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San Francisco City Guides

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Address: 100 Larkin Street, SF Public Library - Main Branch, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone Number: 415-557-4266
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: City Guides are local volunteers who love the city, lore and legends and...
City Guides are local volunteers who love the city, lore and legends and they will share it all with you--for free. There is a large selection of tours available all over town and lasting 90 minutes to 2 hours.
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Two very good tours

We visited in June 2015 and took two tours, one of the Japanese Tea Garden on a Sunday, the other of San Francisco's Financial district hidden places on a Wednesday. The guide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Reading, United Kingdom

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Reading, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We visited in June 2015 and took two tours, one of the Japanese Tea Garden on a Sunday, the other of San Francisco's Financial district hidden places on a Wednesday. The guide, Jay for the tea garden combined humour with fact, a little opinion and successfully negotiated the political shenanigans behind the Tea Garden's History. We learned a huge amount,... More 

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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We took two different walks, one on Hitchcock's locations and SF connections, and the other through the East end of Golden Gate Park. Both were fun, informative, and well-paced--just the right length. Obviously the guides have a love for their city, and we appreciated their sharing it with us. Wish we would have been able to take more walks.

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Apex, North Carolina
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

This tour was the highlight of our SF vacation. Our guide, Gloria, was a lovely Italian - American who grew up working in her family's restaurant in NYC, so she knows her Italian food! We walked all over the North Beach area, and Gloria had a story for every spot. The history, the food, and the views all made for... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We discovered these tours on our visit and have taken two of them & plan two more. The website is clear about what is available each day. We took the City Scapes and Public Places [tour guide Jay Streets] and Nob Hill [tour guide Saundra Keyes. Both tour guides were very informative and excellent guides. The tours were full of... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

We came across the Japanese Walking tour by chance when we went to the Gardens on a Wednesday morning. I'm not sure what the woman's name was, but she was absoluetly fantastic with loads of great information. She was a wonderful speaker, and touring the gardens without this tour would never have had the same effect. She made me tear... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I got to see a lot of San Francisco that I probably wouldn't have done if I hadn't done this tour. The guides were very knowledgeable and accommodating and were happy to answer all questions, and knew all the answers. We saw all the main parts of the city and some off the beaten track. It was great to look... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I live in the San Francisco/Peninsula area so it's always fun to plan an excursion around a City Guides tour. I just check the website and show up at the designated location. Among the tours i've taken are Dogpatch, a neighborhood not known to many; the Financial District history tour - great for visitors; North Beach (and food); and the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Free and factual. These are the best deal in SF (Please, not "Frisco" OR the equally tiresome "San Fran.")

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San Francisco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I have been doing walks with these guides for years, and I live here. I have found all of the guides, well informed, can answer any question, and warm and friendly. While it free, I always give them a tip. STRONGLY recommend this for getting to know the real San Francisco

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Aurora, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Free walking tour? What's not to like!? And on this particular tour and day you get into the tea garden before they open the booth for payment, so that's free, too! This company offers so many tours of the SF area with no reservations required (except for larger groups) and no payment required -- though you really should make a... More 

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Additional Information about San Francisco City Guides

Address: 100 Larkin Street, SF Public Library - Main Branch, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone Number: 415-557-4266
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Civic Center
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Civic Center
Civic Center is the seat of power for all things government and performance-related in the city. Although its streets are best walked during daytime, numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz center offer year round entertainment within the shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold tipped dome of City Hall.
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