Embrace the authentic flavors of India by exploring carefully selected markets, snack shops, and specialty stores with a trained chef of South Indian descent. Learn to harness the power of turmeric, cardamom, and other pantry treasures. Sample new flavors through generous tastings. Walk away with the tour guide’s culinary secrets and her favorite family recipes. Gain the confidence to navigate Devon Avenue on your own and to recreate your favorite Indian dishes at home.
This tour is perfect for tourists who want to experience the dynamic flavors of Chicago’s Little India. It’s a great adventure for Chicago locals who love to eat and/or cook Indian food.
Annapurna Indian Vegetarian
Enjoy samosa, mango lassi, and other mouthwatering specialties at this popular restaurant
Enjoy a cup of chai paired with sweet and savory snacks at this family-owned sweet shop
Visit the original location of America's largest Indian grocery chain
Fresh Farms International Market
Learn about curry leaves, jackfruit, and other delicious ingredients at this beloved market
Enter an enchanting emporium with imports carefully selected by Ramesh and Huma Mahtani
Patel Brothers Handicrafts & Utensils
Peruse specialty cookware used to make roti, fresh coconut milk, and endless spice blends
Children are welcome to attend Cardamom Kitchen Tours. Please be aware that the tours involve a considerable amount of standing and walking and require listening, which may not be suitable for all children.
Our food tastings are carefully designed to reflect the authentic flavors of the neighborhood. We are unable to offer any substitutions.
All tickets must be purchased in advance.
Tours take place rain or shine.
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Emilie J., Chicago, IL via Yelp
"Susan knows spices and as we moved through the spice and vegetable sections of the two stores we found ourselves wanting to try everything, and run home and cook immediately. She is a terrific, thoughtful guide with insights into all kinds of things - well worth the time and money."