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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:2 - 3 hours (depending on if lunch is selected)

San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour

Dive deep into one of San Francisco’s most historical neighborhoods on this Chinatown walking tour. From paper lanterns to medicinal herbs to a fortune cookie factory, you’ll explore both popular and lesser-known gems in this bustling district with an in-the-know guide. See sights including a Buddhist temple, and upgrade, if you wish, to include a 10-course lunch of dim sum for an even more memorable experience. 


  • Walking tour of San Francisco's Chinatown
  • Tour popular sights and off-the-beaten-path spots that only locals know about
  • See the buzzing food markets along Stockton Street and explore Waverly Place
  • Pop into an herbal pharmacy and an authentic Buddhist temple
  • Sample fortune cookies at the factory where they are made
  • Learn about Chinatown's fascinating history and culture from your expert insider guide
  • Upgrade includes a mouthwatering 10-course dim sum lunch!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Chinatown is such a historic and bustling area of San Francisco that it's best seen with an insider -- and the guide on this tour is fantastic! Finish your walk around the neighborhood with an optional dim sum lunch or continue wandering the colorful streets on your own.

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour

San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour

Explore San Francisco’s Chinatown and discover a few hidden highlights on this 2-hour walking tour that includes an upgrade option for a 10-course Chinese dim sum lunch (an additional hour).

Your tour starts at Old St Mary’s Cathedral, where you’ll meet your informative guide. As you wander this colorful, lively neighborhood, listen to commentary from your guide about Chinatown’s history, culture and present-day authenticity. Take note of Chinese decorations that line the streets, pass by buildings designed like pagodas, and visit an herbal pharmacy, where you’ll hear about medicinal uses of items such as ginseng root, pearl pills and gecko lizards.

Follow your guide along Stockton Street, which bustles with markets selling seafood and some of San Francisco’ most exotic ingredients, and learn a bit about Chinatown's religious influence at a Buddhist temple that’s home to gold antiques and urns filled with incense.  Pass by a Chinese-language school, and stop at Waverly Place, an intriguing 2-block alley lined with temples and secret clubs.

Next up, head to fortune cookie factory, where you can observe how the treats are made and enjoy a sample. Your walking tour ends near your starting point, from where can continue exploring on your own; perhaps visit the local shops or have lunch at a restaurant recommended by your guide.

If you upgrade when booking to the 10-course luncheon, you’ll sit down to delicious dim sum at a favorite Chinatown restaurant. See below for a sample menu. 


Dim sum sample menu (if option selected; subject to change):

Savory pieces
Pork and shrimp dumpling
Pork and shrimp pot sticker
Steamed Shanghai pork dumpling
Steamed chicken and cilantro dumpling
Steamed barbecued pork bun
Vegetable egg roll
Vegetarian fried rice
Chicken chow mein

Sesame ball filled with sweet bean paste

Specialty teas
Jasmine and chrysanthemum

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We loved it. Linda Lee was an excellent guide, funny and informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Linda Lee was an excellent guide. She provided a lot of information to help understand Chinatown and it's place in San Francisco, all spiked with a great sense of humor. Our 13 and 16 year olds loved the tour, and they are hard to impress.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great food

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour! Fun and informative

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Linda was absolutely terrific. She is a native of the area so offered excellent insight. I would've felt so out of place and lost had I tried to visit Chinatown on my own. We went back the next day and were able to find what we wanted! You'd be crazy to not use Linda.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Learned so much about SF's Chinatown history and visited places that I definitely would have missed had I just been on my own. Linda's own personal history in Chinatown was an added bonus and made it even more real!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a tour of a lifetime. Linda, our guide, was just wonderful. She knew first hand all about Chinatown, and gave one of the most interesting and enjoyable tours we have ever been on. We would recommend this tour to anyone. And don't miss the great meal at the restaurant afterwards. It was great too, and Linda helped us to know what each of the foods were, and their origin. What a great morning!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Really great tour, the tour guide was very funny and happy to answer questions and make really good recommendations about what to do after the tour. Would fully recommend going for the Dim Sum lunch after the tour as it was delicious.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This is one of the best activities we did on our trip. Well worth your time and money. Linda is amazing. She makes in interesting, informative and fun. She is warm, personable and witty. Stay on for lunch. The food is excellent. Thank you Linda!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Linda was informative and entertaining. My kids loved this tour!

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