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Food Lover's Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area

Food Lover's Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area, widely recognized as a foodie haven, is home to some of the top culinary cities in the United States (and the world)—including the birthplace of California cuisine. Take your taste buds on a tour of the following areas and sample their incredibly fresh, diverse flavors.

San Francisco

From the dumplings of Chinatown to the Italian eateries of North Beach and the world-famous taquerias of the Mission District, there are plenty of global and local eats to be had in San Francisco. Quite simply, one of the best ways to explore and experience the city is through its food. Food tours often focus on a specific neighborhood, culture, or theme.

North Bay

North of San Francisco lie the farms, vineyards, and creameries that bring the best local and artisanal products to California tables. A trip to the North Bay allows you to taste these top-notch bites, from cheese and produce to oysters and wine, at the source. An easy day trip from San Francisco, many tours will include transportation alongside tastings.

East Bay

The East Bay city of Berkeley is home to much more than the famed university. Its district known affectionately as the Gourmet Ghetto is home not only to Alice Waters’ famous restaurant, Chez Panisse—credited as the birthplace of California cuisine—but several of the highest-quality food producers in the world. Tours offer a sampling of the area’s many specialties, with an emphasis on local, organic, and seasonal ingredients.

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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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$73.60
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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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour

Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour

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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.
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  • 3 hours
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San Francisco Chinatown Food Tour

San Francisco Chinatown Food Tour

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'Forget it Jake. It's Chinatown,' but if you're willing to get off the tour bus, then San Francisco's Chinatown and its foodie adventures don't have to remain a riddle. Explore the roads less-taken, sample Chef Han's world-famous Szechuan cuisine and the delectable Peking duck, take in the sights and smells of the real Chinatown, and see how San Francisco's Chinese Americans live during this culinary and gourmet food tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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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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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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$99.00
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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz

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Tour San Francisco's Ferry Building Marketplace with a industry expert guide and sample many products from artisan and local food purveyors. Then visit the former maximum-security prison, Alcatraz, to shed light on the history-packed location during this full-day excursion in San Francisco.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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$174.00
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Food and Culinary Walking Tour of North Beach

Food and Culinary Walking Tour of North Beach

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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: 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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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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Mission 24th Street San Francisco Food Tour

Mission 24th Street San Francisco Food Tour

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If you believe in getting to know a city through its food, you don't want to miss San Francisco's Mission District, where this walking tour introduces you to a variety of dishes and cuisines. Accompanied by a guide, you'll explore the neighborhood—a San Francisco favorite—on foot, stopping to taste tacos, house-cured pastrami, cupcakes, and more. All food tastings are included.
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  • 3 hours
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Craft Cocktails Tour in Downtown San Francisco

Craft Cocktails Tour in Downtown San Francisco

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Get to know San Francisco's cocktail scene on this 3-hour walking tour that introduces you to a sampling of bars in the city. Accompanied by a guide, you'll visit roughly three bars, plus a couple of other stops (subject to change). Enjoy different types of drinks, meet bartenders and mixologists, and learn about the art of making craft cocktails. A couple of food tastings are also included.
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  • 3 hours
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