The people of San Francisco have high standards for quality, which can be seen in the excellent museums, beautiful parks as well as in the culinary scene. The city makes an attractive destination for food lovers. Check out these foodies’ tours to taste from some of the best eateries of the city and get to know some of the unique flavors of San Francisco.
1. Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour
This walking and tasting tour is focusing on North Beach, San Francisco’s “Little Italy.” Your professional guide will tell you all about the neighborhood’s history and culture while walking around local shops, Italian restaurants, and cafes, stopping to taste from the neighborhood’s delights, fresh bread, local coffee, special meats, olive oil, and desert. This tour is considered as one of the city’s best tours from outlets like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and Lonely Planet.
2. San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
A combo of a culinary tour in the historic Ferry Building and a self-guided tour in Alcatraz. The first part is a culinary guided tour in the Ferry Building, which hosts many of the different and fine tastes of San Francisco, from Vietnamese spring rolls to artisan chocolates and award-winning cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery. After the culinary tour, you will get directly to the ferry departure to Alcatraz, the former famous federal prison where you will get a 2.5-hour self-guided audio tour, which will explain all about the prison, inmates, and history. Once you finish exploring Alcatraz, take back the ferry to the city.
3. Food and Culinary Walking Tour of North Beach
Explore and taste authentic Italian cuisine and learn about Italian-American heritage in the historic North Beach neighborhood. The itinerary changes with the season but always includes the best of North Beach – atmospheric cafés, best artisan food shops, and family-owned restaurants.
4. Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour
This Chinese cuisine tasting guided tour will walk you through one of the oldest Chinatown neighborhoods in the US. You will get to taste different dishes that will complete a lunch as well as learn more about the food, Chinses-American culture, and history that happened on these streets from the 19th century.
5. San Francisco Food Tour: A Taste of Japantown
Discover the secret places only locals know about in Japantown, San Francisco, one of the three Japantowns in the US. Your guide will take you to visit authentic markets, restaurants, cafés, and tea houses, and you will try between six to seven tastings such as okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza) and sticky-sweet mochi and learn more about the Japanese culture and cuisine.
6. Secret Food Tour of San Francisco’s Mission District
Visit one of the most interesting neighborhoods of San Francisco with this culinary guided tour, which will lead you to taste some of its unique and eclectic dishes. From the Mission-style burrito to local bakeshop, Italian deli, California wine, traditional clam chowder shop, local ice cream shop, and a mystery spot. You will learn more about the history of one of the oldest neighborhoods of the city and get recommendations for great eateries known to locals.
7. San Francisco: Food and Street Art Tour of the Mission District (Small Group)
Stroll along the Mission District in the guided tour, which focuses on street art and great food. You will learn about the San Francisco Street art scene while visiting Balmy Avenue and Clarion Alley and taste great local food from five eateries such as – gourmet donuts, Mexican pastries, agua fresca (fruit drink) and more.
8. San Francisco Vegetarian Food Tour
Finally, a tour that focuses on vegetarians! Your guide will walk you through the streets of the Mission District, taking you to some hidden gems and telling you all about the history of the neighborhood and the interesting people who live here – artists, bohemians, political activists. Once in a while, there will be a tasting stop of the best vegetarian and vegan dishes, at different restaurants, some Vegetarians and others are Omni-friendly establishments.