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Local Tastes of the City Tours

Address: 2179 12th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116 (North Beach)
Phone Number: 415-665-0480
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Ranked #55 of 392 Activities in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
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Santa Clarita, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
18 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the driver/tour guide Joe, who was entertaining and shared a lot of interesting stories about San Francisco, including his childhood years living there. Based on his performance, I would have given this tour 5 stars, but the company ("Local Tastes of the City") is disorganized and misleading. The website states that the tour starts at 1:00 pm and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

My partner booked this as a surprise for my birthday that we were celebrating on our San Francisco vacation and it was wonderful. The tour guide we had (Blandina) was great, she was very engaging, positive, thoughtful and very knowledgable about the area. She made the afternoon really fun and enjoyable. The stops we made were interesting, the coffee shop... More

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Los Angeles
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I have long been a fan of taking food tours both in my own city and on my travels. I recently took the North Beach/Little Italy Walking Food Tour, on the recommendation of some friends who have taken the tour before. Blandina deserves 5 stars for being an engaging, entertaining and thoughtful hostess and tour guide. Blandina lives in the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We took this culinary tour of North Beach in October, 2014. The well-prepared, knowledgeable guide has lived in the neighborhood for 40 years, and really gives a feel for this small town within a city. Good food and some behind-the-scenes access as we viewed a coffee roaster in an old Italian coffee house, and a huge bread oven from 1889... More

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We took a lovely walk around Little Italy with Blandina. There was just myself and my husband on the tour, and Blandina made us feel like old friends. We saw all sorts of foodie venues, from artisan bread making to fudge and coffee roasting, along with some curiosities of the neighbourhood. Blandina is obviously a well known character, and she... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

My husband and I had a great time on our tour of Chinatown. It was a gray drizzly day and it ended up that we were the only ones on the tour. Our guide, Blandina, was wonderful. She took us on a thorough tour of this unique neighborhood and even showed us a couple of North Beach locations. We had... More

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Fresno, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I took a group of 40 senior adults to the Taste of Little Italy in North Beach, CA (San Francisco). Tom & Blondina were our tour guides... I went with half my people with Blondina. Tom took the other half. What a great, informative and most of all great tasting tour. Between the bread, candy, pizza and pasta... the architecture... More

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Montville, New Jersey
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

My wife and I took this food tour on Friday November Seventh. We had a very nice time. Our guide, Blandina was fun and her knowledge of the neighborhood was excellent. It seemed like she knew all the locals too. The walking was easy, (no major hills) and the stops were good. Coffee, bread, fudge, (this stop did seem a... More

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I participated in the tour on Thursday, Oct. 30th along with a friend visiting from New York. It was a delightful experience! My first food tour.Wonderful, informed, pleasant guide - Blandina. Interesting, enjoyable stops, delicious food and a good value. Really enjoyed the afternoon. You are in for a treat. Cindy

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This was by husband's first time visiting SF, and this tour was the highlight of our short two day visit. Our guide was Mike, and he was so engaging and knowledgeable throughout the walk. He was so enthusiastic and it was easy to see he love what he does. It was truly a way to see Chinatown form the inside... More

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