Old Town Alexandria Food Tour
This tour explores parts of the historic and architecturally unique town that has prospered for over two hundred sixty years. Discover locally owned and operated restaurants off the beaten path in this historically rich town.
On this guided, narrated walking tour, you will experience and learn about Old Town Alexandria’s significance throughout the history of our country. During the tour, you will stop to sample specially made dishes at long standing family owned restaurants.
We pay homage to the city’s colonial roots, as well as its recently evolved food scene, as we discover both colonial and modern indigenous cuisine.
After finishing, you will be able to truly appreciate the heritage, history, and local food in Old Town Alexandria.
Your Food Tour may include the following specialties:
- Locally brewed beer
- European inspired dishes from the city's original fusion chef
- Award winning house specialty sandwich
- Hand made artisan bread
- Locally sourced dishes from a restaurant featured on the Food Network
- Fresh seafood served in an 18th century captain's warehouse
- Old Town’s famous 135 year old Jelly Cake
- Freshly brewed specialty teas served at one of the Washington DC area's last standing tea shop
Join us as we bring you through a town of stately mansions, charming row houses, and tree lined streets. See what makes this former port town so charming, and delicious. All dishes Are Included in the Price.
Enough food is served that most participants will not need dinner after the tour. All dishes are served sitting down, so you can enjoy the ambiance of each restaurant while trying their specialties, and hearing their stories.
The restaurants and dishes have meticulously chosen to showcase the culinary variety that exists within Old Town. The different meals will compliment each other as you progress throughout the tour.
The tour price includes all food and drink served. At each stop, you will feel like a guest of honor, as you speak with the owners or their families, and enjoy their specialties.
We want you to have a truly unforgettable experience in Old Town Alexandria. After the tour, you will have the confidence to navigate the colonial streets, and enjoy Old Town like a local.
Tour InformationWhen:Thursdays through Sundays between 1:00 and 4:30 pm (please see the event calendar for current availability)
Where: Meets near City Hall in Old Town (The exact meeting location will be provided upon ticket purchase)
How long:The food tour will last approximately 3-3.5 hours
Who:All age groups and fitness levels are encouraged to take the tour
How much:$60 per adult ticket (plus a $2 ticketing fee). We will be sitting for all dishes.
What to wear:Comfortable clothing and shoes
What is included: All food and drinks are included in the tour.
Weather conditions:Food tours will take place rain or shine- tours may be rescheduled based on severe conditions
"Please believe me when I tell you that we didn't need dinner that evening after enjoying the hospitality of our various restaurant hosts. Luckily the tour offered stretches of pleasant walking along cobblestone streets and historically important homes showcasing wrought iron gates and gas lamps. A casual stroll through the history of Old Town with great food is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday.
- Ellen Lucas, Destination Food.
"I have nothing but great things to say about this tour. Great food, friendly guide, and just the perfect amount of history. The owner of the company even called me to make sure my food allergy was taken care of! Top notch! This is a great tour even for us locals. I didn't even realize some of these places exsisted in Old Town. I look forward to participating in the pub crawls and also checking out the Capitol Hill and Eastern Market tours. Thumbs Up!"
- Leslie T.
"I decided to buy tickets for the tour as part of a day-out with my girlfriend. I didn't quite know what to expect before the tour started, but by the end, had had a really good afternoon. The guided tour of Alexandria was not the typical historical drawl - instead it was a combination of quirky facts, tidbits about the modern/historical neighbourhoods and some good (and varied) food. I would highly recommend the tour - especially as part of a fuller day-out in the area."
- Kartik C.
Things To Do in Old Town Alexandria
Old Town Alexandria is bursting with life; a thriving, yet laid back community located only across the Potomac from Washington DC. Teaming with restaurants, nightlife, and other activities, and surrounded by 18th and 19th century buildings, the area is an ideal combination of old and new, and will be enjoyed for years to come. Some of our favorite things to do in Old Town Alexandria are listed below. National Harbor The new National Harbor project will bring an urbanized area to the Potomac river's waterfront nearly across from Old Town. The area, headed off by the Gaylord hotel, will be home to a host of new food and entertainment options. It will be one of the best places to see Old Town Alexandria- from the other side of the Potomac. George Washington Masonic Memorial The George Washington Masonic Memorial is a combination Masonic Temple, tourist attraction, museum, and library. The building erected in Old Town pays homage to Washington. More information can be found at http://www.gwmemorial.org
Created by a group of gentlemen in 1839, the Lyceum society became a place for reading, lectures, and scientific experiments. The stately 19th century greek revival home has been fully restored and is now a museum paying homage to the history of Old Town Alexandria. More information cane be found at http://oha.alexandriava.gov/lyceum/
Gadsby's Tavern Museum The 18th century building is one of the few taverns left in Old Town Alexandria. Tour the museum that gives you access to both 18th century tavern and hotel.
Torpedo Factory Art Center
The former World War II factory built on Old Town's historic waterfront, is now home to over 80 different studios and galleries, as well as the Archaeology Museum.
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
The museum is considered by many to be one of the most well preserved apothecaries in the United States. Frequent customers included George Washington and Robert E. Lee.
Lee Fendall House
This home over a 120 year span served as residents to nearly 40 members of the Lee family! currently undergoing exterior remodeling, take the time to tour this Old Town home.
We will bring you additional things to do while visiting Alexandria, Virginia, or Washington DC soon. Stay tuned! Please visit www.visitalexandriava.com to find out more about Alexandria, Virginia
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