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“The North End Market Tour was an exceptionally interesting and unique addition to our overall visit to Boston.”

Michele Topor's Boston Food Tours
Ranked #13 of 46 Food & Drink in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Join us as we celebrate our 20th year providing culinary walking tours of Boston's "Little Italy" North End and Chinatown. Boston Food Tours embraces Michele Topor's passion for all things culinary. Trained as a professional chef, Michele has taught cooking, catered, and consulted since 1979. Michele's cooking classes, market tours and culinary trips to Italy have been featured on the Travel Channel, TV Food Network, HGTV and CNN, as well as on the radio, and in various national and international publications. Close your eyes and imagine strolling down quaint and narrow streets while enjoying colorful sights, tantalizing aromas, and chaotic sounds as we wind our way through neighborhoods alive with colorful immigrant history and undiscovered "hidden gems". Both walking tours are like cooking classes on foot. You will learn how Mediterranean and Asian cultures prepare and enjoy their food, and how their dishes have been adapted to American kitchens. The secret of a cuisine is the high quality of ingredients, a sense of regional tradition and an understanding of the culture. In order to help you choose the best products, we visit the local merchants who stock the highest quality and most authentic ingredients, while learning how to avoid fraudulent imitations. On our tours, each stop provides a sample tasting of specific food ingredients and delicacies, often a benchmark flavor of that cuisine. Our experienced and knowledgeable guides offer cooking tips for incorporating these essential foods into your own recipes. As you become immersed in a world of ethnic flavors, you will learn the secrets of the world's healthiest cuisines. Our tours give you an insider's view of the vibrant, thriving ethnic enclaves. You will gain confidence in how to select the essential products that are both delicious and healthy. Your world and dinner will never be the same. Join us on Boston's oldest and most original culinary walking tour of "Little Italy" (North End) and Chinatown, and learn everything you must know to enjoy traditional Italian and Chinese foods in order to nourish your body in the way that nature intended.
Reviewed 21 October 2011

While we knew Boston was noted for it's historical tours and also good food, we were intrigued by the option to combine both in the North End Market tour. Not only did the three hour tour cover its stated objectives, but we were also treated to a snapshot of local people, their passion for life (and food). Jim was the consummate guide-- knowledgable, patient and interested in those of us he hosted.

I would highly recommend the experience!

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Reviewed 15 October 2011

Great few hours spent with Jim wandering, listening and tasting around the back streets of the North End, having been on a few of these tours throughout the US this is one of the most entertaining and leaves you all set for a nice lunch in one of the many Italian restaurants throughout the area.

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Reviewed 23 September 2011

A recent visit to Boston included a morning tour of some of the North End eating delights. Food Tours of Boston offers this 2 hour walk which starts with a visit to Maria's Pastries where you are offered tastes of fabulous Italian sweets and information of how they are made right on the premises. Then it's off to a coffee/grocery shop...very small but packed with amazing items. Again, much information is offered by the tour leader (we had Jim...fabulous!!) about individual items, along with samples. Winding along the narrow streets, next is a green grocer...too small to let us enter, but again, treats to sample along with a recipe. And so it goes...to a shop with olive oils, balsamic vinegar, cheeses and extraordinary prosciutto. Yes, we tasted everything! Finally, a visit to the most inclusive wine store I have ever seen. Alas, no tastings, but incredible information and atmosphere.
This tour is highly recommended for anyone except small children...the pace is just right to learn, enjoy new tastes and enjoy a part of Boston rich in history. Jim is the perfect guide with a chef's background and great patience with any questions.
We loved it!

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Reviewed 20 September 2011

This tour gave a great background history of the North End then proceeded to take us to a wonderful bakery, fresh green grocer, coffee and spice store, butcher, wonderful deli, cheese shop, wine store, etc with tastings everywhere. If you like to cook, it will fire you up to find the best ingredients in your own area when you get home. We're so glad we took this tour.

1  Thank jojo99Delanco_Nj
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

I always wanted to take this tour, finally did, after reading great reviews. The tour guide Jim shared lots of information about the North End, along with Italy and the different regions. He told us how the food from Italy changed in its transition to America and how Italian food has become "Americanized". You are told ahead that this is not an eating tour; so when you get small tastes of food, don't be dissapointed. Take the time to taste the different foods and use it as a base to decide what you like. All of the places we visited were intriguing in their own way. There is no time for purchasing anything, so pick a tour time that you can return to the shops after to purchase things if you choose to. Tell the owners that you took the tour, their faces all light up! The owners were all very pleasant. The time flew by on this tour. I learned so much, I was sorry it ended and wish there were more tours to take of the NOrth End. They do offer another tour in Chinatown, as well.

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