See the real LA!

  • Did a full day walking tour of LA. Our tour guide Damien was very knowledgeable & passionate about giving us all the information in a clear & concise way. The tour was very well planned & organised & was not tiring.

    Hp108 TripAdvisor
  • We did The Real Hollywood tour & loved it! The tour was at a great pace & the guide (Vicky) was very knowledgeable & made the tour fun. Thank you!

    Lisa Montesanti Google
  • Stuart was so knowledgeable & was worth the day with him. I had been to LA multiple times before but this is the first time I had taken a tour - so thrilled to have this experience with my mom & sister. I would recommend this tour again & again.

    Steph S. Yelp
  • We had an amazing DTLA Murder Mystery Ghost tour with Damien & Dante... thank you very much from the Italian girls... very interesting & funny… absolutely recommended!

    Lucrezia Scamarcio Facebook
  • This tour was awesome! Stuart is very knowledgeable, likeable & fun. The stops on the tour were very interesting & I learned a lot. I’ve been on quite a few tours of this nature & this was one of my favorites - highly recommend!

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  • Did a walking tour of LA (LA in a Day). Vicky started us off with the Hollywood tour & Damien (who is also the owner) was our guide for the rest of the day. The entire day was awesome, I suggest this tour. There isn't that much walking, to be honest. It's very fun!

    Mel L Google
  • My boyfriend & I took the DTLA Murder Mystery Ghost tour with Stuart as our guide & had the most amazing time! We had experiences we will never forget! We were able to see parts & people of Los Angeles that we never would have without Stuart. I give this 10/10. If we visit again, this will be at the top of our to do list!

    Michelle B. Yelp
  • Absolutely amazing! Highly recommend taking both The Real Hollywood Tour & the Central Downtown LA tour! Our time in LA wouldn't have been the same. Great way to learn about the city, see it from a different angle, explore the local life & learn about its history & filming industry. Damien our guide was fantastic!

    Sara Pozueta Facebook
  • Sylvie was our host & was fantastic. She had a lot of local knowledge & gave her unique perspective as someone who had moved to the area many years ago, so she had an outsider's as well as an insider's perspective. The tour gave us a great overview of Santa Monica & Venice & set us up for a great rest of the day.

    Gregory Airbnb
  • We took 2 tours, the Santa Monica & Venice Bike tour (with Sylvie) & the Real Hollywood tour (with Damien). Both were great & highly recommended. Sylvie & Damien were informative, knowledgeable & easy to talk to. They were like you were with friends. We were traveling as a family of 4 with 2 boys (15 & 12). We all enjoyed the tours.

    Paula Lindgren Google

LA: Food + History + Design Tour

LA: Wild West to Now tour

Price

$70 / pp
Free / child (0-11 y.o.)
Includes food

Walking

2 miles
An easy walking distance

Time

12pm – 3pm (3 hours)
Eat the food, learn the history & see the architecture of L.A.

Why do the LA: Food + History + Design Tour?

Food: we have an amazing food scene here. From French newcomers in the nineteenth century, to Italian immigrants of the early twentieth century, to successive waves of migration from China, Vietnam and Thailand in the last fifty years, each culture has left its mark on the Los Angeles culinary landscape. And we haven’t even mentioned Latin America or Japan yet! On this tour you’ll eat some of the best food that L.A. has to offer.

History: Los Angeles has a fascinating story too. Many of its oldest buildings, from when the tiny pueblo was infamous for being the most lawless and violent town in the Wild West, are still standing and you’ll even go inside them on this tour. Thought L.A. was just movie stars, beaches and Beverly Hills? Think again, we have a rich history going back to 1781.

Design: DTLA has some of the most iconic buildings in the world – City Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Eastern Columbia Building to name just three. On this tour you’ll also experience many beautiful interior spaces, from the Bradbury Building, to Union Station to the Art Nouveau lobby of a 1913 hotel. For over a hundred years Los Angeles has been a design capital and you’ll see exactly why.

Join us on the LA: Food + History + Design Tour and TRULY experience the best of Los Angeles.

FOOD TASTING LOCATIONS

What is the French Dip Sandwich? It was created in L.A. over a hundred years ago, but where and why? You’ll learn the history of this authentic local dish on this tour (btw it’s not French!)

Japanese immigrants began moving here at the end of the nineteenth century, over time creating a Japanese/Californian fusion cuisine. The California sushi roll is one of the most well-known examples, but there are many others.

Not many people know that the French have had a significant impact on Los Angeles, dating back to when immigrants first moved to the area in the 1850’s to make wine. We’ll take a look at their continuing influence.

Our Mexican heritage is well-known. California was part of Mexico for several decades after all and, since it joined the U.S. in 1848, many Mexicans have come here. Consequently we have some of the best Central American food in the world.

Who doesn’t like ice-cream? When it’s unique flavors, that are hand-made on the premises, it’s even better.

The coffee scene in L.A. is now very varied and full of smaller operators with an emphasis on unique, organic lattes, espressos and cappuccinos. Sample some on this tour.

We do not accept incentives from any restaurant in order to take you there. All places we visit on the tour are designed to fit the experience, not get us a commission.

LOGISTICS & DETAILS

*Cost: $70 pp (5% of what you pay goes to Climate Cents, a local climate change organization).

*Walking Distance: 2 miles.

*Tour starts 12 midday Sunday, side entrance to Union Station at Alameda Street entrance (photo of meeting point).

*Tour finishes 3pm, Pershing Square.

*Children under 12 y.o. do not have to buy a ticket (not inclusive of food).

*There are 4 food tastings included, each for about 20 minutes, for the equivalent of a normal 3 course meal.

*There’s a big range of food options and all types of diet can be accommodated (Vegetarian, Vegan etc). Please email us if you have any dietary restrictions.

YOU CAN BOOK THIS AS A PRIVATE TOUR STARTING AT JUST $420 FOR UP TO 6 GUESTS

DISCLAIMERS

This tour is in English. If your English isn’t fluent this may not be the best option for you. We do not offer this tour in any other language at this time.

Drinks are not included.

This a walking tour and we move at a reasonable pace. If you have mobility issues please book a private tour.

We never cancel tours in advance due to the weather conditions.

Aim to get to the meeting point 10-15 minutes early. If you’re late you may miss the tour.

Full refund or exchange available up to 48 hours before tour start time.

You must book in advance.

Itinerary

Subject to change at our discretion.

LA Food History Design Tour
Union Station, the last great station in the U.S., opened in 1939
LA Food History Design Tour
Enjoy great Mexican food on historic Olvera Street
Pico House (1870), once the finest hotel in Los Angeles
Los Angeles City Hall, an architectural masterpiece seen in many movies
Pope of Broadway & first Mexican to win an Oscar
The beautiful 1893 Bradbury Building
Old Bank District, once known as "the Wall Street of the West"
LA Food History Design Tour
Hand made ice cream & great coffee - a great combination
LA info
See the fantastical restaurant that inspired Walt Disney
Pershing Square & Biltmore Hotel, home of the Oscars in the 1920' & 30's