Lonely Planet Experiences: Mission Food and Street Art Tour

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Lonely Planet Experiences: Mission Food and Street Art Tour

From US$ 89 per person

The Mission might be San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood, but this district has turned into one of the trendiest parts of the city. Walk among the hippest locals in town on this food tour that combines artisanal eats with some of the most beautiful art.

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Limited to 12 participants
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Duration: 2.5 hours
Starting time 9:30 AM
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Savor artisan donuts, Mexican pastries, tasty pies, tacos, and other delicious Mission treats
  • Take in some of the Mission’s best street art on Balmy Avenue and Clarion Alley
  • Hear stories of how the Mission came to be and what makes this neighborhood so unique today
  • Wander through Dolores Park and finish your local tour at the famous Mission Dolores church
  • Get to know the uber-cool locals of the Mission
Full description
Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience. Your 2.5-hour Mission tour kicks off with coffee and donuts. The donuts are special ones, though, as they’re locally sourced, made from sustainable organic ingredients, and delicious! Choose from an eclectic selection that ranges from bacon maple apple, to chocolate rose, or even lemon and thyme. As you enjoy your first flavors of the Mission your local guide will provide an introduction to the district and its legendary food scene. You’ll stop at a local panaderia, a Mexican bakery that captures the Latino culture and charm that is found throughout the Mission. Choose from a selection of pan dulce, or Mexican sweet bread, made daily in the bakery. To wash that all down, you can also try an agua fresca, a blended fruit drink that is sure to refresh. Next you’ll head to Balmy Avenue to see the multitude of murals that line the street. The area’s artistic roots date back more than 30 years, as you’ll hear from your guide. The many themes depicted by the murals range from the plight of migrant workers from Latin America, to oppression in Nicaragua, and the gentrification of the Mission District. The tour continues in search of pie. Whether you’re interested in some strawberry rhubarb, or perhaps a roasted cauliflower and black olive quiche, you’re sure to find your slice of happiness in the local spot you’ll visit with your guide. Afterwards, you’ll hop on a bus for a short ride along Mission Street to one of the oldest and most beloved taquerias in the district. Sample a carne asada, al pastor, or another of this venue’s famous tacos. Clarion Alley is next on the itinerary, where you’ll find the second-largest collection of murals in the Mission. These are a bit more contemporary than Balmy Avenue, but the vibrant stories are still to be found here, as is plenty of colorful graffiti. Head to the center of the hipster scene for your last stop on the tour, and check out the Mission’s best thrift stores. Grab a final snack at one of the trendiest bakeries in San Francisco before finishing up at the Mission Dolores church.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Gourmet donut
  • Coffee
  • Mexican pastry
  • Agua fresca' (fruit drink)
  • Sweet or savory pie
  • Taco
  • Bus fare (USD 2.00)
  • Drinks
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide
COVID-19 Special information
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Dynamo Donuts, 2760 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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  • Casual clothing is appropriate for this tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 7 reviews

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    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
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We have taken other walking food tours while on vacation and this guided tour, San Francisco: Food and Street Art, was one of our favorite. We really enjoyed viewing the local street art and learning of the history of the mission district of the city. The walk was manageable and not strenuous and the food choices were nice. We especially enjoyed the street tacos. We would highly recommend our guide Anne Marie and would have no problem being a repeat customer.

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January 16, 2020

The tour itself was interesting and we particularly enjoyed the art and the neighborhood. While informed on the stops along the way, our tour guide lacked the real “insider” stories that you typically enjoy from a true local and we would have liked more history, including years, etc about the neighborhood, artists and art. As for the food, we expected two bakeries but only visited one. The tour was early in the morning and we stopped at a doughnut shop (yum!), tacos, then a chocolatier and ice cream all before 12. The sweets were overkill and we would have preferred more savory or authentic bakeries to the two fancy places at the end. Only one person on our tour bothered with the ice cream. Perhaps this tour is better scheduled in the afternoon. Overall a nice way to see the Mission but not an awesome guide and not a great value which is why we give only 3 stars.

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August 3, 2019

Fun way to see the Mission

Interesting tour of the mural art and shops in the Mission District. We had a great time! Guide was excellent. We learned about the background and history of the neighborhood and tried different tasty bites along the way.

June 20, 2019

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