Chinatown Food & History Tour with a San Francisco Local

Duration: 3h
Languages: English
Guru: David
Quality Verified Registered on August 08, 2021

I’m a native San Franciscan born and raised in the city. My parents were immigrants from China, and San Francisco’s Chinatown was their point of entry into the United States. I started giving tours of SF because I’ve had great experiences taking free walking tours during my travels across the world (40+ countries). I’m a foodie at heart and have my own food blog, Instagram, and Yelp account, and I’ve written a review for every restaurant I’ve visited in the last 8 years! That means that I know the best local places in the city to take visitors to.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

Explore the rich culture of San Francisco’s Chinatown, full of fascinating architecture, street art, and most importantly, good food! This tour takes you on an expedition through the narrow alleyways, colorful storefronts, and bustling markets of one of the city's most iconic neighborhoods. You’ll make stops to sample dim sum, fortune cookies, tea, and more, all while learning about the history of the oldest Chinatown in North America, from the early days of Chinese immigration to the thriving community it is today.

Food & Drink Stops (subject to change):

At each place, I’ll recommend items for you to try, but you’re free to order anything you’d like. Expect to pay $15-$30 per person depending on what you get (a bargain for San Francisco). 

  • Dim Sum - freshly-made dumplings, buns, pastries, and more 
  • Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory - handmade fortune cookies
  • Tea Tasting - sample Chinese teas including green, black, oolong, and pu-erh
  • Egg Tarts - finish off with dessert from a Chinese bakery

Other Sights:

  • Dragon Gate (meeting point) - entry to Chinatown 
  • Grant Avenue - souvenir shops galore 
  • Stockton Street - local shopping street with bakeries and produce markets 
  • Chinatown Alleyways - side streets for a look at local life 
  • Portsmouth Square - historic center of SF and a gathering place for locals

How is this tour different from other food tours in SF? 

If you take other food tours in Chinatown, you’re likely to pay $75-$90 per person upfront without any guarantee of the quality of the tour. My tours are oriented to visitors who want to experience local spots at local prices. At each food stop, you’ll pay only for what you order, and at the end, you can pay-as-you-wish for the tour based on what you thought it was worth! 


Additional Information 

  • Weather in SF can be unpredictable, so check the forecast and come prepared. 
  • We will be dining indoors at some of the food places, so we sadly cannot accommodate pets on this tour.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    342 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 9410...
    342 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
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    Outside Hotel Triton across from Dragon Gate

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    Outside visit
    Dragon Gate Chinatown SF

    Grand entry to Chinatown

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    Outside visit
    St Mary's Square

    Peaceful park with monuments

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    Outside visit
    Old Saint Mary's Cathedral

    Historic Gothic church

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    Outside visit
    Grant Avenue

    Souvenir shops and street art

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    Outside visit
    Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory

    Handmade fortune cookies

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    Outside visit
    Stockton Street

    Local shopping street with bakeries and produce markets

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    Outside visit
    Portsmouth Square

    Historic center of SF and a gathering place for locals

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Rania 12 May 2024

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Travelled in family - May 2024
Thank you David and your beautiful wife for this nice foodie and informative experience. We had a great time.
Nathan 11 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
David is a fun, smart, and engaging guide. I learned some interesting facts and enjoyed the food. Tour is about 3 hours long. The tea tasting was a highlight for me. Highly recommend!
Joaquim 10 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
It has been an amazing tour with really good historical references and tasty food
Jacquelyn 05 Mar 2024
San Francisco

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Travelled alone - Mar 2024
This was a great tour for locals or tourists. David was engaging, provided interesting facts, and chose some great spots for us to stop at. I will check out the places that David recommended when I'm in Chinatown again!
Ricardo 29 Jan 2024

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Travelled in family - Jan 2024
It was just my family, David showed know the local history, given us information that we would not discover by , it made the tour very intersting, even for our 9year son! The restaurants we have visited were delicious and for sure autentically chinese food (we ate like locals, with in my opinion is always better). Definitally it worthed.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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