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San Francisco Neighborhood Guide

By Viator, November 2017

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Squeezed into a tight grid, San Francisco’s many beloved neighborhoods—each with its own charms and quirks—are its defining feature. Here’s what you need to know about top neighborhood attractions for food, history, shopping, culture, and nightlife.
 
North Beach
From the Financial District to Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach draws locals and visitors to its nightlife, Italian restaurants, shopping on Grant Street, and people watching in Washington Square. Main attractions include Coit Tower and Beat-era spots like City Lights bookstore, Vesuvio Cafe, and the Beat Museum. Book a food walking tour of North Beach to explore its many culinary delights.
 
Fisherman’s Wharf
Many visitors begin their San Francisco explorations at Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can catch a cable car to Union Square, look out at Alcatraz Island, enjoy a bowl of clam chowder, and watch the sea lions laze around the docks at Pier 39. Tourist venues such as Madame Tussauds and Ripley’s Believe It or Not can be found, as well as lesser-known gems such as Musée Mécanique. Many city tours start and end here, making it easy to see the neighborhood before or after sightseeing.
 
Chinatown
One of the biggest and oldest Chinatowns in North America, San Francisco’s Chinatown is a must-visit. Starting at the intersection of Bush Street and Grant Avenue, walk through the Dragon Gate and head north on Grant to take in the bustle of souvenir shops, produce markets, and restaurants. Chinatown bumps right into North Beach, so you can easily explore both. Nearly all city tours include a stop or drive through Chinatown.
 
The Mission
Just southwest of SOMA, the Mission District is San Francisco’s foodie central, home to everything from no-frills taquerias to some of the most sought-after restaurants in this restaurant-obsessed city. The nightlife scene also makes it a favorite with San Franciscans. To experience the best of the Mission, book a food or drinks walking tour, or check out Mission Dolores for a bit of history. The church is thought to be San Francisco’s oldest structure, dating back to 1776. On a sunny day, Mission Dolores Park is the place to be for people watching.
 
Haight-Ashbury
Perhaps the most iconic SF neighborhood due to its association with 1960s counterculture, hippies, and the Summer of Love, Haight-Ashbury is known for Victorian homes, bars, and proximity to Golden Gate Park. The main drag is Haight Street, which intersects Ashbury Street and is home to vintage clothing stores, head shops, and independent record store Amoeba Music. One of the most popular tours is the Magic Bus, which features window projections that take you back to a ‘60s version of the Haight.

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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch, San Francisco, null
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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 247 Reviews

Uncover the secrets of San Francisco's Chinatown district on this fascinating walking tour. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, buzzing atmosphere and rich ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour, San Francisco, Walking Tours
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Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 188 Reviews

Definitely one for the food lovers, the Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour is a glimpse into the blend of culture and cuisine of San Francisco. Stroll ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
The Castro: Historical Walking Tour of San Francisco's Gay & Lesbian District, San Francisco, Food ... 
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The Castro: Historical Walking Tour of San Francisco's Gay & Lesbian District

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 91 Reviews

Explore the historical, diverse and colorful sites of San Francisco's internationally renowned LGBTQ neighborhood, the Castro. Walk thru the many ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00
Chinatown and North Beach Night Walking Tour, San Francisco, Walking Tours
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Chinatown and North Beach Night Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

Spend an evening exploring two of San Francisco's vibrant areas for food and nightlife on a walking tour through Chinatown and North Beach. On their own, they ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
San Francisco Chinatown Ghost Walking Tour, San Francisco, Food Tours
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San Francisco Chinatown Ghost Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 60 Reviews

Are you fascinated by ghosts? Join this evening walking tour and let the local guides bring to life the tales of San Francisco Chinatown's supernatural past ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $48.00
Chinatown Tour and Optional Hosted Dim Sum Tasting Luncheon, San Francisco, Ghost & Vampire Tours
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Chinatown Tour and Optional Hosted Dim Sum Tasting Luncheon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

One of San Francisco's most popular destinations for visitors is our Chinatown. Offered by a long established tour operator with talented, Chinatown native ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Mission District Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour, San Francisco, Cultural Tours
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Mission District Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour

On the three hour Mission District Food Walking Tour, you will taste delectable foods from 5 uniquely different restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, ethnic eateries ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San Francisco, San Francisco, Food Tours
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Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San Francisco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Combine wonderful scenery with local food culture on this bike tour through San Francisco. Enjoy a fun, leisurely bike ride through San Francisco’s diverse, ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Nob Hill Walking Tour in San Francisco with Optional Lunch, San Francisco, Beer & Brewery Tours
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Nob Hill Walking Tour in San Francisco with Optional Lunch

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For more than a century, San Francisco’s Nob Hill has been associated with the upper crust, the ‘beau monde.’ Take a guided walking tour to admire the ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00
The Summer of Love Magic Bus Experience, San Francisco, Walking Tours
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The Summer of Love Magic Bus Experience

On this fun-filled historical city tour, hop aboard the Magic Bus that will transport you to 1960s San Francisco. Become a part of the Beatnik generation, see ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00

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