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Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour

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Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

If you fancy yourself a foodie or culture enthusiast, don’t miss this walking tour of San Francisco’s Little Italy—the neighborhood of North Beach. Voted one of the 15 best foodie tours in the USA by U.S. News, join an insider guide and experience a slice of the top things to do in North Beach, such as tasting coffee and witnessing bread being freshly made. Soak up the lively atmosphere of one of the city’s most popular districts as you learn about its cafes and bakeries and see landmarks like Saints Peter and Paul Church.
  • Explore North Beach/Little Italy's Foods & History
  • Culinary history of San Francisco
  • Taste samples of fresh food at local bakeries and delis
  • Enjoy coffee drinks, teas, Italian sodas and more, while experiencing San Francisco’s coffee culture
  • Explore the Beat Generation Hangouts
  • Close to Public Transportation & Affordable Parking
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Professional guide
Focaccia sandwiches from Mario’s
Chocolate from Z Cioccolato
Cannoli from Stella Pastry
Deli delights at Molinari delicatessen
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
480 Columbus Ave , 480 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

We meet at the corner at of Columbus Avenue and Green Street at 480 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133 (the same corner as the Bank of the West). It is across the street from the Bank of America. Please arrive on time, we will not be able to accommodate late arrivals.

This activity will end right where it started.
Known as San Francisco’s ‘Little Italy,’ the neighborhood of North Beach is a feast for the senses, from the aroma of fresh bread to the taste of coffee to the sight of Saints Peter and Paul Church. Begin your walking tour by meeting your guide near Washington Square Park, a hub of activity where locals lounge on the grass or play Frisbee.

Stroll past cute shops, bustling Italian restaurants and family-run cafes, and stop to chat with business owners and enjoy samples of the neighborhood’s heavenly delights. Taste coffee, olive oil, specialty meats, bread and maybe even coveted truffles. Learn how some foods are made, watch bread being kneaded and see where coffee beans are roasted.

You’ll also hear about San Francisco’s rich culinary history during this half-day tour, which has won accolades as one of the city’s best tours from outlets like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and Lonely Planet.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Little Italy
North Beach awakens your senses, from the cafes and restaurants, to the smell of fresh-baked bread in the air. Discover quaint shops with crafts and ceramics from around the world. Delve into North Beach life as you join family bakers kneading love into every loaf of bread. Just when you think you have reached food heaven, you'll come across coffee shops which roast fresh coffee beans daily. And if that was not enough, you will uncover authentic Italian cathedrals where hundreds of couples have felt their heartstrings tug!
Pass By:  
Little Italy
And, as you taste everything from great coffee, truffles, breads, olive oil, specialty meats, and more, you'll learn how the food is made and what to look for back home. "Best Tour for 2011" - San Francisco Bay Guardian "Top 10 Walking Tours for Globetrotting Foodies - 2013" - Lonely Planet
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Same day reservations available
  • ATTENTION: Each Youth or Child registration requires an Adult registration
  • Proof of vaccination is required on all tours, in accordance with requirements from the City of San Francisco.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Local Tastes of the City Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I always go on walking food tours in a new city as it's a great way to get a feel for the city and it's food, as well as recommendations on where to eat the rest of my stay." See review
  • "A must do activity if you’re new to the area and want to know where the good eats are!" See review
  • "We loved the food tasting with delicious pizza at the end, well worth the money." See review

Reviews

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567 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Great time
Tabatha_S
, Nov 2021
We go to SF frequently but have never spent any time in North Beach. The food was fantastic, the church beautiful and a great guide!
star-3
Not for real foodies, but okay otherwise.
Jayne_R
, Nov 2021
This was an okay tour. The food was nothing special, and I didn't learn much from the guide. But it was nice to have someone show us some of San Francisco's food spots, instead of having to figure it out on our own.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for joining us. I apologize that the tour did not meet your expectations. We want all parts of the tour to be great, especially the food. As our other reviews indicate, most of our guests enjoy delicious food and generous portions at a number of food stops in North Beach\Little Italy, along with a great local guide. I apologize that we did not meet your expectations. Could you call me at 415-665-0480, email me at tmedin@sffoodtour, or message me through Viator? I‘d like to find out what parts of the tour and the food were not outstanding and ensure that all parts of the tour are great.
star-5
D-licious fun easy going tour!!
Udayan_A
, Nov 2021
Super excellent guide, Brian!! Energetic, knowledgeable, funny & accommodating. We got lucky! Also, delicious food & lots of it!
star-5
Thanks Cynthia!
rebecca_h
, Nov 2021
Cynthia was a great tour guide! I really enjoyed the places she stopped at and all the great information she shared! I also appreciated that she knew so many of the people from the North Beach neighborhood. Beware- with Cynthia you will be FULL.
star-5
Fun
s_p
, Nov 2021
Loved the tour. Yummy food. Tons of food. Great tour guide (Brian). A decent amount of walking. Will recommend and maybe even do it again!!
star-5
NB tour thumbs up
Sullivan_S
, Oct 2021
Brian was very knowledgeable and had great timing. The food was delicious and there was so much of it.
star-5
Fantastic tour & guide!
Kelly_W
, Oct 2021
Isabella was SO fantastic! She made the tour come to life! We cannot wait to take another! The food was incredible and we just loved the sites!
star-5
Must see. Don't eat ahead of time.
Kim_K
, Oct 2021
This was one of the best tours we have ever been on. Cynthia, our tour guide, was beyond knowledgeable about the area. Her little nuggets of history and familiarity with all of the local restaurant/store owners made the tour seem personalized for us. Highly recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Brian was entertaining...
William_K
, Oct 2021
Brian was entertaining and knowledgeable. The sample sizes were very generous. We were amazed at not only the number of samples but the variety. Definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Perfect for food lovers!
Ariana_L
, Oct 2021
Loved this tour our tour guide Brian was great. He was very informative, honest about the best places to eat and funny. We were very surprised about the amount of food we actually get, I would say skip breakfast because we made that mistake. But overall, fun and easy walk around little Italy trying some of the best pizza, cannoli, and coffee.

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