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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 394 Activities in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Top 10 walking tours for globetrotting foodies - Lonely Planet (April...
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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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Gilroy, California, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

My husband and a friend spent An interesting afternoon in San Francisco's North Beach. They really enjoyed the tour guide, Blandina, who was very knowledgeable and had a pleasant personality. A nice way to learn about some special places.

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Perth, Western Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Met under the ChinaTown Gate for the most amazing walk around ChinaTown and North Beach. Tom was full of amazing facts! We watched Fortune Cookies being made - had a wonderful tea tasting experience (and bought some of the tea) - went to a Chinese Bakery for a meal. We now felt we had finished the eating! Off on more... More 

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New Zealand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

My husband, myself and a couple of friends booked this tour online after reading great reports from previous 'trip advisors'. We weren't disappointed! We were lucky that our tour was only the four of us with Blondina as our guide. She was a cool, funky chick who has lived a lot of her life in North Beach. She showed us... More 

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Broomfield, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Our tour guide Blandina was very knowledgeable about the area. She told a lot of great stories about the area , and when things happened. The food was a little on the small side.

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Santa Clarita, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

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 attraction reviews
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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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