Guided tour

San Francisco: Mission District Walking Food Tour

4.8 / 5

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Activity provider: Sidewalk Food Tours

San Francisco: Mission District Walking Food Tour

Activity provider: Sidewalk Food Tours

From US$ 75 per person

Discover the best food in San Francisco's Mission District with a 3-hour walking tour. Explore the history and culture of the neighborhood with an expert local guide, while tasting regional specialties at some of the best restaurants around.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
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  • Taste scrumptious delights from 5 one-of-a-kind taquerias, mom-and-pop shops and restaurants
  • Skip the long lines at a bakery whose chef won the coveted "James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry in 2008"
  • Experience the history, architecture and culture of the Mission District
  • Get off the beaten path to taste mouthwatering authentic ethnic foods that have made the neighborhood explode with hot new restaurants
Full description
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.
  • Live tour guide
  • Food tasting
  • Small Plates
  • Local snacks
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    The tour will meet in front of The Pirate Store located at 826 Valencia Street, San Francisco (94110). It is located between 19th and 20th streets, 3 blocks west of Mission St. The closest BART stations are 16th St Mission or 24th St Mission.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Pets

    Know before you go

    • Please let us know if you or anyone in your group has a dietary restriction when you purchase your tickets (if you let us know a couple of days prior to your tour, we can usually substitute a food tasting)
    • Please dress casually and wear comfortable shoes or sneakers
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 5 reviews

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    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.

    June 20, 2022

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

    May 16, 2022

    Enjoyed the food stops. Wish there was a bit more history included.

    April 3, 2022

    Product ID: 192453