14 of the Best Food Tours in Europe
One of the best parts about travelling to a new country is getting to experience the food! But sometimes, trying to find the best restaurants or the most unique or traditional foods can be a challenge. One way to make sure you’re experiencing some amazing food is to take a food tour. These tours specialize in making sure that you get to try authentic and delicious foods from the region. We’ve rounded up some of the best food tours in Europe. So the next time you’re planning to visit one of these countries, check out your food touring options!
Food Tours Armenia offers a wide range of unique and interesting food tours. Whether you’re taking a masterclass on how to cook Khorovats (Armenian Barbecue), tasting food from local farms on an eco-food tour while also learning to prepare the food yourself, or cooking together in a local village and using a traditional underground clay oven, there’s an adventure for everyone!
Take a cooking class in Ghent, Belgium in Suzy’s home. This unique food experience allows you access into the home of a local. Feel like you’re with old friends as you help out in the kitchen and explore the garden. Then sit down to the communally prepared meal and experience some local, traditional Belgian food.
This European food tour is quite a different adventure. Go on a hunt with locals for the ever famous Istrian truffles. Join the Croatian Karlic family and their trained truffle-hunting dogs as you go on a hike in search of this delicacy. The truffle you find is the truffle you will be using in your lunch. Perhaps you’ll get lucky and find one of the rarer white truffles if you visit in September or October!
Biking around the city of Copenhagen is a popular method of transportation for the locals. So it only makes sense that you would hop atop a bicycle to explore during this 14-kilometre food tour. This tour takes you off the beaten path and takes you to local hotspots that aren’t on the typical tourist radar. To keep the touristy feeling to a minimum, no tour group is over 8 people. The hosts want you to feel as if you’re really experiencing the city.
This exclusive food tour takes you on a cruise down the famous Seine River in Paris. Enjoy sailing by famous French landmarks such as the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower as you enjoy a gourmet 3-course meal. Choose from lunch, early evening, or a nighttime cruise in this glass-enclosed boat that keeps you warm and dry while allowing you a panoramic view of the waterfront.
This creative experience brought to you by a couple, bring you into their traditional cave house for an intimate learning experience. History will be shared as you and your group learn about and cook your meal for the evening. Enjoy your creation out on the terrace and leave with a special menu that contains the recipes for everything you cooked. Bring it home and cook up a Greek feast for your friends and family!
With a name like Hungary, this country is bound to have some amazing food! This tour takes you to all levels of Budapest’s Market Hall where you will explore booths and listen to the locals. Share in stories about Hungarian culture and history as you see first hand the traditions that are still alive today. Enjoy various tastings of different market stalls and come away with a new appreciation for the Hungarian culture.
Exploring a city at night feels like magic. It’s like you’re stumbling across a secret that all the tourists who jam-packed their days are missing as they sleep. Sample cheese, meats, and wine as you pedal through the city of Rome and see it in a new light, or rather, dark. Slip through the neighbourhoods and see the sites all lit up: the Colusseum, the Forum, the Trevi fountain. Enjoy this different view of Rome, all the while learning about the history and food.
Lithuanian food has a very unique blend of cultural influences: Jewish, Polish, Italian, and Russian foods have all influenced the Lithuanian culinary path. This tour takes you through the small streets of Old Vilnius to explore not only the food but also the architecture. Visit local small shops and restaurants and feel like you’ve been transported back in time. See Lithuania in a way you’ve never seen it before.
Choose from one of these two tours depending on where in Malta you are. Either tours of Valleta or Mdina are at your fingertips. Whichever you choose, you’re guaranteed to have an amazing time full of sites and bites. The Valleta tour takes you through Malta’s capital. This is Malta’s first, and therefore oldest, food tour. The Mdina tour was added in 2019 and allows you to explore a fortified city that brings you back into medieval times.
Hungry Birds wants its patrons to have a food tour like no other. Rather than feeling like you’re on a tour, Hungry Birds wants you to feel like you’re being guided around the city by friends. They want it to feel relaxed and friendly. Tour guides are sometimes referred to as the mother birds that will feed you, though, hopefully with less regurgitation than a real mother bird…
Explore Amsterdam day or night with the two tour options offered. Allow the guides to show you what they love about their city, and hopefully, you’ll fall in love with it too.
Sample all sorts of traditional Russian food on this tour such as blynis and pies, dumplings, soups, and more. See the history of Moscow for yourself as you spend four hours exploring various districts in the city. This colourful and aromatic city will come alive, both historically and gastronomically for you as you learn more about traditional Russian cuisine.
The Swiss are famous for many things: cheese and chocolate being two of the more vocal ones. Take this unique tour through caves to explore the process of making the famous cheeses of Switzerland. From the cow to your plate, you will get to learn first hand about what goes into producing the finest cheeses in the world. All while in an underground cavern. Don’t worry, you definitely get to taste some!
Istanbul is a unique city in that it spans two continents. Part of Istanbul is in Europe, and the other is in Asia. During this food tour, you’ll get to taste foods from both continents. Start in Europe, tasting your way through the streets before being ferried over to Asia where you get to try foods from the other side of the city. This truly is a one-of-a-kind food tour.
Which tour sounds most exciting to you? Which countries are on your European bucket list? Let us know in the comments!
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