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San Francisco Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour

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San Francisco Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour

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Sample the foods of the world's largest Chinatown outside Asia on a 3-hour walking tour of San Francisco's Chinatown. See artisans making Fortune Cookies by hand. Stroll down the small alleys, and learn about cooking techniques that date back centuries.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Sample the foods of the largest Chinatown outside Asia
  • Try different types of Dim Sum
  • Learn about Chinese teas and herbs
  • Look inside a local Buddhist temple
  • Visit Chinese markets and marvel at the produce
  • See musical instruments that you have never seen before
  • Marvel at Chinese antiquities and relics
  • Watch artisans making Fortune Cookies by hand
Full description
Explore the largest Chinatown outside Asia on a 3-hour food tour of San Francisco's Chinatown, and discover a maze of alleys off Grant Avenue and Stockton Street, where traditional techniques that date back centuries are still practiced. See food markets and local restaurants, with a surprise around every corner. Watch artisans making Fortune Cookies by hand, and enliven your senses with new flavors, smells, and aromas. Your guide will help you search out authentic crafts and pottery, explore exotic produce, and learn about herbs and teas from the very people who know them best. Uncover the hidden secrets that only intrepid locals know about. As you taste and see everything from Dim Sum to fortune cookies, teas, incredible antiquities, rare and unique musical instruments, and authentic cookware, you'll know you've really experienced Chinatown. Marvel at statuettes and ritual objects that are literally thousands of years old. Visit a music center where you'll see musical instruments you've never seen before. Try different types of Dim Sum from the oldest Chinese bakery in San Francisco. Go to one of the city's oldest cathedrals, and look inside a Buddhist temple.
Includes
  • 3-hour walking tour
  • Guide
  • Food and beverages
  • Transportation
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants 5 and older must present proof that they have received two vaccine doses of an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or official immunization record from outside NYC or the US
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc). Participants under 18 may also use a school photo ID. Participants under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements. Participants who do not comply with these requirements will be denied entry or asked to leave the theater
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination

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Meeting point

Meet in front of the Chinatown Gate at the corner of Bush and Grant streets

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • You are advised to not eat too much before the tour as the tasting portions are ample, and the supplier wouldn't want you to miss out on any of the fabulous foods
  • As of August 20, 2021, the City of San Francisco is mandating that proof of full vaccination and masks are required to eat inside any restaurants or bars in San Francisco
  • Please have proof of full vaccination with you, as the restaurants will likely require this to eat inside
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 63 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Service
    4.5/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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We wound up with a tour experience of just under 5 hours. Our tour guide Brian was informative with a dry sense of humor that worked very well for the tour group we had. The restaurants that were picked out were excellent as well as the experience at Uncle g's T store. Although there's a certain amount of walking in Valdez only a couple tough hop uphill sections so I would recommend this for anybody who's interested in a little bit history and a nice amount of eating.

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April 21, 2022

Great way to really interact with Chinatown, it's food and its history. The highlight was the tea tasting- I learnt so much about tea that I will carry for the rest of my life. Plenty of food, with good variety. The Lotus seed Moon cakes were AMAZING- had to go back and buy some for my friends and relatives. Don't just walk around Chinatown by yourself, really discover it on this in depth tour

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February 25, 2022

This was such a great time, and I’m so glad we booked this on our first day in San Francisco so we could get tips from our knowledgeable guide for the rest our stay. I was full for the rest of the day from all of the wonderful food on the tour. I would highly recommend!

February 11, 2022

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