Looking for a gift for that hard to buy friend? Well if they like sweets or chocolate, consider a Tasty Tour. I participated in two different tours last year, both of which I bought for myself and two friends as Christmas presents (it actually took us all year to coordinate and book a date!).
First up was the Trinity Bellwoods Chocolate Tour in the spring. I don’t want to give away all the locations we visited, but I was happy to start my tour at Le Dolci! As always, Lisa was a gracious host. My friend and I had actually gotten there early and enjoyed a lemonade on the patio.
Other stops included a patisserie, an Asian grocery and a chocolatier. At each stop, the owner would give us some explanation of their product and then we would taste a specific item. At our last stop, we even got to see and taste a cacao bean.
The second tour was of Kensington Market Sweets Tour. We actually started in Chinatown and learned the changing history of Kensington Market. Again, I don’t want to give away any of the stops specifically, but the sweets we tasted were very international.
The tours are between $30 and $35 a tour per adult (children are $10 and $15, under 7 free!) plus HST. Each tour has a guide who not only knows the history of the area but also of the individual shops. It is not a lot of walking either, even though you do meander through the neighbourhoods. Our guide each time had much historical information, of the neighbourhood and what we were eating, and I learned many new bits of information. I enjoyed both my tours though I found that our “tastes” were small in some shops. It actually inspired me to create our Beer Tour of Montreal!
**I was not asked to write this review or was compensated for the tours. The tours of my two friends were bought by me as presents, and I paid for my own tours. All thoughts and opinions are my own.