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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Maria 08 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Alex is a great tour guide, He takes very much care of its group, he share authentic stories of new york and dedicated neighbourhoods We would definitely recommend a tour with him! Giovanna & Piera
Thomas 08 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Really nice tour of Chinatown and Litte Italy with many insights on immigration and several stops in local food shops. I would definitely recommend it.
Zach 25 Mar 2024

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Travelled alone - Mar 2024
Alex was amazing! I had an emergency and had to leave early but he was so knowledgeable and thorough!
Gonzalo 20 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Amazing and informative. Very engaging and confident tour guide.
Anniek 06 Mar 2024

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Travelled alone - Mar 2024
Alex is a very easygoing guide who knows a lot about a lot. Feel free to ask any question, also when it has nothing to do with the tour. The best thing about Alex is that he is into food! For me as a chef this was perfect. Don't hesitate and book. Enjoy.
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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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