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Our most recommended Charleston Food & gourmet tours

Charleston: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour

1. Charleston: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour

Our tour starts in front of the Port of Call Food + Brew Hall, where we'll kick off a delicious exploration of Charleston's vibrant food scene. Next, you'll dig into some South Carolina-style bbq, believed to be the oldest barbeque in the world! As you continue the tour, you'll take a leisurely stroll through the Historic Charleston City Market and delve into the history of the African slave trade's impact on the local cuisine. Discover how classic ingredients such as benne seeds and collard greens were introduced to the local diet and have since become a staple of Lowcountry cuisine. Of course, no visit to the Lowcountry would be complete without sampling some of the freshest seafood our city offers, including our famous Shrimp & Grits and She-crab soup. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a scoop of handmade ice cream crafted from scratch using locally sourced ingredients from Lowcountry farmers, purveyors, and chefs. It's creamy, flavorful, and simply irresistible! As with all our tours, there's our delicious Secret Dish.

Charleston: Small Group Food Tour – Savor the Flavors

2. Charleston: Small Group Food Tour – Savor the Flavors

Taste your way through Charleston on a comprehensive food tour. Visit a variety of local eateries, culinary landmarks, restaurants, and bakeries, each with its own story. Experience more than 300 years of history while sampling delicious specialties. Gain a unique perspective on the area and food culture from your guides, each with their own culinary credentials. Enjoy small samples at each location that will equal a large meal. Typical tastings include: Stone ground grits •Charleston benne wafers •Locally-made gourmet chocolates •Southern pralines •Sweet tea •Collard greens •Lowcountry barbeque

Charleston: Wadmalaw Island Wine Tasting and Tea Garden Trip

3. Charleston: Wadmalaw Island Wine Tasting and Tea Garden Trip

Set off from Charleston and see some of the highlights of Wadmalaw Island and the low country. Admire the 500-year-old angel oak tree, enjoy some tea at the Charleston Tea Garden, and savor wine at a local vineyard. First, visit Angel Tree Park and see the famous angel oak tree, thought to be one of the oldest organisms east of the Mississippi. At 65 feet high and with a circumference of 25.5 feet, this beautiful 500-year-old tree is an awe-inspiring sight. Stop by the Charleston Tea Garden, with hundreds of thousands of tea bushes stretching as far as the eye can see. Take the trolley ride, which makes a stop at a state-of-the-art greenhouse. Enjoy complimentary tea samples as you stroll the beautiful grounds and learn all about how tea is made. Finally, visit Deep Water Vineyard. They grow and harvest their grapes, as well as bottle their wines directly on site. Explore the vineyard which also includes walking trails, many different animals, a garden, a large pond, and a gift shop. Return to the pickup point at the end of the tour.

Charleston: Historic Downtown Food Tour with Tastings

4. Charleston: Historic Downtown Food Tour with Tastings

Sample southern cuisine from several world-class restaurants located in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District, and learn a little history while you do it. Enjoy VIP access as you skip the line into some of Charleston’s top restaurants while skipping the line. Sample some Charleston's signature plates like: hushpuppies, carrot cake, she-crab soup, oysters, and shrimp and grits. Between restaurant stops, your guide will walk you through Charleston’s beautiful cobblestone streets, passing by iconic landmarks such as the Old Exchange building and the Pineapple fountain at Waterfront Park. Each stop is not a full meal, but by the end of our tour the samples should equal a full portion of food. Each stop at food establishments should be around 20 minutes total with the entirety of the tour coming in at about 2 hours long.

Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour

5. Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour

This 2.5-hour Charleston food walking tour features the area surrounding City Market in the historic downtown district. Learn about the city's history as you enjoy tastings of traditional favorites and contemporary innovations, all of which highlight the cuisine of locally owned restaurants. With a guide, you'll visit at least 4 eateries providing samples of low country dishes. You will endure a delicious desert stop at the final restaurant. Each visit lasts 20-30 minutes, and you'll be seated to rest your legs. For most people, the amount of food served is enough for a meal. As you enjoy walking through this historical section of the city, listen to stories about Charleston's culture and cuisine from your guide, who points out landmarks along your route. This wonderful experience will end within walking distance of your starting point. 

Charleston: Savor the Flavors Upper King Street Food Tour

6. Charleston: Savor the Flavors Upper King Street Food Tour

Savor the unique flavors of Charleston on this food tour in the famous Upper King Street District. Visit some of the area's tastiest restaurants and get a taste of what they're serving up. Sample mouth-watering dishes of Lowcountry cuisine from the popular culinary innovators in this ever-evolving restaurant district. Tastings may include tea sandwiches and deviled eggs, benne wafers and sweet tea, fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, she-crab soup, and pimento cheese. Tour also focuses on Lowcountry dining customs and traditions.

Charleston: Southern Charm Walking Food Tour with Tastings

7. Charleston: Southern Charm Walking Food Tour with Tastings

On this guided food tour, stroll through the streets of Charleston for two hours and discover four favorite local eateries. While you sample the delights of Southern cuisine, learn about the history behind the dishes. Along the way, pause to see landmarks like the Old Charleston Jail. To begin your tour, head to the classy and iconic eatery "82 Queen" to meet your guide and dive into the tastings. At this stylish establishment, sample a creamy she-crab soup that was originally created to impress President William Taft. Savor the rich blend of seafood flavors. After you've whet your appetite, make your way to see the sights of Charleston and meander to 60 Bull Cafe. Here, tuck into a mouthwatering, freshly-caught flounder po'boy. Learn about the history pimento cheese, a uniquely Southern, creamy cheese experience. Continue as you stroll past the sights of Charleston, including Old Charleston Jail and Wentworth Mansion. Snap photos as you go, then stop at a third eatery for a classic sweet tea and deviled egg pairing. Finally, visit Vom Fass for a tasting of gourmet olive oils and liqueurs.

Charleston's Upper King Street Culinary Tour

8. Charleston's Upper King Street Culinary Tour

The Upper King Street district has emerged as an area with tremendous energy; showcasing culinary innovation, experimental design and boutique shopping. The restaurants featured in the tour are trailblazers in Charleston's culinary scene, edgy and innovative, with tremendous passion for their craft. This tour is designed to show off some of the best that Charleston has to offer and provide insight into Charleston's ever changing culinary scene. After meeting your foodie guide at the Charleston Visitor Center you will begin your walking tour and visit 3-4 restaurants, where you'll sample dishes at each, and then take a final stop for dessert! For most people, the amount of food served is enough for a meal. As you enjoy walking through this historical section of the city, listen to stories about Charleston's culture and cuisine from your guide, who points out landmarks along your route. This wonderful experience will end within walking distance of your starting point. Plan on most restaurant stops lasting 20-30 minutes, during which time you'll be seated and have an opportunity to use the restroom.

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What people are saying about Charleston

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 53 reviews

Faith was our guide and she did a fantastic job. We were a wide age group and she kept all entertained. She had great stories and history about Charleston and the restaurants we went to. The food was great. They were very considerate of dietary needs and likes and dislikes. My granddaughter who is 11 had a great time.

Wonderful history tour while eating small bites at perfectly picked locations. Our guide Jessie explained the connection of the food choices to life in Charleston. I’d recommend this trip to anyone looking for a fun filled and very filling activity .

Jess was nothing short of amazing with her food choices and her vast knowledge of Charleston! Even a tropical storm didn’t spoil this experience. I would highly recommend this tour.

Our guide was very knowledgeable of the area and shared history of the area. The food tasting was great with ample servings—-no need for dinner afterwards.

Jess Freeman our tour guide was knowledgeable and made the tour worthwhile. The BBQ was the best of the tastings.