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North Beach Small Group Walking Food Tour

This walking food tour of San Francisco’s North Beach and Little Italy visits local attractions to explore the culinary and cultural history of the neighborhood. The small group tour includes foods and beverages at four iconic restaurants. Tour length - 2.5 hours approximately

Live guided narration (English)
Multiple stops to photograph and explore
Food and beverages at four North Beach restaurants
Guide gratuity

Tour Highlights

  • San Francisco food tour that serves up the best of North Beach
  • Learn the culinary and cultural history of Little Italy
  • Friendly, small group walking tour
  • Sample Italian espresso, cheeses, pastries and pizza
  • Food and beverages 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 North Beach’s Little Italy. This friendly, small group tour walks the streets to learn about life in North Beach through its restaurants, cafes, murals and cultural artifacts.

Start by meeting your local foodie guide in front of Vesuvio, the oldest bar in San Francisco. It is located in Jack Kerouac Alley (that’s a story unto itself!). Learn the fascinating contributions that the Barbary Coast and the Beats made to the city’s unique cultural identity.

Take a moment to pause and savor espresso from Cafe Trieste, the spot that kicked of Italian-style coffee on the West Coast and the home adopted by poets, authors and cultural renegades for generations. Learn how early Italian immigrants shaped this iconic patch of San Francisco as you sample cheeses from the celebrated delicatessen Molinari’s.

How do you make a cannoli? Learn the answer by watching the bakers at Cavali prepare a batch for you to enjoy. One more test for your sweet tooth happens at Z Chioccolato. Browse this charming shop and pick out a few treats for friends back home.

Your walking food tour finishes up on historic Washington Square a gathering spot for San Franciscans (and for Marilyn Monroe but more on that later!). As you sit, feast on award-winning pizza from Tony’s. No need to rush. Linger here until you’ve had your fill of this amazing neighborhood.

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 North Beach 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.

This tour involves walking a half a mile (1 kilometer) 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

1:00 - 1:45 PM

  • Meet your guide in front of Vesuvio on Columbus
  • Be captivated by the cultural history of the Barbary Coast and the Beats
  • While exploring local shops and street murals
  • Savor espresso at the historic Cafe Trieste

1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

  • Learn the history of Little Italy of San Francisco
  • Sample cheeses at the authentic Italian deli - Molinari’s
  • Watch cannolis being made; taste them when they’re done.

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

  • Browse Z Chioccolato’s sweet shop
  • Sit down to award-winning Tony’s Pizza
  • Relax and people watch on beautiful Washington Square

Pro Tip: Extranomical Tours Chinatown Walking Food Tour is a great companion tour.

Read more helpful articles about San Francisco in our BLOG.

Important Information
How long is the tour?

Approximately 2 1/2 hours.

How much walking does this tour involve?

This culinary walking tour of San Francisco walks about a half a mile (or 1.0 kilometers). We will be making stops on the way and take breaks while discovering the neighborhood and its cuisine.

Does this tour operate every day?

The North Beach 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.
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)

Is this tour suitable for people with dietary restrictions?

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.

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 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or +1-415-789-3428 (internationally) 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.

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