Home to renovated tobacco warehouses, the Durham Performing Arts Center, the Durham Bulls, and Historic Parrish Street, downtown Durham is about cutting edge culture and fantastic food. Let us show you this vibrant city and introduce you to the restaurants, shops and people that are making Durham one of the nation’s cultural hotspots. With a farm-to-table focus and artisan preparation of innovative cuisine, you will discover all of Durham’s flavors!

The 1:30 Durham Downtown Tasting Tours: these tours are a fantastic way to experience five different Durham gems and learn about downtown! The restaurants featured on this tour have lines out the door every day, but the delicious tastings are prepared and ready for the tour to just walk in and enjoy! You will come away as delighted by downtown Durham as we are! These tours includes food tastings at five to six different restaurants and food shops, with splashes of wine and tastes of beer here and there. Schedules and menus are subject to change on a week-to-week basis based on restaurant availability.

The 3:00 Durham Downtown Evening Tasting & Drinks Tour includes food and drink tastings at five to six different restaurants and bars. The restaurants featured on this tour are as farm-to-table as you will find and are all located in funky, rehabbed historic buildings. Chefs prepare substantial tour tastings, most are paired with small drinks, including craft cocktails.

Durham Virtual Foodie Parties: Come online with Taste Carolina’s chefs, artisans, mixologists, or brewers. These interactive events are customized for groups and include a sampling of tastings from around North Carolina – shipped or delivered. Please contact us for more information or to schedule a private event. Just want the local goods? We can do that, too!

To register for a tour: please click the Purchase Tickets! link at the top of the light blue bar to see the full lineup of tours or click the Book Now! buttons below for the particular tour listed.

Private and custom tours can be arranged for any day or night of the week for groups.

1:30 Durham Downtown Tasting Tour, $69 (plus a $3 ticketing fee). Offered every Saturday – and is also available on weekdays with flexible timing by request for groups.

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3:00 Durham Downtown Evening Tasting & Drinks Tour, $99 (plus a $3 ticketing fee). Offered every Saturday – and is also available on weeknights with flexible timing by request for groups.

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Private and corporate tours can be arranged for any day or evening of the week.

The Purchase Tickets link in this box takes you to a list of Durham tours. The Purchase Tickets link at the top of the vertical blue bar takes you to a calendar that shows available dates and tickets for all tours in all cities.

Park in the deck at 101 E. Corcoran, at the corner of Main and Corcoran, or at the American Tobacco Warehouse in the North Deck. Parking along the street is timed on weekends with one to two hours max, so will not be available.

Meet at the Durham Visitors’ Center, 212 W. Main Street. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour time.

Tours run rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Wear comfortable shoes; walking distance is 2 to 3 miles. Tour runs 2.5 to 3 hours.

Please don’t be late! Meet the group 15 minutes prior to your tour time so that we can arrive at the restaurants promptly.

Bring a government-issued ID if you plan on drinking alcohol. The 3pm tour is a vaccinated only tour.

Register in advance. If you are trying to register for a tour the morning of and registration has closed, please call (919) 237-2254 to check availability. Sorry, no exchanges or refunds. If we have to cancel the tour due to extreme weather, we will refund your money.