Sip, sample, and stroll your way through the downtown area of Asbury Park while tasting the incredible food and drink of Cookman Avenue!
Downtown Walking Tour
- Tours run rain or shine.
- Easy 1-mile walking tour.
- Restrooms available.
- All stops are handicapped accessible.
- Vegan and vegetarian accommodations.
- ASL interpreting available, please make a note when booking.
- Adult Ages 16+
Cookman Avenue area of Asbury Park
Tour and explore the Cookman Avenue area while tasting your way through historic downtown Asbury Park.
- Stops and samples at 6 establishments that have become the heart of Asbury Park
- One alcoholic beverage included for guests over 21
- Discussions with owners and chefs on their foods and establishments
- Local knowledgeable tour guides providing you with history and inside information along the way
- You’ll leave with a full stomach and a memorable experience
What to Expect
Why Cookman Avenue? You may know Asbury Park from the beaches and Bruce, but the downtown Cookman Avenue area has quickly become a unique food scene unlike any other found along the Shore. On this main avenue less than a half-mile from the beachfront, you’ll find an assortment of incredible restaurants and eateries. During your walking and eating experience, you’ll be able to visit and sample six of these amazing establishments! Whether it’s the irresistible Italian nachos at Crust & Crumble, the latest donut creation from Purple Glaze Donuts (ranked NJ’s #1 donut shop!), or a Korean fusion taco from MOGO Tacos, you will definitely leave stuffed at the end of your tour! And that’s only three of our six stops and samples!
An enjoyable walk around Asbury Park. All of the stops on your tour are within walking distance of each other, allowing for a relaxing afternoon stroll around the city. The walk is approximately one mile with frequent stops along the way to discuss the history and local lure of Asbury Park. We move at an easy pace that can accommodate wheelchairs and guests of all fitness levels.
Great for visitors and locals. Taste of Asbury Food Tours is the perfect way to begin exploring Asbury Park. With stops at six eateries, you will be able to sample the delicious, wide variety of foods the city has to offer. Your tour will provide you with a three-hour experience most visitors can’t get in one day. From food tastings to talks with chefs or owners, and discussions on the history of Asbury Park, there is something for everyone on our tours. Whether you’re visiting the city or a local resident, you’ll be sure to leave filled with incredible food and the history of our amazing city by the sea.
Crust and Crumble
A laid-back eatery and bakery specializing in a variety of made-to-order pizzas.
- Purple Glaze Donuts
Freshly made, handcrafted donuts in a wide variety of flavors. Voted New Jersey’s #1 donut shop of 2018 by Delish.com.
Korean fusion tacos served on a fresh flour tortilla made with your choice of meats, fish, or tofu seasoned in homemade Korean marinades, served with fried rice and kimchi.
- Food Lube
A wide variety of fresh fine olive oils and vinegars with an assortment of flavors and snacks for you to sample.
- Sami’s Street Food
Mediterranean inspired cuisine and traditional foods, as well as original dishes from every corner of the Mediterranean basin—Italy, Spain, Greece, France, Lebanon.
- Cookman Creamery
An artisanal ice creamery dedicated to diverse ice cream styles. Cookman Creamery specializes in inspired flavors, handcrafted from quality local ingredients.
- Confections of a Rockstar
Rock & Roll style bakery with handcrafted cupcakes, cookies, and more, baked fresh daily.
New Jersey’s original Acai shop specializing in nutritious and delicious fruit bowls, juices, and smoothies.
Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten
An authentic German Biergarten experience with amazing beers and massive Bavarian pretzels!
- Pasta Volo
Fresh and creative homemade pasta dishes with a wide variety of shapes and flavors.
- Lola’s European Cafe
Quaint, rustic-chic bar & coffee shop with outdoor seating, gelato & an assortment of incredible foods!
- Sweet Dani B
Asbury Park’s own Custom Cookie Cafe and Cookie Decorating Party Studio.
- Asbury Ale House
Asbury’s very own downtown sports bar with a gastropub menu, a wide variety of beers, and games for you to enjoy!
Where to Meet
The tour begins at the Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten 527 Lake Avenue in Asbury Park; metered street parking is available. Directions can be found below.
Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten
Have questions? Here are the most frequently asked.
Please be sure and let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a food allergy or dietary restriction (vegetarian, vegan) when you purchase your tickets. As long as we know in advance, we can accommodate your needs. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate any gluten-free diets or allergies.
Yes, an advance ticket purchase is required. Events typically sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the date, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance.
Gratuities are greatly appreciated, although not mandatory. The standard gratuity in the service industry is 15%-20%.
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at selected food-tasting locations.
Children ages 16 and older are welcome on our tours. Due to the walking aspects of our tours and some of the small establishments we visit, we do not feel that our tours would be appropriate for young children.
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