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Chinatown Small Group Walking Food Tour

This 2.5 hour walking food tour of Chinatown covers many local attractions to explore the culinary history of the neighborhood and includes samples at four spots chosen by our guide. Discover the best San Francisco cuisine in a small group.

Live narration (English)
Multiple stops to photograph and explore
Food and beverages at four Chinatown attractions
Guide gratuity

Tour Highlights

  • San Francisco food tour serves up the best of Chinatown
  • Learn the culinary and cultural history of Chinatown and Portsmouth Square
  • Friendly, small group walking tour
  • Sample boba tea, fortune cookies, moon cakes, dim sum, and authentic tea
  • Food included in the tour price

Tour Details

Join this delightful ‘Best of San Francisco’ food tour leading you to discover and try local tastes in Chinatown. Your small group tour will take to the streets to learn about life in Chinatown by exploring its shops, murals and cultural artifacts.

Start by meeting your foodie guide at the photogenic entry to Chinatown–Dragon’s Gate. Peek into exotic, local shops. Learn the fascinating history of the place going all the way back to Portsmouth Square.

The Chinese Fortune Cookie Factory is a real hidden gem. Taste cookies as they come off the hot cookie press! Be sure to grab a bag to enjoy after dinner. To quench our collective thirst, we’ll visit a Ross Alley shop for milked, iced tea. Pick your favorite boba inclusion.

Next, we will get down to some seriously delicious food. We’ll sit and discuss what we’ve seen while enjoying moon cake from the celebrated Garden Bakery and bites from the House of Dim Sum.

The group will be full of smiles as we approach the end of the tour. Before leaving Chinatown, your small group will take a short walk to an authentic Chinese tea shop where you can choose from hundreds of varieties and your guide will provide more cultural context for your experience. Tasting of teas is included. Then, get your phones ready. There will be one final photo stop at the Zodiac Wall.

Tip: Our North Beach Food Walking Tour is a great companion tour that can be done on the same day in the afternoon.

Why choose us:

San Francisco is Extranomical Tours’ only home. Our local guides are storytellers, artists, historians, and lovers of the local food scene. The San Francisco’s Chinatown is a rich tapestry of attractions within a living neighborhood—let our experts guide you to its hiding-in-plain-sight secrets.

Things to know:

Extranomical Tours observes all local advisories regarding health and public safety.

Your guide will be mindful about the content of foods sampled on the tour, but we are unable to make accommodations for guests requiring gluten-, dairy-, or allergen-free foods. Vegetarian options are available.

This tour involves walking for about a mile on mostly flat streets in San Francisco. If that seems too physically demanding, then this may not be the best tour option for you.

Tour Itinerary

10:00 - 10:45 AM

  • Meet at the Dragon’s Gate entry to Chinatown
  • Learn the fascinating history of Chinatown and Portsmouth Square
  • While exploring local shops and street murals

10:45 AM to 11:30 AM

  • Visit the Chinese Fortune Cookie Factory
  • Try authentic Boba tea in Ross Alley
  • Sample Chinese mooncakes and other baked delights

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

  • Try local favorites at the House of Dim Sum
  • Savor freshly prepared Chinese tea
  • Finish with photos in front of the Zodiac wall

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Important Information
How long is the tour?

Approximately 2.5 hours.

How much walking does this tour involve?

This culinary walking tour of San Francisco walks a total of one mile (or 1.6 kilometers). We will be making stops on the way and taking breaks while discovering the neighborhood and its cuisine.

Does this tour operate every day?

The Chinatown Walking Food Tour does not operate every day. Please refer to the calendar to see the dates available.

Are food and beverages included in the price of the tour?

Yes. Samples at four restaurants and food shops are included.

Is this a guided tour?

Yes, the tour is guided with an English-speaking guide.

What should I bring?

Comfortable shoes for walking
Extra spending money for food purchases, beverages, souvenirs etc. Many places are cash only
A light jacket (easily removable) in case of wind
Camera or phone
Water bottle
Hat and sunscreen (during the summer months)
Sturdy umbrella (if the forecast calls for rain)

What should I wear?

Temperatures vary depending on the season and time of day in the Bay Area, so we recommend that you wear layered clothing in case of unexpectedly climbing or falling temperatures. We do not recommend wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts. For footwear, we recommend comfortable walking shoes, such as regular tennis shoes, sneakers, or boots with rubber soles and treads. In the summer months, hiking sandals can be worn on the tour, but high heels, beach flip-flops, and other open-toed shoes are not recommended.

What happens if it rains?

Light rain in the winter season is common in San Francisco. We will normally run the tour in these conditions. However, if the forecast is for a severe storm or thunder, we will cancel and tour and offer to reschedule or refund your tour.

Do I need to call to reconfirm my tour?

Yes, we request that you reach out to us at least a day in advance to confirm your tour details. You can contact us via our live chat function or by calling our office at +1-415-357-0700 during office hours. You can call us from your hotel’s phone if you do not have a working mobile phone while you are in the area.

How big is the tour group?

This walking tour group will have up to 12-15 people. This tour has a tour minimum of 4 people.

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