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New Orleans Food Tours

Updated: December 13, 2023

Free Tours by Foot is proud to now offer our free New Orleans food tours.

Learn about the city's great foods, including gumbo, jambalaya, po-boys, beignets and so much more.

While on these tours, you'll learn about what to eat in New Orleans, including all the must-eat food to try in the Crescent City.

Free Tours by Foot - New Orleans Walking ToursExcellentFree Tours by Foot - New Orleans Walking Tours4.9 Based on 1957 reviews fromSee all reviews review us onRoman L.Roman L. ★★★★★ We did the French Quarter Food Tour and the French Quarter tours with Kayla, and we thoroughly enjoyed both. Kayla was an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable, and a wonderful storyteller. She also gave us some excellent food and dining recommendations. 👍Becky T.Becky T. ★★★★★ Excellent tour of the Garden District with Andrew F. He was smart, engaging and knowledgeable. Not only was he well-versed in local lore, he also gave great recommendations for eateries and happenings around town.T WT W ★★★★★ I watched several of FTBF’s videos on YouTube before my first trip to New Orleans, and it really helped me shape my holiday and made me feel more confident as a single female traveler. I was also impressed that they had tips like tourist traps to avoid - they aren’t afraid to call out places that aren’t great. When I arrived I did one of their audio tours of the Garden District and it was really good, and I was impressed with how the sound linked up to Google Maps etc. Thanks team!Lulu P.Lulu P. ★★★★★ Lisa did an excellent job sharing entertaining stories during the ghost tour. My daughter usually thinks walking tours are boring, but thought this one was super interesting.Daniel did a fabulous job on the Garden District walking tour. It was well paced and he shared relevant information about the area's history.Natalie B.Natalie B. ★★★★★ We absolutely loved our Voodoo tour! Sandy was an amazing and respectful tour guide and we all felt like we left the tour with a better understanding of NOLA history. Everyone on our 9 person bachelorette trip really enjoyed our tour and would highly recommend to any other large groups looking for something fun and historical to do in the cityteresa F.teresa F. ★★★★★ First time to NOLA and took the Voodoo tour with Sandi- so great! She is an astute historian and explained the nuance of this fascinating and confusing religion that is often maligned and misunderstood. I love this city!!!Naf M.Naf M. ★★★★★ I've done multiple free tours by foot, and Robi's voodoo tour, was the absolute BEST tour I've ever had. It was more than just a tour, it was truly a healing experience with an actual Voodoo priest. Get ready to get enlightened, and learn a lot about science, history and religions. Just go with an open mind and be kind to the absolute best guide in the city ❤️ I recommend this tour to everyone !Heather W.Heather W. ★★★★★ LisaLisa ★★★★★ Took a voodoo tour last week with Sandy and it was phenomenal. Starting in Armstrong park with the drum circles in Congo Square where we learned the significance of both voodoo and that space we went through the French quarter and learned much more about voodoo practices. Sandy was extremely knowledgeable, provided lots of information and answered questions along the way. Highly recommended the tour and Sandy!Denise H.Denise H. ★★★★★ We did the Voodoo tour with Sandy and she was great. Very informative and learned so much. Great stops throughout with great historyRita T.Rita T. ★★★★★ Sandy was a wonderfully informative tour guide. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants an in-depth, historically accurate tour about voodoo and New Orleans cultural history.Cheryl M.Cheryl M. ★★★★★ We did a Friday morning voodoo tour with High Priest Robi, and he was great! So knowledgable, and such a character. Highly recommend you spend time with him if you really want to learn what voodoo is all about, and what it is not.Robert C.Robert C. ★★★★★ Went on the voodoo tour with Sandy. I cannot recommend more. Amazing tour; I learned a lot.Nikita M.Nikita M. ★★★★★ I did the Voodoo tour with high priest Robi and it was incredible! An absolute must do. He's so interesting and dynamic, one of the highlights of our trip.Casey C.Casey C. ★★★★★ We did the Voodoo History tour with Sandy. It was very informative and entertaining. It's definitely worth going on if you're visiting New Orleans.Patrick TPatrick T ★★★★★ Robi is a national treasure.N MN M ★★★★★ Just finished the ghost tour with Lisa! She was amazing!!! So knowledgeable and honestly couldn’t have asked for a better guide! Would have never known half of what I now know!!!Megan S.Megan S. ★★★★★ The voodoo tour by Sandy in the French quarter was great! I learned a lot about the voodoo religion from her and was fascinated to better understand the history, what is myth, and more about the New Orleans history, too. Definitely recommend.Esther Y.Esther Y. ★★★★★ I did the ghost tour with Lisa and had a great time! Lisa took us through a few spots, and it was such a delight to hear the stories accompanying the sites. Lisa made sure we had plenty of opportunities to take the photos we wanted and to answer all the questions we had - highly recommend this if you’re in New Orleans!Melissa B.Melissa B. ★★★★★ This tour was a nice way to understand the history behind the Garden District and to avoid just wandering around and pointing at pretty houses. Our guide was very knowledgeable but sometimes a bit too opinionated- and anyone who can confidently say they're not a Beyoncé fan to a large group is certainly courageous.Daniel J. H.Daniel J. H. ★★★★★ Looking for fun, information-packed walking tours of New Orleans? Sign up to hang out with Andrew F. on one of his Free Tours by Foot. I Iearned a great deal about the history of the French Quarter, the evolution of jazz, how local visual artists rose to prominence and the stories behind some literary greats' connections to New Orleans on Andrew's Music, Arts and More tour. Next time I'm in the Crescent City, I'll be doing another of Andrew's tours.Alicia T.Alicia T. ★★★★★ Great tour. Learned so much!Prem P.Prem P. ★★★★★ We had Kayla, she was super engaging and answered all of the groups numerous questions. Had a great time, laughed a lot, and learned a lot.TC P.TC P. ★★★★★ Loved it and loved Priest Robi.Ghulam M. I.Ghulam M. I. ★★★★★ Very informative walking tour.Margaux V.Margaux V. ★★★★★ Toured with Sandy and it was a blast! Not a boring rehash of history , Sandy made it fun and engaging! Highly recommend!Desiree GDesiree G ★★★★★ Toured with Sandy and she was so great. She is very well informed and is warm and entertaining. Definitely recommend her!Anastasia S.Anastasia S. ★★★★★ We loved our tour of the French Quarter with Sandy! Very funny and informative. Would highly recommend!Julia R.Julia R. ★★★★★ We did the French Quarter tour a few days ago with Shaun (hope that's the way his name is spelled :D) and it was very informative. Shaun told a lot of interesting stories and shared many funny tidbits with us too. His recommendations were good as well. Even though he had problems with his voice, he went through with the tour and we had no problems understanding him or anything. I hope he's fine again. Can totally recommend! 🙂Morgan D.Morgan D. ★★★★★ We took a ghost tour with Lisa and a voodoo tour with Priest Robi! Both were excellent but I adored Priest Robi! They have the most amazing energy and so much information. I would 100% recommend taking the ghost tour with Lisa and I would damn near DEMAND yall take the Priest Robi Voodoo tour! Fantastic individuals and free tours by foot is a great program! Thank you yall!!!!Awilda H.Awilda H. ★★★★★ Signed up for vodoo tour with Robi but Sandy did the tour instead. She was awesome very knowledgeable and funny. Gave us the true history of vodoo and versus the Hollywood version.Melanie L.Melanie L. ★★★★★ Andrew was the best tour guide! He was extremely informative, funny and offered lots of great trivia as well as tips on other great places to see in New Orleans outside the French Quarter. I would highly recommend this tour!Ashley-Rae R.Ashley-Rae R. ★★★★★ I had two tours on the same day, one with Robi and one with Andrew. I cannot say this loudly enough, if you're in New Orleans and you want to book any kind of tour, do it with Free Tours by Foot! Their tour guides are next level!The Voodoo tour with Robi was actually life changing, he was so kind and knowledgeable, and incredibly funny, which made the whole tour an absolute joy to attend. I learnt so much the beautiful teachings of voodoo and the rich history surrounding it and its origins. I felt so at home and Robi was so incredible with the group making everyone feel welcome and included. And thanks to Robi's recommendations we got to see drumming in Congo Square on Sunday and I'm reading a brilliant book on Hatian Vodou that he suggested!The Music, Arts, & More tour with Andrew was just wonderful! We learnt about the origins of Jazz in New Orleans, the evolution of the sound to what we hear today, and the stories of those who perfected it. I had a smile on my face the whole way through this tour. Andrew was so generous with his time and answering questions, and clearly has a real passion for everything he is talking about. I highly suggest jumping on this tour if you can!Free Tours by Foot lived up to every hope I had after finding them on Youtube a few years ago. Their thorough videos also helped me HUGELY in planning when and where I wanted to go in Nola, so much so that when I got here I barely needed a map! Not to mention all the places I got to visit that I would never have found by myself! Their videos will be a lovely source of nostaligia to watch when I get home. They are all beautiful people and some of the most well versed and learned tour guides in the city. It was a genuine pleasure to have had the oppertunity to go on multiple tours, I felt so at home.Thank you Andrew & Robi for an experience I will never forget, and for all of your kind words and recommendations!- Ashley Rae - United Kingdom xcarly R.carly R. ★★★★★ Had a great voodoo tour with Sandy. Super informative, respectful, and had some top notch dry humor sprinkled in to keep the spirits lightAlexandra B.Alexandra B. ★★★★★ Sandy was amazing ! She was very knowledgeable and entertainingMaya T.Maya T. ★★★★★ Book the Voodoo Tour with High Priest Robi! I have been all over the world, done hundreds of tours. THIS WAS THE BEST ONE. Robi is kind, intentional, thoughtful, knowledgeable, hilarious, and full of love and colour and humanity and ugh I just wanted to stay and hug him forever. Thank you for your special light and insights, I will come back just to see you 🙂 Merci mon frere.Rae S.Rae S. ★★★★★ We have taken all the tours in New Orleans that Free Walking Tours has to offer and loved them all. This last trip with did the Vodoo Tour High Priest Robi and the Treme tour. Both were excellent, I highly recommend and the communication is great.Richa S.Richa S. ★★★★★ We had a great ghost tour with our guide, Lisa! She was an amazing storyteller and we had a blast learning about the history of the city. We’ll be sure to recommend these tours to others.Natalie Van H.Natalie Van H. ★★★★★ My husband and I did the garden district tour with Sarah and she was fabulous! Funny and knowledgeable, and also honest in her portrayal of the wonderful history and culture of New Orleans along with the realities of enslavement and civil rights history, which is critical to understanding the city of New Orleans. She did a great combination of general history, pop culture history, and architectural history - great tour.Renee CRenee C ★★★★★ It was our first time in NOLA. If you plan to visit the French quarter, we highly recommend Free Tours by Foot.We did 3 tours in total. French Quarter tour and Voodoo tour were both by Sandy, Ghost tour was by Andrew. Some things you can learn online, but it's way better and more fun when you have guides like Sandy and Andrew to interact with and be educated by. It really felt like they were your friends who took the time to tour you around their town.We're happy we did these tours. Had we stayed longer, we probably would have done the other NOLA tours they offered. 😉Julie W.Julie W. ★★★★★ Can’t say enough about this company. Fantastic communication, friendly guides and lots of great information for us first-time visitors. We took the French Quarter tour, Garden District tour, and the Voodoo tour. Kayla, Daniel and Sandy were all terrific. So glad we chose these tours.Katerina K.Katerina K. ★★★★★ we did the voodoo tour with roby and let me tell you he was the kindest, realest and sweetest person i have ever met. He was very wise and i personally learned a lot from this experience!!! Roby truly deserves the world!Ravi V.Ravi V. ★★★★★ Great tour! Sandy was a great guide and very informative. Highly recommend!Kayla L.Kayla L. ★★★★★ I did the voodoo tour with Sandy and it was great! She was incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining. I learned a ton and got to see some interesting parts of the city. I highly recommend!js_loader

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Like our neighborhood walking tours, our New Orleans food & history tours are free to take, allowing you to determine what a tour was worth after the tour is over – even free!  

During our French Quarter Food Tour, we will combine delicious food, history, and storytelling so that you have the education under your belt to be the most discerning foodie in one of the best culinary cities in the world. 

Free Food Tour New Orleans

As you travel from stop to stop, your tour guide will explain the dishes that highlight New Orleans’ food identity and will share personal anecdotes about some of the city’s most famous restaurants and chefs.  

Walk with us past famous landmarks such as the St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square.

Your personable guide will describe the beautiful architecture and intriguing history of New Orleans.  

This outing is a great way to learn about what to eat in New Orleans.

Some of the food choices discussed (and possibly sampled) include:

  • Seafood Gumbo
  • Red Beans &Rice
  • Muffulettas
  • Jambalaya
  • Hot sauces
  • Seasonal Gulf Coast Seafood
  • PoBoys
  • crawfish/seafood boil
  • Pralines
  • Beignets

Please note: Unlike other food tours, the dishes on our tour aren’t complimentary and must be paid for by the guests (average $10-15/person).

However, with traditional food tours charging $65 and up (plus tip), that’s at least a $50 difference per person.

You choose what to sample and how much to spend.

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 10 or more persons should visit our group inquiry page.

Where: Meet at the Archway to the French Market Produce Section. Your guide will email you their photo and directions the night before the tour.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Approximately 1 mile in length.

When:  Check out our tour calendar

Cost: name-your-own-price tourGroups of 6-9 must prepay $10/person. Groups of 10 or more must organize a private tour and can read about our options for groups

The suggested amount to bring for snacks is $12-15, depending on your appetite!

We are a local tour company offering own own unique food tours led by local tour guides, like Kayla, who breaks down the top foods to try in New Orleans in the video below.

Our food tours were designed by our tour guides, who together have decades of experience leading visitors through the streets of New Orleans.

We know the shop owners, the chefs, and the staff in some of New Orleans' most interesting eateries.

We also use input from the roughly 40k members of our popular New Orleans Travel Tips Facebook group.

The group consists of locals, including our tour guides, veteran visitors, as well as newbies to New Orleans.

You don't need to be a member to read the posts, comments, and recommendations, so check the group out once you are done reading is post.


About The Author

Sarah Hester

Sarah first moved to New Orleans in 2001 to work for the American Red Cross of Southeast Louisiana. While working in the communities of New Orleans she fell in love with the unique culture of the Big Easy; it's food, music, architecture, wildlife, and most of all history. Read More... Sarah began her career with FTBF, first as a guide, then as an owner/operator. She believes every day is a good day if she gets to impart her love of her beloved New Orleans with Free Tours By Foot guests. She especially likes to convert new Who Dat Saints Fans!
Updated: December 13th, 2023
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