A Culinary Walk through Portland: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine

  • Port

    Portland, Maine, US

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximtely 2 Hours

  • Meals Included


Portland's reputation as the foodiest, friendliest small town in America is undeniable, and its restaurant scene is unrivaled.

This leisurely-paced walking tour carves a path through the streets of the charming Old Port, introducing you to some of the best bites in town along the way. A hundred years ago this area was home to fish houses, canneries, factories and textile mills. Today, the air is fragrant with the fresh ocean breeze and the aromas from coffee houses, bakeries and award-winning restaurants, all tempting you as you wind your way through the narrow streets.

Your friendly and engaging guide will take you to several Old Port venues to sample Maine-inspired foods and meet the people who craft Portland's culinary delights.

Of course, you can't come to Maine without eating a lobster roll, and one of the best is found at the Blue Rooster Food Company. This casual spot offers awesome sandwiches, a chalkboard menu, and distinctive rooster artwork decorating the walls. Blue Rooster's version of the lobster roll includes tons of fresh lobster meat served on a lightly-toasted bun and topped with pickled vegetables, crisp cucumbers and aromatic herbs. No wonder it's so good -- co-founder Damian Sansonetti is an alum of New York City's Bar Boulud.

Another must-have Maine delicacy is clam chowder. You'll stop at Lois Naturals, where the seafood is fresh, the atmosphere is welcoming, and the steaming cup of clam chowder is a clear winner.

Your culinary journey also takes you to the Shipyard Brewing Company. Perched on the historic waterfront, this family-owned spot has been making beer in Maine since 1994 and is one of the largest craft breweries in the country. From seasonal blends to English-style ales, all the beer here is brewed by hand in small batches. Try one that takes your fancy.

Next stop? Two Fat Cats -- one of Portland's finest bakeries. The Fat Cats' specialty is classic American baking. Don't miss the marshmallow buttercream-filled whoopie pie, whose name scarcely does this masterpiece justice.

Save room for the last stop -- Mount Desert Island Ice Cream. This icon was named one of the top 25 ice cream stores in the U.S. by Food & Wine magazine. Everything here is artisanal and handmade, and owner Linda Parker shows her local pride when she adds items like Maine sea salt to caramel ice cream. When President Barack Obama visited the original location in Bar Harbor, he went for coconut. Which flavor will you choose? Sample a scoop, then return to the ship. Guests who wish to stay in town to shop or explore independently are welcome to do so, but must make their own way back to the ship.


Wear comfortable walking shoes.