April - October:
Select Fridays - 1:00 PM
Saturdays - 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM
- Your tour provider has been featured as the best city tour on Official Best of Minnesota 2011 and in Downtown Journal
- Sample food from 5 one-of-a-kind restaurants and specialty stores in the area
- Enjoy spectacular views of the downtown skyline, the Grain Belt Beer sign, and Our Lady of Lourdes church, among other sites
- This tour is great for locals, foodies and tourists alike!
This Downtown Minneapolis Food Tour will take you on a fun, cultural and culinary journey through the Twin Cities' most unique and historic neighborhoods.
On this tour, you will enjoy sightseeing of local attractions like the downtown skyline, the Grain Belt Beer sign, Our Lady of Lourdes church and more.
Along the way you will taste food from 5 one-of-a-kind restaurants and specialty stores that paint a wonderful story of what these areas have to offer as well as learn about how these neighborhoods came to be the thriving ethnic communities they are today.
Stops on this tour may include (and are subject to change):
- Local D'Lish - a neighborhood grocery store with a farmers' market approach
- Punch Pizza - authentic thin crust Neapolitan pizza
- Kramaczuk's - an Eastern European deli and restaurant
- Gorkha Palace - a Mill City farmers' market favorite now with its own restaurant
- Gardens of Salonica - a Northeast gem with the best Greek food in the Twin Cities
Gratuities for your tour guide, although not required, are always appreciated.
You will be walking for the majority of the 2.5 - 3 hour tour (about 1.5 miles), so comfortable shoes are recommended.
2.5 - 3 hours
You will be accompanied by other tour participants, with a maximum of 12 people per tour.
This experience is only for those on the tour.
This tour is held rain, shine, or snow. In the event of inclement weather, the tour will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. Your tour guide will also provide ponchos in case of sudden weather changes or if you do not have your own umbrella. However, it is advised that you check the weather conditions for your day's event and dress appropriately.
What to Wear:
Casual and comfortable attire, especially good walking shoes.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14 days in advance.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, all bookings for this experience are final.
What happens if it rains or snows?
The tours are held rain, shine, or snow. In the event of inclement weather, the tour will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. Your tour guide will also provide ponchos in case of sudden weather changes or if you do not have your own umbrella. However, it is advised that you check the weather conditions for your day's event and dress appropriately.
How much food is served on the food tour?
This food tour serves enough food that for most participants, lunch afterward is not necessary. With the combination of drink and food tastings and breaks for architectural, cultural, and historical attractions, most participants are comfortably full after our food tours. Please understand this food tour is not intended to replace both breakfast and lunch, so please consider eating breakfast before the tour.
What types of foods are served on the tour?
Tasting locations on the tour range from pizza, Greek dessert, fresh vegetables, and eastern European foods to name a few. Food tasting locations can change without notice.
Are any beverages served on the tour?
This food tour does not have a drink tasting included in the tour until the last location. You can, however, purchase water and/or beverages at the beginning of the tour at the meeting location. Additionally, some of the tasting locations will have water available for you during the tour.
How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
Tours generally last around 3 hours and participants can expect to be standing or walking for a majority of the time. The tour will walk at a moderate pace for 1.5 miles and also provide at least two resting locations for at least 45 minutes total.
Does this tour have anything to offer a native Minnesotan?
Yes! The majority of attendees live right here in the Twin Cities. Your tour guide hopes to introduce you to new restaurants and specialty food stores in your city as well as talk about local landmarks that you may not know as much about.
Does the tour leader accept gratuities?
Gratuities are greatly appreciated, although not mandatory. A suggested tip would be about $5-7 per participant.
What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?
Please be sure and let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) at the time of booking. As long as we know in advance, we can accommodate your needs.
Do we only walk around and sample food?
Absolutely not! This food tour combines architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight into a unique 3-hour experience. Imagine walking through the Twin Cities eating our local artisans' most delicious foods while learning the neighborhoods from real locals.
Can I shop during the tour?
We ask that you please wait to shop until after the tour so that the tour group can stay on the set food-tasting schedule. The tours are on a schedule to arrive at each tasting location so it's important to stay on schedule to ensure the food is freshly prepared for the participants. Please think about taking extra time at the end of the tour to stop back at your favorite spots that you discover along the tour!
May I bring my children on the tour?
The tour is about three hours long and some children have a limited attention span and therefore the tour may not be appropriate for some of them. Parents, who know their children best, should assess the situation individually. Since there is a lot of standing and walking, please consider this when deciding whether the tour is appropriate for your child.
If I am bringing an infant/very young child, do I need to purchase a ticket for them?
If you are bringing an infant/very young child and they will not be participating in the tastings, you do not need to purchase a ticket for them. However, please do let us know if you will be attending with an infant or young child at the time of booking in the "notes" section.
What should I bring on the tour?
Please consider bringing extra cash on the day of your tour for souvenirs, parking, public transportation, tour guide gratuity and/or drinks. Also, cameras and videotaping equipment is more than welcome on the tour, it's even encouraged!
Is the tour wheelchair and baby stroller accessible?
There is one step to navigate in order to enter the last tasting location. If you are able to navigate this step with assistance, then the rest of the route should be no problem at all.
Does the tour end at the same place we meet?
No, this food tour does not finish at the initial meeting point. However, all participants receive a map with return directions included at the beginning of the tour. After the tour is finished, you can walk, take a taxi or Metro Transit bus back to the starting location.
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"We enjoyed it very much. The tour was given as a gift to us and was something we probably wouldn't have thought to do on our own. We had a beautiful fall day which made it even better. I enjoyed tasting different foods and learning a little bit more about Minneapolis history along the way. "
"Enthusiastic, knowledgeable guide; fun tour. Highly recommend and will choose another venue!"
"The history part was very interesting. If you are one that is familiar with the Minneapolis food scene, the food good be better. Punch pizza should not be in the mix, especially when it is right by Nye's Polonaise. It is a bit odd that it doesn't circle back to where your car is, but it wasn't too long of a walk."