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Local Tastes of the City Tours

2179 12th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116 (North Beach)
415-665-0480
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Ranked #44 of 304 activities in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Tours
Owner description: Top 10 walking tours for globetrotting foodies - Lonely Planet (April 2013). Same Day Reservations. Bus & Walking Tours. Explore the history and... more » Owner description: Top 10 walking tours for globetrotting foodies - Lonely Planet (April 2013). Same Day Reservations. Bus & Walking Tours. Explore the history and culture of local neighborhoods, including Chinatown and North Beach/Little Italy, as "We Eat Our Way Through San Francisco." Voted Best City Tour by San Francisco Bay Guardian 2011. Named "Best City Tour of 2006 and 2007" by CitySearch. « less
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

My first review ever on Tripadvisor. I felt a strong obligation to not have others waste their time and money. We did the night food tour of chinatown and north beach. The food was marginal, at best. Some of the worst food I have had in SF. Best parts were fortune cookie factory and North Beach pizza. But what made... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

A real live hippy artist, the lovely Blandina led our walking tour of "little Italy" in north beach. There wasn't anyone she didn't know as she has lived in the area since the late 70's. Her personal touch made all the difference. She knew all the proprietors and their stories. There was something to eat or drink at every stop... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My friend and I only had one day in the city, so we decided to book the Insider's City Bus tour. It was an excellent choice! We received a comprehensive and engaging tour of the city with our amazing tour guide, Randy. We saw some breathtaking views of the city, compared different neighborhoods, went through the park, and did more... More

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Bay Area, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My friend had gone on this tour with a Groupon and highly recommended it. So as part of our anniversary my husband and I went on this tour this morning with Blandina, a real SF character and resident. She lives right here in North Beach and knows it like the back of her hand. She had great stories about the... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

With all the reviews I've done since arriving here at Trip Advisor, I don't give out too many five star excellent reviews. But on another recent wonderful Bay Area adventure, the tours I booked and the people leading those tours were some of the best ever. Your tour guide can either make or break your tour experience and you're depending... More

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Oak Harbor, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I really enjoyed the evening tour that provided tastes in both China Town and North Beach. More food was provided than I anticipated would be. I have visited San Francisco numerous times, and on this tour I saw shops and sights I haven’t previously taken note of. The guide was very helpful, especially in making sure that we knew how... More

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Waretown, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Our group enjoyed Blandina's tour of North Beach, more for her enthusiasm and local knowledge than the food or restaurants presented. Other tours in major cities may have spoiled us, but I would have liked a bit more presence from the restaurant owner or manager. Rather, at times I felt like we were imposing in their establishment. One candy store... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I decided on the North Beach/Little Italy tour and they did not disappoint. Blandina, our tour guide was chock full of information both historical and educational. In total we walked about three miles over three and a half hours. We sampled coffee, pastry, fudge, olive oils, pasta, and my favorite, authentic Roman pizza. Wonderful tour; highly recommended!

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Rio Rancho, NM
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Originally we were supposed to do the Chinatown tour. There was a problem and we were informed that morning that they would offer us the North Beach tour in place of Chinatown. It turned out to be one of the highlights of our time in SF. Blandina was very lovely and had a lot of information about North Beach and... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We arranged a family tour with Blandina on June 28th, 2014, celebrating my son’s birthday. The tour was fabulous and exceeded all our expectations. Blandina was very patient corralling us all, and we loved hearing her stories about her experiences in North Beach, since it has been home to her for many years. Our tastings at the local restaurants, bakeries,... More

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