Lonely Planet Experiences: Downtown Los Angeles Taco Tour

Lonely Planet Experiences: Downtown Los Angeles Taco Tour

From US$ 55 per person

This food-focused tour delves into L.A.’s rich Latin American heritage for a taste of some seriously delicious tacos. Taco lovers will be in good hands with your local guide who will share why this humble dish is not to be missed.

About this activity

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Duration 2.5 hours
Starting time 11:00 AM
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Learn all about the birthplace of Los Angeles from your expert guide
  • Explore the colorful Olvera Street, the oldest street in Los Angeles
  • Try two types of tacos and a freshly-made taquito from locally-loved vendors
  • Soak up the vibes at Grand Central Market, a food lover's dream
Full description
Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience. Your taco tour will take place in buzzing downtown Los Angeles where you’ll be visiting places serving up authentic Mexican food. On your tasting list for the day are taquitos, a carnitas taco, and a traditional mole taco. After meeting your guide, walk to the colorful and inspiring Olvera Street, often referred to as the birthplace of Los Angeles. It’s here that you’ll make your first stop at Cielito Lindo for a taquito. The tiny stand has been serving freshly-stuffed, rolled and fried taquitos since 1934. After your taquito, take a walk through the federal and justice district of Downtown Los Angeles, making your way to Grand Central Market, a downtown landmark since 1917. The market is home to tons of mouth-watering foods, but this stop is for tacos. While strolling the market stalls, stop for a traditionally made carnitas taco. After Grand Central Market, visit the Spring Arcade Building, another spot filled with great food for your last tasting: a mole taco. Your taco tour ends here but, before you go, be sure to ask your guide for recommendations on what else to see, do, and eat in the city.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • 1 taquito
  • 2 tacos
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal expenses
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Plaza Firehouse, 501 N Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • This is a child-friendly tour
  • Dietary restrictions can be accommodated
Customer reviews

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Tacos and culture - a super good match

From booking to the trip was over. Everything worked perfectly! Finding the venue was easy. We were only our family in our group. Our guide was really easy to talk to and he quickly found out our interests and then made the trip. Can only recommend this trip!

October 13, 2019

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