The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and the way to get to know the real Miami is through its local cuisine. Miami food tours are one of the best ways to experience the city’s culinary forces. These private neighborhood walking tours treat you and your friends like VIPs, take you to the best restaurants in town, and introduce you to the city’s various cultures from the ground level. Great for history buffs and foodies of all ages, these three Miami food tours are the ones you’ll want to book the next time you’re in town.
South Beach Cultural Food and Walking Tour
When you think of South Beach, you might think of glitz, glam, and five-star restaurants. But, there is actually a diverse, international food scene in the area, and the South Beach Cultural Food and Walking Tour takes you to those gems hiding right under your nose. Not only will you visit six global restaurants on the tour, eating foods from Colombia, Argentina, Cuba, Italy, and Peru, but your tour guide will take you through the Art Deco architectural district of the city, explaining the cultural and artist forces that have shaped the area. While you eat snacks like plantain chips and drink Cuban-style espresso, your guide weaves in information about the dishes’ ingredients, preparations, and histories, giving you the complete picture of how and why the Miami food scene got to be so special.
SoBe Cocktail Tour
Food isn’t the only thing worth exploring in South Beach. Gather up your girlfriends for the SoBe Cocktail Tour, which visits four cocktail bars for four craft cocktails and gourmet appetizers. Great for bachelorette parties, this tour only requires a leisurely half-mile walk along the beach and gives you a hefty dose of celebrity gossip along with your fancy drinks. Your guide takes you everywhere from rooftop bars to hole-in-the-wall dives, and points out the places you really want to see: movie locations, famous haunts, and celeb homes. Savor light and refreshing selections that feature ingredients like mango, passion fruit, and sugarcane juice—then compare these with the gloriously delicious Cuban beer cocktail, the refajo. Listen up as your guide explains how to make the drinks, so you can replicate your favorites at home.
Little Havana Food Tour
When you’re ready to venture a little deeper into Miami beyond Collins Avenue, sign up for the Little Havana Food Tour. Little Havana is the vibrant, Cuban part of the city and it flies its heritage high. In between sampling traditional Cuban foods, drink in the scenery—monuments to Cuban heroes, colorful artwork, and men playing dominoes and rolling cigars. Be sure to show up with an empty stomach for this two-and-a-half hour tour. Your guide fills you in on the area’s history and culture as you pop into five family-owned eateries along the way. These rustic dishes have been prepared the same way for generations, and even though the demand for them is high, you get the best seats in the house, and your food is served within minutes. Along the way, you devour delicacies like sugarcane juice and picadillo-stuffed empanadas, which are filled with a spicy ground beef and tomato hash. After one of these tours, your view of Miami (and your tastebuds) will never be the same.