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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

Departure Point

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.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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
Stop At:  
North Beach
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!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
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
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Proof of vaccination or wearing masks are required on all tours, in accordance with CDC guidelines and requirements from the State of California and the City of San Francisco.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Local Tastes of the City Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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Reviews

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536 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Noshing North Beach!
Lynn_B
, Sep 2021
Brian, our guide lives in the neighborhood and was very knowledgeable about the area and all the best places. He was very personable and we enjoyed the delicious food and all the history.
star-5
Fun & Filling!
Donna_H
, Sep 2021
Brian did awesome! Portions were great & everything we had was so yummy. 11/10 recommend! You won’t leave hungry that’s for sure!
star-4
Worth doing, but could be better
Rebecca_M
, Aug 2021
We enjoyed the experience, but would have liked more history than what was given, as opposed to whimsical gossip type info. No mention of the The Beat bookstore, Italian heritage, etc. Also, while most of the food was good (loved the first deli sandwich, the fudge and the rice balls), the pizza and cannoli at the end were not very good. And rather than two sandwiches, would have loved to have a pasta of some type. We also asked for dinner recommendations, and there were none given which was disappointing.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you for joining us. While we’re glad that you enjoyed the tour, I apologize that all parts of the tour were not up to our usual standards, as our other reviews will attest to. We a small, local, family-owned company. When someone joins us on our tours, we want all parts of the tour to be great, especially the food and history. Could you call me at 415-665-0480, email me at tmedin@sffoodtour, or message me through Viator? I‘d like to find more about what occurred and ensure that all of our future guests have an incredible experience.
star-5
Good food
Joani_B
, Aug 2021
The food was great. It was fun to try small bites from several locations. The walk was easy. A bit more history about the restaurants would add interest but overall a really good tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great day!
April_V
, Aug 2021
Great food and Brian was friendly, personable and knew all the cool things about the neighborhoods we visited!
star-4
Fun
Cecilia_G
, Aug 2021
We have difficulty finding the address that you provided it. Other than that Bryan was extremely fun and friendly.
star-5
Above and beyond what we expected!
Tori_W
, Aug 2021
Our family of five, kids ranging from 10 to 16, loved every minute of this tour. The food was abundant and delicious and the history was so interesting. This was our favorite food experience while in San Francisco. Isabelle was so knowledgeable of the area and made sure we were fully informed about the area and that we didn’t leave with empty bellies! Our favorite part of our San Francisco trip!❤️❤️
star-5
Had so much fun!
Rotem
, Aug 2021
We had so much fun at this tour! We also ate so much food and really felt like we got our full moneys worth.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour and food tour! Recommend!!
Lynette
, Aug 2021
Brian was a Fantastic tour guide! He knows the area better than anyone we’ve met during our week here! My daughter and I had a wonderful time. Thank you for the history and food tour. Your comedic flair really made our day.
star-5
Enjoyed the tour and bonus food
Kathleen_M
, Jul 2021
We were expecting more of a history walking tour but were pleased to find out we got awesome Italian food samples along the way. Bryan did a good job sharing stories of North Beach and making us feel as we were locals.

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