Culinary tours allow you to try a variety of dishes
By: Jennifer Agress
Embark on a culinary adventure in Miami.
Over the past decade, Miami’s dining scene has boomed. What was once not more than chain restaurants, Cuban food and overpriced Ocean Drive spots masquerading as street-side cafes, has since blossomed into a global food scene inspired the chefs and cultures that have settled in Miami’s diverse neighborhoods. With everything from casual eateries to five-star restaurants, all inspired by different countries, today, the dining scene alone is worth a trip to South Florida. Knowing this, culinary tour operators are popping up all over the city, including the ones listed below.
Food Tours of Miami
First started by Stephen Rosenthal in 2011, Food Tours of Miami hosts local walking tours for food- and drink-loving visitors and residents in the Magic City. With both food tours and pub crawls on Saturdays and Sundays, attendees get an appetizer and a drink from four or five different restaurants, ranging from American, Cuban and French cuisine, to Italian, Mediterranean, Haitian and more. Pairing its food with Miami’s vibrant history, Food Tours of Miami takes visitors on a 1.5-mile stroll, appropriate for all ages and abilities, through the heart of South Beach.
Miami Food Tours
First founded in 2009, Miami Food Tours was created with the goal of turning Miami’s visitors into locals, taking them on group culinary tours designed to give them a “taste” of Miami’s rich history and culture. On these tours, you’ll get to skip the tourist traps and find off-the-beaten-path restaurants and cafes that only the real locals know about. In addition to its popular group tours, Miami Food Tours offers private experiences and gift certificates that can be used at a later date.
The most popular of this operator’s offerings is definitely the SoBe Tour des Forks, an architectural, historic and cultural walking tour. As you wind your way through Art Deco Miami, you’ll get a taste of the real South Beach, stopping at five local spots for different dishes, from Miami Nouvelle cuisine to Kosher ice cream. This tour takes place at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily, and costs $58 per adult and $35 per child. Only 12 guests are permitted per tour, which departs from an undisclosed location on Lincoln Road.
Similar to SoBe Tour des Forks, Wynwood Tour des Forks fuses Wynwood’s unique art and artist scene with its mouthwatering cuisine. It takes place Mondays through Saturdays, at 10:30 a.m. daily, and costs $75 per adult, $55 per adolescent and $28 per child. The newest tour, Swooped with Forks, focuses on individual neighborhoods, taking patrons to some of the hippest spots in Wynwood, the Design District, Buena Vista and beyond. It leaves at 11 a.m. daily, and costs $129 per adult and $99 per adolescent, with transportation provided by an electric golf cart.
Miami Culinary Tours
As a food tour company goes, Miami Culinary Tours is definitely the most popular. It offers four tours: the South Beach Food Tour, Little Haiti Food Tour, Little Havana Food Tour and the Wynwood Food & Art Tour. All tours promise to give locals and visitors alike a completely local and informative experience, aiming to let attendees immerse themselves in Miami’s local culture — one where they can feel and eat like a native. All tours blend history, architecture and culture, offering a tour that is both affordable and a behind-the-scenes look at the best cuisine Miami has to offer.
The Little Haiti Food Tour, which gives visitors an inside look at Miami’s Caribbean district, takes place every day during lunch. Starting from a location of your choice, this three-hour tour makes five restaurant stops and costs $79 per person. The Wynwood Food & Art Tour costs $69 per adult and $29 per child. It departs twice daily, at Noon and 4:30 p.m., and revolves around Wynwood’s creative art and restaurant scene.
Finally, with Miami’s Cuban roots, the Little Havana food tour is not to be missed. It costs $59 per adult and $49 per child, takes place at 12:30 p.m. daily, gives attendees an up-close look at Calle Ocho, and promises some of the best Cuban bites in the Magic City. The South Beach Food Tour was voted the “#1 Food Tour in Miami” for the past seven years, and departs two times daily, every day of the week, at Noon and 5 p.m. It stops at five iconic South Beach restaurants, all within the same mile-long stretch, and costs $59 per adult and $49 per child.
Miami’s restaurant scene is booming, so hop on one of its many culinary tours to see what it’s all about.
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