Stroll the narrow streets and back alleys of San Francisco's Chinatown on this walking tour with a small group. Stop by shops selling authentic Chinese crafts and pottery, as well as hard-to-find herbs and produce. A variety of tastings add up to a full lunch, including tea, fortune cookies, dim sum, and other treats. Listen to guided commentary and ask plenty of questions as you explore.
Walking tour lets you get to know Chinatown intimately
Guide takes you off the beaten path
Traditional Chinese lunch included
Small group of just 15 people or fewer
Meeting And Pickup
400 Grant Ave
400 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
At the corner of Bush and Grant Streets, in front of the Chinatown (Dragon) Gate.
650 Jackson St
650 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
What To Expect
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
ATTENTION: Each Youth or Child registration requires an Adult registration
Proof of vaccination is required on all tours. Masks may be required in some stops.
Most travelers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Fun and informative!
Samuel_G, Mar 2023
Isabella was a fantastic, friendly and personable tour guide. She is extremely knowledgeable about Chinatown and was very entertaining. The food was excellent! Highly recommended!
Great way to spend a Sunday - even in the rain
Anuj_N, Mar 2023
I would wholeheartedly recommend our tour guide Brian and the whole experience. It was a rainy Sunday morning but the rain took nothing away from our enjoyment. We were a group of 5 - and one was in a wheelchair. Brian accommodated us easily. He is funny and incredibly informative. I live in SF and still learned a lot - from the proper chopsticks etiquette to where the first public school in the US is located and what those barbary coast tiles in the pavement really mean.
Good for teens, and adults
Jennifer_B, Feb 2023
Fun and informative tour. Isabella had great stories to bring Chinatown to life. She hit all the high spots. She also kept the teenagers on our trip interested.
Culinary and cultural experience
Heidi_K, Feb 2023
We loved hearing the history and being able to meet local shop owners. The food was fabulous and we met people in our group from all over the world.
Yes, YES... learn about and enjoy the culture and history of Chinatown with SFfood
CHARLES_W, Feb 2023
What a great, tasty way to learn about and enjoy the culture and history of Chinatown. Our tour guide, Brian, was enlightening and entertaining. Lots of good food and tea.
Wonderful Overview of Food, Culture and History
Joseph_I, Jan 2023
Educational and entertaining tour that focuses on food, culture and history. Our tour ran 3 1/2 hours and time literally flew by. The stops at little shops and sit downs at several restaurants made the tour relaxing. Brian, the tour leader, was outstanding! Highly recommend.
The tour guide was very...
America_D, Dec 2022
The tour guide was very knowledgeavle and the food was delicious. Not to much walking. Got to see Chinatown at night.
The food was good. The...
Neil_M, Dec 2022
The food was good. The tour stops were interesting including some stops of cultural interest. The tour included some interesting shops and the tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.
Alison_C, Dec 2022
The food and history were awesome. I enjoyed our tour guide though at times he was a bit too chatty and we got behind schedule.
Fun in china town
Lavonda_A, Dec 2022
This was one of the best food tours. Our guide Cynthia was funny and shared a lot of interesting stories about china town. The food was excellent. I would do this tour again.
Fund and food in Chinatown.
Rita_S, Nov 2022
We enjoyed learning about tea and its properties to assist our health. May gave a great and humorous demonstration of making tea and providing us with several different varieties. We enjoy the oldest dim som restaurant and enjoyed the samples. We all chose a bakery treat at a Chinese bakery. Later, the meal that we enjoyed at another restaurant was very nice and has been enjoyed by many famous guests. Our tour guide provided us with a very intesting tour in various spots of Chinatown. She made our visit exceptional.
Fantastic tour! Highly recommended.
Matthew_S, Nov 2022
Our tour guide Lauren was awesome. What an amazing way to see Chinatown and learn about the food and culture. Highly recommended.
Excellent food and fantastic guide!
Cronan_J, Oct 2022
We had an absolutely fantastic 3-hour Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour with a local guide, Brian, so we heard fascinating history, learned Chinese food and table customs, visited so many places that we lost count, and sampled some foods that we never would have known about let alone tried on our own.
Unlike most food tours where you walk a lot and get some small samples from some vendors, this tour included actual meals at two restaurants and ended with an entertaining (and delicious) sampling of teas. The walk is relatively flat and there is lots to eat and see. Well done!
I highly recommend this small-group tour (10 people) and would will do it again when I return. Ask for Brian at Local Tastes of the City Tours. And bring an appetite!
Ann_D, Sep 2022
Brian had great stories and was a pleasure to spend the time getting to know the area.
The tea shop experience at the end was an excellent end to the tour
LSheryl_G, Sep 2022
Brian was fun and knowledgeable, food was delicious! It was interesting to learn a bit more about Chinatown and experience the culture through food. The tea tasting was a great experience on its own. 10/10 recommendation for the tea tasting if you can’t do anything else in Chinatown.
OVER THE MOONcake!!!
cynthia_c, Sep 2022
We had an enjoyable day with Brian .. made us all feel comfortable . He was funny, full of knowledge , and fed us with the best food !!!
Great tour with great food!
Luke_V, Aug 2022
This was a great your with a lot of history and delicious food! It lasted 4 hours or so and the last stop.at the tea shop will be a memory helded for quite some time!
Great tour guide and fun experience m
Lynn_S, Aug 2022
Awesome tour guide and such a fun atmosphere. Loved the fortune cookie factory and tea tasting with Kenny. Guide was knowledgeable, entertaining, and punctual!
Interesting, fun and delicious!
Sara_C, Aug 2022
Brian was an excellent guide. We have walked through Chinatown many times on our own, but having a knowledgeable guide to share the history and show us the hidden treasures made all the difference! The food was delicious and the experience fantastic!
A fun way to experience Chinatown
Nancy_K, Aug 2022
I would recommend this tour as a very good way to explore Chinatown. Our guide Brian was very knowledgeable about this unique neighborhood of San Francisco. He explained the history of Chinatown and took us to a variety of places to get a good flavor of the area, including a Catholic church that survived the San Francisco earthquake, a kite shop and a kitchen goods supply store. The owner at the kitchen goods store said if you aren't cooking with a wok, you aren't cooking! Along the way, we sampled pork and onion buns, a moon cake and chocolate.
We also drank many different kinds of tea at a store run by a very colorful 92 year-old man who said he has drunk tea all his life. This made one of our sons decide to start drinking more tea.
We especially enjoyed the tea tasting experience and the two restaurants we visited where we sampled pot stickers, roast duck, Chinese vegetables, Chinese-style green beans and chow mein noodles. Come hungry because you will get plenty of food to eat and tea to drink.