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Walking Food Tour of the Historic U Street Neighborhood

Highlights
  • Learn about the history and impact of U Street, a former hub of black culture
  • Sample a variety of dishes from establishments loved by locals
  • Local guide points out landmarks and murals you may not spot on your own
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Walking Food Tour of the Historic U Street Neighborhood
US$73 per adult
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U Street and Shaw Food Tour
3 hour walking tour covering 2 miles in historic U Street and Shaw Neighborhoods. Our food tour goes to local stops for mouthwatering food and drink and visits cultural and historic stops too!
US$73.00 per adult
U St Shaw Food Tour w alcohol
3 hour walking tour covering 2 miles in historic U Street and Shaw Neighborhoods. Our food tour goes to local stops for mouthwatering food and brews, and visits cultural and historic stops too!
US$89.00 per adult
Overview

Take a walk through history on this 2-hour food tour of DC’s U Street, formerly known as Black Broadway. Avoid the hassle of navigating on your own and instead follow a guide through historic neighborhoods once frequented by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Going with a guide ensures you visit hard-to-spot landmarks and murals, as well as cafes and restaurants loved by locals.

What to Expect

Meet the guide at 11:30am at Ben’s Next Door in the heart of historic U Street. After greetings and introductions, whet your appetite with a tasting of Ben’s famous chili.

Continue on a walking tour of U Street and Shaw, two historic neighborhoods that were once the heart of black culture in America. Pass by famous landmarks and murals, many of which are unmarked or hard to find without the knowledge of a guide.

As you learn about the impact of U Street’s music, art, and architecture, stop at a variety of establishments loved by locals for a tasting menu that includes chili dogs, Ethiopian entrees, and Jamaican tea.

After two leisurely hours, the tour ends in Shaw, home of the famous Howard Theatre. Leave with the knowledge that a portion of your ticket price goes to the area's residents in need.

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1 - 5 of 28 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Excellent for our group of students

We had arranged for a U-Street tour for our group of 40 hand-picked scholars while we were touring Washington, D.C. They accommodated our group splendidly. We split our group into two smaller groups and each had their own tour guide. Each group went to the...More

Thank breoni
Reviewed June 1, 2018
Discriminating against single travellers

I would really have liked to go on this food tour, but in trying to sign up I got an error message that said attendees had to number from 2 to 15. So no one travelling alone can take this tour. That really sucks. I...More

2  Thank TamMpls
marycollins12, Owner at Carpe DC Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2018

Hi TamMpls~ I'm so sorry that you had this experience. We do welcome single travelers but for logistical purposes, our system only allowed people to book a single ticket once we already had two others signed up. Please understand that it simply did not make...More

Reviewed May 22, 2018
Tastiest Adventure in DC

We were looking for local culture and a tasty morsel of DC. We found it and more on what became the highlight of our DC visit. The tour was well-paced, jam-packed with insightful information, and the food stops were eclectic, well thought out, and DELICIOUS!...More

Thank Dauntless_Traveler
marycollins12, Owner at Carpe DC Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2018

Hi Dauntless_Traveler~ So glad that we "fit the bill" for the experience you were looking for in DC. Of course, the monuments and memorials are well worth visiting and we love being a great complement to that side of Washington. We love being able to...More

Reviewed May 22, 2018
Highly recommend - great food, fascinating history

We love to do food/walking tours in every city we visit, and this was among the best. Our guide, Tiffany, was extremely knowledgeable and did an excellent job. When visiting DC we often get inundated with our national history, which is fine, but often we...More

Thank Natalie A
marycollins12, Owner at Carpe DC Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2018

Thank you, Natalie! I'm so pleased that we stood up to your experiences on food tours in other cities. :) We will be sure to pass along your kind words to Tiffany! Cheers, Mary

Reviewed May 21, 2018 via mobile
A great tour, well worth it

We had a great afternoon on the walking tour and tried some great food and learnt lots. We had never had Ethiopian quisine before and it was amazing. Tiffany was an excellent guide and it felt we were on an extended lunch with friends.

Thank LynDaly
marycollins12, Owner at Carpe DC Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2018

Hi LynDaly~ I love that you felt that you were on an extended lunch with friends! What an amazing compliment! I'm glad that you were able to try something new on tour - and that you enjoyed the Ethiopian fare. Cheers, Mary

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samsnana2018
July 7, 2018|
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Response from Muskrat083015 | Reviewed this property |
Hi! I went on this tour. I am guessing you reached out to the tour company already. My recollection was that this tour runs one time during the day. But please check with them as it could have changed! It is a worthwhile... More
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samsnana2018
July 7, 2018|
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Response from gcoleman110 | Reviewed this property |
Check the tour company for later tours. I believe there is more than one company providing tours. However, if your arrival is on time you will be able to make the 11:30 tour. The initial meet-up site (Ben's next door) is... More
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