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Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to purchase Melting Pot Food Tour tickets in advance?
Melting Pot Food Tour tickets sell out fast so Los Angeles tour tickets must be purchased in advance to guarantee your spots. Tickets can be purchased with Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Cash is not accepted.

If I am bringing an infant or very young child, do I need to purchase a ticket for them?
Infants or young children under the age of 5 do not need tickets if they will not be participating in the food tastings. Children ages 5-12 or those participating in the tastings require a child’s ticket offered at a reduced price. Children are certainly welcome on our Los Angeles food tours, but we kindly ask that you take the appropriate steps to minimize distraction to the other guests should they become restless or uncomfortable.

If a Melting Pot Food Tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list? 
We do not provide a waiting list. If a date is sold out, it is always a good idea to contact us directly (424.247.9666 or info@meltingpottours.com) to see if we can fit you in or if we will be adding a second tour.


Is time allotted for shopping during the Melting Pot Food Tour? 
 There is limited time allotted for guests to shop during the tour. You will be provided a printed guide at the beginning of every Melting Pot Food Tour, so you can also easily return to your favorite stores to shop more at the end of the tour.

Are there restrooms on Melting Pot Food Tours? 
Yes, there are restrooms at many locations along the way. Just ask your tour guide.

Are Melting Pot Food Tours wheelchair and/or stroller accessible? 
All of our tours are wheelchair and stroller accessible. We can arrange private tours in Spanish, French, or Italian with an advance notice and for an additional fee. Please let us know in advance if you are in a wheelchair, and we will do everything possible to ensure you remain with the group at all times.

Are Melting Pot Food Tours offered only in English? 
Yes. At this time we are only offering our regularly scheduled tours in English. We can arrange for private tours in French or Spanish with advance notice and for an additional fee. Please call or email us for details.

What happens if it rains? 
Melting Pot Food Tours are held rain or shine. On the very rare occasion when there is heavy rain or local flooding, you may be notified that the tour for that date and time is canceled, and you would be able to reschedule your tickets or receive credit for a future tour.

How should I dress? 
Comfort is key. We strongly recommend a hat or a parasol and sunscreen, as the sun is almost always shining. You will be on your feet the majority of the tour, so please wear comfortable walking shoes.


How much food is served on Melting Pot Food Tours? 
There are 8-10 stops per tour for food tastings which are designed to be the equivalent of a full meal in a grazing fashion. For the majority of people, there is enough food that lunch afterwards is not necessary.

What if I have dietary restrictions or food allergies? 
You are able to specify dietary restrictions and food allergies when you book your tickets. Please be as specific as possible, so we can accommodate your needs to the best of our abilities. If we do not find out about dietary restrictions until the day of the tour, however, it is not possible for us to accommodate them. Please be advised there is one stop on our Old Pasadena tour where no gluten free tasting sub is available. On our East LA tour, there is one stop where no gluten free tasting sub is available and another stop where no vegan tasting sub is available.

Are there any beverages served on Melting Pot Food Tours? 
Water is served at some of the locations we visit; in most instances, no other beverages are included. You are advised to bring along your own bottle of water, especially if it is a warm day. There are also places to purchase water and other beverages along the tour routes.

Is alcohol served on Melting Pot Food Tours? 
There are typically no wine tastings or other alcoholic beverages served on Melting Pot Food Tours. On our Farmers Market Food & History Tour, there are 2 bars where you can purchase beer or wine to enjoy while you are on the tour.

Do we just walk around and sample food?
Not at all! Aside from sampling delicious food from a variety of restaurants and bakeries along the route, you will also be thoroughly entertained for the duration of each tour with stories of local L.A. color, history and folklore you won’t hear anywhere else.

How far do we walk? Are these fast-paced tours? 
Melting Pot Food Tours in Pasadena cover approximately 1 to 1.25 miles of flat terrain (no steep inclines or steps), so you are strongly encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes. We walk at a comfortable, slow pace with frequent stops most of the way and occasional opportunities to briefly sit down. Our Farmers Market Food & History Tour takes place entirely within the Market and requires only short distance walks with frequent opportunities to sit down.

May I bring my dog on a Melting Pot Food Tour? 
In California there is such a wide variance in policies allowing or disallowing animals in food establishments. Thus, much as we love dogs and other pets, we cannot allow them on our tours.


Why would a Los Angeles local take this tour? 
Unless you live in the immediate neighborhoods of our tours, chances are you may not be familiar with the unique history of the particular area or what’s new and different since your last visit. A food tasting tour is a great opportunity to be a tourist in your own city, and locals just might find a few new favorite haunts along the way.

Can I book a private Melting Pot Food Tour? 
Yes, private Melting Pot Food Tours can be arranged for small and large groups. Please visit our Private and Group Tours page or contact us directly at 424.247.9666 or info@meltingpottours.com.

Are gift certificates available? 
They certainly are. Please click here to buy a Melting Pot Food Tour Gift Certificate.

Is tipping expected?
Tipping is customary in the industry if you had a great time and want to recognize the tour guide for a job well done. Tipping rate in the United States is generally 15-20% and is paid directly to the tour guide.
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