East Bay Food Tours
Explore the East Bay’s flavorful neighborhoods with Local Food Adventures.
Lauren McCabe Herpich at Oakland’s La Parisienne.
Photos by Slice of Love Photography
When Lafayette resident Lauren McCabe Herpich decided to move to the East Bay in 2013, the sizzling, multicultural restaurant scene was a huge bonus. She’d lived everywhere from New Jersey to Chicago to Washington, D.C., and was amazed that the East Bay offered restaurants with international, big-city tastes—minus the big city. That’s when she decided to start a food tour company.
“Food walking tours are not only an amazing way to explore your own neighborhood, they’re also a great way to taste the world,” says Herpich. “Dining in the East Bay is like taking a global journey, without a passport. “
Herpich’s goal is to showcase the international flavors along with the incredible personal stories that make the East Bay a delicious melting pot. Offerings include the Eat, Stay, Love Lafayette Food Tour; and the Rockridge Neighborhood Heritage Food Tour and the Grand Lake Cultural Cuisine Food Tour, both in Oakland. (The Rockridge Ice Cream and Gelato Tour is only available during the summer or by appointment.)
One highlight of the Lafayette tour is Papillon, a coffee shop where you’ll enjoy delicious chai while listening to Cambodian-born owner Chanbopha “Brenda” Oum’s personal story of escaping the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in the mid–1970s. The tour also visits Rancho Cantina, where you’ll taste and learn about Spanish-inspired California cuisine.
On the Grand Lake tour, you’ll indulge in authentic Cuban fare at Caña Cuban Parlor and Café, with bites of tostones (fried plantains) and chicken, beef, or vegetarian empanadas; while the Rockridge tour treats guests to an international cheese tasting at Market Hall.
Herpich plans to bring Local Food Adventures to more East Bay cities, including a new tour focusing on global cuisines in Walnut Creek this spring.
Taste the East Bay
Livermore Food Tours
Cultural walking tours take you through historic downtown Livermore for plenty of food and drink samplings, including stops at Luna Tea Co. and Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard. tastesoftheneighborhood.com.
Organize your next team-building event with a tour of Oakland’s Latino-dominated Fruitvale area or the Chinatown district near downtown, as well as cocktail and craft beer tours. savoroakland.com.
Explore foodie destinations in San Francisco and the East Bay, including tours of Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, and Oakland’s Uptown and Temescal districts, with specialty restaurants near Telegraph Avenue and 51st Street. edibleexcursions.net.