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Michele Topor's Boston Food Tours

Six Charter Street, Boston, MA 02113
+1 617-523-6032
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North End Extraordinar

I frequent Boston and the North End. Before Boston Food Tours I was not all that impressed with the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Christopher C
Great overview of the North End

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of going on the North End tour with another couple for over three... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Join us as we celebrate our 20th year providing culinary walking tours of Boston's "Little Italy" North End and Chinatown. Boston Food Tours embraces Michele Topor's passion for all things culinary. Trained as a professional chef, Michele has taught cooking, catered, and consulted since 1979. Michele's cooking classes, market tours and culinary trips to Italy have been featured on the Travel Channel, TV Food Network, HGTV and CNN, as well as on the radio, and in various national and international publications. Close your eyes and imagine strolling down quaint and narrow streets while enjoying colorful sights, tantalizing aromas, and chaotic sounds as we wind our way through neighborhoods alive with colorful immigrant history and undiscovered "hidden gems". Both walking tours are like cooking classes on foot. You will learn how Mediterranean and Asian cultures prepare and enjoy their food, and how their dishes have been adapted to American kitchens. The secret of a cuisine is the high quality of ingredients, a sense of regional tradition and an understanding of the culture. In order to help you choose the best products, we visit the local merchants who stock the highest quality and most authentic ingredients, while learning how to avoid fraudulent imitations. On our tours, each stop provides a sample tasting of specific food ingredients and delicacies, often a benchmark flavor of that cuisine. Our experienced and knowledgeable guides offer cooking tips for incorporating these essential foods into your own recipes. As you become immersed in a world of ethnic flavors, you will learn the secrets of the world's healthiest cuisines. Our tours give you an insider's view of the vibrant, thriving ethnic enclaves. You will gain confidence in how to select the essential products that are both delicious and healthy. Your world and dinner will never be the same. Join us on Boston's oldest and most original culinary walking tour of "Little Italy" (North End) and Chinatown, and learn everything you must know to enjoy traditional Italian and Chinese foods in order to nourish your body in the way that nature intended.
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Six Charter Street, Boston, MA 02113
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+1 617-523-6032

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I frequent Boston and the North End. Before Boston Food Tours I was not all that impressed with the touristy American Italian restaurants and shops. A friend of mine recommend Michele's tour. Her tour incorporate history, AMAZING food, old world shops and culinary education. There...More

Thank Christopher C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of going on the North End tour with another couple for over three hours. Michele was absolutely wonderful! She took us down little alleyways and showed us her 'secret' hideouts that were filled with lovely culinary delights. She explained olive...More

Thank kkjellin2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife bought both a North End and a Chinatown Tour for me as an anniversary present. Was able to schedule the North End Tour and absolutely loved it. Over a couple of years I was never able to successfully schedule a tour of Chinatown....More

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vincotto, Owner at Michele Topor's Boston Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I'm sorry that you have not been able to reach me. I do not remember you trying to contact me - please call 617-523-6032. Thanks, Michele

Reviewed 15 June 2017

Eight of us booked a tour with Michelle for her North End Market Tour. It was excellent. Michelle is very knowledgeable not only about the neighborhood but about Italian food and nutrition. She takes you to places that you would not find if you were...More

1  Thank Jpm8054
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

This tour was perfect!! I am from the Boston area and it was amazing to be a tourist today! Our guide Jackie took us on a wonderful journey throughout the North End and now all I want to do is go back and shop at...More

1  Thank JillBeers80
Reviewed 13 May 2017

This was an interesting, jam-packed tour of the North End food scene. Some reviews here seemed to want tastings from restaurants. That is not the kind of food scene that we sampled. We went into grocery stores and bakeries and a produce shop and a...More

1  Thank Ruth O
Reviewed 4 May 2017

This was a good tour with a very good tour guide. The guide told us about the history of Little Italy in Boston and Italian food. Very interesting about all the foods. I don't understand some of the critical reviews about no food as I...More

Thank H3582JEandrewb
Reviewed 1 April 2017

In spite of the cold and wet weather, this tour of "real" Italian food was amazing. Following an orientation, we visited six different stores, tasted delicious bread, cheeses, meats, vegetables, olive oils,balsamic vinegars and digestifs. Learning how to taste Olive Oil was extraordinary.

Thank Sue O
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

This was an awesome food tour and our guide Bonnie was extremely knowledgeable! She engaged our teenage son and we had the best morning learning about little Italy, the neighborhood and trying new food and drinks. This is a great value for the money and...More

Thank ernstfamily4
Reviewed 23 January 2017

They get all the keys to a great food tour right. A good mix of shops to visit. A bite to eat at each one. Lots of information about the neighborhood and the history of food. Our guide Beth was easy to hear, knowledgeable and...More

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North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like
being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and
Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants,
bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part
in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or
Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma
sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s
home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church
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