The Fork & Walk Story

So you’ve probably been wondering, “What is Fork & Walk Tours and where have they been all my life?” Well, Fork & Walk Tours isn’t just another food tour company with an insanely attractive logo. No, no. We are a food tour company made for foodies by foodies – and we believe this is what really sets us apart from the competition. Our team of experienced foodie tour guides are truly passionate about good food and want our guests to savour and enjoy every mouthful of their Fork & Walk experience.

Our origin story began in Berlin when our very own culinary wizard and CEO, Dov Selby, decided to follow his gut and merge his love of food with his love of travel to create his dream food tour company. Fork & Walk Tours Berlin was born in 2016 and quickly became recognized globally as one of the best culinary tour operators on the market today.

Following our success in Berlin, it seemed only natural that Fork & Walk needed to expand to Germany’s most famous culinary city -Munich. Munich is the birthplace of authentic German and Bavarian cuisine, the home of Oktoberfest and the capital of German beer. The mission of Fork & Walk Tours Munich is to bring the local approach that has made us famous as we tell the story of this historic Bavarian city through its gastronomical goodies.

Like no other food tour in town, we shake up the ordinary by serving up piping hot portions of both the traditional and fusion dishes beloved by locals. Whether you want to munch on Munich, savour Salzburg, partake of a pint (or three!), or customize your very own culinary creation with a private guide, we are here to host you!

Our local foodie guides are ready to serve you a slice of Bavarian history and culture with a side of sweet mustard. While tasting, socializing, and laughing together, we are ready to show you how to eat like the locals eat and beer like the locals beer.

We hope you packed your stretchy pants!

Our Story

A guide to our guides

A small team of local Müncheners who share a passion for food, beer & our Bavarian culture!
Owner of Fork & Walk Tours

Dov

Mr Fork and Walk

Tell us about your background?

I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Melbourne, Australia with family ties to Poland, Ukraine and the UK. My days as a youngster were in tied to the Melbourne Jewish community and many festive family gatherings, which i where i started to develop my love of food, watching both my grandmothers weave their cookery magic in the kitchen. Especially those weekly Friday night gathering with wafting smells of fresh challah, chicken noodle soup and Babka.
After achieving a Bachelor in Business Management and Tourism, i started my first career as a Business Travel Consultant in-which i spent my next 13 years between Melbourne, London and Berlin. But the ever-growing dream of starting a new age food tour company in Berlin eventually found its way out. Now all those years of cooking, travelling, eating and watching endless amounts of cooking shows since they began in the 2000s are being hurtled into the Fork & Walk culture. 

Now it has been 14 years in this colourful city, with two beautiful kids, the love of my life and many great friends and experiences. 

How did you spawn a love for food?

Definitely my Bubba’s and Nanna’s cooking, namely the much debated and loved chicken soup. One Grandma from Poland, the other from the UK and both with different styles and tastes of what we call ”Jewish Penicillin”. I was also the youngest in a family of 3 and a very slow eater, so finding a way to enjoy my food and not lose out was always at the front of my mind.
However i think the big turning point was the cooking show revolution of the early 2000s. I just could not stop watching. And from there my cooking skills improved ten fold.

After travelling the world for a second time, i landed in Berlin and never left. The city is electric and the food scene was on the verge of a boom. I saw so much potential and growth in the following years and with no food tour company in Berlin really representing the past, present and future of Berlin food, this was my calling.

Why Berlin and How long have you been here and which Kiez do you live in (talk about your journey here) ?

Berlin. Good question. Well, i just landed here, with no intention of staying. Without any intention of even travelling to Germany. But here i am and i couldn’t have made a better decision. The experiences are endless and ever-growing. I live currently in Weißensee, translated as White Lake. It is close to central areas of Berlin but still suburban, with of course a nice little lake. But i lived nearly everywhere in this city. And as each neighbourhood is unique to itself, Berlin is such a wonderful city to explore.

What made you fall in love with Berlin?

The freedom, the creativity, the openness of the people, the culture, the trust the government puts in the people (mostly), the non-money-centric way of living, the great food, peoples environmental goals and organic options. It is a forward thinking city that is still so young in its development due to its war set-backs.

How do you feel Berlin has developed since?

Since i moved in 2006 it has definitely progressed. Areas which were rundown have turned into multi-cultural neighbourhoods with speak-easy’s, laid back coffee bars and fantastic locally run restaurants. While the food-scene has enjoyed its biggest rise to European fame, with a number of Michelin-starred restaurants, revamped fusion German cuisine, an ever-growing barista-scene, along with star-studded line of local breweries, independant ice-cream shops and the revival of Berlin bread culture. But this is only one-side of the revamped Berlin.

Your favourite German word?

One of the funniest words i have come across stems from my Australian background mixed with having kids in Germany. The word ‘Bagger’ which refers to a front loader. In Australia we would use the term ‘Bugga’ to voice our disappointment, but in a funny way. The German and English pronunciation are exactly the same. So now imagine a 3-yr old kid standing at the curb-side at 8am on the way to kindergarten screaming ‘Bugga Daddy, Bugga’ over and over. Still makes me laugh!

Berlin being the hub of club-culture, what is your most memorable night experience here?

It involved 3 days, no sleep and a number of dance floors. Just one of those experiences you can only have in Berlin. And one i can say i would never to be able to repeat, simply due to my age and hangover factor. But i am glad i did it then.

Weirdest FKK experience ? (Frei-Körper-Kultur translated as the Free-Mind-Culture refers to swimming totally naked, which Germans and especially East Germans are very well known for at any public swimming spot or sauna)

Ostsee (German East Sea) 2011, we were on a camping holiday and a got chatting with a nice old man camping near-by us. Later on that day we were at the beach (naked of course) and i see him laying near us (I was still getting used to the whole naked thing). He approached me and i had to somehow hold a full political conversation with him and just tried to not remind myself that i was naked. Really interesting experience!

Your current favourite eatery in Berlin?

Alt-Wien (Old Austria). The wiener Schnitzel there is just phenomenal. Even better than those i had in Austria. But this is an old favourite. So right now i will go with Layla Israeli Restaurant. The perfect all-round experience of amazing atmosphere, open kitchen, great design, fantastic dishes, tasty drinks and great service. But we must also give it up for our own very local ‘Pasta Laden’. Homemade Sicilian pasta, handled with love.

You choose the last question. 

Which places I want to visit food-wise?

Korea, Japan, Mexico, Lebanon (although this is impossible), Israel.

Dan tour guide Munich

Beardy Dan

Homegrown Münchener

Tell us about your background?

 

How did you spawn a love for food and beer?

 

Why Munich and How long have you been here and which area do you live in (talk about your journey here) ?

 

What made you fall in love with Munich?

 

How do you feel Munich has developed since?

 

Your favourite German word?

 

What is one of your most memorable experiences in Munich? Don’t hold back…

 

Weirdest FKK experience ? (Frei-Körper-Kultur translated as the Free-Mind-Culture refers to swimming totally naked, which Germans and especially East Germans are very well known for at any public swimming spot or sauna)

 

Your current favourite eatery or beer hall in Munich?

 

The most absurd thing to eat in Munich

 

Graham

Dr. Sauerkraut

Tell us about your background?

Well, I was born & raised in Chicago, USA, but took a brief stint to study math in the cornfields.  People paid me to play with large sums of money for a few years, but I got bored & flew to Berlin.  Here I formed an unsuccessful band, met a lovely Spanish woman, and after ten years consider Berlin my home (kind of).

How did you spawn a love for food?

My Mom was/is a great cook & instilled a passion for food in my tiny child brain.  Plus, Chicago & the USA has great food – don’t believe the haters!

Why Berlin and How long have you been here and which Kiez do you live in (talk about your journey here) ?

I was working in a cubicle one day & it dawned on me that I’d never left the country.  Two weeks later, I was hopping on a plane & heading to Berlin. I read it was cheap & fun & it turned out to be true.  I’ve been here coming on 11 years, and living in ultra-mega-hip Neukölln for about 10 of those years. 

What made you fall in love with Berlin?

The astounding freedom this city grants us.  You can do pretty much whatever you want as long you don’t cause harm.  

How do you feel Berlin has developed since?

No major complaints.

Your favourite German word?

Unkraut – Weeds

Berlin being the hub of club-culture, what is your most memorable night experience here?

I’m going to ignore the most memorable night because I probably don’t remember it & it probably shouldn’t be publicly shared.

Weirdest FKK experience ? (Frei-Körper-Kultur translated as the Free-Mind-Culture refers to swimming totally naked, which Germans and especially East Germans are very well known for at any public swimming spot or sauna)

As for weirdest FKK, having my male friends lay naked, spread-eagle on the beach while carrying on normal conversations.  It was a lot for my midwest sensibilities.  

Your current favourite eatery in Berlin?

Yoyo – even despite the owner.

What do you miss about your home country?

What do you miss about your home country?
Peanut butter, food that is actually spicy, & stellar beer.