Downtown Durham                                                          

Downtown Durham Walking Food Tour

Discover Durham's historic past and capture the flavor of the culinary present.

On this guided journey through the streets of downtown Durham we'll be pausing numerous times for sample tastings and personal tales from some of the area's most unique, hidden culinary gems. Along the way, you'll gain some new insights of Durham's "gritty", "eclectic", blue-collar, tobacco & textile roots that are the foundation for this community's now thriving leadership role in medicine, the performing arts and regional cuisine.

The restaurant scene in Durham is thriving and diverse. We'll visit 5-6 different local establishments*, including...

  • An iconic Italian restaurant from Raleigh that set up shop in Durham where Pops used to be... 
  • A sweet stop so good you'll be glad it was not last...
  • A very different restaurant experience you will remember from the past ...
  • A new entrant in the Asian scene that brings Japanese cuisine into the modern world...and much more.

*Tour stops can sometimes vary depending upon scheduling and availability

Some Tour Details:

When: Saturdays at 2:30 pm (arrive 5-10 min. before- don't be late, the tour won't wait)

Who:  Able-bodied adults, no more than 10 people

How Much:  $45 per person (+ $.99 svc chg), includes all tastings at 5-6 venues

Weather:  Tours operate rain or shine. Tours are rescheduled if there is a cancellation due to severe weather

What's it like:  Delicious, fun and informative (but remember we'll be walking approx. half of the 3 hours)

What to wear:  Comfortable clothes & walking shoes

Where to park:  Park in the Brightleaf lot on the corner of W. Main St and S. Gregson St. Be sure to take your parking ticket with you to be validated and parking will be free.

Where to meet:  5-10 minutes before departure in front of Respite Cafe, 115 N. Duke St., Durham.

Where to buy tickets:  Check tour dates, reserve on-line and pay a minimum of 24 hours in advance of tour date. Click here for available dates and tickets as they tend to fill up fast.