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Old Saint Mary's Cathedral

Built in the heart of Chinatown, the historical landmark has served as a safe and holy place since the beginning of the Gold Rush.

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Painted Ladies
These colourful Victorian homes are an icon of the city.
Chinatown
One of the largest Chinese communities outside Asia gives rise to San Fran's thriving Chinatown.
Ghirardelli Chocolate
Started by an Italian confectioner in San Francisco during the gold rush, Ghirardelli chocolate is a San Francisco institution and a must for all travelers.
Eastern Bakery
The Eastern Bakery is the oldest Chinese bakery in the City and is famous for traditional sweets served to go and shipped nationwide.
Open Air Product Markets
Stroll through the colorful produce and import goods market of Stockton street to experience bustling Chinatown.
Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
Sample some fresh fortune cookies, learn about their history, and take some home with you, directly from this landmark factory.

Related Tours

Private Walking Food Tour of Chinatown and North Beach
Explore two of San Francisco’s beloved neighborhoods with a foodie extravaganza tour. With an eclectic array of food from Chinatown and Little Italy, be sure to arrive hungry for this experience. On your private food tour, you will: 

  • Learn about the histories and the food cultures around two of the city's well-known neighborhoods. 
  • Walk under the Dragon's Gate and enter San Francisco's world-famous Chinatown. 
  • Visit a fortune cookie making factory, where you will not only get to try these pastries when fresh but also learn the history of the factory and its' local influence. 
  • Stop at a Catholic Cathedral, which has been continuously active since the California Gold Rush. 
  • Enjoy a seated tasting in Little Italy, indulging in the best place for calzones and pizzas. 
  • Comb Stockton Street and North Beach's wealth of street markets, bakeries, restaurants and sidewalk cafes. 
  • Finish off with Italian dessert - tasting a cannoli or having an espresso to lift the inevitable food coma from the preceding four hours.
San Francisco's international influences are so diverse that locals are constantly discovering foodie spots that have existed for decades. Don’t miss the chance to try fresh-baked fortune cookies - before they're wrapped in the crinkly plastic and served to you at restaurants. On your private tour your guide will not only take you to the  best places to try new desserts and espresso,  but also equip you with their insider's knowledge, so you can continue exploring  the city's diverse food scene long after your tour has ended.   Your tour ends in Washington Square Park, where you can continue on with your day, or take time to digest your food extravaganza by lounging in the grass amongst the locals who congregate in the area every day. 
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