Explore the Food in North Beach & Chinatown!
We will take you on a delicious foodie walk through two neighboring districts where any gourmand would be ecstatic to spend a few hours. Join us on the best and most authentic food tours of San Francisco, to two of the most iconic and best fed neighborhoods imaginable: Chinatown and North Beach. As you learn about the area's history and unique cultures you will sample the best foods that either neighborhood has to offer. In Chinatown you will be deilighted by the bustling Dim Sum houses, the small cafes, and tea shops. In addition to these usual stops, we take you to the fortune cookie factory, and to off-the-beaten-path eateries, some where no English is spoken and some that don't even have a sign denoting their existence - you simply have to know that they are there. Luckily for you, we are in the know, as your guides are quite familiar with these areas, where they either were born and raised, or where they have spent so much time, the locals think of them as locals. You can enter an alley in Chinatown and the signs are in Chinese, and you exit in North Beach next to a bar where Jack Kerouac frequented. Skirting the Barbary Coast, we proceed to the cafes, pizzerias, espresso houses, bakeries, and saloons of North Beach. This portion of the food tour is mostly all about Italian cuisine as this is San Francisco's Little Italy. The locals are serious about their food, there is even a world-renowned pizza school that is possible stop for this culinary tour. Along the way you will experience Italian spoken as much as English, live small operas in cafes, the aroma of bread being baked, candy being made, coffee roasting, fans cheering at soccer games, milk steaming for espresso, and the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill flying over head.
Watching tourists wearing new sweatshirts purchased at a chain store on Powell Street make a daily round trip from hotel to the cable car to the wharf and back, my group of friends and I began to ponder,” If they only knew what they were missing...” Then somewhere between making plans for SantaCon, the annual costumed holiday pub crawl on the way to a pop up restaurant in the Mission District and an out-of-towner innocently asking “After Fisherman’s Wharf, what is there to do in San Francisco?” , the idea to help travelers experience a more authentic San Francisco was born. With the idea that tourists need to be freed from the fake and have the real city revealed to them, I decided to figure out a way to show visitors the same city that San Franciscans show their own family and friends. The real city. I am happy to show you the city's rich and colorful history, or help you discover the best food, shopping and entertainment venues. You will be surprised at just how unique San Francisco is. But first, you have to get away from Pier 39. We can help you with that, and you’ll be happy we did. You will leave knowing just how much the real San Francisco has to offer because you experienced it for yourself...
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