New Orleans Food and History Tour

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New Orleans Food and History Tour
from £65.79
This New Orleans food tour has every culinary taste covered. With a history-savvy guide leading the way, you’ll walk from classic Creole restaurants and neighborhood sandwich shops to hot sauce bars and artisanal candy stores. Visit up to six locations to sample diverse foods representing the breadth of Louisiana’s culinary heritage, including dishes like seafood gumbo, Creole brisket, po-boys and pralines. Learn about the historical origins of each cuisine and, when possible, hear the chefs discuss their influences. Enjoy plenty of food on this afternoon tour.

Please note: all venues are subject to change based on availability. This tour features a set menu and does not have a gluten-free, pork-free or vegetarian option. However, please notify us of any food allergies (not aversions) during check-out.
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In Brief

New Orleans, United States
United States
3 hours
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Stop At: SoBou Restaurant, 310 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Meet your guide in the French Quarter in the afternoon and begin your food tour of New Orleans at SoBou, one of two restaurants owned by the award-winning Commander’s Palace family. Sit down and relax as you are treated to three street food-inspired dishes that showcase modern New Orleans cuisine: fried pork skins, boudin balls with Creole mustard, and a seasonal Beignet.

Listen to a narrative history of Louisiana cuisine, starting with the culinary contributions of local American Indian tribes and leading to the arrival of the Europeans and West Africans who created its Creole flavors. You’ll hear about the unique geography of southern Louisiana, as well as the linguistic origins of dozens of local dishes, from beignets and étouffée to gumbo and jambalaya.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Pepper Palace, 224 Chartres St 1 French Market Place, New Orleans, LA 70130-2290

If you’d like, purchase a drink at the full bar before moving on to a stop at the Pepper Palace Hot Sauce Bar, where you can sample dozens of different hot sauces, BBQ sauces, dry rubs, seasonings and more while learning about the spicy, Cajun-style cuisine of rural Louisiana.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Leah's Pralines, 714 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Third stop is Leah’s Pralines, a candy shop established in 1933. After learning its history, taste a Creole praline and sample the bacon pecan brittle.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Take in the sites and sounds of festive Royal Street as we move on to our next stop.

Pass By: Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Pass briefly along New Orleans' most famous street on our way to NOLA Poboys.

Stop At: NOLA Poboys, 908 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

Next, bite into two New Orleans inventions: the muffuletta and the po-boy. Both are served at the funky dive NOLA Po-boys, a local joint with an immense menu. Discuss the 19th and 20th century history of the New Orleans' immigrants as you sample the fried catfish poboy on freshly baked New Orleans–style French bread before moving on to the slightly warmed muffuletta: an Italian-style sandwich of ham, salami, mortadella, provolone cheese, mozzarella cheese and New Orleans-style olive salad.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Tujague's, 823 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

The next stop is Tujague’s, the second-oldest restaurant in New Orleans, serving up classic Creole cuisine since 1856. Discover the culinary contributions of the butchers of the French Market while you dig into one delicious dish: the Bavarian-style slow-cooked beef brisket.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Jackson Square, 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116-3234

Your final stop is either Dickie Brennan's Tableau where you will enjoy a savory Seafood Gumbo, or the Creole Cookery for a Chicken & Andouille Sausage Gumbo. Both venues are locally owned and operated, and are great examples of classic Creole restaurants.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: French Quarter, New Orleans, LA

The walking tour covers about one and a half miles (2.4 km) throughout the French Quarter, at a leisurely pace.

Duration: 3 hours


  • Lunch
  • Gratuities for servers at establishments
  • Entry/Admission - Pepper Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Leah's Pralines
  • Entry/Admission - NOLA Poboys
  • Entry/Admission - Tujague's


  • Beverages other than water
  • Gratuity for guide (optional)
  • This tour features a set menu and does not have a gluten-free, pork-free or vegetarian option
  • Please notify us of any food allergies (not aversions) during check-out

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Departure Point

SoBou Restaurant, 310 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Returns To

New Orleans Creole Cookery, 508 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • This tour features a set menu. We do not offer a gluten-free, pork-free or vegetarian option.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • There is no charge for infants in strollers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • All venues subject to change based on availability
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

A fun way to learn about the history of New Orleans. Good choice of food samples that demonstrate the variety of cuisine found there. Our guide, Ben, was a wealth of info and just plain fun! You won’t be disappointed.
• Submitted 20 Jan 2020
Thoroughly enjoyed the New Orleans Food and History Tour. The three hours flew by. Our guide, Mark, was entertaining and informative. He engaged with all of the participants and answered all of our questions. He was a wealth of knowledge for recommendations of restaurants and activities. The various food stops offered us a true flavor of NOLA! Highly recommend this tour!
• Submitted 20 Jan 2020
We met at Sohu restaurant and were assigned to a small group. We all grabbed a drink for the walk around the city. We visited several venues including bars, restaurants, and shops. Each gave us a sample of their specialties and allowed us to buy items. The tour gave us a wide view and history of the food that now exists in New Orleans. The guide was extremely informative and excited about her subject. I would highly recommend this tour and would schedule the tour at the beginning of your trip to map out the restaurants to enjoy!
• Submitted 07 Jan 2020
The 3 of us LOVED this tour despite having to walk in the pouring rain. Great food sampling's. fantastic guide. May want to consider adding 30 min to the tour because we wanted to look around a little more in some stops. Last stop had good gumbo but the staff was actually rude despite the restaurant being almost empty! Highly recommend!
• Submitted 06 Jan 2020
Don't miss this tour if you find yourself in New Orleans. Really knowledgeable and fun tour guide. We would highly recommend.
• Submitted 23 Dec 2019
The guide was great, very informative. The food was great, nice variety from good restaurants. Highly recommended!
• Submitted 09 Dec 2019
One of the best food tours we have taken and we have taken many of these throughout the world. Our guide whose name I believe was Ben, was excellent. With a great grasp of the local culture and a flair for story telling (of course the guy majored in Communications), he made the whole experience fun and enjoyable.
• Submitted 18 Nov 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Michael. He was a knowledgeable and entertaining guide who kept the tour running smoothly. We left the tour full and happy.
• Submitted 12 Nov 2019
Definitely worth it! Lindsey was one of the best guides we've ever had on a tour like this. Good amount of history and background without being a dry history lesson. She knows the area and the food. The food and restaurants on the tour are well worth it.
• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
The first bit was a little rocky as the samples were small (spicy sauce and some pralines), but then we got on to the real stuff. I liked the mix of hole-in-the-wall and elegant stops, and the food was always authentic. Mark did a great job discussing the history of each food in a well rounded way. Be warned though- every member of the group felt like they needed a nap after all the food and walking!
• Submitted 31 Oct 2019
There are a lot of food tours in New Orleans, but I do believe this one is the absolute best! We visited 6 locations and sampled 10 foods. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the city as well as the restaurants and origin of the foods we tried. He was very personable and entertaining and a true professional. We started the tour at 1pm and by the end of the tour and all of our tastings, we knew we did not need to make dinner plans! You will really enjoy the afternoon on this tour and will enjoy most (perhaps all!) of the food!
• Submitted 30 Oct 2019
My husband and I loved this tour! Make sure you show up hungry, because they give you a ton of food to try. Ben, our guide, was awesome! He was a perfect mix of history, hospitality, and humor. I would 100% recommend this tour to others.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2019
Mark our guide was such a historian on the city and cuisine. He made the tour much more than expected. I enjoyed the food and history behind the entrees. After this tour a lite dinner is recommended.
• Submitted 10 Oct 2019
We LOVED this tour. We went as part of our mini-moon, and this was not our first visit to New Orleans. We are so glad we did this tour and we have recommended it to many of our friends and family. Our tour guide, Lindsay, was incredibly knowledgeable about New Orleans and the food. We learned so much from her, and we tasted so many delicious types of food. Highly, highly recommend! Also, we hope you get Lindsay as your tour guide- she's the best!
• Submitted 09 Oct 2019
Kudos to Dr. Gumbo for not dumbing down the tour and providing solid historical, culinary and local customs facts, factoids and antidotes to this tour. Too often guides go for the yucks and quick laughs and don't take the message seriously. There are blatant commercial efforts to buy a drink or a discussed goodie, but no pressure. I even spent a few extra bucks - it's vacation in a great place with a well spend couple of hours. From Po Boys to Boudin with foie gras dipping sauce it was an experience!
• Submitted 23 Sep 2019
This was a great tour. Our tour guide, Michael, was very entertaining and knowledgeable. Food was really good and even returned to one place for dinner that night.
• Submitted 17 Sep 2019
Magic Mike was our guide, and he was fantastic. Very interesting history mixed with the right amount of humor, and the food samplings were fantastic.
• Submitted 20 Aug 2019
I was the only person on my tour so I was glad that they didn’t cancel it. My guide, Ben, told me that they don’t cancel yours even if it is just one person. That was nice. The tour was super fun. Ben was a great guide and seemed to know everyone. He was very knowledgeable about the food and history and was a fun guy to hang out with for the afternoon.
• Submitted 01 Aug 2019
This was a great tour and Lindsey was a wonderful guide. I learned a lot of history and ate some amazing food.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Michael was a great tour guide and the food was awesome. Very knowledgeable and would highly recommend the tour.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Our tour guide Lindsey was so knowledgable and fun. The stories and history are very interesting and informative. The food was delicious! Very worth every penny.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Lindsey our tour guide was exceptional!!!! Very knowledgeable, funny, and a great food along the way. Highly recommend.A++++.
• Submitted 01 May 2019
Excellent tour. We walked around the Quarter and sampled food at maybe 7 places. Crawfish beignet, crackle, brisket, pralines, gumbo, po-boy, muffuletta, and hot sauces. We were too full for dinner! Not super good for physically challenged due to poor quality of sidewalks. Lots of historical tidbits to go with the food.
• Submitted 12 Apr 2019
Dr. Gumbo (Dylan) did an amazing job sharing with us not only the history of New Orleans but also the origins of some of NOLA’s iconic foods. His humor, background knowledge, and personality really made our tour enjoyable, and we will book another tour with him on our next visit to New Orleans. Thank you for a great experience!
• Submitted 01 Apr 2019

In Brief

New Orleans, United States
United States
3 hours

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