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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 #48 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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San Francisco, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Hi Kathy, Thank you for arranging the Walking Tour of Little Italy. It was one of the best tours we have had over the course of the last three days. Our tour guide Blandina Farley was FANTASTIC. She was outgoing, friendly and very knowledgeable of the area. We visited six amazing restaurants/bakeries and even squeezed in a visit to the... More

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West Bend, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

My wife and I really enjoyed our tour of China Town in San Francisco. Tom, the tour guide, was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and took us to some incredibly interesting spots. We enjoyed tasting the local cuisine, watching the workers make fortune cookies, touring an actual Buddhist temple and sampling tea at a tea shop. We... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

What a great tour. I would suggest this to everyone. Not only do you sample the best food, coffee and chocolate but the guide shares history of the area as well. I can't wait to do another.

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Belmont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We live in San Francisco and had the pleasure of taking a Local Tastes of the City Tours on several occasions (China Town and North Beach). As locals with visitors in town, we believed there were no new adventures to be found in San Francisco and every time Tom and his team prove us wrong. On each tour we walk... More

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Alameda
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This tour was one of the major highlights on our trip to San Francisco. Each of our kids enjoyed it. It was great to go to the back of the house to see equipment and talk with the backers to understand how different types of food are made. We recommend this tour. Hope you do too..

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Seattle, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

What a day! My wife and I were in town for a wedding and stumbled across the North Beach/Chinatown tour on the internet, and jumped at the opportunity. Our tour guide Tom was knowledgeable, personable, and went out of his way to make sure everyone had time to sample the delicious tastes of the area. The exploration never felt rushed... 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
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
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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90 reviews 90 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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