Guided tour

San Francisco: Chinatown Walking Food Tour

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Activity provider: Sidewalk Food Tours

San Francisco: Chinatown Walking Food Tour

Activity provider: Sidewalk Food Tours

From US$ 75 per person

Discover the best food in San Francisco's Chinatown with a 3-hour walking tour of this historic area. Explore the history and culture 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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  • Experience a variety of five delicious foods from the best specialty food stores to ethnic eateries
  • Visit the Chinese Fortune Cookie Factory, the oldest Buddhist Temple in San Francisco and an authentic Chinese market
  • Taste a variety of styles of Chinese cuisine, including the best baked bun, dim sum and egg tart, all without waiting in the long lines
  • Learn from your knowledgable, local tour guide
Full description
Don’t fall for the culinary tourist traps when you’re in San Francisco. With this food tours of San Francisco, you can experience an irresistible food tour in the cultural hots pot of Chinatown. Explore the remarkable and historic ethnicity, culture and foods that define Hong Kong and mainland China. Taste authentic Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine from five Chinese owned and operated restaurants, food establishments and ethnic bakeries. Your expert foodies have done extensive and delicious research to offer you the ultimate Chinatown food tour. The tastes, traditions, and old-world class of these landmark establishments are a true San Francisco experience. Let us tease your taste buds with the sweet and savory flavors of delectable authentic Chinese cuisine. This 3-hour Chinatown tour includes flavorful food specialties served from five of the following places: • New Hollywood Bakery and Restaurant: Light and buttery buns filled with barbecue-flavored cha siu pork • Bund Shanghai: Traditional Shanghai-style cuisine • Grant Place: A local favorite known for Hong Kong style dim sum and Chinese specialties • Hunan House: The distinctive flavors of Hunan cuisine • AA Bakery & Café: Freshly made Hong Kong style egg tarts cooked to a smooth flan-like perfection with a buttery and flaky crust • Z&Y Restaurant: Chef Han has grown in reputation by preparing food for presidents and foreign ministers of the people’s republic of China Behind every great food establishment in this city there is an equally great story of history, tradition and even innovation. On this Chinatown food tour, you’ll discover these amazing histories while tasting what has made these Chinese restaurants and bakeries so prized among locals.
  • All food tastings
  • Bottled beverage (some of the food establishments will supply water)
  • Guide gratuities (it's customary to tip between 15%-20% of the ticket purchase price)

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Meeting point

The tour will meet in front of the East West Bank located at 1066 Grant Ave San Francisco, CA (94133). The cross streets are Pacific and Grant Avenues, please meet on the Grant Avenue side. The closest BART station is Montgomery. It is about a 20 minute walk to the meeting location. The Portsmouth Square Parking Garage is located at 733 Kearny Street, between Clay and Washington Streets, and is about a 5 minute walk away from the East West Bank.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Please be sure to let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction when you purchase your tickets
  • All tastings are prepared in advance at each location, based on the information you provided to us at the time of ticket purchase
  • Please be sure to purchase your tickets in advance so that we have adequate time to prepare your tasting substitutions, last minute dietary changes on the tour will not be accommodated
  • Our tastings are designed to bring you the best of what each renowned food establishment has to offer
  • At locations that specialize in traditional, family recipes, there isn’t always a “next best” option we can offer that will meet your specific dietary needs
  • If you have severe food allergies, please contact us or call us at 877-56-TOURS before purchasing tickets for any of our food tours.
  • Itinerary is occasionally subject to change
  • Please dress casually and wear comfortable shoes or sneakers
Customer reviews

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4.9 /5

based on 31 reviews

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My food tour guide was amazing! She took us to the best restaurants, temples and a tea tasting at the end of the tour that was so much fun! I will never forget Chinatown, the history, murals and food that I have never had the opportunity to try before. The food was so delicious! I was so glad she sent us a list of all the places we went so that I could visit them again. I would recommend this to anyone.

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March 24, 2020

Amazing Food Tour in SF Chinatown!

This was our very first food tour and we loved it! It was great to taste all these different dishes and, in addition, get a lot of background information on how the food is made and its origin. Next to food, Lauren also shared many stories about SF Chinatown with us and showed us some very nice places. It was great and Lauren was an amazing and lovely guide!

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October 6, 2019

Lauren was our tour guide and she made the tour the best experience!

Me nd my husband really enjoyed our chin town tour ! The food was delicious and Lauren did a great job explaining everything in detail. The tea tasting at the end was awesome as well ! Lauren went above and beyond to make our tour awesome ! Request her as your tour guide ! I give her a 10

July 1, 2019

Product ID: 192438