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$22 for a Jack London Square and Waterfront Warehouse District Food Tour for One ($45 Value)
Guides lead small groups on a narrated 3.5-hour walking tour through historic Jack London Square and along the Oakland waterfront. They point out interesting buildings, details about the local art scene, and popular local eateries as well as make stops at several restaurants and wineries. Though these stops change, in the past tours have stopped for samples of soul food at Home of Chicken and Waffles; small-batch wines at Urban Legend Cellars; gourmet pastries at Miette; and Pan-American cuisine made from local ingredients at Bocanova. Each stop can provide vegetarian and vegan items with advance notice. Tours run from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday–Sunday.
Savor Oakland Food Tours
Savor Oakland Food Tours seeks to inspire a passion for Oakland’s history, art, and culinary culture during 3.5-hour narrated walking tours through one of its oldest neighborhoods—Jack London Square, the waterfront, and the historic Warehouse District. On each tour, guides point out architectural highlights and sites tied to the local art scene as well as neighborhood eateries favored by local foodies and soul-food enthusiasts. During tours, groups make 5–7 stops which may include tastings of chicken 'n' waffles, local small-batch wines, Pan-American cuisine, and French-style pastries. Guides can make accommodations for vegetarians and vegans at each stop when given advance notice.