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Bike & taste through Eastside food carts

Rated 4.94 out of 5 from 16 reviews.Portland, United States

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Experience hosted by Sarah

4 hours
Includes food, drinks, transport
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

At our shop location in the thriving SE industrial district, you'll be fitted for a bike and helmet before heading out on a culinary experience through some of the more than 60 food cart pods in Portland. You will sample favorites spanning a range from Oregon farm-to-table delights, to snacks appropriate for late-night cravings.

Your guide will learn about your food preferences and the group will visit the real deal: the first permanent food cart pod anywhere. It's the beginning of a neighborhood ride of 8-12 miles (13-19 km) to three of our favorite food cart pods, as we unfold the fascinating (and only told by us!) tale of how Portland came to be the epicenter of the food cart craze.

After the story, the group will bike up a gentle hill to the Hawthorne neighborhood, part of Portland's hometown story: the heart of all that's delicious, funky, and hippie, a thoroughfare with a street food soul! You will ride into the city's foodie history (going back over a century!) and stop at a special coffee food cart made in a unique vehicle. Here you and the group will get a caffeinated beverage, if you like, to begin the day.

Your guide will select food for the group to sample at each pod, with an option for you to purchase beer or dessert, and some stops that tell a bit more to the food cart story. We'll return to the shop at the end of our ride, full of street food and fun.
At our shop location in the thriving SE industrial district, you'll be fitted for a bike and helmet before heading out on a culinary experience through some of the more than 60 food cart pods in Portland. You will sample favorites spanning a range from Oregon farm-to-table delights, to snacks appropriate for late-night cravings.

Your guide will learn about your food preferences and the group will visit the real deal: the first permane…

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What's included

  • Food
    We will sample a few different dishes at two food cart pods; enough, togeth...
  • Drinks
    Our first food cart pod samples will be coffee (or tea) at one of the most...
  • Transport
    You'll be fitted for a high-quality city bike and helmet
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Sun, 1 Nov
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Tue, 3 Nov
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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₹5,711 per person
Thu, 5 Nov
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
₹5,711 per person
₹5,711 per person

Meet your host, Sarah

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 16 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I'm Sarah Gilbert, co-founder of Around Portland Tours and together with my partners and guides Edwin, Madi, Lee, Crystal and Jeri will host the experiences. I'm a published writer of essays and professional storyteller, and each of the narratives around which our tours are based was a collaboration between us, writers and route designers, as a movable narrative, what we call place-based storytelling.

Our founders are experts in Portland's food cart scene; avid customers as well as critics and storytellers. At its beginning, Sarah was writing a food column, and Edwin was running a bike shop two blocks away from the original pod. Both had a front-row seat for the personalities, flavors, and economic forces guiding the street food vendors and pods. We are all dedicated foodies -- who adore the chefs and creators like they are family.
I'm Sarah Gilbert, co-founder of Around Portland Tours and together with my partners and guides Edwin, Madi, Lee, Crystal and Jeri will host the experiences. I'm a published writer of essays and professional storyteller, and each of the narratives around which our tours are based was a collaboration between us, writers and route designers, as a movable narrative, what we call place-based storytelling.

Our founders are experts in Portland's food cart scene; avid customers as well as cr…
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Where you'll be

We will meet at 833 SE Main #120 and ride through several inner Southeast Portland neighborhoods, including some of the prettiest biking in the city. One stop will include a unique vehicle with a cool seating area; another is hidden in an otherwise ordinary busy intersection. The last stop calls some of the most interesting and locally famous food carts home, and we'll introduce you to some unusual ethnic delicacies. Vegetarian/vegan options

Rated 4.94 out of 5 from 16 reviews.

Emily
August 2020
We arrived in Portland not knowing much about the city, but after Sarah’s tour, we feel like we have a great sense of the community vibe, values and food! Thank you for a wonderful experience!
Denise
February 2020
My friend and I really enjoyed our bike and food tour. We tasted AMAZING food and got to have one of a kind coffee. Thank you for making it a memorable tour and offering to take photos for us! I'd definitely suggest this tour if you are visiting and have never been here before!
My friend and I really enjoyed our bike and food tour. We tasted AMAZING food and got to have one of a kind coffee. Thank you for making it a memorable tour and offering to take p…
Kyle
January 2020
My wife and I have lived in/near ptld for 4 years and haven’t experienced it like we did during our 4 hour bike tour of the Eastside food carts. Not only was the food and drink some of the best in town, the route we rode took us through some of the most beautiful neighborhoods around. Our host seemed to know every food cart vendor personally and could tell us detailed history which made the experience more personal. I’d pay to do this experience again! A must do in Portland.
My wife and I have lived in/near ptld for 4 years and haven’t experienced it like we did during our 4 hour bike tour of the Eastside food carts. Not only was the food and drink so…
Edward
October 2019
It was a wonderful experience and loved how she was passionate and knowledgeable. She tried to get a deep understanding of where you lived and if you have any questions she was pleased to answer them.
Emily
October 2019
I took the tour with Maddie and it was phenomenal. She is the nicest person ever and really made the tour special. We learned about the history of food carts and rode through gorgeous neighborhoods on the way to each one, and she chose amazing food at each spot that catered to the group’s dietary needs (gluten free AND vegan). Since we had time, we also stopped at a couple other locations (non-food related) that I didn’t even know about. I would totally do this tour again and recommend it to everyone!
I took the tour with Maddie and it was phenomenal. She is the nicest person ever and really made the tour special. We learned about the history of food carts and rode through gorge…
Kathrin
September 2019
Amazing tour! I got to see places that I would’ve never found on my own. I learned a lot about Portland and got to taste some really delicious food!

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 2 and up can attend.

More tips

Portland mornings are cool -- bring layers! We have raingear to borrow; or (Sept - June) bring your favorite rainjacket. We wear everyday clothes to ride our bikes, but it's easier in comfortable footwear, with no long skirts or wide legged pants. Minimal bike experience is ok; none, is not.

What to bring

Comfortable clothes for riding a bike

Comfortable shoes for walking and riding a bike