Food & Drink

Old Pasadena Food Tour

Pasadena, CA

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Pasadena, CA
Explore the history, colorful alleyways and rustic architecture while sampling delicious dishes on this Old Pasadena food tour.
  • Your friendly and knowledgeable guides have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, on the local CBS Evening News, and in AAA World magazine
  • Explore the streets of Green, Union, Holly, and DeLacey, the avenues of Fair Oaks and Raymond, as well as Colorado Boulevard
  • Enjoy 8 food tastings, which may include: world cuisine cafes and restaurants, an artisan chocolatier, a renowned ice cream counter and a trendy poke shop
When Do I Choose A Date?
Either yourself or the lucky recipient can make a booking and select dates once you are in receipt of the voucher. You'll register the voucher, follow the booking instructions and your experience with us begins!

Saturdays & Sundays - 10:30 AM

Essential Information
  • Tickets and reservations are required for all guests ages 5 and older or all guests participating in tastings; be sure to inform Virgin Experience Gifts of any children attending at the time of booking
  • It is strongly recommended that you bring a bottle of water with you
3.5 hours
Experience Provider Info
Complete information for your Experience Provider, including contact information, will be included on your booking confirmation email once you or your gift recipient have scheduled the experience. Our Product Management team handpicks top-rated experience providers, removing the guesswork for you and ensuring your peace of mind.
Maximum Participants
The tour includes up to 15 participants
This experience is only available for those on the tour.
Weather Dependent
This experience is not weather dependent and is held rain or shine regardless of weather conditions. Always contact your experience provider with any questions about weather conditions.
What To Wear
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for walking and weather conditions.
If I am bringing an infant or very young child, do I need a ticket for them?
Children are most certainly welcome on the tour. Infants or young children under the age of 5 do not need tickets if they will not be participating in the tastings. Please let Virgin Experience Gifts know if you will be attending with an infant or young child at the time of booking.
How much food is served on the tour?

There are 7 stops for food tastings plus a stop for 'sensory' tasting on the tour. Some of the tastes are bite size, and others are more ample. For most people, there is enough food that lunch afterwards is not necessary.

What types of food are served on the tour?

You will taste foods from a variety of establishments including ethnic eateries (Middle Eastern, Indian and Oaxacan), a Swedish gelato counter, and an artisan chocolatier. You will also stop for Lebanese style falafel and an olive oil tasting and tutorial.

What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please let us know if anyone in your group has a dietary restriction (i.e., vegetarian, nut allergy, etc.) at the time of booking. With enough advance notice, the tour guide can usually accommodate special requests.
Are there any beverages served on the tour?

Water is served at most of the locations we visit; no other beverages are included. You are advised to bring along your own bottle of water, especially if it is a warm day or evening. There are also places to purchase water and other beverages along the tour route.

Is there any alcohol served on the tour?
There are no wine tastings or other alcoholic beverages served on this tour. Each tour participant (daytime and evening) is entitled to a discount to use on their own at Heritage Wine Company (a wine bar) at the end of the tour or on another day of their choosing.
Is the tour wheelchair and/or stroller accessible?
Yes, all of the establishments on the tour are wheelchair and stroller accessible.
Should I give the guide a tip?
Tipping tour guides is customary in the industry, especially if you had a great time and wish to recognize the guide for a job well done. An $8 tip per guest is appreciated.
Why would an L.A. local take this tour?
Unless you live in the immediate neighborhood of this tour, chances are good that you may not be familiar with what's new and different since your last visit to the area. We think locals will find a food tasting tour to be a fun and novel alternative to the usual leisurely lunch, and locals just might find a few new favorite haunts along the way. And unless you are a history or architecture buff, chances are good you will learn stuff you never knew (but always wanted to know) about Pasadena.
How far do we walk? Is it a fast-paced tour?
You will walk approximately 1 1/4 miles on flat ground (no hills or inclines) in a complete loop around Old Pasadena. You are strongly encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes. You'll walk at a comfortably slow pace with frequent stops most of the way and occasional opportunities to briefly sit down.
Do we just walk around and sample food?
Not at all! Aside from sampling delicious food from a variety of food establishments along the way, you will also get a fun history lesson about some of Pasadena's more colorful residents and why this neighborhood is known as Old Pasadena. The tour guide will also point out and discuss architecturally significant buildings in the neighborhood, discuss noteworthy restaurants and entertainment venues, and lead guests through hidden alleys and passageways that look just as they did 100 years ago.
What happens if it rains?
The tours are held rain or shine. While rain is a rare occurrence in Southern California, it does rain occasionally. In instances of heavy rain or local flooding, you may be notified that the tour for that date and time is cancelled, and you would be able to reschedule your tickets, receive credit for a future tour or receive Virgin Experience Gifts credit for another experience.
How should I dress?
Casual and comfortable is key. If you are sun sensitive, it is strongly recommended that you bring a hat or a parasol and sunscreen, as the sun is almost always shining in Pasadena. Also keep in mind that this area can get very warm (90-100 degrees) during the summer months. You will be on your feet the majority of the three hours during the tour, so please wear comfortable walking shoes. Also keep in mind the tour is about 1 1/4 miles in length.

Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 14 days. All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.
Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference. If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have scheduled a date and have received a booking confirmation, all bookings are final and no cancellations will be allowed. You may reschedule up to 7 days prior to your scheduled date. This may be subject to a 25% rescheduling fee and the rescheduled date must be to a date within 60 days of the original tour date.

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