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


  • 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.


Customer Reviews

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.

Hiram C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The tour guide was amazing, lots of historic buildings, visited fortune cookie factory, Buddha temple, farmers market, herbal store and lots of food

gerard H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour of Chinatown with Linda Lee was incredible. She has first hand knowledge of the history of the Chinese in California and how they lived, worked, progressed. It was like going back in time. It certainly gave me insight into a community where everyone shared living space, work loads, child and elder care. The lunch we enjoyed was truly a Chinese food feast with multiple entrees to sample. The only part that was a little difficult is the hills since we are seniors and live in the low country, of Charleston....it was worth the effort and we were treated with respect and patience


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Linda Lee was an excellent guide. She was informative , knowledge , witty and spent just the right amount of time at each stop along the way.

Alison O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Believe what you read about Linda Lee! She’s funny, knowledgeable, and warm. Was part of a relatively small group. Awesome tour and guide!

Sue-Ellen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Dave our guide was amazing, full of 'not in a text book' information and tips

Rosalyn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Fabulous tour! Worth every penny. Linda Lee was an expert on the area, had done her homework to educate us, and it was just such a fun walking tour. I recommend it highly.

Elizabeth T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Highly recommend this tour. Our guide Regina was born and raised in Chinatown and she definitely knows the history and the places to go. Although roaming around Chinatown might sound like fun - take the tour you won't regret it and then do some roaming. We elected to have the optional lunch and it was truly amazing. We were served 4-5 dim sum with plenty for everyone. Then, we had more food served such as chicken, green beans with tofu, fried rice... and two types of hot tea. Soft drinks are included. Beer / wine / other is optional and extra cost.

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