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North Beach Food Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    San Francisco, California, United States

  • Activities

    Food Tour, Lifestyle, Sightseeing, Walking Tour

  • Price
    $110 USD per person
  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Avg Distance

    Approximately one mile

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Wed- Sat at 2:30, Sunday at 6:00

  • Starting Location

    Transamerica Building

  • Price Includes

    All food, guide services Alcohol pairings available (additional price)

  • Notes

    This is a heavy comfort food tour But vegetarian and even gluten free is no problem Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary restrictions or requirements. Tour Guide Gratuity is not included but it accepted. 20-25 % is standard.

Highlights

  • At least 5 Differing and Delicious Eateries Visited Visit Coffee Roasters- if open Italian Bakery, focaccia, pastries Candy Makers, truffles, fudge Pizza, Pasta, Olive Oils You may even try Basque Cuisine
  • Visit to St Francis National Shrine- If open & Saints Peter and Paul's Church
  • See the Barbary Coast Brothels, Saloons, and Gambling Halls
  • See the hangouts of the Beatniks along Broadway and Grant Streets. See the "Strip Club- Strip" The Condor Club, where Carol Doda danced topless and bottomless
  • Visit a secret roof top, take in the 360 degree view of North Beach, San Francisco Bay, Telegraph Hill, Russian Hill, Nob Hill, Chinatown, The Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, The Wharf, and the Financial District

Trip Info

North Beach is a food lover’s paradise and we are delighted to be your guides on our wonderful North Beach Food Tour. As you enter this neighborhood you will begin to notice the scent of baking bread and the aroma of strong coffee. On our food tour, our stops and dining choices change but chances are we’ll be having antipasti, appetizers, pizza, pasta, breads, and we’ll likely end with canolli from one of the oldest and best Italian bakeries anywhere! But just to make sure we’ve covered all the bases, we will probably have tiramisu from an even older Italian eatery that first opened it’s doors in 1880. We all love home made fudge as much as we love hand-made truffles, so we usually have both and let you decide which is your favorite! Some of the best coffee in the world is roasted right here in North Beach and we have been invited to observe their tried and true process.

We will start with pasta which is how they begin their meals in Italy and along the way we will make atleast 5 stops to eat at other places. The focus will be Italian but we might throw in some other foods to mix things up. But one thing is for sure, it will be delicioso!

All of our tours are rich in history and this neighborhood has a wonderful past to share. originally ” The Latin Quarter”, North Beach was home to people from all over the globe. Italians arrived in North Beach, mainly from the northern region of Liguria. Many of the first Italians to arrive were men, once these men had earned enough money for the passage, they would send for their families back home. In the 1900′s Sicilian family blocks began to arrive in San Francisco in great numbers, attracted by relatively similar climate and good fishing conditions. Competition heated up between the Italians and the Sicilians, as they were referred to then. The restaurant scene flourished as a result.

The Latin Quarter is what this area was once called, as it not only was the center for the Italians but the Spanish speakers as well. To this day, there are still several Basque restaurants in the district, a mixture of French and Spanish influences, you may try this cuisine on your tour.

There is a lot to see in this historic and monumental district but come hungry because on this tour we will be focusing on the food of North Beach. And what great food it is!

Reviews

  1. 5 out of 5

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    1/5/2014 A-M-A-Z-I-N-G food tour!!!!!!! First off, huge thanks to Michael who was able to squeeze in a last minute reservation for me, after I experienced a booking fiasco with another food tour company, using a Groupon. Needless to say, I did get a refund from Groupon and gave my business to Explore, instead… So my husband and I attended the North Beach tour on Friday at 3:30pm and the Chinatown tour on Saturday at 11am. Our tour guide, Dan, was just absolutely awesome…scratch that…MORE than awesome! Dan is very personable, knowledgable, and as one Yelp reviewer mentioned, “he feels like a friend!” During the North Beach food tour, we ate quite a bit and saw some pretty interesting sites! We ate pizza, pasta, sandwiches and dessert. I was soooo full once the tour concluded, and that is a good thing! Prior to this tour beginning, I was afraid I would still be hungry at the end. I loved the fact that in between visiting various sites, we stopped and ate a little. Dan did great with not allowing us to get too full at any one place, with whatever he ordered. My husband’s favorite part of the North Beach tour was Molinari’s Deli. My favorite parts were dining in a unique Italian restaurant, and eating Tiramisu and a Cannoli at the very end. :-) One of the interesting places we visited was the Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi. I certainly wouldn’t have discovered that place, unless I researched places to see on my own. So onto the Chinatown tour…that was also pretty awesome! Since Dan grew up in Chinatown, his knowledge of the area was quite remarkable! I certainly won’t view Chinatown in the same manner, after attending this tour! The food was great as well!!! My favorite parts of the tour were visiting the fortune cookie factory and the tea tasting. They both were very unique stops on the tour! After visiting the Vital Tea Leaf, I won’t dare purchase another box of Lipton teabags again. ;-) Once again, Dan is truly awesome and really helped to completely my sightseeing vacation to San Francisco. I certainly look forward to booking and taking another tour, whenever I’m back in town! I very much highly recommend booking a tour via Explore San Francisco. This company is amazing and really cares about the satisfaction of its customers. If your tour is scheduled with Dan, that’s a BONUS! ;-) Enjoy!!!!! Lunch at Far East Cafe! Lunch at Far East Cafe! Mooncakes at Eastern Bakery! Mooncakes at Eastern Bakery! Tea tasting at Vital Tea Leaf!

  2. 5 out of 5

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    9/17/2013 I recently took the North Beach Food Tour from Explore San Francisco. This was a great experience. Our guide was fun and she very knowledgeable. We got information on food history in North Beach plus some overall history of the neighborhood. Food choices were great. Five stops plus a tasting. Time was given in between stops so we weren’t too full. One of the highlights of the tour was our ending spot. We went to the top of a parking garage in North Beach. Best view of North Beach and the Bay. Loved this tour and plan on doing another Explore San Francisco Tour.

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