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Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour

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Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Stroll through North Beach and Chinatown, two of San Francisco's most vibrant neighborhoods on this food and walking tour. Discover the spots only locals know for dim sum, coffee, and other treats while you learn about the history and culture of these diverse districts from your knowledgeable guide. Samples make up enough for a meal so come hungry!
  • Walking tour around San Francisco's Chinatown and North Beach
  • Discover the beauty of Chinese sculpture and architecture
  • Learn how fortune cookies are made
  • Sample authentic Chinese dim sum
  • Indulge your sense with a tea tasting
  • Explore Beat generation hangouts and Western saloons
  • Savor North Beach's Italian heritage with delicious pizza
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Professional guide
Different types of Dim Sum
Enjoy great local pizza
Chocolate from Z Cioccolato
Cannoli from Stella Pastry
Gratuities

Departure Point

400 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA

In front of the Chinatown Gate

Departure Time

2:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide and group in Chinatown to start your exploration of some of San Francisco's most dynamic neighborhoods. As you walk through Chinatown, learn about Chinese culture and mysticism as you taste dim sum from one of the oldest bakeries in the area. Stroll past some of the district's interesting sculptures and listen as your guide points out some remarkable architecture.

Next, head for North Beach, to learn about the history and culture of this historically Italian neighborhood. Follow your guide to some of the little-known hidden gems that serve authentic Italian coffee and other treats. Additionally, search out authentic Chinese and Italian crafts and pottery and uncover their hidden secrets only intrepid locals know.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Dragon's Gate
Meet your guide and group at the gated entrance to Chinatown (Bush & Grant Streets) to start your exploration of some of San Francisco's most dynamic neighborhoods. As you walk through Chinatown, you'll learn about Chinese culture and mysticism as you taste dim sum from one of the oldest bakeries in the area. Stroll past some of the district's interesting sculptures and listen as your guide points out some remarkable architecture.
Pass By:  
Chinatown
We'll explore Chinatown through a tea tasting and enjoy some local foods
Pass By:  
North Beach
Next, head for North Beach, where you'll learn about the history and culture of this historically Italian neighborhood. Follow your guide to some of the little-known hidden gems that serve authentic Italian coffee and other treats. Additionally, search out authentic Chinese and Italian crafts and pottery and uncover their hidden secrets only intrepid locals know. Enjoy some local pastries, chocolate, and pizza along with a tour of the neighborhood from a local.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • ATTENTION: Each Youth or Child registration requires an Adult registration
  • Proof of vaccination is required on all tours, in accordance with requirements from the City of San Francisco.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Local Tastes of the City Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Ours lasted around 4 1/2 hours, so make sure that works with your time frame." See review
  • "I highly recommend this tour, and if possible Brian as your guide." See review

Reviews

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211 Reviews

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star-5
Come hungry leave happy!
Heidi_S
, Jan 2022
Wow! Not only did we learn so much history, but we got so much food! It was absolutely amazing and more than I had expected (which, as a foodie is a huge positive!) The tour guide was amazing and so was "Uncle" at the Vital Tea Leaf! Absolutely wonderful tour and I would do it again! FYI, it does go longer than the mentioned time frame so be prepared to spend 4.5 hours learning and eating!
star-5
We had an awesome tour...
Keri_H
, Jan 2022
We had an awesome tour with Brian; he was so knowledgeable about San Fran food and landmarks. Lots of fun and laughs!
star-5
An amazing experience!
Kyra_J
, Jan 2022
This tour was incredible, I can't recommend it enough! First off, our tour guide Brian was the best. He was so knowledgeable about SF, the food and kept us laughing the whole way through. If you can get Brian as a tour guide you are in for a good time! Secondly, the food was divine. I can't remember the last time I was that full and kept reaching for the next thing on my plate. Just the amount of places we got to see covers the cost of the tickets in no time! Overall, this was a blast and I can't wait for our next food tour!
star-5
Fun tour, enjoy the food.
Romeo_A
, Dec 2021
Loved the tea tasting and learned a lot of fun facts during the tour. The treats were a big plus. Cynthia our guide was great!
star-5
Best Tour Ever!
Misty_F
, Dec 2021
This was an amazing tour! Cynthia met us with a foodie treat and it was divine. She gave us the interesting history of both parts of the city! Wonderful tour!
star-5
Fantastic Tour of Two of SF's Most Famous Neighbourhoods
Rebecca_P
, Dec 2021
We took this tour in early December and ended up getting a VIP experience from our guide, Brian. It was fantastic to get a local's perspective on some of San Francisco's most famous and vibrant neighbourhoods. We particularly enjoyed being taken around Chinatown, where we were able to admire some of the neo-classical Chinese architecture and sample some authentic dim sum (plus enjoyed our first moon cake) and were treated to a Chinese tea tasting. We then moved on to the bustling North Beach area, where we enjoyed pizza and mini cannoli. We were then taken to a local sweet shop to pick out some artisanal fudge to take home! Brian was happy to tailor every detail of our tour, including taking us to the Li Po Lounge to try one of their famous Chinese Mai Tais. He regaled us with the incredible history of both areas and was such an enthusiastic guide!
star-5
Excellent!
Candice_T
, Dec 2021
Excellent food and historical experience. Our tour guide Brian was very knowledgeable and entertaining!
star-5
A new view of San Francisco.
JoAnne_F
, Nov 2021
I loved the history that Brian shared with us. I have visited SF multiple times and I had never visited that part of the city. I really enjoyed it.
star-5
Great tour, great...
ANDREA_S
, Nov 2021
Great tour, great experience. Bryan, our tour guide, makes the tour interesting and funny. I learnt a lot about this both town's history. The food portions were big, I didn't expect that! The tea shop was supreme. Definitely would repeat it.
star-5
Great walking food tour of SF
Douglas_S
, Oct 2021
Great overall tour with a good variety of food choices with 2 "large" meals sandwiched with some unique offerings in-between of Tea Room to Italian Deli sampling. Tour operator provided historical aspects along the way that were informative.

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