Top Food Tours For A Real Taste Of Miami

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Croquetas

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Cuban Sandwich

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Dr Smood

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Glass and Vine

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Guava pastelitos

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Ceviche spoons at Jaguar

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By: Shayne Benowitz

One of the best ways to get to know Miami is through its food. The good news is there are a number of excellent food tours that explore a wide variety of Miami’s neighborhoods and their culinary specialties. Miami Culinary Tours is one of the city’s premier food tours, exploring Little Havana, South Beach, Wynwood, Coconut Grove and the Design District.

If you’re not sure where to start, their daylong Miami City Tour gives you a great overview of the flavors of South Beach, Wynwood and Little Havana. In addition to the food, you’ll gain insight into the history of South Beach’s renowned Art Deco architecture, learn about the famous Wynwood murals and the Cuban culture of Little Havana. A sampling of the restaurants on your voyage include Bolivar Restaurant in South Beach for Colombian-style beef pie and chicken plantain patacon with a cocktail, GK Bistronomie in Wynwood for Peruvian pork rolls and mahi mahi ceviche with wine pairings and El Pub in Little Havana for Cuban beef picadillo empanadas.

Read on for a mouthwatering selection of culinary tours specific to Miami’s different neighborhoods.

Little Havana

Miami Culinary Tours offers two different ways to discover Little Havana. Their Little Havana Food Tour spans half a mile for a two-and-a-half hour tour. You’ll learn about the culture’s Santeria spiritual practice, visit a cigar factory, view Domino Park and the CubaOcho Art Museum. You’ll also enjoy a plentiful smorgasbord of Cuban cuisine including Cuban coffee, guava pastelitos, mamey smoothies and homemade ice cream. The Little Havana Culture & Bites tour is an hour-and-a-half, bite-sized crash course into the neighborhood and its food.

Cultural Heritage Alliance Tours (CHAT) organizes the hour-long Little Havana Paint, Taste & Sip Experience walking tour. While a guide immerses you in the culture of the neighborhood, you’ll sample Cuban specialties like empanadas, pastelitos and Cuban coffee. Your walking tour concludes at the Futurama Building art galleries for an artist talk and painting lesson with the neighborhood’s roosters as your subject. You’ll sip mojitos as your creativity flows. Finally, enjoy a gourmet chocolate demonstration and tasting for the perfect sweet ending.

CHAT also organizes a Black Heritage Tour + Lunch Experience through Historic Overtown, Little Haiti, Coconut Grove Village West and Little Havana. You’ll learn about the neighborhoods through their history, people, food and art. The tour concludes with a lunch of Caribbean soul food.

South Beach

Miami Culinary Tours’ two-and-a-half hour South Beach Food Tour takes guests on a mile-long walk around the Art Deco District with a sampling of a wide array of South Beach flavors. You’ll dine on Ocean Drive at Gloria Estefan’s Lario’s on the Beach for beef picadillo and malanga frita with red sangria and Havana 1957 for croquetas and mojitos. You’ll conclude the tour at the best Italian gelateria on the beach. This is only a sampling of the many flavors you’ll discover on the South Beach Food Tour.

Wynwood

Miami Culinary Tours’ Wynwood Food & Art Tour takes you on a two-and-a-half hour stroll through the Wynwood Arts District where you’ll see the neighborhood’s incredible murals and art galleries and learn about how it all came to be. You’ll also enjoy a diverse sampling of the neighborhood’s flavors, including Baja Peninsula-inspired tacos from Taco Stand, cookies from Zak the Baker, gelato from Flavian and raw and vegan bites from Dr. Smood.

Design District

Discover one of Miami’s hippest new neighborhoods with Miami Culinary Tours’ two-and-a-half-hour long Design District Food Tour. A bastion for public art, design and fashion, the Design District is a feast for your eyes and your belly. Start at St. Roch Market where you’ll sample everything from fried chicken to oysters. Then move onto Estefan Kitchen for sophisticated Cuban cuisine, La Polita for tacos and MadLab Creamery for ice cream like you’ve never tasted before.

Coconut Grove

Discover the melting pot of flavors in Coconut Grove with Miami Culinary Tours’ three-hour Coconut Grove Food Tour. As Miami’s most historic neighborhood, you’ll learn about its multi-cultural heritage and laidback vibe through its cuisine. Sample Peruvian ceviche at Jaguar, Cuban-American fusion at both Ariete and Glass & Vine, Indian cuisine at Saffron at Grove and Thai flavors at Atchana’s Homegrown Thai restaurant. It’s like a culinary voyage around the world without leaving the neighborhood.

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