Introducing San Francisco walking tours with an accent on tasting.
The best way for visitors to decide whether San Francisco deserves its reputation as a top international foodie destination is to sample. Food lovers visiting San Francisco are always keen to discover new favorite places and to re-visit the best from previous trips.
One of the best ways to scope out the streets of San Francisco is on foot, especially in the two neighborhoods most densely packed with tasty offerings from the old country. We’re talking about Chinatown, the largest and oldest one in North America, and about North Beach, San Francisco’s Little Italy, with local roots dating to the mid-19th century Gold Rush days.
Cappuccino and chocolate
Benvenuto! Join a local, experienced guide at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. seven days a week for a walking tour of North Beach. In this traditional neighborhood that looks more like Europe than America, cooking is an art and enjoying food is a business to be taken seriously.
Find out why there’s no beach in North Beach, why Italian-born fishermen played such an important role in the development of San Francisco, learn what sourdough bread is and taste samples from wood-burning 130-year-old brick ovens. Learn how these ovens produce some of the planet’s best pizza using California’s famous olive oils. See how coffee beans are roasted to satisfy San Francisco coffee snobs with celebrated West Coast espresso and cappuccino before diving into the wonderful chocolatier and Italian pastry traditions practiced today by San Francisco’s artisan makers.
The three-hour walk leaves no one hungry and covers several blocks of nearly completely flat streets...another San Francisco rarity in itself.
Dim sum and fortune cookies
No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to Chinatown. While we cannot promise a neighborhood without hills, we can promise that the oldest and largest Chinatown in North America is well worth the effort. It’s one of the most visited neighborhoods in San Francisco, chock-a-block filled with restaurants.
Without question, the best way to explore San Francisco’s Chinatown is on foot. The district measures only eight blocks by three blocks in the heart of the city, bordering North Beach, Nob Hill and Union Square.
The three-hour walking tour conducted at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily explores places where locals do their daily shopping, play cards, chess and mah jong, practice Tai Chi. Learn about the pre-1906 Chinatown that was completely destroyed by the Great Earthquake and Fire, and how the rebuilding took place.
But, of course, the focus of this tour are tasty dumplings from Chinatown oldest dim sum factory, exotic teas, the original Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, where a tiny landmark bakery still produces them, complete with fortunes inside.
Vegetarians are catered to on all tours, including a two-hour nighttime walking tour combines the North Beach and Chinatown, and bus tours are also available.
Gift certificates available.