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San Francisco: Chinatown Walking Food Tour

1. 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: Farmers' Market & Ferry Building Food Tour

2. San Francisco: Farmers' Market & Ferry Building Food Tour

Dating back to 1898, San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building is a transportation hub and a landmark location for the Bay Area’s best food artisans. It boasts three weekly farmers’ markets and dozens of nationally-acclaimed vendors, restaurants, and chefs. Join the original Ferry Building Tour established in 2004 with a food industry professional as your knowledgable and engaged guide. Guests will sample handmade chocolate confections from Recchiuti and French macarons from Miette, named one of the top ten pastry shops in the world by Conde Nast Traveller. Out the Door’s legendary Vietnamese spring rolls are a crowd favorite. Award-winning Mt. Tam cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, paired with sweet and sour loaves from Berkeley’s Acme Bread are always a hit. Additional stops may include Humphry Slocombe, Epicurean Traders, local producer, Red Bay Coffee, as well as visits and conversations with several local farmers and producers at a farmer's market. This tour also includes the history of the stunning waterfront building, and it's a great choice for guests with limited mobility or those who don't want to do a lot of walking. With pre-arrangement, accommodations can be made for special dietary needs.

San Francisco: Mission District Food and Culture Tour

3. 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: Craft Beer Walking Tour

4. San Francisco: Craft Beer Walking Tour

Experience a 4-hour beer tasting tour, perfect for beer lovers and anyone who wants to see a different side of San Francisco. Discover the gritty, urban vibe among beer-makers today, as the tour captures the new joie de vivre. Take a tour of some of the breweries to see the brewing process. Walk past famous landmarks including the Moscone Center, Yerba Buena Gardens, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Waterfall, and St. Patrick's Church. Meet your beer expert guide and begin your tour with a brief introduction before the beer drinking commences. Learn about the local beer-making history which dates back to the mid-1800s when immigrants flocked to California amid the Gold Rush. Spend around 1 hour at each brewery tasting their great crafts beers before an easy 15-minute walk to the next. Get great recommendations from your local guide who will be happy to suggest other nearby breweries to keep the party going after the last brewery.

Alcatraz and Ferry Building Food Tour

5. Alcatraz and Ferry Building Food Tour

Enjoy a 90-minute tasting tour of the best of the Ferry Building Marketplace, where a knowledgeable guide/food industry professional will lead you on a historic, food-filled journey of the building's local, artisan cuisine and food purveyors. After a brief break, you'll then voyage by ferry to one of the city’s most popular attractions, Alcatraz Island, for a self-guided tour of the beautiful island and its history-packed maximum-security prison that has drawn San Francisco Bay Area tourists for decades. Beginning your tour at the Ferry Building Marketplace, you'll sample award-winning tastes from the Bay Area’s best food artisans, learning how this historic transportation building became the ultimate destination for food lovers: locals and visitors alike. Expect artisan cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, fresh loaves from Acme Bread, chocolate confections from Recchuiti, and French macarons from Miette (subject to change). Come hungry! Once you’ve satisfied your culinary cravings, you'll be directed to Pier 33 (a short walk from the Ferry Building) to Alcatraz Landing to pick up your tickets for the Alcatraz Cruise afternoon departure to The Rock. Most guests spend approximately 2.5 hours exploring the island, but you are welcome to return when you choose. A self-guided headset tour (with Al Capone talking in your ear) is also included in the ticket price.

San Francisco: Mission District Walking Food Tour

6. 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 North Beach Food Tour

7. San Francisco North Beach Food Tour

Get off of the main drag and into the beautiful side streets of North Beach and the Barbary Coast, offering the opportunity to discover unexpected shops, sites, and bites. Stroll from block to block, stop for tastings at five of the following places including Molinari Delicatessen, Peña Pachamama, Golden Boy Pizza, XOX Truffles, A. Cavalli & Co. In between tastings, your guide will indicate interesting architecture, beautiful parks, and notable landmarks, all while providing a glimpse into the neighborhood culture and how the locals have shaped the area's cuisine.

SF: Luxury, Multi-Course Food Tour in Mission District

8. SF: Luxury, Multi-Course Food Tour in Mission District

Discover trendy and inspiring Mission District with a multi-course progressive meal and optional beverage pairings. Hear the stories of local chefs and restaurateurs as you imbibe in pork belly breakfast tacos, a seasonal sweet potato quesadilla from an innovative vegan restaurant, authentic pupusas from family-owned establishment, award-winning salted caramel ice cream, and more! An intimate, luxury experience for travelers and locals alike. This progressive meal visits multiple restaurants – two appetizers, one entree, and one dessert, with a sprinkling of culinary history and stories in between. This San Francisco Food Tour focuses on quality over quantity. But we promise, you won’t leave hungry! The goal is to have you sample the highest quality ingredients – small plates with huge flavor. How It Works Meeting Point: Start location varies but is always within a 3-block walk from Washington Square Park in North Beach. 1st Restaurant: Enjoy Appetizer #1 (plus optional beverage pairing) 2nd Restaurant: Enjoy Appetizer #2 (plus optional beverage pairing) 3rd Restaurant: Entrée (plus optional beverage pairing) 4th Restaurant: Dessert and Conclusion Neighborhood stops, stories, and landmarks are sprinkled throughout the experience!

North Berkeley: 3-Hour Food Tour

9. North Berkeley: 3-Hour Food Tour

The birthplace of California Cuisine and farm-to-table eating, North Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto is home to both long-established culinary icons and emerging edible enterprises. Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse made this neighborhood world famous in the 1970's; the area takes its nickname from all of the eateries and food businesses to have sprouted in its shadow. Today, this food-focused area is still committed to serving some of the nation's best seasonal, organic fare and it continues to abide by sustainable business practices that benefit farmers, restaurant workers, and the food system. Your knowledgeable guides, who are award-winning food writers, chefs, food TV alumni, and restaurant workers, will lead you to the neighborhood’s iconic destinations, such as the Jewish deli and restaurant, Saul’s, for housemade pastrami sandwiches and artisan soda. You’ll visit the Peet’s Coffee flagship location, sample pizza-of-the-day and gourmet cheese from The Cheese Board Collective, learn about sustainable whole-animal butchery from The Local Butcher Shop, and more. You probably won't need a dinner plan after this flavor-filled afternoon.

San Francisco: North Beach & Chinatown Food & History Tour

10. San Francisco: North Beach & Chinatown Food & History Tour

Discover San Francisco through the lens of food and history on this walking tour through the Financial District, Barbary Coast, Little Italy, and Chinatown. Visit San Francisco's smallest redwood park and learn about the Gold Rush while sampling pizza, chocolates, fortune cookies, and savory snacks. Begin your tour by meeting your guide in the heart of the Financial District, underneath the Transamerica Pyramid. Learn about the architectural history of this striking building, which happens to be the second-tallest in San Francisco, and the nearby Transamerica Redwood Park. Walk to the Barbary Coast, previously the red-light district during the 19th and early 20th centuries that featured dance halls, concert saloons, and brothels. Pause to savor Ghiradelli chocolate, saltwater taffy, homemade fudge, and caramel popcorn while learning about the jazz age. Continue to North Beach, also known as Little Italy, as your guide details facts and anecdotes about the Wild West during the Gold Rush. Then it's time to sample more food, including Italian pastries, pizza, sandwiches, cakes, antipasto, and aged cheese, while chatting with local business owners. Then it's time to visit bustling Chinatown, known for its eclectic collection of shops and street food vendors. Sample dim sum and wander through the souvenir shops before visiting The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory to learn about the factory's history and try a fresh cookie.

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4.2 / 5

based on 21 reviews

Great guide. Great experience. I lived in SF a decade ago before moving away, and I still feel like I could come back learn a few new things. Recommend to anyone wishing for a bit of a different culinary experience while visiting SF.

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.

One of our favorite tours ever…the tour, the stories. The food. Brian was the best, funny, brought the group together…would do it again in a minute!

Brian was very enthusiastic and knowledgable about the different places. He was a great tour guide.

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