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Secret Food Tours San Francisco

1. Secret Food Tours San Francisco

This tour takes you into the heart of the Mission District, where you will discover an incredibly lively and vibrant neighborhood with a rich cultural and architectural heritage. You and your friends will embark on a three-hour San Francisco gastronomy tour in the heart of the Mission District. You will have the opportunity to discover both the local latino inspired dishes as well as the myriad of cultures that have made their imprint on the Mission today. You will enter a community that fosters stunning political street art, both on the main roads and weaving through the city neighborhoods. All food, desserts, drinks and a professional tour of the city are included in the price.  Once your experienced guide shares that you will leave with a stomach full of traditional food, plus local knowledge and sightseeing tips, to enhance the pleasure of your trip that will last with you a lifetime. In the Mission District immigrants made this section of San Francisco uniquely their own. Once home to Irish, German, and Italian Immigrants and now more recently named the epicenter of San Francisco's latino culture. The tour isn't just about eating. Connect the dots so you can truly begin to understand the Mission's thriving culinary scene. Connect with San Francisco's Mission District on a personal level - tasting and learning about the food that the local residents line up at and are happy to share.

SF: Mission District Mural Art and Food Tour with Tasting

2. SF: Mission District Mural Art and Food Tour with Tasting

Stroll through the eclectic SF neighborhood of Mission District on a walking tour. Learn the story of the Mission through its culinary delights, people, and art with your guide between bites. Check out the Clarion Alley Mural Project, Women's Building, and Dolores Park. Meet your guide in front of the Misión San Francisco de Asís. Established in 1776, the Mission has been a witness to all of San Francisco's history including the California Gold Rush and the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Next, take time to contemplate the Clarion Alley Mural Project, established by a volunteer collective of resident artists using public art as a force for marginalized communities and social justice causes. The project has produced over 700 murals by artists of all ethnicities and ages. The tour has an answer to any growing hunger pangs, the home of the Mission-style burrito–Taqueria La Cumbre. Highly praised by locals (and Anthony Bourdain), their tacos, enchiladas, and burritos are made to order with freshly cut meats, beans, and the best produce. Next up is Dandelion Chocolate, a bean-to-bar chocolate maker based in the Mission District. Learn how their chocolate artists roast, crack, sort, winnow, grind, conch, and temper small batches, then mold bars by hand. Before leaving, enjoy a Brownie Bite Flight featuring different chocolates. Continue your artistic pursuit at the City Art Cooperative, a gallery that features work by more than 200 local artists. See art from a wide range of mediums, including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and jewelry. See something you like? The artist may be on-site to share their story. Then, see the Women’s Building, a Mission District of San Francisco institution. It has helped thousands of women gain access to social services, workshops, wellness classes, and community connections. Marvel at the MaestraPeace mural, a testament to women's courageous contributions through time. Ready for some hand-made happiness? Follow your guide on a short walk to Bi-Rite Creamery, famous for intensely flavored, organic, and sustainable ice creams. No matter what flavor you choose, it features locally-sourced ingredients, seasonal fruits, and handmade inclusions. After taking in this remarkable place, be led to the nearby Dolores Park to enjoy your frozen treat. The tour ends here, but you can linger as long as you like taking in the city view and relaxing with locals on the grassy lawn.

San Francisco: Curated 4-Course Mission District Food Tour

3. San Francisco: Curated 4-Course Mission District Food Tour

Explore San Francisco’s Mission District through its food and drink venues on a 3-hour walking and tasting tour. Visit a Cheese Bar acclaimed by the New York Times, stroll through the historic Latin neighborhood, and visit the famous Clarion Alley, covered in murals. Meet chefs, restaurant owners and industry experts at 4 restaurants, with generous tastings at each venue. Work off the calories as you walk approximately 1.5 miles from in front of the Women’s Building, traveling in intimate groups limited to 12 people. Your progressive meal concludes with mouthwatering desserts near Dolores Park, where you will sample a salted caramel ice cream considered one of the top 5 desserts in America.

San Francisco: Private Walking Tour of Castro and Mission

4. San Francisco: Private Walking Tour of Castro and Mission

Join this tour to explore Castro and Mission with a private guide, both known for their LGBTQ+ community and cool, artsy vibe. On this tour you will explore Harvey Milk’s ground zero and immerse yourself in the legacy of California’s first openly gay elected official. As you explore Castro, your local tour guide will teach you about the extraordinary protests and accomplishments of San Francisco residents. See the colorful streets and LGBTQ+ bars while you hear about how locals have affected positive change in feminism, peace, and LGBTQ+ rights. In Mission District, venture down Clarion Alley and admire urban graffiti and satirical political street art. Pop into the Mission Dolores to see the oldest building in San Francisco and fall in love with Missions buzzing cultural mix.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 16 reviews

We had a wonderful tour. Our tour guide was friendly and full of information. He pointed out places along our tour with recommendations and stories. The Mission District is full of gems. You could tell the love there is for the city and it’s people. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting San Francisco.

Omg!!! Mark, our tour guide, was the best!!! Informative, knowledgeable, and just awesome overall! The food that we ate were all delicious (was a lot too ) having a foodie as a tour guide is always a plus! The walk, scene, and experience we all enjoyed! Thanks so much Mark!!! is on me lol

Mark was our guide and he has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the restaurant industry. This was a fascinating tour due in part to our guide, Mark, who is extremely knowledgeable about the Mission area, the owners and and operators of the local businesses and the food.

Mark was a fantastic host. Very knowledgeable and passionate about the area. We had a great time with him and I would recommend this tour unreservedly. It was fab.

Excellent! Our tour guide, Mark, was super friendly, personable and knowlegeable. A perfect combination of food and cultural insight. Highly recommend!