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Experience Downtown London in a new way! Enjoy one of our following trails and explore parts of our downtown that you have yet to discover.

Currently, we offer the following trails:

  • Scratch Bakery and Patisserie Trail (self-guided and escorted tours)
  • Holiday Traditions Trail (self-guided; download the Goosechase app and use the game code "3GVQ16" to participate!

Scratch Bakery and Patisserie Trail

Do you have a serious sweet tooth? Experience Downtown London’s curated trail of best-in-class, small-batch, scratch bakeries and patisseries on a self- guided or a three-hour guided walking experience by a local culinary insider. The adventure begins at the historic Covent Garden Market, where you’ll meet a friendly French baker known for his patisseries and baguettes -- savour delicious croissants, Canelés de Bourdeaux, and other delectable creations along the trail. Learn craft secrets from the bakers themselves. Escorted tours are $120 per ticket.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the options for experiencing the various sites on the scratch bakery and patisserie trail?

    The self-guided version gives you ultimate flexibility in choosing from 13 participating sites on this trail, and for the introductory period it is available at no cost. Over a period of time you can visit all 13, whether that’s over a weekend or an extended number of visits.

    The escorted tours are offered in partnership with Forest City Culinary Experiences, local leaders in culinary tourism experiences. Their trained facilitators will escort you on the guided trail experience in Downtown London. A few different versions will be available, and the experience can be customized for groups. This paid experience comes with a shopping bag loaded with delicious local treats and valuable resources by the end of the tour. We can also customize guided tours for groups of six or more.

    If you have additional questions, and to ensure your specific needs can be accommodated, please contact us at info@downtownlondon.cabefore booking an experience to discuss options. Emails will be monitored Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, but not during evenings, weekends or holidays. Please contact us during these regular operating hours.

  • How do cancellations work?

    A minimum of 48 hours for any cancellation is required.

    All cancellations/notifications/rescheduling must be emailed to info@downtownlondon.ca during our regular operating hours.

  • Will the experiences operate during bad weather?

    Yes, our guided Scratch Bakery & Patisserie Trail operates rain or shine, snow or cold, wet or dry. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. If the weather is too inclement we will contact you in advance.

  • Are the experiences accessible?

    Most, but not all, of the sites on the Scratch Bakery & Patisserie Trail are accessible to wheelchairs and walking aids.

  • Will be there be washrooms throughout the experiences?

    Well maintained and accessible washrooms are available during the guided & self-guided trails at various stops on the way.

  • How far do we walk?

    Our Scratch Bakery & Patisserie Trail covers approximately 1.5 – 2 km over the course of 3 hours, with approximately 40 minutes of total walking. We stop several times and maintain a comfortable pace. The downtown area may have some changes in elevation due to construction, so if your experience includes this area please be prepared to walk cautiously.

  • Do you provide options for dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free)?

    We take our clients’ food preferences and allergies seriously. Depending on the accommodation you require, we may be able to substitute an item or two on the tour. Check the online guide for more detailed information about each participating business.

  • Does the guided tour include drinks?

    Your booking includes all the food and beverages served on the guided tour. Non-alcoholic beverages may be included with your ticket, or may be purchased along the way. Some of our experience sites may be licensed, with optional craft cocktail and wine or beer offerings, but they are not included with your ticket. You may choose to extend your stay to include additional hospitality experiences once the tour is over.

  • Are gratuities included in the price?

    There is no automatic gratuity included in the price of your experience. Your facilitator/guide will appreciate a tip at the end of the experience, but it is not expected or required.

  • Will the stops be closed to the public during the experience?

    We set up each stop in advance with our partners who as a small indie business may be serving regular customers when we arrive, so we may face a minimal wait or sample standing time at some stops. It’s part of our commitment to supporting local businesses and the bakers who showcase the best of our city.

Register for the Scratch Bakery and Patisserie Trail

Interested in the Scratch Bakery and Patisserie Trail? Sign up below. Upon completion of your form, you will be directed to our marketplace to complete your purchase. Please note that you must complete the payment to secure your ticket. 


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