Frequently Asked Questions

  • Chevron down Do I need to purchase tickets in advance? Can I pay with cash?
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (615) 590-8770. Cash is not accepted for ticket purchases.

  • Chevron down Is parking available near the starting location of the tour?
  • For the Gulch & Union Station Tour
    There is parking near Union Station hotel but it is pretty pricey. Browse this map! 

    For the Historic Germantown Food Tour
    We do not have parking at the Farmers Market because it is 2 hour parking. The best way to
    arrive is to get dropped off in front of the market on Rosa L Parks in front of Jamaicaway Restaurant. We meet under the gazebo to the right of Jamaicaway.

    If you need to drive, you can park at the Goodwill Lifsey Building 937 HermanStreet. This link will show you where it is in relation to the Farmers Market. From there walk through the parking garage of
    the 909 Flats between 9th Ave N and Rosa L Parks, cross Rosa L Parks and then you arrive at the Farmers Market!

  • Chevron down Are tours given in bad weather?
  • Tours are held rain or shine. We do ask that you check the weather forecast and dress appropriately if inclement weather is predicted.

  • Chevron down Are restrooms available during this tour?
  • Restrooms will be available at the beginning and several locations throughout the tour.

  • Chevron down How much walking does the tour involve? What's the pace like?
  • Our food tours of Nashville last approximately two and a half hours and cover less than two miles. We will be sitting at several restaurants along the way, so you have opportunities to rest. We walk at a moderately casual pace, stopping frequently at tasting locations and neighborhood sites.

  • Chevron down How much food is served on the tour?
  • The tour includes 5-6 food tastings, enough for a satisfying lunch for most participants.

  • Chevron down I live in or around Nashville - is this tour for me?
  • Absolutely! While you may be familiar with our route and some of the stops, the opportunity exists to try new items you may not have tried at the tasting locations, as well as to learn more about the establishments themselves. Additionally, we will share some fun facts about the neighborhood’s history, architecture, and culture that you may not be aware of. Also, being a local, you will have the unique opportunity to re-visit many of the eateries we will visit, as well as others we recommend, at your leisure! This tour is also an excellent activity with which to entertain out-of-town family and guests.

  • Chevron down Are gift cards available?
  • Yes, gift cards are available and make a great gift for family and friends. Please click here to purchase gift cards.

  • Chevron down Can I book a private group tour?
  • Yes, Local Tastes of Nashville can accommodate private group tours. Please visit the Private Group Tours page for more details.

  • Chevron down Does the tour guide accept gratuities? Are they included in the ticket price?
  • Gratuities are not included in the ticket price. While not mandatory, if you had a great time, tips are graciously accepted by the tour guides. The standard gratuity in the industry is 15%.

  • Chevron down Can I make purchases during the tour?
  • Seeing as the tour has been coordinated in advance to ensure an on-time tour and fresh food-tastings, it is critical for us to stay on schedule throughout the tour. We do ask that you refrain from shopping until after the tour, but we will provide all the information you need to return to your favorite spots easily.

  • Chevron down Can children participate in the tour?
  • Yes, children may participate in the tour. Parents, who know their children best, should assess whether a three-hour walking food tour is appropriate for their own children. We do not recommend this tour for children under 11 years of age.

  • Chevron down Is the tour wheelchair and baby stroller accessible?
  • No, we are sorry but due to brick sidewalks and some steps in The Historic Germantown Tour and a large set of steps in The Gulch Tour, wheelchairs and strollers are not accessible.

  • Chevron down Are there vegetarian options available on the tour?
  • We can provide vegetarian options in most tasting locations with advance notice. Please be sure to make us aware when purchasing tickets as we will not be able to arrange for alternative options on the day of the tour.

  • Chevron down What if I have a dietary restriction or food allergy?
  • Please be sure to let us know if you, or anyone in your group, have a dietary restriction or food allergy when you purchase your tickets. With advance notice, we will do our best to accommodate your needs to the best of our, and our tasting locations’, ability.

  • Chevron down Are pets allowed on the tour?
  • For the comfort of all of our guests and per Tennessee regulations prohibiting animals in establishments serving food, we do not allow pets on our tours.