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San Francisco: North Beach Food and History Walking Tour

1. San Francisco: North Beach Food and History Walking Tour

Begin your San Francisco North Beach food and history walking tour at the Columbus Tower (Sentinel Building), home to Francis Ford Coppola's and George Lucas' Zoetrope Film Studio. Meet your tour guide just right outside of Zoetrope Café. Learn about the historical and current events that helped shape San Francisco's North Beach District. Experience the exquisite murals executed by the Italian fin-de-siècle painter and illustrator Luigi Brusatori at the Saint Francis of Assisi Church. Walk along Columbus Avenue and pass all the restaurants and cafes. Arrive at Stella Pastry where you will be treated to a delicious house-made biscotti or cookie of the day with coffee or espresso. Walk to Washington Square for further exploration of San Francisco's Little Italy. Your guide will take a moment to go over the pizza options and beverage choices for the next food portion of the tour. In addition, hear stories about the Saints Peter and Paul Church. After, head towards City Lights Book Publishing Company and Jack Kerouac Alley. Admire the murals that adorn the walls of this one block alleyway that connects the tail end of Chinatown with North Beach. Before the end of the tour, spend time at one of the numerous watering holes in the area for a beer or cocktail. Take time to savor your drink while your guide summarizes the days' activities and answer any questions you may have.

San Francisco: Scavenger and Treasure Hunt Tour for Families

2. San Francisco: Scavenger and Treasure Hunt Tour for Families

Roam around San Fransisco on a guide-led walking tour and treasure hunt which is designed to bring your team closer while giving you a reason to explore the city and bond with each other. Discover the very best attractions of Chinatown, North Beach, and Washington Square Park while solving clues. Meet your guide in front of Old Saint Mary's Cathedral in Chinatown for an introduction and overview of your adventure. Take off on your scavenger hunt through Chinatown and round it off with a visit to the Fortune Cookie Factory. Tour the factory and sample some cookies. Next up is a mini-guided tour of additional Chinatown spots and surprises. Discover the murals along Jack Kerouac Alley and experience the poetry of North Beach. Expect Italian food, culture, and famous landmarks like the Transamerica Pyramid and Coit Tower on your North Beach hunt. End the scavenger hunt in Washington Square Park with an exciting game that has prizes for all. From here you can end your adventure or continue with an optional guided walk up the crooked Lombard Street for a picture-postcard view of San Francisco.

North Beach: Walking Food & Cultural Tour with Local Bites

3. North Beach: Walking Food & Cultural Tour with Local Bites

Walk the streets of San Francisco’s North Beach to learn about local life through visits to restaurants, cafes, murals, and cultural artifacts. This guided walking tour includes foods and beverages at four iconic eateries. Start by meeting your local foodie guide in front of Vesuvio, the oldest bar in San Francisco located in Jack Kerouac Alley. Dive into the local food scene while learning about the contributions that the Barbary Coast and the Beats made to the city’s unique cultural identity. Take a moment to pause and savor espresso from Cafe Trieste, the spot that kicked off Italian-style coffee on the West Coast and that has been the home adopted by poets, authors, and cultural renegades for generations. Head to a celebrated deli known as Molinari’s next and enjoy some flavorful cheese samples. Get to know more about how early Italian immigrants shaped this iconic patch of San Francisco. How do you make cannoli? Learn the answer while watching the bakers at Cavalli Cafe prepare a batch for you. One more test for your sweet tooth happens at Z Chioccolato next. Browse this charming shop and pick out a few treats for friends back home. Your walking food tour finishes up in historic Washington Square, a gathering spot for San Franciscans (and for Marilyn Monroe, but more on that later). As you sit, feast on award-winning pizza from Tony’s. No need to rush; linger here until you’ve had your fill of this amazing neighborhood.

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