Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour

Duration: 3-3.25 hours

Location: Historic Downtown Albany







Maximum capacity is 12 guests. All sales are final. Tax and ticketing fees not included. Non refundable. Tours occur rain or shine.

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Taste Albany's rapidly evolving culinary scene by exploring the food print of this historic city on the west bank of the Hudson River!

  • 5+ tastes and sips that represent Albany's culinary and craft brewing scene.
  • Discover New York's historic connection with craft brewing and how it has returned to flourish.
  • Get an insider's introduction to one of the oldest churches in New York and discover where some of the famous congregants sat.
  • See if you can find all the Nipper statues and how they are connected to this legacy city.

Vegetarian and gluten-free options available.

Food tastings provide a progressive lunch.

Our tours take place rain or shine! Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

This tour is for most fitness levels and best for adults.

Tours run Fridays from May through end of October, 11:15 am.

Gift certificates are available.

There is beer tasting and alternatives available for GF and non-drinkers, with advance notice.

Paid parking is available in the lot behind Albany Pump Station.

What to Expect

Put on your walking shoes for an entertaining and delicious way to experience Albany. New York’s Capital City for 320+ years, is undergoing a culinary and craft brewing boom. You’ll sip and sample from restaurants that are spicing up Albany’s food scene. Discover stunning architecture and cultural tidbits that will help you develop a fresh perspective on New York’s capital city. Each Friday, we sprinkle in history, architecture and culture to kick off your weekend in the Capital District. Bring your appetite and your friends and family, to celebrate this great legacy city and let your culinary adventure begin!

Your tour guide will greet you at Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, 25 Quackenbush Square, located at the corner of Broadway and Clinton Ave.   Albany, NY 12207. We meet at 11:15 and our first taste will be at 11:35. Our tour highlights 5 tastes from different local restaurants, some history of Albany, architectural accents and culture. Our tour lasts 3 hours and we walk about 1.5 miles, one slight climb up State St., with plenty of rests during our tastes .



See Historic Downtown Albany with new eyes and be in the know of this legacy city's food scene.

Albany Pump Station

C.H. Evans Brewing Company, a family business that got its start brewing beer in 1786 in Hudson and have been in this historic building since 1999.

First Church of Albany

Oldest church in Albany, on National Register of Historic Places since 1974. Second oldest church in NYS.

Ama Cocina

Modern Mexican street food. Encompass food-laughter-love in this hip setting.

The Hollow

Hip spot in an historic Albany building with seasonal American tapas and main dishes, rotating craft beers and live music. Yum describes it well!

Capitol Melts

Worth the climb up State Street, local cheeses and breads, combined to make amazing grilled cheese.

Fort Orange General Store

Local crafts and hand selected specialty items, many specifically relate to Albany and the region's history.

Stacks Espresso Bar

Cool place for your hot beverage paired with Cider Belly's doughnuts.

Where to Meet

Meet your tour guide outside the Albany Visitor's Center,located at the corner of Broadway and Clinton Ave. just past the Albany Pump Station. Public parking is available in the lot behind the Visitors Center via Spencer Street. As you drive down Broadway, turn onto Spencer St. and the first right (cobblestone street) towards the Albany Pump Station. Easy access off from Route 90 and 787. Parking is a dollar an hour, with a maximum fee of $6. For GPS, use 683 Broadway the Olde English Pub.

Meeting Location

25 Quackenbush Square
Albany, NY, United States

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Food lovers, foodies, food explorers, groups celebrating life cycle events, guests from out of town, locals and regular people! Our tours are designed for anyone that loves great food and loves to discover the hidden gems and interesting stories of Troy, NY or Albany, NY. If you are in search of local food establishments, history, culture, and architecture that is what you will find on our tours. Even if you have food allergies or food restrictions, we welcome you to join us– we’ll make accommodations and make you feel comfortable all along the tasting journey. Whether you are married, single, on a first date, getting together with friends and family, or on a company outing, our tours offer a lot for everyone.

Please be sure and let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, gluten-free, caffeine intolerance, vegan, no alcohol etc.) when you purchase your tickets. As long as we know in advance, we can accommodate most of your dietary needs.

Absolutely not! Our tours combine architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight into a unique 3-hour experience. Imagine walking around Troy or Albany eating our local artisans  delicious foods while learning about the past and present of these legacy cities.

Our tastes and sips are pre-ordered to be ready for our arrival. To maximize your chances of getting the date and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, AMEX, or MasterCard from our website or by calling. Cash and/or walk-up traffic the day of the tours are not accepted.

Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at all the food-tasting locations.

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