gracias por lo que hacenAlessia S.Alessia S. ★★★★★ Emir was great! Nice to discover so many things together. Do not miss a tour with him if you are in townSangita J.Sangita J. ★★★★★ This was such a cool walk - Kyle was incredible - he had many stories to share on the scandals and (some gory) old Hollywood mysteries. Also was nice because I got a unique newbie intro to Hollywoods famous street. Such a fun Friday evening - am going to recommend this to my daughter and other folks!Lisa B.Lisa B. ★★★★★ We attended the LA downtown walking tour with Emir and it was just amazing! Emir is very informative and delivers a ton of information in a fun and engaging way. We enjoyed discovering about the history of LA buildings, people and food scene! The tour is also very well organised and Emir offers plenty of tips to keep discovering the city. Definitely one of the best free tours we've had so far. Lisa and Vinimaria M.maria M. ★★★★★ Émir is an amazing guide, be really loves this job and truly share his passion and knowledge throughout the tour!100% recommendedAyelen D.Ayelen D. ★★★★★ Hicimos el Tour en inglés con Emir. Lo reservamos una hora antes y supero ampliamente nuestras expectativas! Hemos hecho muchos por europa y nunca en USA pero fue muy necesario porque si no nos guiaba para ver todo lo que se puede ver en Hollywood nos perdíamos más de la mitad desde los teatros las estrellas donde están las más conocidas hasta el mejor spot para la foto del cartel. Nos paso un mail con diferentes cosas para hacer y donde comer en LA. Súper recomendado!Pranav A.Pranav A. ★★★★★ We did a Scandals and Crime Old Hollywood tour with Kyle. He is an amazing tour guide and talks about the interesting history of the early 20th century of the Hollywood with a focus on famous crimes and scandals. He has a unique way of showing the Grayscale pictures of the old actor/actresses/buildings on his tablet so you can grasp the story better. I would totally recommend him if you are interested to get past the layer of the bustling toursity Hollywood Blvd and get to know the dark past behind it. 😀zamus2004 -.zamus2004 -. ★★★★★ He is very through and very informative!!! I love every minute of my tour ! Thanks emirHannahHannah ★★★★★ We did the downtown LA tour with Emir, in early April. Emir had wonderful energy and we really felt his passion for the city, it’s sights and food! Glad we made this one of the first things we did in LA because it helped orientate us quickly on the city’s history, neighborhoods and good food spots. Fully recommend this tour. And thanks Emir for the food recommendations!Erik L.Erik L. ★★★★★ An excellent walking tour in Hollywood with Emir - that told us many fine details about the history, the people and the buildings. Highly recommended.antonella M.antonella M. ★★★★★ Emir excelente guía!! Muy completo!! Lo recomiendoCynthia LCynthia L ★★★★★ Emir is an exceptional guide, and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an informative and enjoyable walking tour. His passion for history and storytelling truly shines through in his tours, and he kept us engaged and entertained throughout the entire experience.One of the things that really stood out was Emir's great food suggestions. He recommended some amazing local restaurants and dishes that we would not have discovered on our own. The food we tried was absolutely delicious, and it really enhanced our overall experience of the city.We also were able to see a number of sites that we wouldn't have found on our own, along with hearing the very fascinating backgrounds!Overall, I cannot recommend Emir enough. His knowledge, enthusiasm, and great food suggestions make him a top-notch guide. Whether you're a local or a tourist, I guarantee that you will have a fantastic time on his tour.William B.William B. ★★★★★ Claudio González C.Claudio González C. ★★★★★ Bello y tranquilo café en medio de la ciudad. Exquisitas tostadas y buenismas opciones de desayuno.Priscilla L.Priscilla L. ★★★★★ Sandra F.Sandra F. ★★★★★ Emir is an amazing guide! He made the walk a super interesting and enjoyable experience, thank you very much Emir! ❤️Lynn R.Lynn R. ★★★★★ Emir with Free Tours by Foot is a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. Just enough humor to keep it interesting and full of little known details about Los Angeles. Great communication before, during and after the tour following up with tips and personal recommendations. Don’t be hesitant that the two miles or two hours is too long as the pace is set so anyone can keep up and the timing is spot on for covering the fundamentals of each landmark. Would highly recommend!Yam W.Yam W. ★★★★★ Emir and Mel are the BEST tour guides you can get in LA!You should sign up for their Downtown and Hollywood tour.Kim W.Kim W. ★★★★★ Mel and Emir are fun and knowledgeable. We had the best time on their tour!Tia C.Tia C. ★★★★★ A great tour of downtown LA, good mix of history, architecture, and visual arts.Keith Aric H.Keith Aric H. ★★★★★ Emir was a great guide. Super friendly and gave lots of fun information not only about sights on the tour but also other tips about local events and spots to see.EvaEva ★★★★★ Emir did a great tour! It was fun to learn about a few hollywood quirks.Eileen K.Eileen K. ★★★★★ I’ve lived in Southern California all my life, and this was the first time doing a walking tour of DTLA. Not only was our guide Emir wonderful and full of fun and interesting stories, but the tour was FREE!! I would do this tour and others in a heartbeat.joyride4324joyride4324 ★★★★★ I had so much fun on this tour with Mel and Emir! You can tell they have taken the time to know the history of downtown LA and they are both true professionals. Over all they were super friendly and kind to everyone. They both had fantastic food recommendations so I would love to see a food tour of one of the neighborhoods one day!Merrilee B.Merrilee B. ★★★★★ I took three tours back in February and they were all fantastic. Matthew, Daniel, and Kayla were very well-informed and their tours were so entertaining and educational. Definitely on par with or even surpassed paid tours I've taken in the past, I would highly recommend!Santiago C.Santiago C. ★★★★★ We did a tour of Downtown LA with Mel who was very friendly, informative and enthusiastic!Highly recommend Free Tours by Foot!Thank you Mel!Linda K.Linda K. ★★★★★ Taking the Brooklyn Bridge / Brooklyn Heights tour was one of the highlights of my trip to NYC. John was both knowledgeable and entertaining. I highly recommend this tour!miss 3.miss 3. ★★★★☆ The nuggets were good and it was busy but very prompt!Rosario T.Rosario T. ★★★★★ Super fun couple and very informative tour. This was the best way to explore the best highlights of downtown LA in only a couple of hours. Highly recommend!Mik M.Mik M. ★★★★★ Nice tourMattMatt ★★★★★ We did the Downtown LA tour and it was fantastic. Mel our guide was really engaging, interesting and friendly. It was just the right amount of information to give us an appreciation of the area and continue our enjoyment of it after the tour. The local tips during the tour as well as follow-up mail after were very helpful. One of the best waking tours we have done across the world. Thank you!Jillian P.Jillian P. ★★★★★ We did the Hollywood tour with Emir and it was FANTASTIC! He was a great storyteller and was also super engaging.If you plan to take a tour of Hollywood, choose Free Tours by Foot!Raed R.Raed R. ★★★★★ Tim M.Tim M. ★★★★★ Fun and informative. Time well spent.Yara Z.Yara Z. ★★★★★ We did the Los Angeles downtown walking tour... Short and nice tourEmir and Mel were great... their English is clear, their way of explaining history of the city was also smart...recommendedNir D.Nir D. ★★★★★ We took a DTLA tour with Mel, it was very enlightening, well planned and lots of fun. Both adults and kids enjoyed it. Highly recommended!Neta S.Neta S. ★★★★★ The tour was awesome. The tour guide Mel is super friendly and very funny. We learned a lot about the architecture and the story of la. Worth every second.Ariel L.Ariel L. ★★★★★ Jonathan Y.Jonathan Y. ★★★★★ Emir was full of knowledge and gave us a good tour through Hollywood - recommendedMaia I.Maia I. ★★★★★ DaneDane ★★★★★ Highly recommended! Mel and Emir will make you love LA as much as they do!daegucityboydaegucityboy ★★★★★ Mel and Amir definitely exceeded my expectations about this tour. My favorite part was the Hotel!!! 5/5 experience and a great ending point right in front of the Grand Central MarketRobyn L.Robyn L. ★★★★★ Kevin D.Kevin D. ★★★★★ Mel was fantastic as our tour guide for our “free tours by foot” in LA. The tour was filled with interesting facts about LA the whole time. We’ve done many walking tours of different cities and agreed Mel was the best!js_loader


We offer guided walking tours throughout Los Angeles - and beyond!

You could browse the tours that we have by clicking the links below the image or by viewing our tour calendar or go straight to our booking page to see what we have available.

Don't see a tour that fits your schedule?

We also offer GPS-enabled audio tours as well as several self-guided tours, which are totally free to take. These audio and self-guided tours allow you to take the tour whenever you want, though you won't have a live guide to answer questions!

Likewise, any of our tours can be booked as a private tour option, which can be customized.

L.A. tours are operated by our Yonzon LLC.

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Downtown LA Walking Tours

With a name like theirs, it shouldn’t be surprising that this company offers a plethora of walking tours in Downtown Los Angeles.

As a matter of fact, they offer a total of six different tour options with vastly different themes.

Each tour lasts for approximately 2 hours and provides a completely different look at the City of Angels. All of their services have the same reasonable price of $22 for adults and $6 for kids.

Ratings for each of these walking tours are very good, with most customers giving the service either 4 or 5 out of 5 stars (read reviews here). 

Guests typically sing the praises of their tour guides, suggesting that they provide a very interesting and informative look at Los Angeles.

Reviewers were also pleased with the price, noting that this service is very affordable.

The Real Los Angeles Tours

Since launching in 2013, this company has hosted tens of thousands of guests from hundreds of different countries.

They are very focused on being eco-friendly as well and donate 5% of all of their revenue to Climate Cents, a local climate change organization. 

Striving to provide a real understanding of LA and a genuine experience, The Real Los Angeles Tours has a variety of tours to choose from.

Tour dates can vary based on the time of year, so be sure to check the calendar on the website to see when each tour is offered. Additional private tours and self-guided tours are also available.

The Real Los Angeles Tours has a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence after receiving 325 5 out of 5-star reviews. Guests have called their tour a “highlight of their time in LA” and “the best way to start their LA vacation.”

LA Tour 1

This company is currently offering a combo tour in downtown Los Angeles which includes food, arts and culture. 

In addition to learning about the history of the city, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit sites such as the Bradbury Building, Grand Central Market and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Your guide will also show you some of the best places to grab a bite, although there is no food included on the tour.

TIP: This tour is included with the Los Angeles Sightseeing Pass.

This tour has received an overall rating of about 4 ½ out of 5 stars (read reviews here). Most visitors really enjoyed this outing, but some took issue with the fact that there was no food included. 

Many guests report that their tour guides are very friendly and knowledgeable, indicating they provided a lot of useful information about the city.


From bus tours to food tours, there are a lot of ways to explore Los Angeles...


Our pay-what-you-wish walking tours will show you LA  in detail, but some places are not easily accessible for walking tours.

Sightseeing tours by bus can help fill the gap and are also a great option for those who have mobility issues or would just like to have a mode of transportation to get to different attractions. 

There are hop-on-hop-off buses that have daily and multi-day passes as well as premium bus services that offer full day/night bus shuttle and guide options.  We have reviewed the most popular bus tours in the city that offer a great compliment to our walking tours.



The City of Angels is home to some of the best food in the country, and you can find a lot of great examples in the downtown area.

These tours cover some of the best restaurants and places to eat in downtown Los Angeles.

Secret Food Tours

There are a variety of restaurants in downtown Los Angeles representing several different cultures and flavors.

This tour will take you to some of the best eateries in the city, providing a unique taste of LA.

While on this tour, you’ll experience Mexican, French, and Eastern dishes while walking through one of the most interesting neighborhoods in the downtown area.

If you’re interested, you can also upgrade your tour to include drinks. This service is only available for guests 21 and older.

  • $79/Adults | $74/Teens | $69/Children
  • Drink Package Upgrade: $19 per person
  • Duration: 3 ½ hours
  • Availability: Daily
  • Hours: 2:45 pm
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Secret Food Tours has an excellent rating of 5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor and most customers agree that their outings are very enjoyable.

Guests report that this tour includes a lot of delicious food and plenty of information about the history of downtown Los Angeles.

Sidewalk Food Tours

Over the course of 3 hours, you’ll visit no fewer than 6 unique establishments in the area.

As you travel from one restaurant to the next, you’ll learn about the history of Los Angeles and its food culture.

This company allows a maximum of 12 people on each outing to ensure a more personal experience. Considering the length of this tour, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes.

Sidewalk Food Tours of Los Angeles currently has a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor. Needless to say, most of their customers have enjoyed their experience on this tour. 

Guests typically appreciate the opportunity to learn about both the food and the history of Downtown Los Angeles.

Urban Adventures

If you’re a fan of tacos, this is one tour you’ll definitely want to consider. Discover some of the best authentic Mexican food in downtown Los Angeles on this food tour.

In addition to visiting several notable locations such as Olvera Street and Grand Central Market, you’ll also have an opportunity to taste 2 tacos and 1 taquito, with one of those being a mole taco.

This is a great way to not only learn about the history of Los Angeles, but also find some of the best places in the city to find Mexican food!

  • $55/Adults | $45/Children
  • Duration: 2 ½ hours
  • Availability: Daily at 11 am
  • Includes 2 free tacos and 1 free taquito.
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

This company currently has a fantastic score of 5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor (read reviews here). 

Many guests report that the tacos on this tour are delicious, and others felt that this tour allowed them to experience LA in a “unique and fun way.”



In this section, we will cover scavenger hunts available in downtown Los Angeles.

These outings are a great way to discover some of the most historic sites while learning about the city.

Urban Adventure Quest

What better way to learn about a city than by taking a more hands-on approach? On this scavenger hunt, you’ll compete with another team using clues to discover some of the most significant sites in Downtown Los Angeles.

This urban adventure will require a smartphone to find the information necessary to progress. Groups have the option to either take on various challenges or stop and go at their own pace.

This company has received excellent ratings for this service (read reviews here). Customers report that the clues aren’t too difficult to solve, but they represent enough of a challenge that the overall experience is very entertaining. 

Some visitors appreciated the fact that clues were designed for people of all ages, making it a fun trip for both young and old alike.

Puzzling Adventures

If you’re looking for a slightly more extensive scavenger hunt, this option is 2-3 hours and open to groups of up to 12 people, creating a greater sense of competition.

Visitors will be asked to answer brain teasers, complete interesting challenges and gather clues to find each item on the hunt.

This is a fairly new company and they don’t have many reviews yet, but some customers have reported that they had a blast exploring and looking for each item on the scavenger hunt.


Check out our Top Things To do in LA for advice on things to do in LA, places to visit, and tourist attractions to do.

While most things are free in LA, there are some great museums and attractions that do have ticketed prices.

To help you find the best option for your wallet, read about the deals and discounts you can find through booking attraction passes.

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