Little Ethiopia Food Tour
March - January: Saturdays at 10:30 AM.
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- Enjoy 4 tastings which may include: a traditional Ethiopian breakfast, the Ethiopian national dish, Italian influenced desserts, and more
- Experience the intricate flavors, textures and colors in Ethiopian cuisine, while recounting the history of the Ethiopian people.
On this food tour, you will walk through historic U Street east through the Shaw neighborhood to visit the heart of the worlds largest Ethiopian community outside of Ethiopia. This 200,000 person community has over 45 Ethiopian restaurants throughout the DC area, more than any Ethiopian community in the United States.
You'll sample foods from a variety of restaurants, some carryout, some sit-down, but all important to the Ethiopian community at large.
Experience the sophisticated flavors, textures, and colors in Ethiopian cuisine, while learning about the history of the Ethiopian people. The tour will highlight Ethiopian cuisine by stopping at a variety of restaurants, each boasting a different specialty.
Tastings on this tour may include (and are subject to change):
- Traditional Ethiopian breakfast
- Deep fried appetizers
- Vegetarian and meat dishes
- Handmade sauces and cottage cheese
- The Ethiopian national dish
- Several homemade Ethiopian breads
- Italian influenced desserts
- Coffee ceremony
You will be walking for about half of this 3.5 hour tour. All tastings are included in the price. Please notify us of any food concerns prior to the tour so accommodations can be made. You will make 4 stops for tastings that will happily fill most stomachs.
Gratuity for your tour guide is not included and is appreciated if you enjoy your experience. Recommended guide gratuity is between $7-$10 per person.
up to 12 people per tour
This experience is only for those on the tour.
This experience is not weather dependent. In the event of inclement weather, you will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. You will not be outdoors for the entire tour. You should still dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions.
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothes appropriate for the weather. You will be walking for 3.5 hours, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14 days in advance of intended date of use.
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 types of foods are served on the tour?
The types of food served on this tour include various styles of Ethiopian cuisine from different regions. The tastings may include a traditional Ethiopian breakfast, deep fried appetizers, vegetarian and meat dishes, handmade sauces and cottage cheese, the Ethiopian national dish, several homemade Ethiopian breads, Italian influenced desserts, and a coffee ceremony. Food-tasting locations may change without notice.
How much food is served on the tour?
There are 4 stops on the tour where you will be served small specialty meals and participate in a coffee ceremony. For most people there is enough food that dinner afterward will not be necessary.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please let us know if anyone in your group has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, etc.) when you book your experience. As long as we know well enough in advance, we can often accommodate your needs.
What about taking children on the tour?
Children are welcome on the tour. It should be noted, however, that the tour is 3.5 hours long. 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 on a case by case basis. 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 children below the age of 7 and they will not be participating in the tastings (or will share with you!), you do not need to purchase tickets for them. However, please do let us know if you will be attending with an infant or young child at the time of booking.
Is there wheelchair access on the tour?
This tour will cover some uneven terrain. If you or another guest with you needs wheelchair access, please let us know at the time of booking and the experience provider will work to accommodate you.
Do we just walk around and sample food?
The Food Tours provide history, architecture, culture, and local cuisine. You'll enjoy food at a number of restaurants throughout each Food Tour in the form of either specially plated dishes, or family style meals, depending on the type of food at each restaurant.
Are bathrooms available during the tour?
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at all restaurants. The tour will stop at each restaurant for 20-25 minutes, which includes time to use the bathrooms.
How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
You will be on your feet for approximately half of the tour. The tour covers a good deal of information yet walk at a comfortable pace. You'll sit at most restaurants for 20-25 minutes. Remember to wear comfortable shoes.
Does the tour leader accept gratuities?
Gratuities are always appreciated, although not mandatory.
What happens if it rains or snows?
The tours are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the tour will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. You will not be outdoors for the entire tour. You should still dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions.
Are cameras allowed on the tour?
Yes. Cameras and filming are allowed during the tour. It is strongly encouraged that participants take photos throughout the tour.
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