San Francisco Food Tour (And Discount Code!)

Gelato pops at Sixth Course, Mission District Food Tour, San Francisco

Want to know more about taking a San Francisco food tour? They’re the perfect way to explore the city’s buzzing foodie scene… even better when it’s with a local from the uber-cool Mission District! Find out more about my experience. 

I met Sean from Avital Tours outside The Women’s Building in the heart of San Fran’s uber cool Mission District. Incase you didn’t know, it’s the place the hipsters hang out, with trendy bars and boutiques lining the streets, colourful murals adorning the walls, and of course – a top notch foodie scene. That’s what I was MOST interested in.

The Women's Building, Mission District, San Francisco
The Women’s Building, Mission District, San Francisco

On this San Francisco food tour, we’d spent three hours enjoying some of the area’s most unique places to dine, while learning more about the district, the history and the art that makes it one of the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods.

There are plenty of different San Francisco food tours, which will introduce you to various parts of the city via its cuisine. You can head to Chinatown for dim sum, explore the Ferry Building, or take a gourmet walk through North Beach.

I’d already explored Chinatown and North Beach (which is primarily Italian), but The Mission had a distinctly Mexican feel with plenty of no-frills taquerias. While many Mexicans had crossed over the border and set up shop, there were plenty more offerings from other cuisines waiting to be discovered.

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Milan Food Tour: Pizza, Pasta… and Vapourised Grappa!

Tasty desserts on the Milan Food Tour

If you’re a foodie, taking a Milan food tour is a must-do! 

My nose led me to Panificio Pattini – a Milan bakery packed with incredible pastries and the scent of freshly baked focaccia. This was stop one of the Milan Food Tour.

Milan Food Tour 02I’m a strong believer that the best way to get to know a new place is by getting stuck into the cuisine. I’ve been on great food tours in Istanbul, Barcelona and Thessaloniki, and over the next few hours I would be eating my way around some lesser-known tourist areas, and sampling some of the best Milanese and Italian food in the city. With the Italian staples of gelato, pasta, pizza and Parma ham on offer, and a lovely local named Veronica leading the way, it was time to prepare our stomachs, and kick off.

We got off to a great start with tastings of two rich pastries – the cannoncini (similar to a cream horn) filled with custard, and bignès (similar to profiteroles) topped with chocolate and filled with a nutty chocolate cream. It’s normal for Italians to have two breakfasts (I could get used to that!) – one at home and one at work. They LOVE coffee, and pastries like these are usually accompanied by an espresso. We were shown how they were made, and also took a look at some of the beautiful freshly-made pasta in the window.

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REVIEW: Devour Barcelona Food Tours, Spain

Barcelona tapas

This food tour of Barcelona promises the best tapas, Catalan cuisine and a trip to a very special market. 

The history and culture of a place is best told through its cuisine.

Food is at the heart of every community and is heavily influenced by surroundings and situations. So, when I was invited to take a food tour of a Barcelona neighbourhood that I didn’t know… I couldn’t resist!

Devour Barcelona Food Tours, the sister company to the already successful Madrid Food Tour was set up in September. It took the organisers months to research the Gràcia area and find the best eateries to showcase what the neighbourhood is all about.

Wanderlust Chloe Devour Barcelona Food Tour 17I met tour guide Renee on Passeig de Gràcia on a cold but sunny February morning. She was a young American girl with a huge passion for history, architecture, Catalan culture, and most of all –food! Over the next four hours she guided me through the streets to a variety of cafes and restaurants.

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