Free Chinatown and Little Italy History Tour

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Alex
Quality Verified Registered on February 06, 2023

I am a licensed tour guide, professional blogger, and active member of the Guides Association of New York City. My passion is New York’s food, history, and culture, and my walking tours are one of a kind NYC experiences! I also created, own, and operate a tour agency called Food Strolls Guided Tours right here in New York City.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description


Join Alex on a stroll through Chinatown and Little Italy, where we’ll discuss 400 years of immigration in America.  We’ll also talk about the early history of Manhattan, and learn how these neighborhoods developed over time.  We’ll pay particular attention to the city’s past and present day demographics, with an emphasis on our favorite topic, ethnic succession!

In between all the information and anecdotes, we'll visit several local businesses.  You'll go inside a traditional Chinese Wet Market, an enormous Chinese Food Court, a classic Italian Deli, and New York City's oldest Italian Bakery!  You’ll have plenty of opportunities to stock up on items like chop sticks, frozen fish cakes, and imported olive oils during the tour!

Along the way we'll stop frequently and allow everyone to engage and ask questions.  Tours are casual, flexible, and fun, so bring your curiosity and a comfortable pair of walking shoes! 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    52 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007, USA
    52 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007, USA
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    I will be waiting on the steps of 52 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007 holding a clear folder full of black and white images.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    City Hall
  • 2
    Outside visit
    1 Police Plaza
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Columbus Park
  • 4
    Outside visit
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Mott Street
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Manhattan Bridge
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Little Italy
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Mulberry Street

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Simge 15 Nov 2023

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Travelled alone - Nov 2023
It’s the perfect guide I’ve met so far. He has a very good knowledge of the history, people and food of NYC. He gave us little treats during the tour. I would absolutely recommend his tour to anyone interested in knowing better the city.
Małgorzata 14 Nov 2023

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Travelled alone - Nov 2023
Me encanto este tour!
Bonita 10 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Alex is knowledgeable, really friendly and helpful. Most of all I really liked how respectful and considerate he was for the history he was telling, and of us, the tour participants. A++++
Laura 09 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Amazing tour with Alex!
Karen 09 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Alex is so open to answering all our questions. We hit some hidden gems to increase our appreciation of NYC.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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