More details to help you prepare for your trip to Nassau
No- transportation to and from our Private Authentic Bahamian Cooking Class experience is not included.
Detailed information for how to arrive to the meeting point will be provided at the time of booking and our starting point is conveniently located just a few minutes from the cruise ship port, local bus depot and Paradise Island water ferry.
At the end of the class, we will be more than happy to call a taxi for you or point you in the right direction to your next destination.
A list of all current tasting locations can be found at the Bites of Nassau Tour Page.
Please note that tour food-tasting locations can change without notice.
Please be sure to let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restrictions (e.g. vegetarian, celiac disease, food allergies, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. As long as we know in advance, we can accommodate your needs.
*On both our Bites of Nassau Food Tour and our Authentic Bahamian Cooking Class, our tasting partner locations are not always able to provide vegan-friendly tasting options. As a result, we don’t suggest either experience as a suitable activity for guests adhering to a strict vegan diet.
Yes, both our Bites of Nassau Food Tour and Authentic Bahamian Cooking Class and Lunch Experience offer tasty alternative options for vegetarians. Please be sure to notify us of your dietary restrictions when you purchase your tickets.
*Note: we don’t recommend our food tour or cooking lesson for guests adhering to a strict vegan diet
Yes. Our Bites of Nassau Food Tour does include one alcoholic cocktail tasting as well as one local non-alcoholic specialty beverage.
If you would prefer not to consume alcohol, please make a note of this within the ticket notes during check-out. We will be able to provide an appropriate non-alcoholic beverage substitution.
In select locations throughout the tour, participants may be able to purchase additional alcoholic beverages (local beer, wine and cocktails) but please note that this is optional, time permitting, and the cost is not included in your ticket purchase.
Persons under the age of 18 (legal drinking age in The Bahamas) will not be served alcohol.
Our Bites of Nassau Food Tour serves enough food to be equivalent to a hearty lunch (for most people) that will not leave you hungry. With the combination of 6 food and drink tastings in addition to built in breaks for cultural, historical and architectural insight along the way, most participants are comfortably full after our food tours.
Please understand our food tours are not intended to replace breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner combined, so please consider eating breakfast before or eating dinner after the tour.
Yes- advanced ticket purchase is required. Purchasing tickets at the start of our tour or cooking class would not allow us enough time to work with our food tour partners to ensure food tastings are prepared for you.
Our tours typically sell out ahead of time and we encourage you to book well in advance in order to maximize your chances of successfully reserving the day, time, and number of tickets you prefer.
Tickets for our Bites of Nassau Food Tour and Authentic Bahamian Cooking Class can only be purchased online through our website using Visa, AMEX, MasterCard or Discover from our ticketing company or by calling 1-844-850-2318. Cash and walk up traffic is not accepted.
Yes- all guests must purchase a ticket whether they plan to partake in the food tastings or not.
Non-paying individuals will not able to join the tour for any reason(s). The ticket fees help cover the costs of all the food tastings and also to pay for your tour guide(s) wages, who are offering valuable commentary on historical, architectural, cultural and restaurant information during our tours.
If a tour date or specific tour time is sold out, there is a good chance that we will add an additional tour on that day so please contact us directly via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (1-844) 850 2318 so we can do our best to accommodate you!
However, if one of our tours or cooking classes is canceled due to severe inclement weather (such as a hurricane) or some other unforeseen emergency, we will be glad to reschedule your tour/class time or refund your ticket purchase.
Unfortunately not! Our Bites of Nassau Food Tour is offered Mon-Sat only and not available on Bahamian Public Holidays. We’d love to host our tours on Sundays and local Public Holidays but the majority of businesses here The Bahamas close down on Sundays and Public Holidays- including the majority of our tour partner tasting locations. This means that it is impossible for us to run our tours on those days of the year.
From time to time, it is possible for us to host Private Group Tours or Private Cooking Classes on Sundays as an alternative option- please fill out a Private Group Request Form with your specific date request and we’ll response within 48 hours.
We apologize if we aren’t able to accommodate you in this case and hopefully we’ll be lucky enough to host you here in Nassau at sometime in the future.
Yes, Tru Bahamian Private Group Food Tours are available for our Bites of Nassau Food Tours. To set up a Private Tour or learn more, please visit our Private Group Tours page and submit a Private Group Tour Request Form. A member of Tru Bahamian Food Tours team will respond within 48 hours to your inquiry!
Absolutely not! Our Bites of Nassau Tour combines architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insights into a unique a 3.5-hour experience. Imagine walking through old colonial Nassau tasting our island’s most delicious foods while learning about the neighborhood from real locals.
Our Bites of Nassau Tours are held rain or shine. (For the record, Nassau averages 365 days of sunshine annually:) In the event of inclement weather however, we will be able to go inside of all of the establishments on the tour. We also provide ponchos and/or umbrellas in case of sudden weather changes if you do not have your own umbrella. However, we advise you to check the weather conditions for your tour date and dress/prepare appropriately.
If severe weather (such as a hurricane or tropical storm) does prevent the tour from taking place, you will receive a full refund or a gift certificate to use on a date of your convenience.
Yes, gift certificates are available for both our Bites of Nassau Food Tours and our Authentic Bahamian Cooking Classes and make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase or learn more about our gift certificates, please visit our Gift Certificates page or call us at: (1-844) 850-2318 or (242) 601-1725.
*NOTE- our gift certificates never expire!
In addition to a healthy appetite, please bring along your e-ticket (electronic form is fine) to give to your tour guide at the tour starting point.
In terms of clothing, we suggest that you wear comfortable, light clothing and walking shoes. Summer months (May-September) in Nassau can be very hot and humid and we recommend that you wear sun protection i.e. sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, etc.
Ice water will be provided at several of our tasting locations throughout the tour to help keep you hydrated. However, you might also like to bring your own bottle of water with you.
We also suggest you bring a camera to capture the memories you’ll create during the tour and lastly- gratuity for your tour guide if he/she impresses you!
With so much Bahamian sunshine to enjoy in Nassau, we’re able to operate our Bites of Nassau Food Tours year-round January through December, except on Sundays and Public Holidays (when our tasting locations are closed).
The weather can be humid and very warm in the summer months (May-Aug) and we make seasonal modifications to the tour route during this period to limit exposure to the sun and maximise time in the shade and/or air-conditioning. Take a look at our Tour Calendar the most updated version of our tour availability for any given month.
Due to the pre-arranged timing of the tour stops, we kindly ask that you wait to shop until after the tour is completed so that we can stay on our food-tasting schedule and ensure that we arrive at our Tour Partner locations in a timely manner. Remaining on our scheduled route ensures that the food and beverages at each stop are freshly prepared for our tour participants. If you’d like to return to your favourite tasting locations after the tour to make purchases, your tour guide will be happy to direct you to that establishment. We will also provide you with a detailed map displaying our route so that you can return to any of the tasting locations at your leisure.
**We encourage cruise visitors wanting to shop to select an earlier tour time where possible so that they’ll have some time for shopping after the tour is completed before having to head back to the ship.**
Our Bites of Nassau Food Tour includes 2 specialty drink tastings during the tour. One is a non-alcoholic beverage and the other an alcoholic cocktail. If you would prefer to not consume alcohol during the tour, please make a note within the ticket notes at check-out and we will be sure to provide an appropriate substitution.
Additionally, several of our tasting locations provide ice water for tour participants. We suggest that you consider bringing a bottle of water with you so that you ensure you stay adequately hydrated throughout the duration of the tour.
At select tasting locations, you will have the option of purchasing additional drinks to accompany your tastings but please note that these drinks are not included with the tour.
Of course! We welcome young foodies on our Bites of Nassau Tours but they must be accompanied by an adult.
The tastings on the tour are selected with the consideration of pleasing the vast majority of palates, both young and old, and from all parts of the world. As a result, when we do have young foodies join our tour, they almost always enjoy the tastings as much as their parents do.
However, the tours average 3 hours in length and do involve a fair degree of standing and walking so we ask that you consider whether your child would like to participate on a food tour. Parents, who know their children best, should assess the situation individually.
Please note, there is a special Young Foodie Ticket Fare of $49 for children joining the tour, ages 4-12 who will be eating. Children under the age of 3 not participating in the tastings do not require a separate ticket.
For our Private Authentic Bahamian Cooking Class & Lunch Experience there is only one ticket class available and participants must be ages 8 or older to take part.
On both our Bites of Nassau Food Tour and our Savor Old Nassau Cocktail & Dining Tour, bathrooms are available throughout the tour at selected food-tasting locations. Your guide will be sure to let you know at the beginning of the tour when the bathroom breaks will occur and remind you throughout the tour as well.
No. Our Bites of Nassau Food Tour does not finish at the same location as the meeting point.
However, you will receive detailed instructions after your ticket purchase including the exact starting and ending point locations in addition to a map at the beginning of the tour with return directions.
Of course, our guides will be happy to direct you to any location in the downtown area if you prefer to continue exploring the city. (We think there is a good chance you might want to visit some or all of the places you visited on our tour to redeem your exclusive Tru Bahamian Food Tour coupons at our partner tasting locations.) In any case- if you have a question about getting directions somewhere- just ask us!
Not at all! Whether you’re an avid chef or a complete novice- this class is designed to be suitable for anyone with a love of food and culture. All that is required is your eagerness to learn, meet fellow foodies and enjoy some local hospitality!
Our Private Authentic Bahamian Cooking Class & Lunch Experience is available for groups as small as 2 guests and as large as 10 guests per session. Please send us a Private Group Tour Request to tell us about the details of your group size so we can provide you with pricing.
Of course! Our Authentic Bahamian Cooking Classes are only available as Private experiences.
Classes can accommodate groups as small as 2 guests and as large as 10 guests in one session.
Please submit a Private Group Request Form to tell us about your group and which date you’re interested in joining us. A member of our Tru Bahamian Food Tours team will respond within 48 hours to your inquiry!
In most cases, we can make custom modifications to the class experience to accommodate wheelchair restrictions. Please let us know if you’d like to explore this option with us by filling out a Private Group Request Form.
Once we gather at the meeting point, there will be a short 5 minute stroll to the location of our cooking class- just enough to work up an appetite for that welcome beverage and nibble!
We’ll spend about 75 minutes on our feet in the kitchen with Chef Bowe preparing our meal and the remainder of the time, you can expect to be comfortably seated and enjoying a delicious Bahamian feast.
*Upon special request in advance of the cooking class, pre-arranged seating options for our time spent in the kitchen can be organised.
Casual, comfortable clothing is perfectly acceptable. We also recommend wearing comfortable shoes and don’t suggest high heels for this occasion. Aprons will be provided for our time in the kitchen!
Your meal will be paired with your choice of chef-selected wine. Guests who prefer not to drink alcohol can select a non-alcoholic beverage option instead.
We’ll also be serving bottled ice water throughout our time in the kitchen and in the dining room and there will be a refreshing tropical beverage to welcome us upon arrival.
During and after your meal, you’ll be able to purchase additional alcoholic beverages on site, but these costs will not be included in your ticket price.
Tru Bahamian Food Tours does not include tour guide gratuities in the cost of our tours. If you enjoyed yourself, gratuities are greatly appreciated and accepted by your tour guide, although never mandatory. The standard gratuity for a tour guide in the service industry is 15%-20%.
Our Bites of Nassau Tour can accommodate guests with strollers, however, the tour is not suitable for guests with severe mobility issues or guests requiring wheelchair assistance.
The tour route includes two mildly inclined hills as well as three (3) tasting locations that are only accessible by stairs. We can always offer a modified tour route but it goes without saying that some of the presentations throughout the tour will be missed and the overall experience will not be as complete for the tour participant in that case.
If you are planning to push a stroller, please let us know at least 24 hours before the tour begins to so that we can ensure you have the best tour experience possible.
First things first! We highly recommend taking our tour at the beginning of your visit, especially if you’ve never been to Nassau before, so that you’ll learn the lay of the land early and will be able to navigate Nassau’s delicious culinary landscape with confidence for the remainder of your trip. Of course, another reason we recommend taking our Bites of Nassau Food Tour early on in your visit is so that you have an opportunity to head back to your favorite tasting locations from the Tour to redeem your Tru Bahamian Food Tour Store Coupons (available to tour participants only).
Your ticket price includes the cost of the service fees, taxes and staff gratuities associated with your meal. If you’d like to offer an additional gratuity to the Chef or your tour guide because you had an amazing time, you are welcome to do so but doing so is completely optional and at your discretion.
We understand that there are sometimes last minute changes made to a cruise ship schedule and on occasion, a ship that is scheduled to dock in Nassau might arrive at a different time/date than listed or in rare cases, bypass the port altogether due to weather, an onboard medical emergency, etc.
We also understand that these changes are out of your control.
In cases where we can reschedule you to join one of our tours or cooking classes on another tour day or at another time- we will. In cases in which, this is not possible, we’ll issue you a gift certificate (with no expiration date) for the full value of your tickets that you’ll be able to use any time in the future. In special cases and when neither of these options is feasible, we’ll assess the possibility of issuing a refund.
Absolutely! While as a local you may be familiar with our route and some of the stops, you will still have an opportunity to try new items at our tasting locations, as well as to learn more about the establishments themselves. Additionally, we will share a host of fun, behind-the-scenes facts about downtown Nassau’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 and specialty food locations we will visit, as well as others we recommend, at your leisure and with exclusive coupons in hand. This tour is also an excellent activity with which to entertain out-of-town family and guests.
Consider reviewing our Discover Nassau Foodie Blog to learn more about the Nassau restaurant and dining scene.
We’re constantly making slight changes to our Bites of Nassau Food Tour every few months. Many parts of the tour remain the same, but we do our best to improve upon and enhance the tour and ensure that it is representative of downtown Nassau’s dynamic and evolving neighbourhood. Don’t be embarrassed to come back for more and repeat the experience – many people do!
Is that a trick question?
Cameras and filming are definitely allowed and encouraged during the tour! We strongly encourage you to take as many photos as your heart desires during the tour. In fact, since you asked, we would love it if you shared pictures and videos of your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram after the tour using hashtag #bitesofnassau. Thank you!
We often host singles (both visitors and locals looking for something fun and different to do in Nassau) on on our Bites of Nassau Food Tour. We have found that most people who take our tours are adventurous and sociable, excited about trying amazing food, and open to meeting new people (or even making new friends)! We like to think of each tour group as its own family, exploring Nassau and sharing foodie moments together. If you are open to meeting new people and having a great time, you will have a wonderful time on our food tour:)
Our tours begin promptly at the scheduled starting time.
The first portion of our tour is a meet and greet introduction for about 10 minutes or so- this allows for any late comers. After that- the show must go on in order to ensure that we are able to arrive at all of our tasting locations on time.
If you are scheduled for a tour or cooking class and know you are running behind schedule, please call us at (242) 601-1725 to let us know before the tour begins so that we can give you directions on where to meet us en route.
*Please note that refunds are not given for latecomers!
Food lovers, foodies, food explorers, and regular people! Our tours are designed for anyone that loves great food and loves to discover the hidden gems and interesting stories of our favourite Nassau neighborhood. If you are in search of mom and pop food establishments, history, culture, architecture, and entertainment offerings, that is what you will find on our tours. Even if you have food allergies or food restrictions, we welcome you aboard – 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 contact us with a Private Group request if you would like to make arrangements to join us for one of our tours in these languages so we can set up a date and time that works with your schedule!
Our tour meets at at the front entrance of Christ Church Cathedral located on George Street (off of Bay Street) just east of the Pirates of Nassau Museum.
Here is a Google Map for your reference showcasing the Tour Starting Point.
Detailed directions to the tour staring location are provided below:
From the Cruise Ship Port-
You can walk from the Cruise Ship Pier to the starting location in approximately 5-8 minutes or you can ask a taxi driver to take you instead. Taxis are available for approximately $5-$10. If you choose to walk, make your way straight ahead to Bay Street from the Pier (there are various signs that can help direct you there and any bystander can assist), then turn right and head West on Bay Street until you come to George Street (look for an ice cream parlour on the corner). Make a left onto George Street and walk for approx. 1 minute until you see the Pirates of Nassau Museum on your right. You will see the Christ Church Cathedral starting point on your left, directly across from the Pirates Museum.
From Paradise Island-
Water Ferry: There is a water ferry/taxi that departs from beneath the Paradise Island Bridge- a 5-15 minute walk from most Paradise Island hotels and resorts. There are various signs that point to the Ferry Dock near the bridge ( your concierge can also give you guidance on how to get there) and they lead you down a pathway underneath the bridge from which you can catch a Ferry directly to down town Nassau. The Ferries leave approx. every 30 mins. Water Ferries are $4/person one way and the ferry ride itself is about 15 minutes. If you do take the water ferry, you’ll have to then walk from the docking area to the tour starting point outside the church- which is about 5 minutes. Once you get off the ferry, make your way straight ahead to Bay Street (the main thoroughfare) from the dock, then turn right and head West on Bay Street until you come to George Street (the sign will be on the left hand side of the road and there is an ice cream parlour on the corner). Make a left onto George Street and walk for approx. 1 minute until you see the Pirates of Nassau Museum on your right. You will see the Christ Church Cathedral starting point on your left, directly across from the Pirates Museum.
Taxi: You can take a taxi directly to the tour starting point from Paradise Island- depending on the number in your party these are usually $4/person or $15-$20 in total. If you choose this option, tell your taxi driver to take you to the entrance of Christ Church Cathedral across from the Pirates of Nassau Museum on George Street. This option should get you to the tour starting point within 10- 20 minutes depending on traffic.
From Cable Beach-
Local Bus Service: Your best bet is to take a local bus service (called the Jitney) – the #10- ($1.50/person) which leaves directly from many of the hotels located on Cable Beach (Sandals, Breezes, Melia, Compass Point, Sandyport Resort, etc) and arrives directly in front of our departure point on George Street. You’ll be let off right in front of the Cathedral Church- where our tour begins. (Ask the driver to let you off “downtown on George Street next to the Christ Church Cathedral and Pirates Museum”)
Taxi: You can take a taxi directly to the tour starting point from Cable Beach- depending on the number in your party these are usually $8-$15/person in total. If you choose this option, tell your taxi driver to take you to the entrance of Christ Church Cathedral across from the Pirates of Nassau Museum on George Street.
If you’d like more information about how to make your way to the starting point prior to the tour date- we’d be happy to assist- please call us at (242) 601-1725 (local) or email us at: email@example.com.
Our Bites of Nassau Food Tour lasts approximately 3- 3.5 hours and you can expect to be standing or walking for two thirds of the time. We cover 1.2 miles and walk at a moderate pace. In addition, there are 4 resting locations (mostly indoors) en route that offer a total of about 75 minutes of seating time throughout.
Due to some narrow sidewalks and several staircases along the route, unfortunately this tour is not suitable for guests with severe mobility issues or guests requiring wheelchair assistance.
We typically have multiple tour starting times running each day between 10:30AM and 2:30PM. Please take a look at our tour calendar to see our full listing of available tours for a particular day by selecting “Book Now”.
If one of the listed tour starting times does not fit your schedule, please contact us directly with a request for a special starting tour time and we’ll try to make it happen!
Our culinary adventures are designed to accommodate virtually all food allergies, aversions or dietary needs- including guests who do not eat shellfish or seafood. While both our Bites of Nassau Food Tour and our Authentic Bahamian Cooking Class do feature local seafood dishes (including shellfish), with advanced notice we can gladly provide tasty non-seafood or non-shellfish substitutions that you’ll enjoy instead.
*Please be sure to indicate your specific dietary preferences or requirements when purchasing your tickets so we can best prepare to host you!
Food is provided from a combination of: locally adored eateries, one-of-a-kind specialty artisan stores, ethnic mom and pop spots, and the island’s best fine dining restaurants. For a better idea of what types of eateries we will visit, a list of the food tasting locations can be found on Bites of Nassau Tour Page.