Explore San Francisco's Chinatown: An Insider Walking Tour
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Explore two of San Francisco's dynamic neighborhoods with this cross-cultural adventure. Chinatown and the historically Italian North Beach share a border and are hits with tourists and locals alike. In Chinatown, you'll discover back alley secrets and a Buddhist temple while learning local customs and tasting delicious Dim Sum. North Beach's bakeries, trattorias, pizzerias and coffee shops will offer a different spectrum of scents and tastes. Along the way, you'll visit Portsmouth Square where groups practice Tai Chi, Washington Square Park and take in tremendous views of the city. You'll taste everything from fortune cookies to canoli and much, much more. Choose from two different tours that take in different sides of these neighboring San Francisco districts. The afternoon tour shows these bustling neighborhoods during peak business hours, while the evening tour reflects a more relaxed atmosphere as restaurants and cafés are just waking up for evening encounters. Learn More
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Featured review from Judy Wong
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Alex was a great guide. While exploring Chinatown with him, he gave us an accurate detailed account to the places and scenery around us. Alex made the exploration into Chinatown, an informative and relaxing walking tour. A good time was had by all at the conclusion of our historical outing with Alex.
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The tour guide was a no-show. There was no tour. Almost a day later, there has been no return of my message to "Tracy" at the tour guide's office. I also still have not gotten confirmation of a refund from her or from Goldstar. AVOID this one.
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At only two tenths of a square mile, this most colorful of districts is the most densely populated and one of San Francisco's most fascinating neighborhoods. We’ll visit the staples of daily life in the neighborhood as we traverse the hidden alleys and side streets where you will see: The open air markets, fish mongers, flower stalls, a Buddhist temple or two, an herbalist's shop where eastern medicine is practiced, a fortune cookie factory; nineteenth-century era street musicians, produce vendors. The tour will also stop at Portsmouth Square, the heart of Chinatown and the site of historical events going back to the 1800s, this is Chinatown's backyard and here we'll see elders playing elephant chess and practicing Tai-Chi, and a band that seems to play every day, all day. Along the way you’ll have the opportunities to try out the local foods, as we show you the Chinatown's best bakeries, try dim-sum, moon cakes, or coconut custards then we will end at a delightful tea shop unlike anything you have ever seen before. From the main tourist strip to the Churches and Temples, to the bustle of locals shopping for the evening meal to the back alleys and side streets in between, you’ll see the Chinatown that tourists rarely get to see. Because this after all is the real Chinatown.
Tour guide gratuity is not included.
About the Ticket Supplier: Explore San FranciscoAfter you've seen the tourist attractions, come explore San Francisco with us and see the city as a local. Be at the table for a one-time only pop up restaurant. Shop the boutiques of Pacific Heights. Take a leisurely stroll through Chinatown and North Beach and eat where the locals eat. Experience a wine tour without leaving the city. See wild flocks of parrots.Have a cup of coffee where Jack Kerouac sat.
Visit a Buddhist monastery, a chocolate factory. Savor the flavors of the Mission District and then visit it's world famous murals. And if you really want to we'll take you to the lunch truck that serves up insects.