• Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 35.00 View price calendar

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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.

Highlights

  • 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!

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch

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.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Lyndee L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Did this tour in July and enjoyed it enough to finally do this review - in September! (Life happened.)ANYWAY, we enjoyed it very much and learned a lot. As a bonus, our guide had grown up in Chinatown which made our experience feel authentic. We would highly recommend this tour. (I'm speaking for 3 people: my husband, a 17 year old girl and of course, yours truly.)

George S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

We had so much fun and the lunch was fantastic! I would do this again!

Mary.nordlund

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

I have been to SF before but this time decided to do a walking tour. It was very informative and really, Linda Lee, our tour guide, made it so. Linda was full of facts and had a great sense of humor. There were about 16 people in our group and she made it fun and enjoyable for all. I would do it again. I did this tour with my adult daughter and she enjoyed it as well. I opted for the dim sum lunch tour. The food was wonderful.

Lionel K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Amazing experience. Definitely worth the time and money!

Lorenext

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

great!

Aleksandra K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Very nice tour of Chinatown.

Dillon R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Linda was awesome, a wealth of knowledge

Tod M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We had a great time on our tour. Alan was so knowledgeable and helpful. It was great to hear about his first hand experiences growing up in Chinatown. Also, I highly recommend the Dim Sum lunch!

Katie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Linda was knowledgeable, hilarious and an excellent guide, lending context to the history of Chinatown by adding in her own family experience. We had a small group of 6, and she did a great job tailoring the tour to the things that were of interest to us. Dim Sum was awesome too! A definite must!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We traveled to San Francisco with another couple for a quick get-away. We are all 65 ish and have been to China Town several times and thought this tour might be a new way to visit the area. Linda was raised in China Town so she was able to personalize a lot of the areas we visited. Our group was very small and she was quick to answer all our questions. She made the tour very interesting and has a wonderful personality and a great sense of humor. I would recommend this tour for anyone that is interested in learning about the history, architecture, pharmacy medicines, fresh foods in the markets and even a fortune cookie factory. Wouldn't hesitate to take this tour a second time.

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