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Michele Topor's Boston Food Tours

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Address: Six Charter Street, Boston, MA 02113
Phone Number: +1 617-523-6032

Join us as we celebrate our 20th year providing culinary walking tours of...

Join us as we celebrate our 20th year providing culinary walking tours of Boston's "Little Italy" North End and Chinatown. Boston Food Tours embraces Michele Topor's passion for all things culinary. Trained as a professional chef, Michele has taught cooking, catered, and consulted since 1979. Michele's cooking classes, market tours and culinary trips to Italy have been featured on the Travel Channel, TV Food Network, HGTV and CNN, as well as on the radio, and in various national and international publications.

Close your eyes and imagine strolling down quaint and narrow streets while enjoying colorful sights, tantalizing aromas, and chaotic sounds as we wind our way through neighborhoods alive with colorful immigrant history and undiscovered "hidden gems". Both walking tours are like cooking classes on foot. You will learn how Mediterranean and Asian cultures prepare and enjoy their food, and how their dishes have been adapted to American kitchens. The secret of a cuisine is the high quality of ingredients, a sense of regional tradition and an understanding of the culture. In order to help you choose the best products, we visit the local merchants who stock the highest quality and most authentic ingredients, while learning how to avoid fraudulent imitations.

On our tours, each stop provides a sample tasting of specific food ingredients and delicacies, often a benchmark flavor of that cuisine.

Our experienced and knowledgeable guides offer cooking tips for incorporating these essential foods into your own recipes. As you become immersed in a world of ethnic flavors, you will learn the secrets of the world's healthiest cuisines. Our tours give you an insider's view of the vibrant, thriving ethnic enclaves. You will gain confidence in how to select the essential products that are both delicious and healthy. Your world and dinner will never be the same.

Join us on Boston's oldest and most original culinary walking tour of "Little Italy" (North End) and Chinatown, and learn everything you must know to enjoy traditional Italian and Chinese foods in order to nourish your body in the way that nature intended.

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Good North End Experience!

My mom and I took the North End Market tour this past Saturday. Our tour guide was Beth and she was awesome, especially with your knowledge of the area, food and even better... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Denver, Colorado

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My mom and I took the North End Market tour this past Saturday. Our tour guide was Beth and she was awesome, especially with your knowledge of the area, food and even better cooking tips! Overall, the tour was a great day and we learned alot about the North End neighborhood. My only MINOR complaint would be that there was... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

+ Knowledgeable, kind guide Non-touristy establishments within the tour Pleasant group of people - For the price ($57/person), more food was expected. ~$40 seems more appropriate.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Have lived in Boston area my whole life and never experienced the local small shops, enjoyed the food tastings,and explored the North End of Boston. Michele was a wonderful guide, filled with knowledge, and it felt like we were in Italy. Our private tour for our group was well organized, varied in experiences, and ended with Lemoncello! Divine!!!!

Thank Elaine C
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

We took the tour on a Whim & was the best part of our ENTIRE vacation. Food was great and SUZI is the best tour guide EVER!!!! I highly recommend her & the North End Tour.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

Bring your appetite for knowledge and food! Jackie our tour guide was cheerful and full of wonderful history of Chinatown. She was energetic and had loads of fun stories. We enjoyed true BBQ, bakery and Dim Sum. My sister does not eat meat and Jackie took care to make sure there was something for her to enjoy. TIP: wear comfortable... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

Our guide Jackie was knowledgeable and light hearted, with a passion for what she does and an obvious desire to share. Other reviewers have described what the tour consists of, but what intrigued me the most was how much I felt like I was visiting a foreign country, just steps away from where I walk every day. The only English... More 

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Hampton, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

I first took Michele Topor's North End Market tour years ago -- 10+, with my sister. I had grown up less than an hour from Boston, spent four years there during college, but had never explored the North End, or felt comfortable sharing it with visitors from out of town. Fast forward about 7 years, we took a friend visiting... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

Jacqueline Church led our tour starting with the redolent odors of baking bread wafting up the stairs from Bricco Panetteria and going next door to Bricco Salumeria & Pasta Shop where I made a note to return and purchase some buffalo mozzarella flown in from Italy. Our tour consisted of a constant and entertaining flow of history, food and customs.... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016 via mobile

Jackie led our informative, tasty tour through Chinatown which included stops at a bakery, a Chinese herb shop, a barbecue shop, a grocery store, a bubble tea cafe, and a dim sum restaurant. A year previous, I had been on a fantastic food tour of the North End run by another tour company so I had pretty high expectations. I... More 

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Ellington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

There were 12 in our group, which were all our family and we had a blast. It was great and the tour was very well done and Beth, who was our leader did an excellent job of explaining all of the history of the area and the foods. The shops were great and so was all of the foods tasted.... More 

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North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.