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Food Lover's Guide to San Francisco

Food Lover's Guide to San Francisco

San Francisco’s culinary scene trots the country and the globe, from the cafes of North Beach and eateries in Chinatown to classic taquerias of the Mission District. Foodies and casual diners alike find authentic and critically acclaimed cuisine influenced by the city’s Italian, Chinese, and Latino immigrants.

Must-Try Dishes

Starting in North Beach, the city’s Little Italy, try shellfish stew called cioppino —it’s a San Francisco original. Of course, there’s nothing quite like a large slice of wood oven-fired pizza, with dough made fresh before your eyes. Traditional dishes such as gnocchi (dumplings) and house-made pastas are always on the menu. Delicatessens serve classic Italian sandwiches while cafes are known for gelato and cannoli. Meandering into Chinatown, it’s dim sum that’s the star attraction, from multicourse sit-down meals to mom-and-pop shops serving up individual dumplings. Empanadas, tacos, and Mission-style burritos are made daily in one of San Francisco’s most diverse neighborhoods. Gourmet desserts range from freshly made doughnuts to horchata-flavored cupcakes, or opt for the classic pan dulce (Mexican pastry) at a local bakery.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Sip a cappuccino at Caffé Roma in North Beach and learn how coffee is roasted on-site.
  • Observe fortune cookie production at the Fortune Cookie Factory and taste a variety of dim sum dishes on a food walking tour of Chinatown.
  • Sample Mission District cocktails on a guided tasting tour that pairs food with drinks.
  • Meet artisan food purveyors at the San Francisco Ferry Building, known for its oysters, artisan breads, and farm-fresh cheeses, to name a few.
  • Combine stops at city landmarks, from Coit Tower to the Women’s Building MaestraPeace Mural, en route to beloved San Francisco restaurant.
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Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour

Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour

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If you fancy yourself a foodie or culture enthusiast, don’t miss this walking tour of San Francisco’s Little Italy—the neighborhood of North Beach. Voted one of the 15 best foodie tours in the USA by U.S. News, join an insider guide and experience a slice of the top things to do in North Beach, such as tasting coffee and witnessing bread being freshly made. Soak up the lively atmosphere of one of the city’s most popular districts as you learn about its cafes and bakeries and see landmarks like Saints Peter and Paul Church.
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  • 3 hours
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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch

San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch

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Dive deep into one of San Francisco’s most historic neighborhoods on this Chinatown walking tour. From paper lanterns to medicinal herbs to a fortune cookie factory, explore both popular and lesser-known gems in this bustling district with an in-the-know guide. See sights including a Buddhist temple, and upgrade, if you wish, to include a 9-course lunch of dim sum for an even more memorable experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Curated 4-Course North Beach Culinary Experience

Curated 4-Course North Beach Culinary Experience

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Experience this Italian-influenced North Beach neighborhood with a four-course progressive dining experience. With an intimate group of 12 people or less, follow your food-loving guide to many of the neighborhood's iconic restaurants starting with appetizers followed by an entree and finishing with dessert - all while exploring the neighborhood through your belly and your eyes. Enjoy experience-enhancing alcohol pairings (add-on can be purchased at the time of the tour) while tasting fare at some of the most popular spots as well as some hidden gems. Tastings may be selected from wood-oven pizza, to arancini, to cioppino (a seafood stew invented by San Francisco’s Italian fisherman), to handmade traditional cannoli, to California gelato. Hear gourmet gossip about some of the establishments' owners and learn about North Beach's history, from the Gold Rush to modern day.
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  • 3 hours
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Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option

Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option

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The Mission district in San Francisco has famously inspired its own style of burrito, but leave room for more than rice and beans on this culinary walking tour. Sample classic dishes from bakery-style cookies to San Francisco clam chowder, and learn about the neighborhood with your guide between bites.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour

Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour

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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!
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  • 4 hours
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Food Tour of the French Quarter

Food Tour of the French Quarter

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Savor the gourmet highlights of San Francisco’s historic North Beach neighborhood with a small-group walking tour that takes in the area’s foodie hotspots. Learn about North Beach’s Italian-American heritage as you explore alongside a local guide, visit local landmarks and hidden gems, and pause to sample five or six distinctive treats. Enjoy an itinerary that changes with the season, but includes atmospheric cafés, beloved artisan food shops and family-owned restaurants, and experience North Beach at it’s most authentic—and most delicious.
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  • 3 hours
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Curated 4-Course Mission District Culinary Experience

Curated 4-Course Mission District Culinary Experience

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Taste an array of culinary offerings in San Francisco's Mission district during this 4-course progressive dining experience. Follow a foodie guide through the historically Latino neighborhood packed with bars and restaurants. Stop at four different restaurants for a prix-fixe menu starting with 2 appetizer stops followed by an entree and concluding with dessert. Along the way you'll hear the stories of restaurant owners and chefs, which will give a behind-the-scenes perspective of the area, while enjoying food tastings. This tour's mission is to help guests experience the world differently through storytelling and food, so you might try a unique dish or experience an old favorite in a new way. So bring a sense of adventure during this fascinating insider tour that's rated five stars on Yelp.
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  • 3 hours
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San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
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San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

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Tour San Francisco's Ferry Building on the original tour established in 2004 with an industry expert guide during this 90-minute excursion.
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Classic Chinatown Tour and Optional Hosted Dim Sum Tasting Luncheon

Classic Chinatown Tour and Optional Hosted Dim Sum Tasting Luncheon

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Experience the distinctive architecture, history and culture of San Francisco’s Chinatown with a 3-hour guided walking tour through this thriving, colorful community. Explore Chinatown alongside a knowledgeable guide, visit an exclusive teashop that specializes in fine Chinese teas and browse traditional remedies at a Chinese herbal shop. Learn how the neighborhood was founded and built then get a glimpse inside the area’s elaborate Taoist and Buddhist temples. Stay after the tour for an optional meal, and enjoy a sumptuous dim sum tasting menu followed by an entrée, side dish and dessert.
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  • 3 hours
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San Francisco Food Tour: A Taste of Japantown

San Francisco Food Tour: A Taste of Japantown

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Bring your appetite and your walking shoes for a delicious Japantown food tour. Learn about the history of this unique neighborhood in San Francisco and visit several authentic markets, restaurants, cafés, and tea houses with your gourmet guide. Discover where locals go for the best Japanese food in town, and taste six to seven samplings, from red bean ‘taiyaki’ to sweet rice ‘mochi.’
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  • 3 hours
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North Beach Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour

North Beach Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour

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North Beach has a thriving restaurant scene, so much so that it can be hard for travelers to discern local gems from tourist traps. This walking tour of the neighborhood—which visits at least five mom-and-pop eateries to sample local and ethnic food—makes it a lot easier. Plus, travel with a guide who helps you experience the history, architecture, and culture of one of San Francisco’s most celebrated neighborhoods.
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  • 3 hours
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Mission 18th Street San Francisco Food Tour

Mission 18th Street San Francisco Food Tour

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Get a taste of San Francisco’s Mission District on this 3-hour food tour. Led by a local guide, you'll treat your taste buds to a diverse range of cuisine, from traditional Latin recipes to modern spins on local dishes. Bring an appetite for authentic tacos and Mexican delicacies, house-cured pastrami sandwiches, horchata-flavored cupcakes and more. This tour is offered along Mission in the evening along 18th Street.
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  • 3 hours
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