Farmers Market Food and History Tour in Los Angeles

Farmers Market Food and History Tour in Los Angeles

As you wind your way through the original Los Angeles Farmers Market, which includes generous tastings, you will also gain an insider's perspective as you learn the history of its diverse long-time merchants and tastemakers. Tastes range from L.A.'s highest rated doughnuts to one of it's first pizzerias. Other notable foods include authentic Brazilian barbecue, Spanish gazpacho, Cajun jambalaya and more.

This entertaining, informative and delicious food tour is perfect for individuals and groups who desire a guided culinary experience at L.A.'s first and foremost foodie destination!

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Tour/Activity Details


2.5 hours


9:30 am - Friday & Saturday (all year)
Also at 9:30 am on Thursday (April through December)
See Special Schedule Details

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. Tour does not include hotel pick-up; the meeting place at the Farmers Market will be specified on your E-Ticket. Please order online or call to order or for more information.


Special Schedule Details

This tour will not operate on January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, December 24 or December 25 when they fall on normally scheduled tour days.

Tour Includes:

  • 9 generous tastings
  • 1/8 mile walk

Parking costs are not included.

Rave Reviews:

"Not just for tourists, but for Angelenos looking to learn more about the splendid flavors of the city they love." - Los Angeles Times

"You'll learn wonderful tidbits about our local architecture and culture while you sample international culinary deliciousness along the way." - Pasadena Magazine

"In addition to the tasting tour, the history of the area is explored from the very beginnings." - LAist

"We ate our way through the market, learning about the food, the area and LA." - Trip Advisor

"A perfect way to occupy out-of-town guests who might have tired of the usual tourist traps." - Arroyo Monthly Magazine

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance? Can I pay cash? -- Tickets must be purchased in advance to guarantee your spots. To maximize your chance of getting the tour, you must book in advance. Cash is not accepted.

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 5 and they will not be eating the dishes, they are free. However, you will still need to add the "child - free" tickets to your cart, so that your guide will know if you will be attending with an infant or young child.

What if I have dietary restrictions? -- You will have the opportunity to note any special dietary restrictions for your party (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, etc.) during the ordering process. As long as your guide knows well enough in advance, your needs can often be accommodated. If your guide does not find out about your special needs until the day of the tour, it is usually not possible to appropriately adjust the food on the tour, and you may have to skip some tastings.

Can I shop on the tour? -- There will be so much to cover during the course of the tour that you are kindly asked to wait to shop until after the tour, so that your group can stay on schedule and continue with the tour in a timely manner. Hopefully, you will allow time at the end of the tour to return to your favorite locations and/or stores.

How much food is served on the tour? -- There are 9 stops for food tastings on the tour. Some of the tastes are bite size, and others are more ample. For most people, there is enough food that lunch afterwards is not necessary.

What types of food are served on the tour? -- Tastes are both savory and sweet from a variety of establishments including ethnic eateries (Japanese/French/Brazilian/Indian), a European grocery store, a New York style deli/bakery, a doughnut shop and a handmade candy shop.

Are there any beverages served on the tour? -- You can enjoy coffee at your first tasting, and water is served at some of the locations you will visit. You are advised to bring along your own bottle of water, especially if it is a warm day. There are also places to purchase water and drinking fountains along the tour route.

Is there any alcohol served on the tour? -- There are no wine tastings or other alcoholic beverages served on this tour. Beer and wine is served at locations in the Farmers Market for purchase on your own if you so desire (not included in the tour price).

Are there restrooms on the tour? -- Yes - several of the establishments including the Farmers Market have restrooms which you can use.

Is the tour wheelchair and/or stroller accessible? -- All of the establishments you will visit are wheelchair and stroller accessible. The bus you will take to return to the Farmers Market at the end of the tour is also handicap accessible.

Should I give the guide a tip? -- Tipping your tour guides is customary in the industry, especially if you had a great time and wish to recognize the guide for a job well done. A 15% tip per guest is recommended and always appreciated. Guides do carry change.

Why would an L.A. local take this tour? -- Chances are good that you may not be familiar with what's new and different, as change is an ongoing phenomenon in Los Angeles. We think locals will find a food tasting tour to be a fun and novel alternative to the usual leisurely lunch, and locals just might find a few new favorite haunts along the way.

Are tours offered only in English? -- Yes. At this time the tour is only offered in English. If you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the tour, please make a notation in the Customer Comments section when checking out.

How far will we walk? Is it a fast-paced tour? -- You will walk approximately 1 mile on flat ground (no hills or inclines) from the Farmers Market (after touring the Market) to the Beverly Center, so you are strongly encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes. You will walk at a comfortable slow pace with frequent stops most of the way except for a 4-5 block stretch immediately after leaving Farmers Market where there are minimal short stops. You have the option of taking a public bus, on which your guide will escort you, back to the starting point at the end of the tour (bus fare included in the price of the tour).

Do we just walk around and sample food? -- Not at all! Aside from sampling delicious food from a variety of food establishments along the way, you will also get an insider's look at what life in this particular neighborhood of Los Angeles is like. The tour is fully narrated by your guide who will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the neighborhood from its history to its residential character to its celebrity haunts and more. The tour guide will also point out and discuss noteworthy restaurants, bars, clubs and theaters in the neighborhood which participants may choose to explore on their own at a later time.

How should I dress? -- Casual and comfortable is key. If you are sun sensitive, wear a hat and sunscreen, as 3rd Street is mostly unshaded. The Farmers Market portion of the tour, however, is completely under cover. You will be on your feet the majority of the 3.5 hours during the tour, so please wear comfortable walking shoes. Also keep in mind the tour is about one mile in length.

May I bring my dog on the tour? -- Animals are typically not allowed in food establishments in California, nor are they allowed in the Farmers Market, so we can't allow them either. Sorry!

What happens if it rains or snows? -- The tours are held rain or shine. 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.

Is there parking nearby the tour meeting point? -- Yes. Specific parking details and meeting location directions will be provided on your E-Ticket after purchasing your reservations.

This tour will not operate on July 4, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and the day after Christmas Day.

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. Tour does not include hotel pick-up; the meeting place at the Farmers Market will be specified on your E-Ticket. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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Event Date:

March 22, 2018

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09:30 AM