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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
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U Street and Shaw Food TourMost Popular
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
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
U St w/ Food & Alcohol (Veg)
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$89.00
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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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Reviewed 3 days ago
Interesting tidbits about the neighborhoods and fun foods!

My favorite part of this tour was getting to try foods/places I normally would not have gone to by myself. We went to 4 places; 1 of which (the Ethiopian restaurant) I would have never tried otherwise. I also liked learning about the neighborhood and...More

Thank Jessica R
Reviewed 1 week ago
Authentic DC, a feast for all the senses

The U Street tour with Aleena was fantastic. Great family activity with our teenagers. We're locals but had never explored this neighborhood and learned so much about its rich history and eclectic culture. It's a feast for all the senses. Colorful architecture, blooming gardens, vibrant...More

Thank jaime911
marycollins12, Owner at Carpe DC Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi jaime911! I appreciate your "double" review - both here and on Google. :) You totally "get us"! We tell the history of the neighborhood through our food tastings...as well as all of the cool murals, buildings, and memorials we pass by on between our...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
What a gem in a sea of mediocre food tours...

Don't miss this foodie tour! Part history, all delicious, we had the best time learning about DC's rich history with food, and all the people that came here to make it that way. So often you travel to Washington DC and learn about our nation's...More

Thank Cat N
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile
More history than food focus

I have done a few foodie tour before, and although this one was OK I feel it was more about the (very interesting) history of the area than about the food. One stop we couldn't sit down together as a group, so the whole thing...More

Thank raggarbil
marycollins12, Owner at Carpe DC Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi raggarbil~ Yes, our food tours are designed to tell the history of the neighborhoods we feature through the food we share with guests. I'm sorry to hear that your group was not able to sit at one of the stops - that is very...More

Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile
Do it!

I usually take a food tour when I visit a new city. I was only in DC for a long weekend and I almost didn’t sign up one. I’m glad I did. Aleena was a fantastic guide. Extremely friendly and personable. I was the only...More

1  Thank Patrick R
marycollins12, Owner at Carpe DC Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2018

Hi Patrick! Thanks for sending us a review. :) So glad you enjoyed your tour with us and I'm glad that we were able to introduce you to some new cuisine! 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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