Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour

14 Tastings, 8 Stories, 3 Hours of Pure Bliss

What is the Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour?

An indulgent exploration of Vancouver’s award-winning establishments

The Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour explores Vancouver’s multicultural food scene through award-winning restaurants and luxury food shops. It’s a highly popular, 3-hour experience, with the option to add alcohol pairings.

Our gastronomic adventure begins with mouthwatering dim sum from Kirin Chinese Restaurant – Winner of Vancouver’s Best Dim Sum for six consecutive years! A series of canapes follows at Vancouver’s specialty gourmet grocer, including smoked salmon pate, award-winning cheese, Thomas Haas chocolate and local BC wine pairings. Next, we meander to Boulevard Kitchen for seafood creations by Chef Alex Chen, who was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2014 Bocuse D’or competition.

A short stroll away is Cafe Thierry, a chocolate and patisserie with numerous accolades. It’s a sidewalk stop for a perfectly-crafted macaron, while taking in the streetscape of Vancouver’s luxury district. The grand finale is Bella Gelateria, winner of North America’s best gelato. We skip the winding line for an exclusive 3-flavour tasting at the window of the “laboratorio,” where Bella “does it in front of everyone!”

Read more about our Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour Tasting Partners here!

5 Reasons You’ve Got to  Take The Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour:

  1. Enjoy an indulgent snapshot of Vancouver’s multicultural food scene – we’ve carefully selected some of the city’s most-delicious items to create an all-star collection of tastings!
  2. Experience Vancouver’s best dim sum while learning the history and culture of the ancient Chinese tradition
  3. Skip the winding line at the World’s Best Gelateria for an exclusive 3-flavour tasting in front of their laboratorio!
  4. Explore Vancouver’s luxury shopping district in the heart of downtown; between stops, you’ll learn interesting facts about Vancouver’s history, architecture and culture
  5. Add an upscale twist to the afternoon with award-winning BC wines and a well-spirited cocktail!

Why people love this tour

“Highlight of the Trip! Can’t recommend it enough. We sampled incredible dim sum, wine/cheese pairings, sushi, and other sumptuous delights at some of the coolest spots in Vancouver. Stuff you wouldn’t otherwise find or have easy access to. The grand finale was the famous “Bella Gelateria”, renown as the best gelato on the planet!

– Kpkinz, California


If you have a Dietary Restriction…

Let us know! We order all tastings in advance, so please specify your order when you purchase your tickets online. We can provide delicious options for:

  • Vegetarians
  • Pescatarians (those who do not eat meat, except seafood)

We unfortunately cannot cater to any other dietary restrictions, as there is not always a “next-best” option at our tasting locations. If possible, we encourage you to try everything on the tour as we have selected tastings that best exemplify the restaurants and food shops we feature!

Legal drinking age…

The legal drinking age in British Columbia is 19 years of age. You may be required to present your government issued ID to participate in alcohol tastings. Consider it a compliment!

Tour Information

Duration: 3 hours, 2 - 5 pm

Tours run: Mondays-Tuesdays; Feb 15-Dec 31. Extended schedule in the summer. Click "Book Now" for details.

What's Included: All food and non-alcoholic beverages, alcoholic pairings additional $20/guest

Capacity: 4-12 guests

Distance Covered: 2.3 km/1.4 mile, total walking time is approximately 45 minutes with 5 stops

What to Wear: Comfortable clothing and shoes, rain gear depending on weather

Weather Conditions: Tours run rain or shine

Registration Cutoff: Tickets must be purchased before 11:00 am the day of tour

Meeting Place: Kirin Restaurant, 1172 Alberni Street (& Bute), Vancouver

Pricing: $79.99 (+ $20 for optional alcoholic pairings) + tax + $2.00 ticketing fee

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