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North Beach and Little Italy Food Tour

1. North Beach and Little Italy Food Tour

Take a behind the scenes food tour of North Beach and Little Italy. Enjoy tasting great local foods, see how these culinary delights are made and meet the local artisans who make them on your guided walking tour. North Beach and Little Italy will awaken your senses. From the cafés and restaurants, to the smell of fresh-baked bread in the air. Just when you think you can't feel any more romantic you will discover quaint shops filled with incredible crafts and ceramics that will fill you with awe. Explore the life of North Beach, as we join family bakers kneading love into every loaf of bread. And just when you think that you can't be any closer to food heaven, we visit real coffee shops that fresh roast the coffee beans daily. And if that was not enough, we uncover authentic Italian cathedrals where hundreds of couples have felt their heartstrings tug. As you taste everything from cappuccinos, chocolates, breads, pastries, olive oils, specialty meats, and more, your senses and your taste buds will come alive. Every time we find another artisan crafting food handed down through generations or weaving life into handmade crafts, you'll know that you've experienced one of the places that makes San Francisco a series of ever expanding adventures. All food and drinks are included on this tour that was voted "Best City Tour" two years in a row on Citysearch. Tasting portions guarantee that you will not walk away hungry on this leisurely walking tour that strolls 7-8 flat blocks.

Secret Food Tours San Francisco

2. 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.

San Francisco: Chinatown Walking Food Tour

3. San Francisco: Chinatown Walking Food Tour

Don’t fall for the culinary tourist traps when you’re in San Francisco. With this food tours of San Francisco, you can experience an irresistible food tour in the cultural hots pot of Chinatown. Explore the remarkable and historic ethnicity, culture and foods that define Hong Kong and mainland China. Taste authentic Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine from five Chinese owned and operated restaurants, food establishments and ethnic bakeries. Your expert foodies have done extensive and delicious research to offer you the ultimate Chinatown food tour. The tastes, traditions, and old-world class of these landmark establishments are a true San Francisco experience. Let us tease your taste buds with the sweet and savory flavors of delectable authentic Chinese cuisine. This 3-hour Chinatown tour includes flavorful food specialties served from five of the following places: • New Hollywood Bakery and Restaurant: Light and buttery buns filled with barbecue-flavored cha siu pork • Bund Shanghai: Traditional Shanghai-style cuisine • Grant Place: A local favorite known for Hong Kong style dim sum and Chinese specialties • Hunan House: The distinctive flavors of Hunan cuisine • AA Bakery & Café: Freshly made Hong Kong style egg tarts cooked to a smooth flan-like perfection with a buttery and flaky crust • Z&Y Restaurant: Chef Han has grown in reputation by preparing food for presidents and foreign ministers of the people’s republic of China Behind every great food establishment in this city there is an equally great story of history, tradition and even innovation. On this Chinatown food tour, you’ll discover these amazing histories while tasting what has made these Chinese restaurants and bakeries so prized among locals.

San Francisco: Ghosts, Gold, and Ghouls Guided Walking Tour

4. San Francisco: Ghosts, Gold, and Ghouls Guided Walking Tour

Set off on a San Francisco ghost tour through 8-12 different sites around the downtown area. Meet your experienced tour guide at Union Square and embark on a one-hour tour through the Nob Hill area. Perfect for first-time visitors and locals alike, this tour is great way to see the amazing sites of the affluent neighborhoods while getting a feel for the city's ghostly atmosphere.  See a side of the city seldom witnessed. Take a walk past by haunted hotels, streets, clubs, and office buildings. Learn about the ancient Mayan secrets of the Sutter buildings, the famous tragedies that haunt The Westin St. Francis, and the devastation and heartbreak that followed the great earthquake of 1906, which has literally and figuratively haunted the city for over a century. Find out about the terrible night that lead to Fatty Arbuckle's blacklisting from the film industry. After the gold rush of 1849, San Francisco became a beacon of hope and prosperity, but not everyone can strike gold, and inevitably, many people seeking fame and fortune found tragedy instead; their stories are likely to disturb and frighten you. These events throughout history continue to have an impact on the area, and the accounts you'll hear on this tour reveal that these hills have just as much horror as happiness.

San Francisco: The Haunt - Ghost Hunting Walking Tour

5. San Francisco: The Haunt - Ghost Hunting Walking Tour

Prowl through Gold Rush-era neighborhoods after dark, armed with ghost-hunting tools to seek out paranormal activity in San Francisco. The Haunt is San Francisco’s real ghost-hunting excursion, with storyteller guides sharing dark tales of the city’s haunted past. Meet by nightfall in the Jackson Square Historic District, a Gold Rush-era neighborhood of eerie Victorian architecture. Your tour guide will outfit everyone with an E.M.F. meter that you’ll use throughout the paranormal investigation. From there, enter the old neighborhood, hearing about the forgotten graves and ships buried beneath. Down quiet alleyways, learn of the destruction of the Great Earthquake of 1906, and the residual hauntings that still plague the neighborhood. At any point, you might detect E.M.F. activity, and you'll investigate further using tools such as dowsing rods and a Spirit Box. In Chinatown, hear of the tragedies that mark the neighborhood’s past, including the true crimes whose energies still linger, from a mysterious death in a historic theater to the city’s biggest massacre at the Golden Dragon. End the investigation with a ceremony to honor whatever spirits joined the group with a ritual to ensure that nothing follows you home.

San Francisco: Chinatown Food and History Walking Tour

6. San Francisco: Chinatown Food and History Walking Tour

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.

San Francisco: Food Walking Tour of Chinatown & North Beach

7. San Francisco: Food Walking Tour of Chinatown & North Beach

On their own, Chinatown and North Beach stir your senses. Together, they awaken you to new flavors, new cultures, and to parts of your heart. Explore both on this unique combination walking tour. Start by exploring Chinatown by twilight, including tasting Dim Sum from one of the oldest bakeries in this vibrant neighborhood. You will delve into Chinese mysticism and culture, as you explore local sculpture and architecture and see close up how fortune cookies are made by hand. Tea is to Chinatown as North Beach is to coffee and you will sample both. Search out authentic Chinese and Italian crafts and pottery. Uncover the hidden secrets only intrepid locals know. And you'll be astonished by new finds in secret alcoves. Explore the "Beat Generation" of North Beach as we visit the very place where Francis Ford Coppola wrote "The Godfather" screenplay and the location where Steve Allen got his start, which has not changed at all since they performed there. Try some pizza and wine in North Beach. From wine to Dim Sum, fortune cookies, and teas, to cappuccinos in the very places where the Beat Generation started and Barbary Coast history that made San Francisco what it is.

San Francisco: Castro LGBTQ Walking Tour

8. San Francisco: Castro LGBTQ Walking Tour

Discover the rich diversity of the world's largest LGBTQ community, the Castro, on this award-winning tour. Join a local LGBTQ activist who will guide you through over 170 years of San Francisco's diverse culture and its historical impact. Visit the Pink Triangle Park and Memorial and more. On your educational, inspirational tour, hear about the life and times of Harvey Milk, the slain supervisor and LGBTQ Civil Rights leader who later created the foundation of LGBTQ culture in this San Francisco neighborhood. Find out where he lived, worked, and advocated for equality. See Castro's abundance of historical LGBTQ sites representing the past, present, and future of this evolving sexual and gender-diverse culture. Pause for reflection in Pink Triangle Park and Memorial, which remembers the thousands of homosexual men persecuted during WWII.Continue to the AIDS Memorial Quilt and Names Project, the GLBT Historical Society, the Rainbow Honor Walk — bronze sidewalk plaques honoring famous LGBTQs who have made an impact in world history — and many more sites besides.

San Francisco: Mission District Food and Culture Tour

9. San Francisco: Mission District Food and Culture Tour

Take an interactive walking tour of one of the United States' best cultural and culinary neighborhoods, San Francisco's Mission District. Be entertained by stories from your expert guide as you sample Latin American cuisine. Meet your guide at the meeting point and hand over the cash for the food so they can pay for the entire group at each of the stops, minimizing waiting times and ensuring you get more for your money. Then, set off on your walking tour and make 4 culinary stops. Hear about the history of the city and learn about the Mission's unique food culture as you walk along the mural-lined streets between the restaurants. See some of San Francisco's coolest historic sights, explore a thriving arts district filled with murals, and, of course, visit a few select restaurants. Come hungry and get ready to dig into all the Mission District has to offer.

San Francisco: North Beach Food and History Walking Tour

10. San Francisco: North Beach Food and History Walking Tour

Begin your San Francisco North Beach food and history walking tour at the Columbus Tower (Sentinel Building), home to Francis Ford Coppola's and George Lucas' Zoetrope Film Studio. Meet your tour guide just right outside of Zoetrope Café. Learn about the historical and current events that helped shape San Francisco's North Beach District. Experience the exquisite murals executed by the Italian fin-de-siècle painter and illustrator Luigi Brusatori at the Saint Francis of Assisi Church. Walk along Columbus Avenue and pass all the restaurants and cafes. Arrive at Stella Pastry where you will be treated to a delicious house-made biscotti or cookie of the day with coffee or espresso. Walk to Washington Square for further exploration of San Francisco's Little Italy. Your guide will take a moment to go over the pizza options and beverage choices for the next food portion of the tour. In addition, hear stories about the Saints Peter and Paul Church. After, head towards City Lights Book Publishing Company and Jack Kerouac Alley. Admire the murals that adorn the walls of this one block alleyway that connects the tail end of Chinatown with North Beach. Before the end of the tour, spend time at one of the numerous watering holes in the area for a beer or cocktail. Take time to savor your drink while your guide summarizes the days' activities and answer any questions you may have.

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based on 650 reviews

Kathy was a fantastic guide with clear firsthand experience of the history of the Castro. She was open and genuine about her experiences and always related the history of the Castro to current day events and the struggles still affecting the LGBTQ+ community. Really fantastic, informative and thought provoking tour.

I really enjoyed the tour. About an hours walk. We go up some of the hills so be ready for that. The tour guide Jamie was cool. Really got into the details and was overall a great tour guide. Maybe next time I’ll do the extended tour.

We had a great time with Brian. He shared lots of great stories, and the food stops were great! Everything was delicious, the tea tasting at the end was the highlight for us! Would highly recommend this tour.

Fantastic! Great food. Great history. Entertaining. We’ll be back for another tour with them.

Guide had so much knowledge and great sense of humour!