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Explore Chinatown Walking Tour

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Explore San Francisco

  • Locations

    San Francisco, California, United States

  • Price
    $40 USD per person
  • Duration

    2.5 hours

  • Avg Distance

    1 .2 miles

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    11:00 Saturdays

  • Starting Location

    Chinatown Gate at Bush and Grant Streets

  • Price Includes

    Tour, guide, narrative

  • Notes

    Group size limited to 14. For larger groups please contact us


  • Expert guide service
  • See what is inside the businesses that other tours just walk past
  • Hear an authentic and accurate narrative of a complex and ever changing community
  • The history of Chinatown will come alive all around you to help the present make complete sense
  • Not only will we give you a complete understanding of the district, you will have plenty of time to shop at businesses that are more than tourist traps, and you will have the opportunity to try delicious foods from quality food-smiths

Trip Info

Consistently receiving 5 stars on all review sites, this walking tour takes you off of the tourist drag and into the other Chinatown of the locals. Don’t just see a Buddhist temple, come with us and take part in a ceremony. Curious what is sold in the more exotic shops? We will go into the herb shops, the Chinese Doctors’ offices, the produce stalls, nothing legal is off limits to our exploration of Chinatown. You will be delighted and astounded on our complete foray into this “City within a City”.

Your adventure awaits!

Explore San Francisco

After you've seen the tourist attractions, come & explore the real city with us. With Explore San Francisco, we will show you the same city that we would show to our own visiting family and friends. The best and most authentic culinary, wine, neighborhood, walking, and running tours in San Francisco.


  1. 5 out of 5


    Highly recommended. Bought a Groupon last minute just prior to my SF trip. Explore SF honored it for the Thursday morning Chinatown walking tour even though they had no other people participating. Instead of rebooking me for Saturday, my tour guide Dan decided to give me a solo tour. I couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide. Instead of rattling down historical facts or following some kind of script, it felt like I was walking and chatting with a friend. While we spent some time on Grant Street, the main strip, under the red lanterns and by the touristy shops, we ventured into the side streets and parks as well. A nice balance of history, culture and local flavor. We visited Tin How temple, burned some incense and said a prayer. We stopped at a bakery for moon cakes, another one for sesame balls. We saw a local butcher shop selling cured meats, including whole ducks and duck “bacon”. That stuff looked so good it made me wish just for a second I was a meat eater. We stopped for a free tea tasting and picked up some green tea. Mind you, this was not the food tour, it just turned out that Dan writes a food blog, so we share food and all things related as a common passion. He pointed out Hang Ah Tea Room, the oldest restaurant in Chinatown and some non-touristy restaurants I should (and would) check out. We grazed the local markets where we saw an array of dried goods (scallops, shrimp, root vegetables), live frogs, fish, chicken feet, herbs and fresh produce. Ever wondered what half of the stuff is they sell at your local Asian market? Well here is your chance to get educated. Don’t be offended if you get shoved, they’re just trying to move along and go on about their business. The pace of the walking tour is totally comfortable, since Chinatown is confined within a few blocks. Definitely doable and customizable, depending on the other people in your group. I am so glad I did this and will definitely use them again next time I am in town, especially now that I know they do vegan food tours.

  2. 5 out of 5


    My mom and I signed up for the Chinatown walking tour with Dan Chew, not really knowing what to expect. It turned out to be the most memorable experience of our whole week in San Francisco! We were the only two on this tour (I highly recommend doing this during the winter months, or at least on a weekday) so it was such a personal experience. Dan is such a fun guy, with so many great stories and cool insights, that the 3 hour scheduled tour turned into more like 4! We also signed up for it on Chinese New Year’s Eve (not realizing the good fortune we had stumbled upon), so Dan took us through all the markets, showed us all the tasty treats, and explained the traditions that he grew up with/still practices in Chinatown. Dan grew up in Chinatown and still lives there, so he knows ALL of the good spots. To recap a few of what we saw: -Tin How Temple (Oldest Buddhist temple in SF) -Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company (fresh made daily, plenty o’ scraps for tasting..) -Vital Leaf Tea (gotta talk to Kenny, he’s the man!) -Golden Gate Bakery (get there egg custard tarts!!) Dan’s level of knowledge goes way beyond just the facts; he lives, breaths, EATS Chinatown. Somebody give this man a raise!!

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