Latin Spice East LA Walking Tour

Latin Spice East LA Walking Tour

Travel off the beaten path to the Latin-American core of Los Angeles to explore the heart of East LA and Boyle Heights, where the most sought-after tortillerias, birrierias and tamale kitchens in the city are found!

Beginning near downtown Los Angeles, you will enjoy featured tastes that are foods perhaps typically expected - yet are extraordinarily prepared. They come from time-honored family recipes which, when combined with the warmth and hospitality of the restaurateurs, yield a truly unforgettable culinary experience.

Be inspired by stories of courage and fortitude from the owners and merchants encountered along the way and discover the ease and convenience of riding between tour stops in the safe comfort of Metro Gold Line trains (fare included).

The tour concludes back at its original starting point. The food samples served are filling enough so that - for most people - lunch afterward is not necessary. Salud!

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Tour/Activity Details


3.5 hours


9:00 am on Saturday
(See Special Schedule Details)

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. Tour does not include hotel pick-up. The meeting location at the Indiana Metrorail Station 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 the Saturdays nearest New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving and Christmas - and on July 4 when it falls on a Saturday.

Food tastings and highlights include:

  • Visit LA's first tortilla factory
  • Taste time-honored family recipes
  • Visit a nationally-renowned tamale restaurant
  • Visit LA's first birrieria
  • Hear stories of courageous spirit, community, and family loyalty from local merchants
  • Visit a health-conscious pupuseria
  • Visit a contemporary Latina café

The tour concludes back at its original starting point. The food samples along the way are filling enough so that, for most people, lunch or dinner afterward is not necessary. It is recommended you bring your own bottle of water, especially if it is a warm day. The delicious specialties you will taste, both savory and sweet, are sure to satisfy!

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 types of food are served on the tour? -- You will taste foods from Latin eateries exclusively, many of which are prepared from traditional recipes that include animal product ingredients. Fresh salsas, tamales, roasted meats, fresh tortillas, Mexican chocolate, and pupusas are the signatures of this neighborhood, and those which are sampled on this tour.

Are there any beverages served on the tour? -- It is recommended that you bring a bottle of water or non-alcoholic beverage of your own, as your guides do not provide bottled water. Especially in warm weather, you should keep yourself hydrated. Coffee or tea is served at your first stop, and three subsequent tastings include a traditional beverage. Water is served at several stops as well. Food and beverages are not allowed on Metro trains or platforms, and your are asked to kindly respect this rule.

Is there any alcohol served on the tour? -- There are no wine tastings or other alcoholic beverages served on this tour. Guests may return to visit certain merchants after the tour, to leisurely enjoy an alcoholic beverage.

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.) when you checkout. Please advise when checking out if you have dietary restrictions and please be as specific as possible. This tour has limited options for substitutions. With advance notice, your guides can easily accommodate those with nut allergies, dairy and gluten sensitivities, and pork restrictions by providing alternate tastings. However, your guides can only somewhat accommodate vegetarian and vegan restrictions by providing alternate tastings on 4 of the 6 stops. Please be advised that vegetarian and vegan accommodations cannot be made on 2 of the stops. Because of the culture and tradition behind the recipes, animal fats and products are dominant in the foods. Please be sure to provide advance notice, and to be as specific as possible, if anyone in your group has a dietary restriction. Kindly be advised that your guides are not able to make last-minute adjustments upon your arrival for the tour, and you will have to skip some tastings.

Are there vegetarian options on the tour? -- Yes, your tour guides are able to provide alternate tastings on at least 4 of the stops. However, there absolutely must be advance notice provided. You will have the opportunity to note any special dietary restrictions for your party (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, etc.) when you checkout, and please be as specific as possible. Most tastings will include animal and/or dairy products due to the nature of the traditional cuisine. Please be advised that vegetarian and vegan options are not possible on 2 of the 6 stops. Those with allergies/aversions to meat, chilies, corn, tomato, and lard, may still enjoy the tour but please be aware that substitutions can only be made on a limited number of the stops for those with these restrictions.

Can I shop on the tour? -- A limited amount of time is allowed for shopping at several stops. Some wonderful souvenir items, Latin groceries, and prepared foods are available for great prices, and guests are encouraged to shop. You are welcome to bring your own lightweight canvas or insulated bag for carrying purchases.

How much food is served on the tour? -- There are 8 stops for food tastings and servings are fairly substantial. For most people, the tastings provide enough food so that lunch afterward is not necessary.

Is it safe to ride LA's public transportation system? -- Absolutely. You will be safely and confidently led by a guide who is well-versed on riding our local trains and how to navigate around the train stations. It is strongly recommended that you stay with the guide at all times. Your guides are confident that you will very much enjoy this special journey, especially if it's your first time riding the Metro trains!

Do I buy my own train ticket before the tour starts? -- No, your ticket for the tour includes your train transportation.

Can I use my own monthly MTA pass for the tour? -- Yes. There is a slight discount for those with their own pass, which must be presented at the beginning of the tour. Please note in the Customer Comments section when booking your reservation if you have a monthly MTA pass.

It seems like a long tour. Do people get bored? -- Your guides do their best to keep all guests thoroughly entertained for the duration of the tour, and most feel that the time goes by very quickly. This amount of time is necessary to transport guests between tasting stops via the train, so your group may be subjected to the train schedules and even potential minor delays on occasion. An important part of the tour is the train experience, so travel time must be included for the distance we cover. Rather than boredom, most guests are stimulated by an exciting sense of adventure!

Are there restrooms on the tour? -- Yes - at most tour stops a restroom is available. There are no restrooms at the Metro Stations. Be gently and firmly advised that there is no restroom available immediately before the tour begins. Your first stop with a restroom is visited about 20 minutes after the tour begins.

Is the tour wheelchair and/or stroller accessible? -- The Metro Gold Line trains are wheelchair and stroller accessible, as are all of the stations (elevators), and all tour stops. Please advise in the Customer Comments section when booking your reservations if you or a member of your party are in a wheelchair or have any mobility issues, and your guide will do everything possible to ensure you remain with the group at all times.

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 are unfamiliar with what is unique and special about it and you may have never explored these off-the-beaten-track tour stops! Trying something new and different keeps LA local spirit alive and locals will find a food tasting tour to be a fun and novel alternative to the usual leisurely lunch, a great way to spend time with a group of friends, or even celebrate a special occasion. It's also entirely possible that one just might find a few new favorite dining or shopping haunts along the way. Finally, if you haven't experienced riding the Metro Gold Line, then you are in for a treat!

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 one mile, between tour stops and within Metro stations. Most of the walking is on flat, easy terrain, with escalators/elevators in the metro stations. Walking is mostly at a leisurely pace, but please do be advised that it is necessary to arrive at train stations on time so that the tour maintains its schedule for everyone's benefit. This tour would like to welcome everyone possible for this adventure!

Do we just walk around and sample food? -- Not at all! Aside from sampling delicious food from a variety of eateries along the way, you will also get an insider's look at what life is like in this particular neighborhood of Los Angeles. The tour is fully narrated by your guide who will offer you colorful insight about the neighborhood, from its history to architecture to surprising local legends and more. The tour guide will also point out and discuss additional, noteworthy restaurants and other interesting places in the neighborhood which guests 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 or use a parasol and sunscreen, as depending on the time of year, some of the walking you will do will be in bright sunshine. You will be on your feet for a significant portion of the tour walking between tour stops and within Metro stations, so please wear comfortable walking shoes.

May I bring my dog on the tour? -- Animals are typically not allowed in food establishments in California, so the tour can't allow them either. Metro stations and trains do not allow pets except for service animals as well. 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, there is pay parking located near the meeting point. Specific parking details and meeting location directions will be provided on your E-Ticket after purchasing your reservations.

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

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. Tour does not include hotel pick-up. The meeting location at the Indiana Metrorail Station 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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March 24, 2018

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09:00 AM