Toronto is heaven for foodies—if you know where to look. Each neighborhood has its own distinct flavor, from traditional Greek fare on the Danforth, sumptuous Italian along College, and experimental fusion at Ossington and Dundas. With so many wonderful restaurants, fast food joints, and local organic boutiques, it can be hard to know where to start–which is where food tours come in.
Skip the headaches and—best of all—the lines by following Toronto’s professional chefs and foodies alike on these top Toronto food tours.
#1 – Toronto Food Tours
When Chef Scot started talking people on food tours in Toronto, he couldn’t imagine Toronto Food Tours would turn out to be one of the largest and most diverse tour companies in the city. Join them for a leisurely walk through Toronto’s hippest hoods on the West End Sunday Brunch Tour or dine in style on the Little Italy VIP Food Tour—just two of their highly rated and enjoyable offerings. Prices ranges from $79 to $169, and these tours are offered year-round.
Average tour costs: $89
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Now, what foods would you say are Toronto favorites? West End brunch, Kensington market street food in the summertime, or maybe Riverside’s nostalgic food joints? The Culinary Adventure Company specializes in delicious food tours in Toronto and further afield. From their VIP Early Access Tour of St. Lawrence Market to the Kensington & Chinatown Food Tour, The Culinary Adventure Co. takes foodies behind the scenes to discover the secrets to great food. Prices range from $79 to $150, and these tours are offered year-round.
Average tour costs: $80
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#3 – Chopsticks+Forks
Don’t miss out on Toronto’s newest food tour company, Chopsticks+Forks. These guys offer a killer tour of Kensington Market with a focus on showcasing Toronto’s cultural and culinary diversity. You’ll try Tibetan momos, Jamaican patties, Swedish fika, and much more, all without ever leaving the market. Looking for more of a sit-down affair? Check out their other tour, Korean 101, which is hosted at an authentic Korean restaurant in North York and will see you trying all the best-loved Korean dishes.
Average tour costs: $64
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#4 – Food Nook Tours
There’s a reason the West End is such a neat spot to visit. Do it in style with Food Nook Tours. Food Nook offers walking food tours of the West End’s best-loved hoods, Roncesvalles and The Junction. Cruise Roncie’s tree-lined streets, taking in the quaint shops and sweet finds while picking up a sample or two—or discover the unique flavors of Toronto’s edgier West End hood, The Junction. These tours are $30 each and run during the warm spring and summer months.
Average tour costs: $30
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#5 – Tasty Tours
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll love Tasty Tours. These guys know all the best places to find sweet treats in the city—from their chocolate tour of Toronto’s West End to their tasty tour of Kensington Market. These tours range from $39 to $49, and are entirely on foot, so you’ll have a chance to burn off some calories as you consumer them.
Average tour costs: $42
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#6 – Foodies On Foot
This food tour provider combines two of Toronto’s best-loved features: awesome food and streetcars. Contrary to what they’re called, Foodies On Foot specializes in designing food tours that incorporate the TTC. For example, their 501 Streetcar Tour that will take you from Parkdale to Leslieville, stopping off to enjoy all the best flavors in between. Prices range from $75 to $80, but don’t include the cost of your TTC day pass, and they’re offered seasonally from May to September.
NOTE: this summer the 501 Streetcar Tour will by on a bus, due to the track upgrades on Queen.
Average tour costs: $78
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#7 – Savour Toronto
Are you a café junkie? Check out Savour Toronto, the only Toronto food tour that offers Le Tour de Café—a walking tour of Toronto’s best independent cafes and pastry shops. Not a big coffee drinker? That’s okay! Along with the cafe tour, Savour Toronto offers an eclectic Kensington crawl, Best of the West at Ossington and Dundas West, and a historic tour of Toronto’s vibrant (and delicious) Chinatown. These tours are all on foot, open year-round, and they cost from $50 to $75.
Average tour costs: $63
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#8 – Go Tours Canada
Whisky lovers will enjoy Go Tours Canada’s Prohibition and Whisky History Tour. Traverse the brick-lined streets of the Distillery District and learn about the area’s history during Prohibition while trying a tipple or two. If whisky isn’t your thing, check out Go Tours’s Classic or Deluxe Distillery tour, which includes stops at Soma Chocolate (a must-visit) and the Mill St. Brewery. Tours range from $19 to $50 and operate all year long.
Average tour costs: $35
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If you prefer your meals with a side of fries and pint of honest-to-goodness Ontario craft lager, Toronto Urban Adventures is for you. They’ll take you to the best spots in Toronto to get a pint and introduce you to the very best pulled pork Hogtown has to offer. They offer two tours, Beer Makes History Better (right??) and Why Pigs Fry. These tours are available in the warm spring and summer months and cost from $48 to $76.
Average tour costs: $62
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Beer lovers unite and book yourselves into this original Toronto beer experience. From Corktown and the Distillery to sightseeing at Fort York, Beer Lovers’ Tour Company will show you where the best Toronto brews come from. Visit Steam Whistle, Mill Street, Henderson’s, and more. Tours range from $65 to $149, and they run May to November.
Average tour costs: $104
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