What makes the best food tour?
Booking a food tour when you travel can be a great way to tap into local food cultures in a short amount of time. Since I get so many email inquires about food tours in Bangkok and elsewhere, I’m listing the details below, but only for tours that I either host or have attended personally. I’m including some videos when possible below, so you can really get an idea of the amazing food and friendliness from the people I’ve been fortunate enough to meet in my travels!
Here’s what I look for in a great food tour, no matter where I am in the world:
- Off the Beaten Path Places
- Experienced Guides
- Recommended by Locals or Reputable Food Lovers
- Interaction with Local Communities
- Sustainable or Charitable Aspect
Personal Tour of Bangkok with Dwight
I get frequent requests to host food tours. In the past I’ve only done them for visiting chefs or personal friends in Bangkok. That’s usually because I like to hang out with serious eaters! Recently, however, I have begun to open to visitors to Bangkok. This is partly because we incorporate street food into our Courageous Kitchen cooking class, and many people have shown lots of interest in coming back to the street food stalls we visit along the way. If you’re interested you can book my food tour at courageouskitchen.org!
Bangkok Night Tuk Tuk Tour
If you’d like to experience a fast paced evening food tour, or are staying closer to Bangkok’s riverside area I can also recommend the Tuk Tuk Tour with Expique. I have personally done this tour and it’s a lot of fun and more suitable for beginners than the tour I offer personally (it’s cheaper too!). My favorite part of their tour is stopping for ‘kua gai’ noodles, lesser known stir fry dish cooked over charcoal. The stall they stop at is unassuming and stellar. Check it out and let them know bkkfatty sent you!
I unfortunately don’t have a food tour or cooking class that I consistently recommend for people in Chiang Mai or other cities in Thailand.
In Madrid I connected with Urban Adventures for their morning market tour and fell in love. I had so much fun with the guides and crew, that I was invited for their evening tapas tour the same day. They are two entirely different experiences, but I loved them both. The markets a dynamic and interesting, and the vendors they take you to visit are awesome. I drunk too much delicious wine, went olive oil tasting for the first time, and brain exploded a little when I tried rosemary coated artisanal cheese.
Here’s a 2 minute clip from one of the first stops on the morning market tour, Madrid’s oldest churro shop!
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
There’s not a lot of competition for food tours in Addis Ababa, so I had to decide between leaning on my existing familiarity with Ethiopian food, or hopping around with a guide. In hindsight, I’m definitely glad I had a chance to explore with a company called Go Addis Tours (formerly known as Addis Eats). I ended up with one of their popular guides, Lucky, who was charismatic and laid back, but also loved to eat and show people around. He introduced me to all of the popular Ethiopian lagers, a giant vegetarian platter of injeera, fat grilled tilapia with a local herb sauce, and more!
You can see clips from this special tour in this teaser!