Guided tour

San Francisco: Chinatown Food and History Walking Tour

4.6 / 5

11 reviews

Activity provider: Gray Line San Francisco

San Francisco: Chinatown Food and History Walking Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line San Francisco

From US$ 65 per person

Embark on a walking tour of San Francisco's historic Chinatown neighborhood. Enjoy homemade dim sum, see how fortune cookies are made, and learn about the largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Go on a walking tour of San Francisco's Chinatown
  • See Chinatown's most famous sights and hidden spots
  • Taste traditional Chinese cookies or traditional pork buns (subject to availability)
  • Try authentic dim sum and fortune cookie
  • Join a small group of up to 12 for a more personalized experience
Full description
Meet your tour guide at Dragon's Gate, the main entrance to San Francisco's Chinatown neighborhood, to begin your walking tour of Chinatown's most famous sights and hidden spots. As you wander this colorful and lively neighborhood, listen to commentary from your guide about Chinatown's history, culture, and present-day authenticity. Stroll down Stockton Street past busy markets selling some of the freshest and most exotic foods in the city. Pass by buildings designed like pagodas and have your camera out as you admire eye-catching Chinese decorations adorning the streets. Gain an understanding of Chinatown's religious culture and history as you visit the Old Saint Mary's Cathedral. Get a chance to taste traditional Chinese cookies and tea of your choice at Eastern Bakery where you can expect to get some inside cooking tips from the bakery owners. Go to Portsmouth Square and learn about the historical significance of this area for the Gold Rush, California's beginnings, and Chinatown's origin. Taste homemade dim sum at Delicious Dim Sum where you'll enjoy some of the best dim sum in the city.  Finish your tour with a memorable visit to a Fortune Cookie factory. Taste the fortune cookie, learn about the cooking techniques, and learn about the historical significance of fortune.
  • Access to Eastern Bakery
  • Access to Chinatown Gate
  • Access to Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption
  • Live tour guide
  • Food tasting
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

    Please arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts. Look for our guide (Gray Line San Francisco uniform) in front of the Starbucks cafe located in front of the Dragon's Gate.

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    Customer reviews

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    4.6 /5

    based on 11 reviews

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    Joseph did a fantastic job with the history of both old San Francisco and Chinatown. He was very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. He gave the perfect amount of detail and had clearly researched the topics thoroughly. We also loved all the food selections on the tour and even went back to one of the little restaurants for another selection after the tour ended.

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    May 31, 2022

    It was a good experience, the mayor of San Francisco was greed at a restaurant in front of me. Wonderful food.

    February 14, 2022

    So informative and educational. A truly amazing tour!!

    October 23, 2021

    Product ID: 392792