Tours run weekly on Saturdays and select Fridays.
Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free substitutions available.
We recommend having a light breakfast the morning of your tour.
This tour involves 1.1 miles (1.75 km) and includes stairs.
Our tours take place rain, snow, or shine. Please dress accordingly.
Our Downtown Ithaca Food Tour is a narrated, guided tour of the heart of Ithaca. You will visit six different one-of-a-kind restaurants that showcase the incredible variety of what this town has to offer. Delicious food tastings, enough for a full lunch, will be served by these locally-owned culinary hotspots.
Between scrumptious samplings, you’ll be treated to a local’s knowledge of Ithaca’s history and culture. Your expert guide will share their love for their hometown as they showcase historic sites, architectural gems, public art, a city park in a parking space, and so much more. At the end of the tour, you’ll be well acquainted with Downtown Ithaca’s attractions, restaurants, upcoming events, and more.
The Downtown Ithaca Food Tour is perfect for Ithaca locals and visitors alike! Whether you’re a first time visitor or a lifelong “townie” we’re confident that you’ll walk away with a satiated appetite and a new perspective on Ithaca’s culture, cuisine, and community.
World-famous natural foods restaurant renowned for their James Beard award-winning cookbooks.
Ten Forward Cafe
Plant-based cafe featuring fabulous milkshakes, hot & cold sandwiches, and dessert baked fresh daily.
Hawi Ethiopian Cuisine
Ethiopian restaurant serving authentic ancestral recipes cooked to order.
Mama Said Hand Pies
Made by hand & baked to perfection, this mom-and-pop business bakes savory hand pies with fillings that celebrate comforting flavors from around the world.
A specialty culinary boutique featuring high quality extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, custom spice blends, & Finger Lakes gifts.
Monks on the Commons
Thoughtfully-prepared food and drink with a nod to tradition and a healthy dose of novelty.
Tompkins Center for History and Culture (Further details provided with ticket purchase.)Get Directions
We welcome young foodies on our both our Downtown Ithaca Food Tour and The Science of Taste Food Tour, but they must be accompanied by an adult.
Please keep in mind that our tours average 3 hours in length and do involve a fair degree of standing and walking, so we ask that you consider whether your child would like to participate on a food tour. Parents, who know their children best, should assess the situation individually.
Children age 3 or younger not participating in the tastings do not require a separate ticket. (Tickets must be purchased for children above the age of 3.) Please do let us know in the notes section when you purchase tickets if you will be attending with an infant or young child.
Our Downtown Ithaca Craft Beverage Tour is only open to individuals over 21 years of age.
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at the tour start location and at selected food-tasting locations. Since there are bathrooms at the tour start locations, you may want to arrive early to allow time to use the facilities.
The tours are held rain, shine, or snow. In the event of inclement weather, we will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. However, you should dress appropriately for the day’s weather conditions and bring an umbrella if necessary. If there is ever a weather emergency and safety of participants is an issue, we will address these rare circumstances accordingly.
In addition to a healthy appetite, please bring along your e-ticket (electronic form is fine) or a photo ID to show to your tour guide at the tour starting point.
In terms of clothing, we suggest that you wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. When it’s really hot out, we recommend that you wear sun protection i.e. sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, etc. During the cooler seasons it’s important to wear an extra layer of clothing, a jacket, and consider bringing gloves and a scarf. If it looks like rain, an umbrella or poncho is recommended.
Water will be provided at several of our tasting locations throughout the tour to help keep you hydrated. However, you might also like to bring your own bottle of water with you.
We also suggest you bring a camera to capture the memories you’ll create during the tour! And lastly: gratuity for your tour guide if they impress you.
Yes, advance ticket purchase is required. Ticket sales end at 9:00am EST the morning of the tour. Cash and/or walk-up traffic the day of the tour is not accepted. To maximize your chances of getting the day, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance.
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The walking tour is about a mile long, with the perfect length stroll between courses. The quality of the food is outstanding and it's unsurprising that, being in Ithaca, there are many options for people with special dietary concerns.