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Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Stroll the narrow streets and back alleys of San Francisco's Chinatown on this walking tour with a small group. Stop by shops selling authentic Chinese crafts and pottery, as well as hard-to-find herbs and produce. A variety of tastings add up to a full lunch, including tea, fortune cookies, dim sum, and other treats. Listen to guided commentary and ask plenty of questions as you explore.
  • Walking tour lets you get to know Chinatown intimately
  • Guide takes you off the beaten path
  • Traditional Chinese lunch included
  • Small group of just 15 people or fewer
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400 Grant Ave , 400 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA

At the corner of Bush and Grant Streets, in front of the Chinatown (Dragon) Gate.

650 Jackson St , 650 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
  • 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. Masks may be required in some stops.
  • 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 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 Culinary 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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Chinatown Culinary 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 Culinary Walking Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chinatown Culinary 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 Culinary Walking Tour.

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star-4
A fun way to experience Chinatown
Nancy_K
, Aug 2022
I would recommend this tour as a very good way to explore Chinatown. Our guide Brian was very knowledgeable about this unique neighborhood of San Francisco. He explained the history of Chinatown and took us to a variety of places to get a good flavor of the area, including a Catholic church that survived the San Francisco earthquake, a kite shop and a kitchen goods supply store. The owner at the kitchen goods store said if you aren't cooking with a wok, you aren't cooking! Along the way, we sampled pork and onion buns, a moon cake and chocolate. We also drank many different kinds of tea at a store run by a very colorful 92 year-old man who said he has drunk tea all his life. This made one of our sons decide to start drinking more tea. We especially enjoyed the tea tasting experience and the two restaurants we visited where we sampled pot stickers, roast duck, Chinese vegetables, Chinese-style green beans and chow mein noodles. Come hungry because you will get plenty of food to eat and tea to drink.
star-5
Our tour guide, Brian,...
Helena_S
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide, Brian, was amazing! He was knowledgeable and passionate about sharing the history and culinary experience of Chinatown. We all agreed that the tour with Brian was a highlight of our trip to San Francisco.
star-5
Chinatown Experience
erin_l
, Aug 2022
This tour was amazing!!! Our tour guide was super personable and her presentation was funny but informative. Tons of great history of SF, mixed with really great food tastings. I feel like we got the whole experience of Chinatown. I would definitely do this again. We also loved “uncle” from the tea shop.
star-4
Good way to experience Chinatown
Paul_S
, Jul 2022
Nice experience. Good way to experience Chinatown. Cynthia is a good tour guide. I recommend this tour!
star-5
Chinatown - go with Isabella 💕
Carolyn_J
, Jul 2022
We had a wonderful tour with Isabella as our guide. She was easy going and full of great stores and information. Our 2 teenagers loved it (hard act to follow!). The food sampling and tea sampling were amazing! Highly recommend by parents and teens alike ! Thanks Isabella for a great experience!
star-5
This is a Must-Do Experience!
Eugene_P
, Jul 2022
Lauren was a remarkable guide. Her knowledge and passion for the food and culture was impressive. One of the best guides we’ve ever experienced.
star-5
Great tour with Isabella
Diane_W
, Jul 2022
I think Isabella may be the best tour director we have ever met. Her knowledge and personal experiences made the trip so fun! We are in our 60’s and have taken many tours. Even my husband thought it was interesting and well worth the price! So much interesting food was provided; everyone on the tour was impressed. No need for dinner after this tour! Highly recommend this tour and hope Isabella is your tour guide. She’s great!
star-5
Highly recommend!
Natalie_S
, Jun 2022
Isabella is a remarkable tour guide! She warmly greeted us with a smile and a few Chinese food treats that I don’t remember the name of but both were delicious. The 3 hour tour consisted of lots of walking but not too bad and we stopped frequently where Isabella pointed out interesting sites with history and little stories. We stopped for tastings at Jade Chocolate for amazing and unique Bonbons, the original fortune cookie factory, a bakery, a tea tasting and two restaurants. Plenty of delicious foods! This tour is a must if you want to get into the Chinatown experience!
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star-5
The Chinatown walking and...
Madison_F
, Jun 2022
The Chinatown walking and food tour was wonderful! Our tour guide was very informative, and she did a great job taking us to some local shops and restaurants. I especially enjoyed visiting the tea shop!
star-5
Great food, great guide,...
Sarah_K
, May 2022
Great food, great guide, and the tea shop lesson was fantastic! We all learned something new and interesting. Isabella kept up a good pace and friendly rapport. Would definitely take another walk with her!
star-5
Great history and culinary experience
Carlos_J
, May 2022
Thanks Brian for such great afternoon. We love the history insights in chinatown and of course the dishes.
star-5
Great Tour
Sally_M
, May 2022
Very fun and entertaining. Food tastings were great. Tea Bar was the best experience! Definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
A must do tour!
beckyb177
, May 2022
This tour exceeded our expectations. Of course, the food was delicious, but mostly the tour of Chinatown was amazing. Our favorite part was the last stop at the tea cafe. Very educational, delicious, and fun!
star-5
Wonderful afternoon in San Francisco
Liliana_C
, May 2022
I thoroughly enjoyed this Chinatown and North Beach tour. Our guide, Isabella, was wonderful and knowledgeable. The tour was well paced and the food was delicious. Highly recommended.
star-5
Chinatown Food Tour
Rolland_C
, May 2022
We had a great experience on this tour. The insight on some of the history of San Francisco was great, and the food was both plentiful and delicious. The tea shop run by “Uncle” and Mae was informative, tasty and funny. Highly recommend this tour.
star-5
A worthwhile tour. So many good things to taste!
Michele_L
, May 2022
Isabella, our guide, was wonderful! Caring, knowledgeable and a delightful personality! She’ll fill you up with tasty tidbits and facts about Chinatown.
star-5
Fun and delicious day in San Francisco 's Chinatown
Michael_W
, May 2022
Isabella, the tour guide, was knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with. The stores and restaurants we stopped at were fun and delicious. The people on the tour were nice as well. It was an intimate group. I'd highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting the San Francisco area.
star-5
Awesome Tour
K_C
, May 2022
Loved the Tea tasting… not sure how I have survived up to now without tea 😁. Plus the fortune cookie plant…. Super cool!
star-5
Our tour guide, Isabella,...
Louisa_S
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide, Isabella, was engaging, friendly, knowledgeable and provided a thorough excursion through Chinatown. It was a good value. I learned so much and had a very good time.
star-5
A must do!
Marc_T
, Apr 2022
Lauren was a fantastic guide! Extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and professional:) The highlight of the tour was hands down her ‘Uncles’ tea shop; it’s a must see!

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