Food Lover's Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area
The San Francisco Bay Area, widely recognized as a foodie haven, is home to some of the top culinary cities in the United States (and the world)—including the birthplace of California cuisine. Take your taste buds on a tour of the following areas and sample their incredibly fresh, diverse flavors.
From the dumplings of Chinatown to the Italian eateries of North Beach and the world-famous taquerias of the Mission District, there are plenty of global and local eats to be had in San Francisco. Quite simply, one of the best ways to explore and experience the city is through its food. Food tours often focus on a specific neighborhood, culture, or theme.
North of San Francisco lie the farms, vineyards, and creameries that bring the best local and artisanal products to California tables. A trip to the North Bay allows you to taste these top-notch bites, from cheese and produce to oysters and wine, at the source. An easy day trip from San Francisco, many tours will include transportation alongside tastings.
The East Bay city of Berkeley is home to much more than the famed university. Its district known affectionately as the Gourmet Ghetto is home not only to Alice Waters’ famous restaurant, Chez Panisse—credited as the birthplace of California cuisine—but several of the highest-quality food producers in the world. Tours offer a sampling of the area’s many specialties, with an emphasis on local, organic, and seasonal ingredients.