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Lonely Planet Experiences: Brooklyn Food, History & Culture Small Group Tour

Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience powered by Urban Adventures.
You may not immediately compare Brooklyn to a small town, but the hippest borough is made up of distinct community oriented neighborhoods that thrive and blossom because of the local mom and pop businesses, many that have been here for generations. Throughout this neighborhood food tour, we celebrate the businesses by telling the stories of the people involved, by sampling some of the delicious food being sold, and by contributing a donation to an organization designed to maintain the success of this community of small businesses.

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3 hours


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  • What's included :
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Food and drink tastings
    What's excluded :
    • Tips / gratuities for your guide
    • Additional food and drinks
    • Souvenirs and edible merchandise
    • Entry/Admission - Smith Street
    • Entry/Admission - Carroll Gardens
    • Entry/Admission - Cobble Hill
    • Entry/Admission - Brooklyn Heights
    • Entry/Admission - Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Smith Streetjh, Brooklyn, NY

    We spend the first part of the tour along one of the most exciting restaurant districts of Brooklyn. Wandering up and down Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, we stop into many of the local mom and pop businesses including a renowned baker, an impressive cheese shop, and an adorable little cookie bakery.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY

    As we stroll through this picturesque neighborhood we learn how it got its name, about its history as an Italian and Irish immigrant neighborhood, and how the waterfront helped transform it. We meet residents and shop owners and taste some great pastries, house roasted coffee, and visit an old-school soda fountain.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: 61 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

    We pop into this neighborhood public house for a locally made drink (beer, soda, or kombucha) and some bar snacks. We also learn about how this bar/restaurant is more a place for locals to come together and support the local economy.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Cobble Hill, Court Street and Kane Street, Brooklyn, NY

    This historic district features some of the most beautiful brownstones in all of Brooklyn. Feel like a local as we wander through the residential streets and beautiful parks. Admire the architecture and visit many of the mom and pop businesses in the neighborhood.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Brooklyn Heights, Pierrepont St & Henry ST, Brooklyn, NY

    We just touch on the southern end of this historic neighborhood by walking down the main commercial street of Atlantic Avenue. Here we get a sense of how locals shop by visiting one of the legendary Middle Eastern bakeries.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, 513 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA

    We end our tour at one of the cutest businesses in the neighborhood, and a place where you find kids indulging in an ice cream sundae and grandparents enjoying a good old fashioned ice cream float. This revived soda fountain brings the old world and the new world together with modern twist on New York classics. And you need to hear the story about how they first began.

    Duration: 10 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    61 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
    Departure Time :
    12:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, 513 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes
    • You will be in a small group of no more than 12 people
    • If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. In an effort to eliminate waste, we recommend that you upload your voucher on a mobile device. We do not need a physical copy of your voucher. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • 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 the child option 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’re bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page
    • This tour has a strong focus on local businesses and the economy of the community. One bar you visit is named for these local ideals and supports the local economy with community gatherings, pickups for community-supported agriculture, and using as many local ingredients as possible
    • Your guide will discuss the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission that was formed to protect historically significant buildings and districts, including an area you walk through on this tour
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • 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 has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Activity ID: V-5713P118

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