Whether you're a local or a visitor, taking a tour can be informative and entertaining! I've taken a few tours in NYC which I've loved, but when I heard about Like A Local Tours, I knew I had to give it a go! As someone not quite a local or a tourist of NYC, I'm always looking for experiences that show me a different side of one of my favorite cities!

Like A Local offers tours around Manhattan and Brooklyn that allow you to experience the city as a local. These highly curated tours hit all the hotspots, featuring food, local history, instagrammable spots, and more! This review focuses on the Behind The Scenes at Industry City tour!

First off, Industry City, located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is a 6 million square foot space filled with food, shopping, and co-working space. Fun fact, it is the largest privately funded adaptive reuse project in the country! And believe me when I say this space is amazing!
What makes this tour unlike any others is the opportunity to visit makers in their natural habitat. The tour typically includes 3-4 maker stops, but we enjoyed 2 (since it was the weekend, many people were not at work.) The first stop on our tour was Wanna Date, a delicious spread made from dates. This vegan and allergen-friendly spread is an alternative to nut butters and other sugary spreads! It comes in 4 flavors, but the chocolate date spread was my favorite!
Our other make stop was Micòl Ceramics. The pottery was beyond gorgeous. It was amazing to see Micòl work in person as well as get a demo! I've never seen pottery made in person.

Next were the food stops. This tour has 4-5 stops at various eateries at Industry City, including some savories, sweets, and a beer tasting! As this was a media tour, we made our way through the stops without lingering. However, I discovered some of the tastiest spots in NYC, all in the same area!
The highlight for me was THE BEST vegan ice cream from Blue Marble. The flavor was Bread & Roses and it was hard to believe that this was vegan! We also stopped by Li-Lac Chocolate and One Girl Cookies for some samples. The Earl Gray cookie at One Girl Cookies was the other highlight for me!

We were even given a sneak peek of the beautiful new location of Sahadi’s, a cult favorite! This spot will include a cafe to eat in, along with the groceries they are known for. I cannot wait to come back when they are open.
We ended the event with a tasting of the delicious Lemongrass Kölsch from Big aLICe Brewing Co. They have a pretty cool menu - if you're a beer drinker, I definitely recommend checking them out.

What I didn't get to document very well was the art that covered Industry City. Everywhere you turn is another mural or work of art. It's worth walking through just to see the art.
I had a blast on this tour. I learned so much about a place I had never been. The tours are typically between 3 - 4 hours long with extensive walking. Prices vary, but includes food (and sometimes drinks) with the cost.

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Excuse me while I'm decide which tour to try next...taking suggestions!

Thank you to Like A Locals for inviting me to experience this tour. All opinions shared above are my own!