North Beach, San Francisco
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North Beach and Little Italy Food Tour

1. North Beach and Little Italy Food Tour

Take a behind the scenes food tour of North Beach and Little Italy. Enjoy tasting great local foods, see how these culinary delights are made and meet the local artisans who make them on your guided walking tour. North Beach and Little Italy will awaken your senses. From the cafés and restaurants, to the smell of fresh-baked bread in the air. Just when you think you can't feel any more romantic you will discover quaint shops filled with incredible crafts and ceramics that will fill you with awe. Explore the life of North Beach, as we join family bakers kneading love into every loaf of bread. And just when you think that you can't be any closer to food heaven, we visit real coffee shops that fresh roast the coffee beans daily. And if that was not enough, we uncover authentic Italian cathedrals where hundreds of couples have felt their heartstrings tug. As you taste everything from cappuccinos, chocolates, breads, pastries, olive oils, specialty meats, and more, your senses and your taste buds will come alive. Every time we find another artisan crafting food handed down through generations or weaving life into handmade crafts, you'll know that you've experienced one of the places that makes San Francisco a series of ever expanding adventures. All food and drinks are included on this tour that was voted "Best City Tour" two years in a row on Citysearch. Tasting portions guarantee that you will not walk away hungry on this leisurely walking tour that strolls 7-8 flat blocks.

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San Francisco: 2.5-Hour Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour

2. San Francisco: 2.5-Hour Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour

Explore San Francisco’s historic waterfront from the back of a self-balancing, eco-friendly Segway on this 2.5-hour tour, including a 45-50 minute training session on how to safely operate your vehicle. Your fully narrated route features spectacular views of San Francisco Bay, including Fish Alley, Fisherman's Chapel, the World War II Liberty Ship, and Submarine Pampanito. Go behind the scenes to see where the fishing industry, fleet and seafood processing are located, and catch the scent of the Dungeness crab stands in Fisherman's Wharf. Time permitting, you can take a loop through North Beach and San Francisco's Little Italy. On alternate days, a different route is taken, traveling from the Wharf area towards the Golden Gate Bridge. This loop glides through the Marina District, past the yacht harbors, and along Marina Green to the Palace of Fine Arts. Note: Please bring an extra layer of warm, resistant clothing. Rain ponchos, knit gloves and warm jackets are available for guest use. Please leave bulky backpacks at home.

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San Francisco: North Beach Food and History Walking Tour

3. San Francisco: North Beach Food and History Walking Tour

Begin your San Francisco North Beach food and history walking tour at the Columbus Tower (Sentinel Building), home to Francis Ford Coppola's and George Lucas' Zoetrope Film Studio. Meet your tour guide just right outside of Zoetrope Café. Learn about the historical and current events that helped shape San Francisco's North Beach District. Experience the exquisite murals executed by the Italian fin-de-siècle painter and illustrator Luigi Brusatori at the Saint Francis of Assisi Church. Walk along Columbus Avenue and pass all the restaurants and cafes. Arrive at Stella Pastry where you will be treated to a delicious house-made biscotti or cookie of the day with coffee or espresso. Walk to Washington Square for further exploration of San Francisco's Little Italy. Your guide will take a moment to go over the pizza options and beverage choices for the next food portion of the tour. In addition, hear stories about the Saints Peter and Paul Church. After, head towards City Lights Book Publishing Company and Jack Kerouac Alley. Admire the murals that adorn the walls of this one block alleyway that connects the tail end of Chinatown with North Beach. Before the end of the tour, spend time at one of the numerous watering holes in the area for a beer or cocktail. Take time to savor your drink while your guide summarizes the days' activities and answer any questions you may have.

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San Francisco: Private Morning or Afternoon City Tour

4. San Francisco: Private Morning or Afternoon City Tour

Experience San Francisco like never before and embark on a half-day, private city tour with you and your group. You will be picked up by your local guide in a comfortable passenger van either in the morning or afternoon depending on the option selected. From there, explore San Francisco that is unique to your group’s requests and preferences. See why San Francisco is a top destination and learn from your tour guide the city’s unique history as well as its quirky neighborhoods. Be amazed by the wondrous Golden Gate Bridge and discover the history of San Francisco’s most vibrant neighborhoods such as Union Square, North Beach, Chinatown, and Haight-Ashbury. Gaze at the opulent Palace of Fine Arts or enjoy stunning views of the city skyline from Twin Peaks. Visit the famous Painted Ladies or enjoy the scenic beauty of Golden Gate Park. The possibilities are endless. If you prefer seeing more off the beaten path locations such as undiscovered hilltops and staircases that offer unbeatable views, your friendly tour guide will be happy to take you there. The tour is customizable to suit your group’s preferences. After your tour, feel at ease knowing you will get dropped off at your San Francisco accommodation or another location if your group prefers.

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What people are saying about North Beach, San Francisco

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 40 reviews

Great tour of Little Italy, with lots of history about the area, knowledge about the best restaurants, cafes, and delis in the area, and lots of food.

I was soo full by the end of this tour! I had Brian who was very knowledgeable and very helpful! Highly recommend taking this delicious adventure!

Isabella knows a lot about this old town Andis familiar with the Italian delicacies at the best restaurants

Lauren was very relaxed and gave us lots of interesting facts and good food

Food, food, glorious food. Interesting local insights. Good value.