Enter the gates of Chinatown and you enter a parallel world. Popularly known as a “city-within-a-city”, the district lives up to it’s nickname. Chinatown has developed independently on its own terms and now boasts its own government, foods, festivals, traditions, over 300 restaurants, and as many shops. Visitors can easily become immersed in a microcosmic Asian world, filled with herbal shops,temples, open-air markets, pagoda style roofs and dragon parades. The scent of green tea and incense hangs in the salty ocean air. Red and gold lanterns flutter in the breezes that blow off the bay and in the afternoon they cast an other-worldly glow in the fog. Alleys with signs written in Chinese house apartment buildings and businesses alive with activity. The residents tend to their daily lives in a language that is foreign to you, and although you can peek into schools, temples, and hospitals, visit shops and tea houses, the truth is that English is not the language most residents speak, Cantonese is how one communicates here. Suddenly it hits you that you are the foreigner, an observer in a distant city, submersed in a culture that is thousands of years old, and steeped in tradition.
We are going to see the captivating sights and enjoy the culinary delights, of this exotic district, one of the oldest quarters of San Francisco. We are going into places where if you weren't born and raised in Chinatown, you'd never know they were there, no English is spoken by the staff, and English isn't spoken by the patrons. Luckily, you will be in good hands with us. So you can relax and not worry about ordering, just enjoy and take it all in. Come, explore Chinatown with us, on our Explore the Real Chinatown Food Tour, the very best and most authentic food tour of Chinatown.
Exotic food sampling along the entire route of this walking food tour
Here is a Sampling of our Tastings:
San Francisco Shrimp and Chive Dumplings
Pan Fried Dumplings
Xiao Long Bao
Chinese Bakery Moon Cakes
Chinese Bakery Egg Custard Tarts
The best Won-Ton Soup
Assorted Traditional Dim Sum
The best Chicken Wings
Salt and Pepper Dungeness Crab (in season)
Clay Pot Sizzling Rice Soup
Chinese Mai Tai
Shopping Opportunities for you to Enjoy:
Chinese Open Air Markets
The Wok Store
Fortune Cookie Factory
Chinese Cuisine Invented in San Francisco:
Egg Foo Yung
Moo Goo Gai Pan
Shrimp in Lobster Sauce
Salt and Pepper Dungeness Crab
Kung Pao Pastrami
Fortune Cookies-From Golden Gate Park- Japanese Tea Garden, 1915
In Between Courses and Shopping, The Tour May Also Visit:
Back Alleys and Side Streets
Buddhist Temples- If open
Herbalist Shops- If open
Open Air Markets
Chinese Cultural Society or Chinese Historical Society, depending on time
Portsmouth Square, St Mary's Square, St. Mary's Church
A Haunted Theatre
Jack Kerouac Alley
Historic and entertaining experiences narrated by knowledgeable local guides.
Explore authentic foods which showcase the best of Chinese cuisine in the San Francisco tradition.
No culture can claim a deeper passion or dedication to their own culinary tradition than the Chinese.
The Chinese diaspora has given the world one of it's greatest national treasures, it's cooking.
This tour embraces this love of life and eating as a way to celebrate it.
"Eat now, it's later than you think.", Chinese proverb.
Explore the Real Chinatown Food Tour
What: Explore SF: Chinatown Food Tours
When: Saturdays at 11:00
Where: Easy meet up location emailed after reservation is made
Who: Explore San Francisco
How: Book Online Now!
Or call: 415.504.3636 Ext 102
Gratuity for your tour guide is customary, though not required.
The industry average is 20%, and can be given to your guide in cash at the conclusion of your tour.
PURCHASE TICKETSWe recommend making your reservation at least 7 days in advance to ensure availability. Ticket sales end 24 hours before each tour.
MINIMUM NUMBER OF GUESTS REQUIREDTours require a minimum of 4 guests to run. If your scheduled tour does not reach this minimum number of guests then we will attempt to find another date that suits your schedule.
CANCELLATIONS DUE TO LOW TICKET SALES24 hours before the tour, sales will end. At that point a final decision will be made by the tour guide whether or not to conduct the tour
Because of agreements with many of our tour partners, we must cancel tours with less than 4 guests in attendance. Please check your email.
Chinatown Walking Tour
Take a photo tour of some of our previous trips: Explore Chinatown
San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the
largest Chinese community outside Asia. Explore San Francisco shows you
the real Chinatown, the Chinatown where the locals live and tourists seldom
We have daytime walking tours, historic tours, food tours, tours of Chinatown
with North Beach or North Beach and Chinatown at night.
Links to Explore San Francisco Chinatown Tours:
Chinatown Walking Tour
The best walking tour of Chinatown
The Real Chinatown Food Tour
Rediscover the Golden Age of Chinatown
North Beach and Chinatown Culinary Tour
Different sides of the street, yet worlds apart
North Beach and Chinatown at Night
Everything changes when the sun goes down
Alcatraz & Chinatown
Take a photo tour of some of our previous trips: Explore Chinatown Photo Tour
We also offer these related tours:
Polk Street Food | Downtown Cocktails | North Beach Walk |
North Beach Food | North Beach & Chinatown
Alcatraz Package Tours | Chinatown Food | Chinatown Walk |
Mission Food | Mission Walk | Mission Food & Drink
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