At Charleston Food Tours we offer a variety of culinary tours of Charleston with knowledgeable tour guides and delicious samples of Lowcountry cuisine. Join us as we walk, talk and taste our way through history! Our mission is to promote local artisan growers and producers and to help preserve South Carolina’s rich culinary heritage. On our exclusive culinary tours, you will experience the Lowcountry’s distinctive food and warm hospitality. These informative tours are ideal for casual fans of the culinary arts or the hardcore foodie in your life. It would be difficult to find a southern city better suited for culinary tourism than historic Charleston, SC. Our tours include the Savor the Flavors of Downtown Charleston tour, the Savor the Flavors of Upper King Street tour, the Chef’s Kitchen tour and the Charleston Dessert tour.
On the Savor the Flavors of Downtown Charleston tour and the Savor the Flavors of Upper King Street Tour we will take you through the streets of Charleston stopping at favorite local restaurants and sampling a wide array of Lowcountry favorites. Our fully licensed tour guides will inform you on the history of the city, the evolution of food in the Charleston area and the origins of some of our favorite foods.
On the Downtown tour, we will take you to French Quarter hot spots such as Another Broken Egg, Lowcountry Bistro, Cumberland Smokehouse, and Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. On the Upper King Street tour, we visit trendy restaurants such as Vincent Chicco’s, Virginia’s on King, Smoke BBQ, and Cupcake. You will not leave either of these tours hungry! Typical tastings include grits, fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, BBQ, she-crab soup, cornbread, red rice,
crab dip, chicken and dumplings, collard greens, crabcake sliders, jambalaya, praline, and much more. These tours are a great way to experience the city and provide a unique historical perspective. They also allow you to try several foods that you might not have ordered on your own.
The Chef’s Kitchen tour is a special behind the scenes tour geared for the culinary enthusiast. On this tour, you will visit several great restaurants, including Magnolia’s, where you will explore the history of the restaurant, learn about the chef’s approach to culinary excellence, have the menus interpreted by a pro, and get a close-up peek at just what it takes to produce those fabulous meals. The Charleston Kitchen Tour begins with coffee and artisan pastries at a local coffee shop, Welkin Coffee. This is an excellent option for those who want an in-depth look into the mind of a chef, however, it is not a sampling tour. Some samples may be provided but they are not always guaranteed.
If you prefer sweet over savory then join us as we visit the finest dessert places frequented by Charleston locals on the Charleston Dessert Tour. Indulge in samples from the culinary artisans that create these delectable treats, including coconut cake, pralines, truffles, pecan pie, petit fours, and more. Our guides will regale you with notes about 18th-century traditions and the history of desserts and spices in the Lowcountry including their origins and original uses.
At Charleston Food Tours, we have worked diligently to showcase the places and foods that give Charleston its character. Lowcountry cuisine is like no other and taking a tour with us will give you a deeper understanding historically as to why the food here is so unique. You have heard about what Charleston has to offer, now get out and experience it with us! Your taste buds will thank you.
**Please note that the restaurants and samples on each tour will vary daily.