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Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour provided by Charleston Culinary Tours

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Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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A note from Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour
WAIVERS: All guests are required to sign a waiver confirming they have not exhibited signs of illness in the last 14 days. SOCIAL DISTANCE: 6 feet between parties is required while touring outside. While dining, parties will be separated as much as space allows.
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Updated 30/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
On this tour, you won’t waste any time researching restaurants for your Charleston visit, and save money by steering clear of pricey, disappointing tourist traps. This food walking tour gives you a taste of Charleston’s best locally run restaurants, and you hear about the history of the city along the way. You also come away with dining ideas for the rest of your stay.
  • You'll start at
    46 State St
    46 State St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    Meet at Charleston Culinary Tours - 46 State St, Unit B, Charleston, SC 29401
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    French Quarter
    Stop: 2 hours
    We will be walking throughout the French Quarter in Downtown Charleston, SC, part of the oldest and largest historic district in the country.
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    Pass by
    Charleston City Market
  • You'll end at
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  • Visit a number of locally owned and operated Charleston restaurants
  • Taste some of the city’s best food without having to do research
  • Your guide also tells you the history of the city as you walk
  • Skip lunch, and your food samples fill you up
  • Restaurant stops are long enough to give your legs a chance to rest
What to Expect
Your tour starts in downtown Charleston at a local restaurant. Meet your guide, and get ready to try some of the best local food the city has to offer. The meeting point is conveniently near downtown hotels and parking garages. From there, your guide takes you to a number of eateries to sample some of their best menu items. Get a taste of the South with dishes such as special sliders and pies, and wrap up your tour with a dessert. Your samples are large enough that by the end of this tour, you should be satisfied. Hear guide commentary about the city’s history along the way. This food tour ends near the original departure point. If you’re going to be in the area longer, go home with suggestions about where to eat for the rest of your trip.
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Important Information
Departure Point
46 State St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
2h 30m
Return Details
Kaminsky's Dessert Cafe, 78 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA Blossom, 171 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA Carmella's, 198 E Bay St #100, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
  • City-certified guide
  • 2.5-Hour Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour
  • All pre-selected food tastings at 4 Charleston restaurants (meal for most)
  • Water & fountain beverages
  • Alcoholic/speciality beverages (available for purchase at most locations)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dietary restrictions must be communicated directly to Charleston Culinary Tours at least *36 hours* before your scheduled tour in order to be accommodated.
  • Vegan, dairy/lactose, & soy restrictions cannot be adequately accommodated. Guests with multiple allergies should contact Charleston Culinary Tours prior to booking to confirm accommodation.
  • We cannot assume responsibility for those with severe allergies.
  • We make every effort to provide a full meal for all guests, however, substitutions for dietary restrictions may not be 1-for-1 with regular tour offerings.
  • We recommend weather-appropriate attire and comfortable walking shoes.
  • Tours operate rain or shine, hot or cold. In the rare cases of EXTREME weather (e.g. Hurricane!). In the event of operator cancellation, we will notify all guests in advance as soon as a decision to cancel has been made (extremely rare).
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for those under 8 years of age.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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dawgfan2000 wrote a review 4 Jan
15 contributions15 helpful votes
We had this tour with John in early Jan 2021. It was fantastic and so glad that we did it. Four stops over 2.5 hours was just right - and more than enough food - i was full by the third stop! The food mix changes but we had seafood, bbq and southern - finished off with cake.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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shirlyb123 wrote a review Dec 2020
Coral Springs, Florida4 contributions15 helpful votes
Hoon was a hoot. We learned how to talk southern and that corn bread has four syllables 🤣. Don’t forget to ask him about dukes mayo!! His stories and knowledge about Charleston were fabulous. So much history and we made it a point to buy some Carolina gold rice today.
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Date of experience: December 2020
DianeMFromGa wrote a review Dec 2020
Alpharetta, Georgia16 contributions
Great tour! Food was great, stories about Charleston were historic and interesting. Come with an empty stomach.
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Meagan D wrote a review Dec 2020
2 contributions
Underwhelmed. Having taken food tours in Savannah and New Orleans, I was really anticipating a mouth watering experience. Cornbread, slider, hamburger, biscuits and gravy, shrimp boil and carrot cake. Nothing exceptionally flavorful but a good amount so that part was worth it.
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Date of experience: December 2020
Lorri H wrote a review Dec 2020
Bluffton, South Carolina1 contribution
Excellent historic information and delicious food! The guide was very knowledge about many aspects of the architecture of the city and the history of Charleston’s social and food culture. Thank you!
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Date of experience: December 2020
About the operator

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By: Charleston Culinary Tours
New Years
Our tour guide, Susan, was fantastic!! She was not only knowledgeable but also made the tour a lot of fun! Food was
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Great culinary/walking tour
Our family of four took this tour and thoroughly enjoyed it! Our guide, Sommer, was very knowledgeable of both the
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Dessert with Death - a delightful evening!
We attended the "Dessert with Death" tour. As we know this is in the early stages of development, I hope this revi
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Great tour and great price!!
A great tour for foodies with a bonus of a walking tour to get your appetite up before sitting down for a 8 course
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Add this to your to-do list for any food or history lover.
Great day in downtown Charleston. 6 people in our group and we all had a great time. I have lived in Charleston for
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Dessert with Death....
Very disappointed with the desserts. I feel there definitely could have been more effort put into the desserts and
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Charleston on Foot in search of Food!
The entire tour was amazing from the restaurants chosen, to the foods sampled, to the historical walking tour from
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Great Food, Great Tour
Just finished a 2.5 hour food tour with Amelia as our guide. She is a delight! Knowledgable about all things Char
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Historic Walking Tour
A wonderful tour with John, a knowledgeable and friendly guide! It was my first time to Charleston and I learned so
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Excellent Tour
We loved the food tour! The guide- Hoon Calhoun- was so knowledgeable and interactive. He made it so enjoyable ev
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Delicious tour😋
It was nice trying many local foods. Our tour guide was outstanding; she was knowledgeable and shared many great st
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What a HOOT with HOON!
Our last full day of adventures, our morning started with Hoon Calhoun's Chef's kitchen tour. If I had to use one
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Guilds Rocks!
Guilds Hollowell and the culinary tour was awesome! This was our first trip to Charleston and we simply asked Guil
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Poor experience
Met only one chef and saw only two kitchens. Information came from tour guide who was soft spoken and hard to hear
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Soooo much good food and fantastic tour guide!
Loved this tour! Our guide, Houn Calhoun - was an informative and interesting Charlestonian who had great stories
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