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North Beach and Little Italy Food Tour

1. North Beach and Little Italy Food Tour

Take a behind the scenes food tour of North Beach and Little Italy. Enjoy tasting great local foods, see how these culinary delights are made and meet the local artisans who make them on your guided walking tour. North Beach and Little Italy will awaken your senses. From the cafés and restaurants, to the smell of fresh-baked bread in the air. Just when you think you can't feel any more romantic you will discover quaint shops filled with incredible crafts and ceramics that will fill you with awe. Explore the life of North Beach, as we join family bakers kneading love into every loaf of bread. And just when you think that you can't be any closer to food heaven, we visit real coffee shops that fresh roast the coffee beans daily. And if that was not enough, we uncover authentic Italian cathedrals where hundreds of couples have felt their heartstrings tug. As you taste everything from cappuccinos, chocolates, breads, pastries, olive oils, specialty meats, and more, your senses and your taste buds will come alive. Every time we find another artisan crafting food handed down through generations or weaving life into handmade crafts, you'll know that you've experienced one of the places that makes San Francisco a series of ever expanding adventures. All food and drinks are included on this tour that was voted "Best City Tour" two years in a row on Citysearch. Tasting portions guarantee that you will not walk away hungry on this leisurely walking tour that strolls 7-8 flat blocks.

San Francisco: Food Walking Tour of Chinatown & North Beach

2. San Francisco: Food Walking Tour of Chinatown & North Beach

On their own, Chinatown and North Beach stir your senses. Together, they awaken you to new flavors, new cultures, and to parts of your heart. Explore both on this unique combination walking tour. Start by exploring Chinatown by twilight, including tasting Dim Sum from one of the oldest bakeries in this vibrant neighborhood. You will delve into Chinese mysticism and culture, as you explore local sculpture and architecture and see close up how fortune cookies are made by hand. Tea is to Chinatown as North Beach is to coffee and you will sample both. You will also get the opportunity to search out authentic Chinese and Italian crafts and pottery. We will help you uncover the hidden secrets only intrepid locals know. And you'll be astonished by new finds in secret alcoves. We'll explore the "Beat Generation" of North Beach as we visit the very place where Francis Ford Coppola wrote "The Godfather" screenplay and the location where Bill Cosby and Steve Allen got their start, which has not changed at all since they performed there. Of course,you must try pizza and wine in North Beach, don't worry, we've got you covered! From wine to Dim Sum, fortune cookies, and teas, to cappuccinos in the very places where the Beat Generation started and Barbary Coast history that made San Francisco what it is began. You will feel like you've really experienced Chinatown and North Beach on this fascinating San Francisco walking tour.

San Francisco: North Beach Food and History Walking Tour

3. 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.

North Beach: Curated 4-Course Food Tour

4. North Beach: Curated 4-Course Food Tour

Your fully guided 3-hour tour takes you through the heart of North Beach and not only features great food but exposes you to the bawdy history of this neighborhood that was known as the Barbary Coast during the Gold Rush. On this 4-course progressive prix-fixe dining experience, you will visit 4 restaurants for two appetizers, one entree, and one dessert, with a sprinkling of culinary history and stories in between.  Enjoy authentic Italian wood-fired pizza from the oldest pizza oven on the West Coast, voted the third best pizza in the USA by People Magazine’s Pizza Search. Following this, enjoy contemporary kale chips and vegan sampler in former Amelio’s, a historic North Beach restaurant and speakeasy, host of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe’s wedding dinner. Then, taste sweet and savory local artisan agave caramel and caramel popcorn at a neighborhood gourmet food boutique. Finally, watch an Italian expert cannoli maker fill your delicate cannoli at a historic Italian bookshop turned cafe. 

North Beach: Walking Food & Cultural Tour with Local Bites

5. 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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What people are saying about North Beach, San Francisco

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 52 reviews

The tour was great. Tour guide Brian was knowledgeable, attentive and funny. The food was outstanding and the insights Brian provided into history, Italian cuisine and local color were great. We now know where we will eating on our next trip to an Francisco.

The guide was amazing, very knowledgeable. She made it very fun and exciting. Allowing us to try various foods that were popular in the culture.

The tour was very enjoyable because of Brian's knowledge, the sites picked for the tour, the restaurant owners, food, etc.

Come hungry! Our guide Isabella was phenomenal. Incredible stories and excellent tour guide! I would do this again!

Very fun and informative ride. Staff was very nice and helpful.