Dublin Food and Drink Tour: Irish Traditions

Taste local produce and learn all about the Irish food revolution
From US$725 privately
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Tour Details
2.5 hours
Product Type
  • Cheese shop
  • Oyster Bar
Photos & Highlights
  • Gain an understanding of Irish culinary traditions and the new trends reinventing them complete with tastings of local specialties
  • Led by a local food historian
Tour Description
Long gone are the days of the potato famine. Today Dublin has taken a prominent position in the food revolution taking place in the Northern Europe. On this 2.5-hour Dublin food tour we'll learn how a country once known for its poor eating standards is now leveraging the locavore movement and digging into its traditions to create a rich and diverse culinary scene. During our time together on this tour we'll learn about Dublin's food evolution from an expert, all while tasting local specialties ranging from fresh seafood to classic soda bread, accompanied by a pint or dram for good measure.

Coffee Capital

Starting our walk near Merrion Square, this tour will cover the area around the Libertines and St. Stephen's Green, including a group of specialty food shops selected by our local food experts for for their quality and history. This area of Dublin, often known for its beautiful Georgian architecture and its former illustrious residents—think Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde—is now associated with great, innovative Irish restaurants. We'll begin with a coffee in one of Dublin's most respected coffee shops, where we'll discuss how Ireland's economic rollercoaster at the start of the century influenced the food scene of Dublin in particular.

Dublin Food Tour

After our introduction, we'll delve deeper into Irish specialties, paying visits to the one of Dublin's bakeries to taste some traditional soda bread and discussing how this particular food became associated with Ireland. We may pair it with a cheese like Durrus Óg, or with some of the moreish salami from Gubbeen Farm, a famous organic Irish dairy farm. Along with traditional bread, we may taste some of Ireland's award winning gluten free products, or perhaps we'll move directly onto the world of seafood, depending on the mood of the group. Our discussion will take us from fish and chips to oyster farming, the art of preserving, and smokehouses. Our epicurean journey may finish in one of Dublin's independent pubs, with a flight of craft beers or a dram of whiskey, discussing the role of drinking in Irish society. Note, to dive deeper into this topic we suggest our Dublin Literary Tour, which looks at some famous drinkers (and writers) in Irish culture.

From Potatoes to Oysters

Along the way, we'll discuss how all of these products fit into the Irish diet and how the influx of foreigners has influenced the local food scene. Our guide, with a background in history, will contextualize current trends within the history of Irish gastronomy. At the end we'll emerge with a deeper understanding and appreciation for Irish culinary flare and what the future has in store for farmers, brewers, restaurateurs, and foodies in the city of Dublin. We'll also pat our full bellies.

Note: Our guides select a variety of shops and food joints to visit based on their particular specialities and relationships with shopkeepers. Thus, our exact presentation and tour of shops will vary depending on the guide and group, creating a unique experience. Please use the travel info box to tell us about any food intolerances or preference so that we can best adapt your tour.

We offer a wide selection of Walking Tours in Dublin, including our ever popular Introduction to Dublin Orientation Tour, perfect for first time visitors.


What is covered by the tasting fee?
The exact list of things included varies depending on the day of the week, the expert, and the preferences of the group, but the tasting generally includes a coffee or hot drink with some pastry, some cheese and cold cuts tasted with bread or crackers, a pint of beer, gourmet potatoes and some fish (fried or raw oysters).

What if I have dietary restrictions or intolerances?
We always do our best to accommodate clients with dietary restrictions, just let us know exactly what are the foods you need to avoid and we'll make sure to adapt the walk accordingly.

What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your expert will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to have an umbrella on hand.

Is this tour good for kids?
Yes! Learning about a new place through its cuisine is extremely popular with kids. We'll skip the beer and whisky and replace them with something sweet or fun that will be perfect for your family.

Is this a walking intensive tour?
No, the whole area is quite compact and the terrain is always even.
Where You'll Start
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Guide was lovely but I’m not sure I know much more about food than I did before the tour. A lot of chatty but not about food. Food was great but just seemed slow and on the spot not planned. Would have liked more organization with the snacks.
Our tour guide was quite pleasant and charming, but basically led us around in the tawn without anything but a cup of coffee for the the first hour and a half. He had no locations planned, simply led us into cafes and ordered different random lunches: a cheese toastie, crepes, and a bai bun. We thought we’d meet purveyors and taste specialties, but this felt random and not as advertised. Really pretty bad.
Jim was great. He has so much knowledge about where Ireland came from and excited about where it is going. He had an answer to every question we asked. He even recommended a dinner spot and let us know if they were excepting walk ins. You cannot go wrong booking with this company. Superb customer service and experience.