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Lonely Planet Experiences: Downtown Small Group Taco Tasting Tour

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Calling all taco lovers! This food-focused tour delves into L.A.’s rich Latin American heritage for a taste of some seriously delicious tacos. And you’ll be in good hands — your local guide is a true taco-lover and an expert who loves to share why this humble dish is not to be missed on any visit to the city.

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Stop At: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Our Downtown Taco tour starts in the heart of the City of Angels: Los Angeles. Home to captivating art, deeply rooted ethnic communities and world-class food, the nation’s second-largest city is vivid, soulful and eclectic.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Macy, Alameda, Spring and Arcadia streets, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2932

We will explore the birthplace of the first Mexican settlement at the Pueblo de Los Angeles National Monument.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Olvera Street, Main and Alameda streets 125 Paseo de la Plaza 90012, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Passing all Mexican goods and food stalls, we stroll around the oldest street in the city, Olvera Street.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

This food stall originates back to 1934 and offers authentic taquitos. This will be our first tasting on the tour.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Downtown, Downtown, Los Angeles, California

Downtown Los Angeles is a busy metropolis of towering buildings, bustling streets, and industrial warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of cultures here with a growing influx of business professionals and hipsters.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Grand Central Market, 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1222

Opened in 1917, this is the place where over 100 vendors offer amazing food, goods and new things to explore. We will stroll around to settle in at our next taco tasting.

Villa Moreliana: At Villa Moreliana we will enjoy an authentic carnitas taco. Fernando Villagomez is the chef-owner of Villa Moreliana and has been cooking his grandfather's recipe for carnitas here since 2008. His enterprise gets its name from the city of Morelia in the Mexican state of Michoacán, the state with the best claim to the origin of carnitas

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Guisados, 541 S Spring St #101, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA

This Los Angeles based taco chain offers amazing mole tacos. The restaurant is in the historical Spring Arcade Building, a stunning Art Deco hall with a rich history.

Duration: 20 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Dress standard: Please wear sun protection and comfortable shoes for walking.
  • Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
  • Dietary Notes We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
  • At your first stop at the Cielito Lindo, you will enjoy taquitos from a family-owned food stand that has been in business since 1934
  • At Grand Central Market, you'll enjoy a carnitas taco from Michoacan, Mexico, the traditional birthplace of carnitas. All vendors at this historical market are LA locals and non-franchises.
  • You will taste a mole taco from Guisados, a local restaurant with several locations and deep connections to the surrounding local communities. They started The Featured Artist Program in 2011 as a continuous effort to display local art and photography in their restaurants. Through the years, artists have benefited from having their work in front of a multitude of visitors from all over the world.
  • By joining this tour, you are helping to keep LA's deep Mexican heritage in the spotlight, during times where national forces are creating tension.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures have received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • 1 Taquito
  • 2 Tacos
  • Entry/Admission - El Pueblo de Los Angeles
  • Entry/Admission - Olvera Street
  • Entry/Admission - Grand Central Market
  • Entry/Admission - Guisados

  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping, gratuities for your guide.

Departure Point
Plaza Firehouse, 501 N Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

Departure Time
11:00 AM

2 hours 30 minutes

Return Details
Pershing Square, 500 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA

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