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U Street Corridor: DC Food Cultural Walking Tour

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Highlights
  • 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
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U Street Corridor: DC Food Cultural Walking Tour
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U Street and Shaw Food TourMost Popular
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!
From US$ 73.00
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!
From US$ 89.00
U St Tour w/ Food (Vegetarian)
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!
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Overview

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.

Reviews (71)
1 - 5 of 39 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Highly recommend

We are from New Zealand and I booked this walking food tour after reading about it on Trip advisor . And we had the best time . Aleena our guide was exceptional . Her knowledge and bright and bubbly personality just made our experience. I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Gretchen B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Really wonderful tour!

Really wonderful tour, entertaining and informed tour leader, ample and interesting food for us (unlike what other reviewers noted). Enjoyed the experience and learned a good bit about a neighborhood we've been to, but didn't know all that much about!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Catherine K
marycollins12, Owner at Carpe DC Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Catherine! Thank you for your kind review. We're so glad that you enjoyed your experience with us. :) Cheers, Mary

Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile
Few things to keep in mind...

Food tours are about the history of the establishment and how they survived through tough times and still to this day, please the masses. Keep that in mind because the food might not be what I would typically eat in a restaurant but trying fair...More

Thank NickySixx
marycollins12, Owner at Carpe DC Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2018

Hi NickySixx~ We're so glad to be named as your favorite among the food tours you have taken. :) You nailed our mission - we tell the history of the neighborhoods we explore through food and while we want everyone to enjoy the tastings, it's...More

Reviewed 6 October 2018
Highlight of visit to DC

All great. We visited four family owned restaurants and met the owners. We learned the history of the establishement, their owners and the ethnic food. As we walked from one restaurant to the other, we were told about the various buildings we were passing and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank c11733
marycollins12, Owner at Carpe DC Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2018

Hi c11733! Thank you for your review. We're honored to have been the highlight of your visit! Cheers, Mary

Reviewed 24 September 2018
Interesting tidbits about the neighborhoods and fun foods!

My favorite part of this tour was getting to try foods/places I normally would not have gone to by myself. We went to 4 places; 1 of which (the Ethiopian restaurant) I would have never tried otherwise. I also liked learning about the neighborhood and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jessica R
marycollins12, Owner at Carpe DC Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Hi Jessica! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! Sometimes when we have such a small group, the tour doesn't run as long as there is less to coordinate with each restaurant stop. Our goal is for you to leave the...More

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oldbones46
18 November 2018|
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Response from psr1220 | Reviewed this property |
Try emailing them directly. They’re a small company and I think they’d be willing to work with your request. Carpe DC Food Tours. Good luck!
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samsnana2018
8 July 2018|
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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
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8 July 2018|
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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
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