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Boutique Old Town Alexandria Food & History Tour
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Boutique Old Town Alexandria Food & History Tour

By Blue Fern Travel
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$112.00
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Ages 3-99, max of 8 per group
Duration: 3h
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English


  • Please advise if you are vegetarian, have allergies, or any dietary restrictions at check out.
  • Professional guide
  • Historical Content
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Departure details
  • Fontaine Caffe & Creperie, 119 S Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA Please go inside the restaurant and tell the host you are there for your food tour.
Return details
  • Dolci Gelati, 107 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 14782P6

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate vegan diets on this tour.
  • Please note: Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate vegan diets on this tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Proof of vaccination and government ID may be required. Please check city requirements if you have questions.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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  • We follow all city mandates and policies.
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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  • You'll start at
    Fontaine Caffe & Creperie
    119 S Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
    Please go inside the restaurant and tell the host you are there for your food tour.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Old Town
    Stop: 3 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Alexandria City Hall & Market Square
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Alexandria Visitors Center
  • 3
    Athenaeum
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Waterfront Park
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Torpedo Factory Art Center
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Dolci Gelati
    107 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
    See address & details
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Blue Fern Travel
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    Exceeded Expectations!
    The tour with Jim was more than we expected. We couldn't have asked for a better experience since we are getting to know the area. The food selections and history lessons helped us understand the community better. We couldn't have asked for a better guide and he truly exceeded our expectations! Thank you Jim!
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    Had a great experience. Wesley was very knowledgeable and patient. I highly recommend! I would definitely go back.
  • Janey W
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    This was fantastic, and I highly recommend! Anthony was our guide and he was great. He was very knowledgeable about Georgetown and the history of DC. The food was also delicious and there was a good variety!
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    Food tour
    Guide was on time and very knowledgeable about the area, the food choices were good and the meeting place was easy to find. I appreciated him asking about food allergies before we began the tour
  • nawanac
    nawanac
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    Monuments are great, but DC has some great food!!!
    Ben's Chili Bowl has such a great history and so many famous people have been there. I have never tried Etheopian food and it was amazing and I want to try again. The Cuban pastry was my favorite and so good and the local ice cream shope was a great way to end the tour. Jim was an amazing tour guied and gave us so many other recommendations at the end of our tour!
  • travelbugged222
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    Fabulous Food and History Walking Tour of Georgetown
    Jim was a fantastic guide !The food tour was one of the best I’ve ever gone to despite the rain. He answered all our questions and obviously loves giving tours!Not to be missed.
  • shelleydE4783TX
    shelleydE4783TX
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    Excellent Food Tour
    Best food tour I have been on! Rasheed is awesome! He was knowledgeable, so friendly and had great energy. We went to 4 restaurants, they give you huge portions unlike any other food your I’ve been on… and everything was delicious. They also support minority and female owned businesses. Highly recommend Blue Fern and Rasheed.
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    Great Ethnic Food Tour
    Wonderful trip with lots of history regarding the area. Bonus stop at the African American Civil War Museum. Our guide was knowledgeable, food choices were varied. We definitely recommend.
  • Odyssey639384
    Odyssey639384
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    Awesome tour!!!
    The tour was fantastic! An awesome blend of history and food, and the guide kept us full of knowledge and tasty delights and kept things moving. We also love the 1-1 benefit provided to the community! Thank you very much!
  • E2763HGmichellep
    E2763HGmichellep
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    Vibrant neighborhood and taste of local food!
    Such an a vibrant neighborhood. Our guide was super informative and invested in making sure everyone had an amazing experience. Ben’s Chili dogs were excellent. Cuban pastry was absolutely delicious. Although the Ethiopian food was yummy, restaurant had dirty tables and staff there seemed indifferent to a good customer experience. So much history and an overall great experience!
  • roopam409
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    Great way to learn a bit of history and enjoy diverse foods!
    Loved our tour guide, our stops, the cuisine, and the knowledge we gained along the way. Overall, I enjoyed this, but I do have one major complaint which I hope can be improved upon after this review. I LOVE Ethiopian food and planned to make reservations during our trip at one of the many Ethiopian restaurants DC has to offer on our trip. But, after learning that this was cuisine we would get to enjoy on this tour, I decided to allow this tour to give us our "fix." Unfortunately, I had one bite and my fiancé had none. This was a massive disappointment. The restaurant choice I'm sure was fantastic and the food looked divine. But, the way it was served was extremely unappealing. The food was served on one plate for 5 strangers to share by eating with their fingers only. Now, I'm Indian so I have no issue eating with my hands. I grew up like this... BUT I ALWAYS HAD MY OWN PLATE!!! When the food was placed in the center of the table, the 5 of us all looked around at each other and the guide. The guide said "dig in!!!" I knew exactly what was going to happen so I went first and took a piece of the injera and used it scoop some lentils and put it in my mouth. Of course, it is nearly impossible not to put your fingers in you mouth or lick your fingers when eating with your hands and that's just what happened. So... out of respect, I did not put my germy fingers back into the food that everyone else was eating. My fiancé was disgusted and didn't eat any. Two of the girls took a couple of bites and one of the girls' jacket sleeves dragged into the food while she was getting a bite. Gag. And then one lucky lady was able to dominate the plate. She went buck wild with bite after bite all while licking her fingers after every single bite! This truly changed the tour for me. Like.... WHY???? Especially in this day and age, why are exchanging germs like this with complete strangers without disclosing in advance that this was going to happen. Had I known, I would NOT have paid $100 for this tour. The one food out of 4 which I was most excited about, I didn't get to enjoy. So, if they can start serving individual portions of the Ethiopian dish, I would say this tour was perfect and worth every penny. But for us, it was a very expensive chili dog, ice cream (which I also did not eat because it was 30 degrees, but no one can help that and it was my choice to avoid being MORE cold), and cuban pastry. Also, I had read that the guests could choose their pastry at the colada shop, but our tour guide did not give us that option. He ordered the most boring and basic one. That was also sad. He said he had only been with company for 2 months, so maybe that was it. Or maybe it was cold and crowded and he didn't want to deal with asking 5 people what they preferred. Either way, I did enjoy the history and the chili dog, but there is room for improvement in my opinion.
  • Stephie365
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    Excellent way to spend 3 hours in DC
    Great food and local history. Delicious and not at all boring! Discovered an Ethiopian restaurant I’d love to go back to.
  • tb133
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    Wonderful tour!
    Soneka was a terrific guide, so friendly and fun and a great story-teller We learned a lot and ate some wonderful food. Highly recommend this tour!
  • 772Bridget
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    Incorporates history and culture together with food
    Great tour that incorporates history and culture together with food. The food choices are all very different but all compliment each other together well. I would definitely recommend this tour! Jim was extremely knowledgeable and a great tour guide, thank you! Although not required, be sure to tip your guide :)
  • 668katn
    668katn
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    Great food tour
    I was given two tickets as a gift and it was awesome. We had the tour guide Jim who did a great job of exposing the food and history of U street. Highly recommend if you live in the area or are just visiting.
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Alan
Tours, France1 contribution
Apr 2023
Jenn was a great guide with terrific knowledge and enthusiasm. Our food stops were terrific and well managed. And old town Alexandria was revealed to us step by step.
Written May 1, 2023
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Jim
1 contribution
Unfortunately our tour guide was ill the day of our tour and our tour was cancelled. We were offered other tours, but none fit into our plans. We were issued a full refund the same day.
Written April 18, 2022
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Soneka A
Thank you for sharing your experience. We realize the circumstances were less than ideal but greatly appreciate your understanding!
Written April 30, 2022
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Dev Rice
Chesapeake, VA2 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Loved the tour. Loved the history lesson and definitely loved the food. Went back later for more fried green tomatoes.
Written March 22, 2021
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Thanks for joining us! It's so great to be able to host people again. We're glad to have shared some knowledge and some tasty food with you. We hope you join us to tour another neighborhood in the future!
Written March 25, 2021
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Melissaf7374
Lusby, MD4 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
We have been to Alexandria before but we have never done a tour. We couldn’t believe all of the hidden gems we learned about on this tour. We were able to see Alexandria in a completely different way! We had an amazing time with our guide, Katie! Everything about this tour was well planned and timed just right. We didn’t feel rushed or hurried between stops. We loved that we were able to eat outside at carefully chosen places with historical significance. The tastings were delicious and we learned many interesting tid bits of history about Alexandria as we went from stop to stop. Can’t wait to try the U Street tour!
Written November 16, 2020
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CatPear9399
Thank you for joining us and for taking the time to share your experience. We really appreciate it! So glad that you enjoyed your tour with Katie. It's our mission to connect the stories of the tasting to the neighborhood so I'm glad it sounds like we accomplished that goal. We'll look forward to seeing you again on U St!
Written November 19, 2020
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John W
Reston, VA2 contributions
Feb 2020
Joined family from out of town on this food tour of Old Town Alexandria. We benefited from great weather--perfect for the experience--and had enjoyable walk through old town. Stopping at five sites for food/beverage (good beer in my case!), and hearing about the history of many interesting sites such as Christchurch, Carlyle House, Torpedo Factory, etc. It's a great way to introduce yourself to a city or to enjoy time with family. Great job by the guide Zach as well; informative and engaging. I'll look into other DC Food Tour experiences.
Written February 23, 2020
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So happy that you enjoyed your tour in Old Town with Zach! We'd love to have you join us in Georgetown, on U St, or on our newest neighborhood adventure in Fells Point, Baltimore. :) Cheers, Mary
Written March 4, 2020
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srocha
1 contribution
Feb 2020
We had a fantastic time on this food tour, not only did we have delicious food (biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles.. the rest is a surprise) but we also learned a lot about Old Town's history. Our guide/ founder Mary was personable and had a lot of interesting knowledge about the area. Our group really loved the experience and we fell in love with the town! Highly recommend the tour.
Written February 22, 2020
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I had a great time with you on tour! Old Town Alexandria is such a charming place - we love being able to share the history through food. Thanks for joining me! Cheers, Mary
Written March 4, 2020
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Renee I
2 contributions
Feb 2020
Mary was delightful! We thoroughly enjoyed walking around Old Town Alexandria and experiencing the food scene along with some interesting history. It's a great way to experience Alexandria from a different perspective. We've already scheduled a U Street food for later this week. Thanks Carpe Diem!
Written February 16, 2020
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Thank you for joining me on tour! We just love Alexandria and it's always a pleasure to share the history through food. I hope you enjoyed your tour of U St just as much! Cheers, Mary
Written March 4, 2020
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LaNebs
Edmonton, Canada1 contribution
Oct 2019
Scott was great on the U street tour with a wide range of tastes from tradition Ethiopian - first time and now one of my favs - empanadas, coloda, famous chilli and much much more. New innovative chefs with great stories about their heritage, their message, their cause and passion for food. Murials told the story of the blues and the fight for rights that was very moving.
Mary took us through Old Town Alexandria on an absolutely fun and informative gourmet adventure with unique tastes, creative dishes and incredible stories of the food and culture in DC and old town. From amazing tea cakes we all craved for the bext day, best ever chicken and waffles and then came the fabulous megarolls.
All Carpe tours left us comfortably full of delicious food, new flavour favourites and wide smiles. We have done food tours all over, NYC, Boston, Barcelona, Melbourne, etc. and Carpe is one of the best and would recommend them without question - just too much delicious fun by well informed professional guides who go out of their way to make your day.
Written October 28, 2019
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THANK YOU, Laura! We're so glad that you were able to take tours of both U St and Old Town Alexandria. I really enjoyed spending the afternoon with you and exploring Old Town. And we very much appreciate the fact that you've taken food tours in so many cities and count us among the best. :) We wish you the best and hope you keep exploring new cities by taking food tours when you travel! Cheers, Mary
Written November 7, 2019
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Karina M
6 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
Great tour of Old Town Alexandria. Food was delicious and they offered good portions. One of the best I've experienced.
Written October 20, 2019
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CatPear9399
Hi Karina! So glad you enjoyed your tour experience with us. :)
Written October 21, 2019
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Brian C.
Oradell, NJ1 contribution
Aug 2019
We had a great tour with Sara as our tour guide. This is a great way to see and learn about Old Town, and to taste some of the local fare. We ended up returning to Union Street for dinner the next night and to Nice Cream (again) for dessert!
Written August 26, 2019
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Hello Cal! I'm so happy to hear that you returned to a few spots during your visit in Alexandria. Thanks for coming on tour and for taking time to submit a review. :) Cheers, Mary
Written September 5, 2019
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