Old Town Alexandria Food Tour

From: $65   

Location(s):

Alexandria, VA

Availability:

Year-Round:
Thursday through Sunday - 1:00 PM

This Old Town Alexandria Food Tour explores the culinary variety of locally owned and operated restaurants in the historic waterfront town.
  • Passionate tour providers have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Sunand The Boston Globe
  • Enjoy 4-5 food tastings which may include American gastropub dishes, local artisan beer, Virginia peanuts, Italian cuisine and more
  • Explore parts of this historic and architecturally unique town that has prospered for over 200 years!


More detailed description >

Description:

Spend an afternoon learning about the 250-year-old port city that was once home to George Washington and Robert E. Lee on this Old Town Alexandria Food Tour!

Located across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., Alexandria is noted for its architecture, noble mansions, historic sites and colonial streets. Take a journey through one of the nation's largest historic districts and learn about Old Town Alexandria's significance throughout the history of our country.

Sample specially made dishes at unique family owned restaurants, including a local dessert enjoyed for over 135 years - Alexandria's famous Jelly Cake!

Tastings may include (and are subject to change):

  • American gastropub dishes
  • Local artisan beer
  • Virginia peanuts
  • Italian cuisine in one of the city's oldest buildings
  • Fresh seafood from a restaurant featured on the Food Network
  • Old Town's famous indigenous dessert
  • Freshly brewed coffee or specialty teas
Experience the many sides of Old Town and see what makes this former port city so charming, unique and delicious!



Key Info >

Essential Information:

  • Approximately half of the 3.5-hour tour will include walking
  • All tastings are included in the price
  • Visit 3-5 restaurants for tastings that will happily fill most stomachs
  • Notify Cloud 9 Living of any food allergies or dietary restrictions at the time of booking

Duration:
3.5 hours

Maximum Participants:
Up to 12 people per tour

Spectators:
This experience is only for those on the tour.

Weather Dependent:
This experience is not weather dependent and will run rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, you will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. Please dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions.

What to Wear:
Please dress appropriately for expected weather conditions. You will be walking throughout the tour, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Booking Information:
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 21 days in advance.

Cancellation Policy:
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 received a booking confirmation, all bookings for this experience are final.

Experience ID:
LIF-WAS-0039



View FAQ's >

  1. What types of foods are served on the tour?
    There will be 4-5 tastings on the tour that may include (and are subject to change) American gastropub dishes, local artisan beer, Virginia peanuts, regional seafood, Italian cuisine, Indigenous dessert or freshly brewed coffee and tea. Everyone will also receive Alexandria's Famous Jelly Cake. Food-tasting locations may change without notice.
  2. How much food is served on the tour?
    There are 3-5 stops on the tour where you will be served small specialty meals. For most people there is enough food that dinner afterwards will not be necessary.
  3. What if I have dietary restrictions?
    Most food allergies and dietary restrictions can be accommodated on this tour. Please notify Cloud 9 Living at the time of booking of any special needs or requests.
  4. Are children allowed on the tour?
    Children are allowed on this tour. Please note, the tour lasts approximately 3.5 hours with a lot of both standing and walking.
  5. If I am bringing an infant/very young child, do I need to purchase a ticket for them?
    Children under the age of 7 that will not be participating in food tastings do not require a ticket. However, please notify Cloud 9 Living at the time of booking if you will be bringing an infant or young child along with you.
  6. Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
    This tour will cover some uneven terrain and may be difficult on a wheelchair. Please notify Cloud 9 Living at the time of booking if anyone if your party will need wheelchair access throughout the tour.
  7. Do we just walk around and sample food?
    This food tour provides history, architecture, culture and local cuisine. You will 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.
  8. Are restrooms available during the tour?
    Yes, restrooms are available during the tour at all restaurants. The tour will stop at each restaurant for 20-25 minutes including time to use the restrooms.
  9. How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
    You will be on your feet for approximately half of the tour walking at a comfortable pace. Seating will be available at most restaurants for approximately 20-25 minutes. Remember to wear comfortable shoes.
  10. Does the tour guide accept gratuities?
    Gratuity for your tour guide is not required, but is appreciated if your enjoy your experience.
  11. What happens if it rains or snows?
    This experience is not weather dependent and will run rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, you will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. Please dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions.
  12. Where does the tour finish?
    The tour finishes within three blocks of the starting point. Participants will receive specific direction details and a map at the beginning of the tour in order to gain familiarity with the area.

Customer Reviews:

  • Old Town Alexandria Food Tour

  • November 03, 2016

  • 5

  • Washington DC

"Very knowledgeable guide. The Norwegian salmon was out of this world! The final stop (for dessert) was a bit commercial, but the others were wonderful. "

  • Old Town Alexandria Food Tour

  • August 09, 2016

  • 5

  • Washington DC

" We enjoyed all the restaurants that we stopped at to eat. The staff at the restaurants were friendly, and we were seated quickly. Portion sizes of the food that we ate were good. We finished the tour satisfied."

  • Old Town Alexandria Food Tour

  • July 18, 2016

  • 5

  • Washington DC

"Our history and tasting tour of Old Town Alexandria was fantastic, and we would recommend the experience to anyone --- especially those who might question whether or not this type of adventure is right for them. It was an interesting, fun, and delicious afternoon in a beautiful city with something for everyone. Our tour guide, Gerson, was very knowledgeable about Alexandria and outlying areas. He provided a well-paced, seamless experience, interesting historical information with photos and handouts, and a few funny factoids only a local would know. We visited four tasty eateries, and we were so stuffed --- we were happy to have such a fantastic city to walk it off. Many thanks to Gerson who answered all our questions and gave us great ideas to try with the time we had left in the city. We look forward to future Cloud 9 Living experiences."