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Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour

A Top Rated Food Tour in Charleston - Our Most Popular Tour!

Quick Details

  • 2.5 hour walking food tour explores the food and restaurants of Charleston’s Historic French Quarter and City Market
  • This tour visits 4 local food establishments, highlighting some of our favorite locally-owned restaurants in the Holy City
  • Experience the tastiest of Charleston’s history and food while walking some of the oldest and most historic streets in America!
Small Private Tour up to 6 guests
Large Private Tour up to 12 guests

The Best of Charleston’s Culinary & Historical Hot Spots!

The 2.5-hour Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour combines elements of a historical tour with a culinary adventure! Through a broad range of tastings from four local food establishments that are accompanied by expert narratives from a city-certified guide, you will gain insight into traditional Lowcountry cuisine. This is our original tour around the French Quarter and City Market and focuses on the must-try flavors of the region.

TIP: Schedule your food tour on the 1st full day in the city. You’ll want as much time as possible to check out all of the great recommendations you’ll get during the tour.

What to Expect:

Meet your guide, and get ready to try some of the best local food the city has to offer. The meeting point is conveniently near downtown hotels and parking garages. From there, your guide takes you to a number of eateries to sample some of their best menu items. Your samples are large enough that by the end of this tour, you should be satisfied. Hear guide commentary about the city’s history along the way.

Our Classic Downtown Charleston Food Tour Includes:

  • All prearranged food tastings (a meal for most)
  • A fully narrated tour by a certified Charleston tour guide
  • All taxes and server gratuities (Guide gratuity NOT included)

Please Remember:

  • Tours are held rain or shine. Come prepared for walking in the weather.
  • These are walking tours, and historic Charleston has a number of very uneven cobblestone streets and sidewalks. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • Each tour is unique as destinations rotate on a daily basis.
  • Dietary restrictions must be communicated directly to Charleston Culinary Tours at least 36 hours before your scheduled tour in order to be accommodated. Vegan, dairy/lactose, & soy restrictions cannot be adequately accommodated. Guests with multiple allergies should contact Charleston Culinary Tours prior to booking to confirm accommodation.

Meeting Place: 46 State Street, Charleston, SC

All Charleston Culinary Tours are limited in size in order to deliver a safe, intimate, personalized experience. 


Best food tour we’ve been on. Our guide was amazing. We’ve done several food tours in multiple states, this was by far the best. The food was great and each restaurant was prepared/ready for our group. Our guide was extremely professional, intelligent, patient and delivered the unique Charleston history effortlessly. And we were lucky to have a great group of people on our public tour. Would recommend to anyone and would do it again.

– Trey | Google

Do yourself a favor and take this tour! The food was delicious and our guide was soooooooooo great! We learned so much about Charleston that we didn’t know before. It was just dates and facts. She told story after story and answered everyone’s questions with humor and charm. Charleston Culinary Tours is one not to be missed!

– Josh H. | Google

Fantastic food tour! I high recommend booking with this company. Our tour guide, John, was FANTASTIC- so knowledgeable about the food scene and the history of Charleston. He was so thoughtful to find out why we signed up for the tour, so he could tailor it to our group. I’m forgetting to talk about the food, which was amazing! if you like to eat, laugh and learn about Charleston, go on this tour!

– Jennifer W. | Google

The tour is a must for foodie and non-foodies alike. The lady who did our tour was so knowledgeable about the area and food that we tasted. We enjoyed the tour as a family and the selection of the different foods we enjoyed were wonderful! Thanks Charleston Culinary Tours! Highly recommend doing this tour on the first of your stay as we went back to several spots later.

– Jennifer G. | Google