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Walking Food Tour of the Historic U Street Neighborhood

  • Learn about the history and impact of U Street, a former hub of black culture
  • Sample a variety of dishes from establishments loved by locals
  • Local guide points out landmarks and murals you may not spot on your own
Walking Food Tour of the Historic U Street Neighborhood
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3 hour walking tour covering 2 miles in historic U Street and Shaw Neighborhoods. Our food tour goes to local stops for mouthwatering food and drink and visits cultural and historic stops too!
U St Shaw Food Tour w alcohol
3 hour walking tour covering 2 miles in historic U Street and Shaw Neighborhoods. Our food tour goes to local stops for mouthwatering food and brews, and visits cultural and historic stops too!

Take a walk through history on this 2-hour food tour of DC’s U Street, formerly known as Black Broadway. Avoid the hassle of navigating on your own and instead follow a guide through historic neighborhoods once frequented by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Going with a guide ensures you visit hard-to-spot landmarks and murals, as well as cafes and restaurants loved by locals.

What to Expect

Meet the guide at 11:30am at Ben’s Next Door in the heart of historic U Street. After greetings and introductions, whet your appetite with a tasting of Ben’s famous chili.

Continue on a walking tour of U Street and Shaw, two historic neighborhoods that were once the heart of black culture in America. Pass by famous landmarks and murals, many of which are unmarked or hard to find without the knowledge of a guide.

As you learn about the impact of U Street’s music, art, and architecture, stop at a variety of establishments loved by locals for a tasting menu that includes chili dogs, Ethiopian entrees, and Jamaican tea.

After two leisurely hours, the tour ends in Shaw, home of the famous Howard Theatre. Leave with the knowledge that a portion of your ticket price goes to the area's residents in need.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Do it!

I usually take a food tour when I visit a new city. I was only in DC for a long weekend and I almost didn’t sign up one. I’m glad I did. Aleena was a fantastic guide. Extremely friendly and personable. I was the only...More

1  Thank Patrick R
Reviewed 3 days ago
My mouth still waters!

A couple of years ago, I made one of the best decisions of my life - to always include a food tour when traveling. This was my 5th time visiting DC and the friends I traveled with were also seasoned visitors (pun intended). We planned...More

Thank Emma C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great Tour

My wife and I live in DC and received a gift card for the tour as a present. I was not entirely sure what to expect and how much I would get out of the tour living in DC and being familiar with the area,...More

Thank calarkin27
Reviewed 25 June 2018
Excellent for our group of students

We had arranged for a U-Street tour for our group of 40 hand-picked scholars while we were touring Washington, D.C. They accommodated our group splendidly. We split our group into two smaller groups and each had their own tour guide. Each group went to the...More

Thank breoni
Reviewed 1 June 2018
Discriminating against single travellers

I would really have liked to go on this food tour, but in trying to sign up I got an error message that said attendees had to number from 2 to 15. So no one travelling alone can take this tour. That really sucks. I...More

2  Thank TamMpls
marycollins12, Owner at Carpe DC Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

Hi TamMpls~ I'm so sorry that you had this experience. We do welcome single travelers but for logistical purposes, our system only allowed people to book a single ticket once we already had two others signed up. Please understand that it simply did not make...More

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8 July 2018|
Response from Muskrat083015 | Reviewed this property |
Hi! I went on this tour. I am guessing you reached out to the tour company already. My recollection was that this tour runs one time during the day. But please check with them as it could have changed! It is a worthwhile... More
8 July 2018|
Response from gcoleman110 | Reviewed this property |
Check the tour company for later tours. I believe there is more than one company providing tours. However, if your arrival is on time you will be able to make the 11:30 tour. The initial meet-up site (Ben's next door) is... More