Like smashing a snow globe against your forehead, tours can open up a fascinating new world right before your eyes. Go beyond the surface with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $69 for a three-hour Guilty Pleasures Gourmet walking tour for two, which runs Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (a $138 value)
- $49 for a two-hour World’s Best Street Eats walking tour for two, which runs on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (a $98 value)<p>
On the Guilty Pleasures Gourmet tour, up to 12 foodies sample five courses and 12 tastings that range from dim sum at Kirin Restaurant to pulled pork sandwiches at Ensemble Tap. On the World’s Best Street Eats tour, up to 15 gourmands sample foods from innovative street vendors, including Japanese hot dog vendor Japadog and The Kaboom Box, whose chefs smoke wild British Columbia salmon inside their street cart each day. Along the way, tour guides illuminate Vancouver’s culinary history and introduce groups to chefs.
Though self-professed foodie Michelle Ng proudly admits to ordering takeout 20 times a week, it wasn’t until she started striking up conversations with the chefs behind her favourite dishes that she got a sense of the depth and diversity of Vancouver’s food scene. Now, on her walking tours, Michelle strives to impart the weight of the local food lore she has gleaned during countless conversations with food-truck owners, chefs, and restaurateurs. In an effort to showcase the city’s cultural diversity, she prioritizes truly authentic international cuisine. “It’s not fusion, it’s not dumbed down—these dishes are what you’d get if you had them in their native country,” she says. And because there's no need to walk very far to sample those dishes, she’s found Vancouver to be the perfect city for hoofing it between each dining destination. At each tour’s conclusion, guests walk away not only with full bellies, but with recipes and tips for recreating their favourite dishes at home, and a bonus of any paper napkins they manage to smuggle out whole.