South End - Boston, MA
April - November:
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays - 11:30 AM
Saturdays - 11:30 AM & 12:30 PM
Sundays - 12:00 PM
- Tour has been featured on thrillist.com and is a top ranking tour on tripadvisor.com and yelp.com
- Your fun, knowledgeable tour guide will provide historical, architectural and cultural information about the South End neighborhood throughout the tour
- Enjoy tastings from six South End eateries which may include Latin appetizers, the iconic New England fried clam and a unique cookie to name a few
Learn about the rich history and exciting culinary scene of Boston's historic South End neighborhood on this fun and delicious food tour.
Explore as you stroll through the neighborhood, view some of South End's beautifully-planned Victorian bow-front row houses and communities, hear about the area's cultural development and enjoy listening to historical and fun facts about South End's famous landmarks and residents.
Your guide will lead you to six South End area restaurants, specialty shops and markets where you will sample local favorites. You will learn about the history of the establishments and hear fun and interesting stories about the proprietors.
Tasting locations visited on this Boston South End Food Tour may include (and are subject to change):
- A sandwich shop featuring some of Boston's celebrated chefs
- A popular neighborhood bakery with mouth-watering sweets
- A Latin kitchen with a Venezuelan influence
- Purveyor of fine meats, cheeses, wines and specialty products
- Boston's oldest fish market
- New American Brasserie with comfort food and a cozy atmosphere
- Gratuity for your guide is not included, but greatly appreciated if you enjoy the tour
- Participants will be required to walk approximately 1.5 miles at a leisurely pace over the course of the tour
- This tour is not recommended for children under 12 years of age
Approximately 3 hours
You will be accompanied by other tour participants, with a maximum of 16 per tour. For groups larger than 4 please contact Cloud 9 Living directly for pricing.
This experience is only for those on the tour.
The tour will run rain or shine. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather conditions and always contact your experience provider with any questions.
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for walking and weather conditions.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 10 days in advance.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9 Living's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and have received a booking confirmation, all bookings are final and no rescheduling or cancellations will be allowed.
What if it rains?
Tours are held rain or shine. It is recommended to dress appropriately for expected weather.
Can children participate in the tour?
Children may participate in the tour, however, parents should assess whether a 3-hour walking food tour is appropriate for their own children. As a general guideline, this tour is not recommended for children under 8 years of age.
How much food is served on the tour?
The tour includes 6 food tastings, which is enough for most participants to replace a meal.
Are beverages included?
Water will be provided at a couple of the tasting locations, but there are no beverage-specific tastings on the tour. There will be an opportunity to purchase a non-alcoholic beverage midway through, but guests can also feel free to bring their own bottle of water if they would like something to drink throughout the tour.
What if I have a dietary restriction or food allergy?
Please be sure to let Cloud 9 Living know if anyone in your party has a dietary restriction or food allergy at the time of booking. With advance notice, your tour guide will work to accommodate your needs to the best of their ability, but cannot guarantee substitutions for all tastings.
Is the tour wheelchair and baby stroller accessible?
Yes, all the tasting locations on the tour are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. However, please be aware that this is a historic neighborhood and some of the sidewalks are old, made of brick and can be uneven in places.
Where does the tour begin and end?
The exact meeting location will be provided at time of booking. The end of the tour is about a 5-minute walk from the starting location.
Is parking available near the starting location of the tour?
Parking is available, but limited in the South End. It is recommended to either use the MBTA or take a cab, but nearby parking options will be provided with the meeting location details once your date has been booked.
Are restrooms available during the tour?
Restrooms will be available at the beginning and end of the tour at the corresponding tasting locations.
How much walking is involved? What is the walking pace like?
The tour lasts approximately 3 hours and while you will be standing most of the time, there is seating at some of the tasting locations. The tour is conducted at a moderate pace, covering less than 2 miles and stopping frequently at tasting locations and neighborhood sites.
Do we just walk around and sample food?
No! You will learn about the rich history and cultural development of Boston's South End as well as learn about some of it's famous sites and residents. The tour is fully narrated by your guide who will discuss history, culture and architecture.
Are cameras allowed on the tour?
Yes, cameras are permitted and taking photos is highly encouraged.
I live in or around Boston - is this tour for me?
Absolutely! While you may be familiar with the route and some of the stops, you will have the opportunity to try new food items at the tasting locations and learn about the establishments. Additionally, your guide will be sharing fun facts about the neighborhood's history, architecture, and culture that you may find fascinating. Being a local, you have the unique opportunity to re-visit the eateries you'll stop at on the tour, as well other recommendations, at your leisure!
Can I make purchases during the tour?
The tour has been coordinated in advance to ensure an on-time tour and fresh food tastings; it is critical to stay on schedule during the tour. We ask that you refrain from shopping during the tour, but will provide all the information necessary for you to return to your favorite spots once the tour is over.
Does the tour guide accept gratuities? Are they included in the ticket price?
Gratuity is not included in the ticket price, but is graciously accepted and appreciated by the tour guides.
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"The guide set the tone of our tour. She was very knowledgeable on the topic of the various foods we were experiencing, and the local history of the section of Boston that was toured. There was always a smile and some humor to keep the walk enjoyable. The timing at each location was just enough, never feeling rushed. Each and every stop had wonderful tasting food, plus the presentation equaled its taste. We would certainly enjoy the experience again with friends or visitors."
"Loved it. Perfect combination of great foodie places, historical and cultural information, and cool neighborhood tidbits. The guide was very knowledgeable and really made the experience awesome."
"Honestly, I did expect more food, real food. What I had was good, Parish Cafe very good and Stephi's as well. Thanks."