Ethnic Neighborhoods Food & Culture

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Adult (12+)
$88
Child (6-11)
$45
Private Tour Base Price
$275

Uncover the astounding mix of nationalities that make up the City of Angels on this Los Angeles food tour that reveals hole-in-the-wall eateries, markets, snack shops, and the fine art of riding the metro. Who said you need a car in LA?

East Hollywood Food Tour Highlights

  • Taste sweet and savory foods from Koreatown, Little Armenia, and Thai Town
  • Experience the culture and learn the history of these diverse neighborhoods
  • Admire ornate historic architecture and get a glimpse of the Hollywood Sign
  • Take part in real East Hollywood life with a ride on a local bus

Inclusions: Select sweet and savory tastings (vegetarian options available with advance notice upon booking), some drinks (non-alcoholic) and water; public transportation fare from Koreatown to Little Armenia; English-speaking local guide. Notes: Please indicate vegetarian preferences or any dietary restrictions upon booking. We will do our best to accommodate them although we cannot guarantee an alternative option at each stop.

Exclusions: Additional food and drink items, return transportation to start point, and tips/gratuities for your guide

Schedule details

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meeting point: 3355 Wilshire Blvd. (in front of the Gaylord Apartments). Metro Red Line stop Wilshire/Vermont. Local bus lines 720, 20, 206, 204. Visit metro.net for more info on public transport. For parking, check out parkinginla.lacity.org.
  • Starting time: 2.00 PM
  • Ending point: 5450 Hollywood Blvd at Hollywood/Western metro station. We’ll finish several miles from the start point. Most guests ride the Metro Red Line four stops back to Wiltshire/Vermont (F$1.50 one way plus $1 reusable Metro TAP Card). Other options – taxi or bus.
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  • On this LA tour, you venture off the beaten path into some of Los Angeles most ethnic enclaves, where locals live as though they’ve never left home. Signs in foreign languages, traditional snack shops, and ethnic markets line these neighborhood streets, making each visit an epic adventure you won’t be forgetting in a hurry!

    To kick off this LA food tour, you learn how these enclaves came about, what makes them unique, and where to find some of the city’s best and most hidden ethnic cuisine. We enjoy unique and delicious tastings in markets, restaurants, bakeries, and hole-in-the-wall eateries, making sure to include a variety of both sweet and savory ethnic LA food. As we walk and ride the metro through the neighborhoods, you get to observe life in some of LA’s most vibrant areas, highlighting traditional homes, architecture, and cultural hotspots.

    From Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination site to Korean karaoke bars, and Thai spirit houses, this cultural Los Angeles tour introduces you to the city’s lesser-known and off-beat sectors, where you’re sure to discover many treasures and discover a different side to this legedary city.

    During the course of this LA food tour we enjoy enough food for a whole meal, so please come with an appetite!

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Select sweet and savory tastings (vegetarian options available with advance notice upon booking), some drinks (non-alcoholic) and water, public transportation fare from Koreatown to Little Armenia, and English-speaking local guide. Notes: Please indicate vegetarian preferences or any dietary restrictions upon booking. We will do our best to accommodate them although we cannot guarantee an alternative option at each stop.

    Exclusions: Additional food and drink items, return transportation to start point, and tips/gratuities for your guide

    Dress standard: We cover about 1.5 miles in total during our walk so we would recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes. Sunscreen, sunhat, and sunglasses are also encouraged. A warm layer of clothing may be necessary as evenings can be cool October through June.

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people. Please indicate vegetarian preferences or any dietary restrictions upon booking (in the ‘additional information’ box at checkout). We will do our best to accommodate them, although we cannot guarantee an alternative option at each stop.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Additional Information: We believe in sustainable travel. Please bring a refillable bottle for water and remember to keep hydrated, especially during hot days. A reusable bag is also recommended to carry any purchases and reduce plastic bag waste.

    Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page. If you plan to bring a stroller, please note there are some rough sidewalks and one bus ride on this tour.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +1 323 300 5370
    Email address: [email protected]

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  • Mr. Adrya M. A. from Canada traveled on 22 Jan 2017:

    It was a lot of fun.

    Ms. Susan P. from USA traveled on 27 Dec 2016:

    Sabrina was enthusiastic, charming and nice. Loved taking the bus. Really appreciated how Sabrina escorted us back to beginning since I neglected to realize that starting point and ending were not same location.

    Mr. AM A. from USA traveled on 25 Aug 2016:

    We took Brooke’s Ethnic Neighborhoods Food and Culture Tour last Saturday. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour not just for the food, but for the insights into the neighborhoods and to the roles the each group have played in the story of Los Angeles. I also want to commend you on the information on your website that made planning for the tour easy. And you get extra points for designing a tour to make it so easy to use the Metro!!

    Mr. Ryan M. from Australia traveled on 21 Oct 2015:

    Amazing guide, great food and excellent company!

    Mrs. Cindy M. from Australia traveled on 25 Mar 2015:

    This was our third Urban Adventure tour and all three have been quite good. The guides seem to be more knowledgeable than those on other tours.

    Ms. Mary H. from USA traveled on 02 Dec 2014:

    Everyone was so friendly! Sabrina our guide-excellent!
    Our Tour group was great too! Would recommend.

    Ms. Kari M. from USA traveled on 26 Nov 2014:

    Summer was very knowledgable and fun!

    Ms. Emily C. from USA traveled on 23 Sep 2014:

    Summer was so knowledgable and super sweet. We will definitely do a tour with her again!

    Ms. Trisha D. from USA traveled on 17 Sep 2014:

    Add additional information regarding the two parking lots next to gaylord apartments. Had trouble locating it and was late for tour.

    Ms. Deborah F. from Australia traveled on 30 Jul 2014:

    Summer was terrific as a guide. i had a great afternoon with lots of fun and new experiences

    Michael O. from USA traveled on 21 Aug 2013:

    We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. The only comment we
    would offer is that it was a bit too long. We would
    have deleted the last two stops. We were all pretty tired by then and certainly stuffed! But very generous to give us so much for such a small fee. We live here so we now have all these great new places to go! We will definitely do more!

    Ms. Cynthia R. from traveled on 11 Aug 2013:

    This was a birthday surprise. We have never done this before and we enjoyed it. Summer was our guide and she was awesome. I liked all of the history that Summer gave us along our tour. She gave us info on the city, the cultures that we were experiencing, and a little background on the owners of the restaurants we visited. We even got to meet a few of the owners. We booked the Ethnic Neighborhoods. I couldn’t wait to tell my friends and family about this surprise. I even told a salesperson at Sports Chalet about it. I gave her the website to look at. Thank you Summer!!!!

    Ms. Kathie K. from traveled on 26 Jul 2013:

    Summer was an excellent tour guide. She effortlessly led us around the city and knew a great deal about the areas we were visiting. Although we never felt rushed, she finished exactly when she was supposed to. We were very impressed with the whole tour.
    I saw this tour on Groupon and it looked like fun, so I invited three of my friends to go. We’d do it again in a heartbeat!

    Ms. Laurie L. from USA traveled on 24 Jul 2013:

    A really interesting and informative tour, not to mention all the wonderful food-sampling. It was more food than expected and the restaurants were all very clean and nice.

    Ms. Lenore D. from USA traveled on 05 Jun 2013:

    I had another great tour with Summer!! She was very entertaining, knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. We laughed and had a great time! The best part of the tour was eating spicy Thai soup, so incredible! I would love to go on another tour with Summer!

    Mrs. Tonya V. from traveled on 29 May 2013:

    Had a great time and found some hidden treasures that I never knew existed in Los Angeles after having lived here 15 years! Going back to one of the Thai restaurants tomorrow for lunch and can’t wait! The tour guide was super knowledgeable and a joy to experience Los Angeles with.