How Food Shapes a City

“Food is national security. Food is craft. Food is everything, when you think about it.”

                                                                                                          D.C. Chef José Andrés

Since its founding, Washington’s markets and restaurants have shaped the city’s landscape.  Businesses preparing, serving, and selling food have defined neighborhoods, launched the careers of immigrants, and fed an ever-changing, always-hungry citizenry.  Spend the morning walking through D.C.’s Penn Quarter and Chinatown neighborhoods and see

  • the former site of D.C.’s most extraordinary public market;
  • where Washingtonians got their first taste of tapas;
  • the Indian restaurant that shot D.C.’s food scene to award-winning heights;
  • the mom-and-pop spot that keeps Chinatown’s Asian identity alive.

And more!

Because the walk will conclude just in time for lunch, participants will receive a handout listing nearby locally-owned dining options.

Note:  The walking tour does not include stops to sample or purchase food. Participants, however, are encouraged to arrive early and order something to go from the popular Penn Quarter cafe Teaism, located steps away from the walk start point.  Feel free to bring your purchases along to enjoy during the walk! (Ask your guide Carolyn for suggestions.)

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CAROLYN attributes her devotion to walking tours to perambulations through her new hometown when she arrived to earn an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. She is the founder of Washington Walks.

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Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. - SOLD OUT


Also available for private and group tour bookings. Please email for more information.

Approximately 2 hours
Reservations REQUIRED and limited to fifteen (15) participants.

$35 per person for public tours

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