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  • Little Saigon

    Little Saigon and Tendernob

    Little Saigon and the Tendernob are two Tenderloin neighborhoods that are home to large immigrant populations and some of the best food in the city. Join us as we take you on the only food tour of this district and explore the flavors of Asia, the Middle East, and beyond!
  • The Mission

    The Mission District

    San Francisco's 1st neighborhood, The Mission District is still the heart & soul of this vibrant city. This area is so rich in culture, that we have 4 Mission food tours & 2 neighborhood walks.
  • North Beach

    North Beach

    North Beach is that rare thing -- a neighborhood that manages to be a perennial hit with tourists, and also to remain beloved by San Franciscans. It's San Francisco's Little Italy and the home of the beatniks.
  • Scenic Running

    Scenic Running

    Just a short run from the urban landscape of San Francisco's busy city streets you will find numerous trails and parks offering phenomenal views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the City Skyline and other gems.
  • Chinatown


    Established in the 1840s, San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside Asia. Our food and walking tours are 2nd to none.
  • Parrots!


    Wild Parrots in San Francisco? Yes there are officially at least two flocks of wild Parrots here. These Parrots have evolved into a brand new species of parrot indigenous to San Francisco.

"Eat now, it's later than you think.", Chinese proverb.



We take you to places that you wouldn't be able to find on your own...

And once we're there, we'll translate
so you can experience it all as a local...

chinatown mural

The whole district smells delightfully of incense and green tea, and one feels as if they are in Asia, yet this walking food tour is of Chinatown in the heart of San Francisco. We are going to see the captivating sights and enjoy the culinary delights, of this exotic district, the oldest quarter of San Francisco, Chinatown. 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, your guide was born and raised in Chinatown and speaks Cantonese. 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.

Visitors to Chinatown expect something they won't find anywhere else. They expect to be stunned and enchanted and tempted with great food. And you will. Customers of Explore SF expect to see the city as locals. And you will. Guests on a Chinatown Food Tour expect to see and taste the familiar Chinese foods they kno so well and to sample and be delighted by the exotic and new flavors to be found in Chinatown. And you will . We will show you Chinatown as we would show our family and  friends. We will show you the Chinatown that tourists rarely see, the alleys and side streets of Chinatown, this is where the locals do ther daily business, leading their daily lives, which is afterall, the real Chinatown, and our final destination.
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Grant St in the 1920's & the same block now. Chop Suey, Egg Foo Young (both invented in SF), & fortune cookies (also invented in SF) are all the rage.

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 venture



  2. Exotic Food sampling along the entire route of this walking food tour

  3. Dim Sum

  4. Chinese Pastries

    Tea Ceremony

  5. Mooncakes

    Fortune Cookie Factory

    Shopping Opportunities

  6. Chinese Open Air Markets

  7. Back Alley and Side Streets Tour

  8. Temple Visits- If open

    Herbalist Shop- If open

  9. Historic and entertaining highlights narrated by knowledgable local guide, Dan Chew. Dan's tours have become legendary, and he has fans from all over the world. His neighborhood history is told from his personal point of view as a resident. His demeanor is friendly and welcoming. Taking a tour with Dan is like joining an old friend for sightseeing. Because he speaks Cantonese, doors will open to restaurants and bakeries that you would never have taken notice of before. Some have no signage denoting their existence, and if they do, they would be in Cantonese.

Explore Chinatown Food Tour

Explore the Real Chinatown Food Tour

  • What: Explore SF: Chinatown Food Tours

    When: Saturdays at 11:00

    Cost: $99.00

    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   

    Other Considerations

    Gratuity for your tour guide is customary, though not required.
    The industry A is 20%, and can be given to your guide in cash at the conclusion of your tour.
    We recommend making your reservation at least 7 days in advance to ensure availability. Ticket sales end 24 hours before each tour.
    Tours 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.
    24 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

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
Package Tours

Custom Tours, Private Tours, Corporate Events, & School Groups, are welcome anytime

Take a photo tour of some of our previous trips: Explore Chinatown Photo Tour


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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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