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San Francisco: Mission District Food and Culture Tour

1. 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.

SF: Mission District Mural Art and Food Tour with Tasting

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

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. Truly historic! 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, ages, and levels of experience. The tour has an answer to any growing hunger pangs, the home of the Mission-style burrito–Taqueria La Cumbre. Sit down to a sampler plate of their tacos and virgin margaritas, both highly praised by locals (and Anthony Bourdain!). Fun fact: Classic Latin-Rock Santana once worked at La Cumbre! 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. Prepare yourself for 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. The building’s exterior features the MaestraPeace mural, a testament to the courageous contributions of women through time.

San Francisco: Mission District Walking Food Tour

3. San Francisco: Mission District Walking Food Tour

The Mission District is one of San Francisco's most interesting and eclectic neighborhoods, combining a range of influences into one unique culture. This food tour not only lets you skip the lines and taste delectable delights at a number of notable establishments, but it also offers some insight into how the Mission has grown into such a beloved locale. This tour will show you San Francisco's hidden gems, history and best eats. You can stroll the sidewalks in front of colorful Latino markets, smelling the delicious aromas wafting from first-class cafes along this diverse neighborhood's main streets. The Mission District is a neighborhood that manages to always delight visitors, yet remains beloved by San Franciscans. Whatever your taste buds seek, the Mission delivers! This 3-hour walking tour includes 5 tastings at different establishments. They are subject to change, but usually include 5 of the following places: • Taqueria Cancun (est. 1985): The most perfectly marinated meat tacos in SF • Mission Chinese (est. 2010): Where founder Danny Bowien has been nominated for a James Beard Rising Chef Award • Delfina Pizza (est. 2005): Delicious Neapolitan inspired thin crust pizzas • Tartine Bakery (est. 2002): The best French-style bakery in San Francisco, where you'll get to skip the lines • Ali Baba's Cave (est. 2003): The most delicious and moist falafel in San Francisco • Craftsman and Wolves (est. 2010): Where the paths of food and design intersect As you stroll from tasting to tasting, your guide will point out and explain the culture, history and landmarks of the area. You'll see colorful Latino markets, Diego Rivera-inspired murals and much more! Whether you're a visitor in town for only a few days, or a local born and raised, you're sure to learn something on this informative tour.

San Francisco: See the Best w/ a Local Private Walking Tour

4. San Francisco: See the Best w/ a Local Private Walking Tour

This experience is essential to anyone who is serious about exploring the best of San Francisco. Start the day with a coffee on Union Square, named for a series of pro-union mass demonstrations for the Civil War. This is the epicenter of the city’s shopping district and a great place to start your orientation in the city.  Walk through Chinatown, which remains its own authentic world despite the number of international visitors. Join the locals and check out the vegetable and herb markets, restaurants and the colorful markets along Stockton Street. Your local host will also recommend some peculiar knickknack shops which are a great source of souvenirs. On a nice day, let your local host take you on a diversion to the waterfront and grab some lunch in the Ferry Building Marketplace, where there are several excellent options, from street food and gourmet meals. Refueled, walk leisurely past the Embarcadero, the views on the bay are breathtaking and more and more attractions are popping up along the Fisherman’s Wharf, including the Exploratorium and Pier 39.  Your local host will suggest activities for the afternoon. According to your preferences, you may consider exploring the huge Golden Gate Park and its peculiar gardens, walk around the elegant Nob Hill or have a taste of the great mix of modern and old-world charm of the Mission.  A great place to end the experience is the Marin county end of the Golden Gate Bridge as the late afternoon fog rolls in, and you’ll witness the ultimate magic show - now you see the Golden Gate Bridge, now you don’t. This experience is great for all ages. Book this experience and you will be contacted within 24-hours with questions about your preferences and interests. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Replicate the experience of spending time in a city with a friend who lives there as the best travel moments come from going beneath the surface of a destination and discovering it through a local lens. Based on the things that you would like to see and do a personalized and bespoke itinerary will be built just for you. Please note that this will be outlined but flexible.  During the exploration, if you feel like changing direction, or if your local host believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, they will suggest and discuss with you changes to the itinerary. You will be able to arrange a meeting point and time with your host in the most convenient place for you.  Enjoy discovering amazing spots in San Francisco that you don't know about and are difficult to find in any guidebook or on the internet as they are lesser-known to the crowd but loved by locals. Let your private local host show you the San Francisco you will love.

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What people are saying about Mission District

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 6 reviews

This tour was great - a big reason for that: Blair!! Our tour guide, Blair, was so great! Easy going and friendly. Then the FOOD!! Everything was delicious!! But also the sites, murals and institutions that make up the Mission District tour… I feel very informed -and full.

Very exciting trip with our local guide Eric - who was born and raised in the neighborhood. Can definitely be recommended. We came to places we would not have found ourselves. Nice local food.

Maria was amazing and was so bubbly and enjoyed talking with her. There was never awkward silences it was a very nice experience we got to see a lot and loved every minute of it!

Great tour! Eric is a very knowledgeable and friendly guide. Would highly recommend!

Spud was excellent! Learned a lot about the city and enjoyed great food!