Washington DC Food Tours

Washington DC Food Tours Washington DC Food Tours may not come to your mind for a visit to the city. DC may not be known as a culinary destination to visitors, but this is a mistake.  The nation’s capital will surprise and inspire your taste buds.  We want to show you how to experience the culinary offerings of the nation’s capital city.

Eastern Market Food Tour

The neighborhood of Eastern Market/Barracks Row is set on historic Capitol Hill, where the homes of historical figures mix with modern day congressmen. One of DC’s first neighborhoods, you’ll see the small town charm in the center of the City. From John Phillip Sousa’s first home, to the men (and women) at attention at the Marine Barracks, hidden statues and a lost wine cellar. The diverse architecture surrounded by the old trees on Capitol Hill to the historic Main Street of 8th Street SE.

And as we visit these historic sites, we’ll sample some of DC’s finest local sweets that the neighborhood is known for.

The tour ends at Eastern Market, DC’s oldest market where you’ll have time to meander the farmers market for fresh local produce, shop at the weekend flea market, or eat some more! (Weekday tours will only have original market and not open air farmer’s market)

Note: We will view the above sites and homes from the street and will not be entering any residences.

**Please contact us in advance regarding food allergies before booking**

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

Cost: Name your own price, though food samples are not included! We recommend $10-12 per person for samples at the various stops.

When: View our Calendar

Where: Tour begins outside the Eastern Market Metro Stop (on the Blue and Orange lines) at 8th and Pennsylvania Ave SE. Look for your guide in the orange shirt! Tour ends at the actual Eastern Market at 7th St SE.

Duration: Tour lasts approx. 1.5 hours. Total walking is about 2 miles.

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Georgetown Cupcakes & Desserts Tour

Georgetown Cupcakes… and Macarons… Cookies, Scones, oh my! These tasty treats and more can be found in Georgetown.

Walk with our guide through the tree lined streets as we weave around the historic neighborhood led by our sweet tooth. We’ll talk about the history of these local and famed shops, with a chance to pop inside for a nibble, or two

Want more history on your visit? Take our Historic Georgetown tour! This Georgetown Cupcakes & Desserts Tour is for the foodies – yummy treats and tasty stories about Julia Child, nineteenth century dinner parties, and historic restaurants.

Check out our audio tours for before or after your visit!

Potential Stops on Georgetown Cupcake Walking Tour

Samples are … sample size so we recommend having lunch before the tour! Stops with * do not include samples, so bring some extra cash if you want a coffee along the way or a full size cupcake! 

Tour information

Reservations: This tour is offered as a private option only. Check out our Eastern Market Pastries tour as a public food tour or contact us about booking a private food tour.

Where: Meet your guide by the C&O Canal, outside Baked & Wired. at 1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW.

***Due to the popularity of this bakery, the lines are often long, we do NOT go to the shop on our tour. Rather we meet outside with a small sample treat for you to try. We recommend arriving 15-20 minutes before the tour if you want to grab a particular treat or a lot of them, and check in with your guide!***

Duration: Tour lasts approx. 1.5 hours. Total walking is about 1 miles.

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U Street History & Food Tour

Washington DC Food ToursJoin us as we explore the tastes and historic treasures of DC’s U Street corridor. Once known as “Black Broadway,” this neighborhood remains a trove of the capital’s African American history. From the Civil War through the Jazz Age to the race riots of the ‘60s and beyond, we’ll not only discover that rich history but also taste how it has influenced the diversity of U St’s many eateries. Come hungry, as we’ll be using our fingers to get a true feel for the deep flavors of Ethiopia, dropping in on a local favorite for some sumptuous soul food (hint: Guy Fieri oohhs and aahhs about this place) and ending up with a good old bowl of chili from one of DC’s most famous stops.

Tour information

Where: Meet your guide at the 13th St NW exit of the U Street/Cardoza Metro on the Green/Yellow line.

Duration: Tour lasts approx. 2 hours. Total walking is just under one mile (1,6km).

When: This tour is offered as a private option only. Check out our Eastern Market Pastries tour as a public food tour or contact us about booking a private food tour.


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About the author

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with three published books about the city. She has traveled extensively and lived in London, UK where she attended University College London for a Masters in History and in Seoul, South Korea where she taught English. While her family is now based in DC, she still explores the world. Her two children (both under the age of 3) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts. She has been a part of the Free Tours by Foot team since 2011.