What is a Food Hopping tour?

Food Hopping tours are generally walking tours of around 2 to 5 hours, in which a small group of like-minded foodies and travellers (max. 12 to 16 participants depending on the tour description) sample food and drink while learning about the cuisine, culture and history of the area they’re in.

Why should I take my tour with Food Hopping Europe?

Food Hopping is a great way to see the city and sample its food at the same time. It takes you to unique places off the beaten track and gives you a real insight into local life. With Food Hopping Europe, several more unique features enhance your experience and give you great value for money.

Who is Food Hopping Europe?

Food Hopping Europe is a cooperation between regional tourist agencies that have been operating successfully for decades, and tourism professionals, who deal daily with tour guides, hotel arrangements, organizing transfers and excursions, and taking care of VIPs, often on behalf of large reputable tour operators.  The owners, employees and guides of the on-site agencies are very familiar with the conditions locally. Many of them grew up, went to school, live there, and are excellently networked.  They are all lovers of great food, swear by local specialities, and are passionate communicators when it comes to sharing this enjoyment and knowledge with others.

In what languages are the tours?

Our tours are all offered in English. Since most of our tour guides speak more than one foreign language, some of our tours slots are also offered bilingually in German, French or Spanish. For other languages, please see private tours.

How long is the tour? How much walking is involved?

Our Food Hopping tours last between 2 and 5 hours. You will be on your feet for roughly ¾ of the time. The tours are conducted at a very casual pace on fairly flat terrain, but comfortable shoes are recommended.

How many people will be on the tour?

Our tours are all small-group tours – the maximum number of guests is 12 people to 16 people, depending on the booked tour. We only require a minimum of two guests to operate a tour.

Who are the guides?

We know that – along with the food – the most important thing on a food tour is the guide. Our guides are smart and passionate about food. They love their city, are gifted storytellers, and have a rare knack for making our guests just as excited about their local cuisine as they are themselves.

The personalized commentary from your food guide will include an overview of the local culinary customs, information on any seasonal events taking place at the time of your tour, an introduction to selected specialities found in the main shops, and amusing anecdotes about the food you are tasting and the places visiting.

Do the tour guides expect gratuities?

Gratuities are greatly appreciated, though never expected or mandatory. The standard gratuity in the tour industry is 10-15%.

Are bathrooms available during the tour?

There are bathroom stops throughout the tour (though not necessarily at all stops). Please check with your guide.

Is it allowed to take photos during the tour?

They’re not only allowed, but highly encouraged! Please feel free to share your experience with us, by evaluating the tour or tagging any pictures with our social media accounts.

Can I shop during the tour?

Our tours do include some time to shop at certain food shops, however unscheduled stops are discouraged for the sake of finishing the tour on time and out of respect to other guests. If you’d like to return to any shops or stops for shopping after the tour, please ask your guide for directions.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that whatever you buy during our walking tours you will have to carry with you until the end of the tour.

What happens if it rains?

Tours run regardless of weather conditions. Please check the conditions and forecast, and dress appropriately.

Is the tour accessible for wheelchair users and baby strollers?

Unfortunately, due to the small alleyways and multi-level restaurants in the old town centers, our tours are neither suitable for wheelchair users nor baby strollers.