San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch
  • San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch

    Discover San Francisco's Chinatown district on this fascinating walking tour. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, buzzing atmosphere and rich heritage and culture of this storied neighborhood as your insider guide takes you to popular and off-the-beaten path locations, including an authentic Buddhist temple, an herbal pharmacy and Waverly Place, an unassuming 2-block-long alley full of private clubs. Stroll through the street food markets, sample fortune cookies at the factory where they're made, and upgrade to include a 9-course dim sum lunch. You'll leave with a whole new appreciation for this historic and culturally authentic neighborhood.

    This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: All About Chinatown Tours, 660 California St Old St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco, CA 94108-2501

    Meet at Old St. Mary's Cathedral to begin your walking tour of Chinatown's most popular sights and hidden locales. Your guide will highlight the history and culture of Chinatown, explaining how the remarkable authenticity of ancient Chinese culture has been preserved and celebrated in becoming a must-visit San Francisco attraction.

    As you navigate a historic maze of mysterious sights, have your camera out as you admire eye-popping Chinese decorations adorning the streets. Pass pagoda-style buildings and hear about their significance, and step inside an herbal pharmacy to learn about the uses of ginseng root for longevity, pearl pills for beautiful skin and gecko lizards for energy.

    Stroll down Stockton Street past busy markets selling some of the freshest and most exotic foods in the Bay Area. Gain an understanding of Chinatown's religious culture as you visit an authentic Buddhist temple, where you'll see dazzling altars adorned with red lanterns, gold antiques and incense-filled bronze urns. You'll also see a Chinese language school to find out how local Chinese families keep alive language and cultural traditions for their children.

    At your next stop, Waverly Place, your guide will give you the inside scoop on Chinatown's most interesting alley full of temples, private clubs and secret societies. This 2-block-long street may seem unassuming at first glance, but you may be surprised at what you learn.

    If the intoxicating sights, sounds and smells aren't enough, get ready for a great taste of Chinatown. Visit a fortune cookie factory to sample these 'wise' cookies and watch how they're made. Upgrade to include a hosted 10-course dim sum luncheon at one of Chinatown's most popular restaurants!

    Ending back near your original starting point, you'll leave with a list of recommended stores and restaurants in Chinatown, so you can continue exploring Chinatown like a real insider.


    Dim sum sample menu (if option selected; subject to change):

    Pork and shrimp dumpling

    Pork and shrimp pot sticker

    Steamed Shanghai pork dumpling

    Steamed chicken and cilantro dumpling

    Steamed barbecued pork bun

    Vegetable egg roll

    Vegetarian fried rice

    Chicken chow mein

    Platter of green beans, mushrooms, and tofu


    Sesame ball filled with sweet bean paste

    Two specialty teas: jasmine and chrysanthemum/oolong blend

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Chinatown, Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108

    This electric neighborhood of 10,000 people is not to be missed, and it's not hard to find: listen for the clack of mahjong tiles and nose out the salty spicy squid.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Portsmouth Square, 50 Walter U Lum Pl b/t Clay St & Washington St in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA 94108

    Chinatown’s outdoor living room and the birthplace of San Francisco’s first American flag, first public school, and first cable car line.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA

    Stroll among the freshest and most exotic foods in the Bay Area at the Stockton Street Food Markets.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Golden Gate Fortune Cookies Co, 56 Ross Aly, San Francisco, CA 94108-1204

    We’ll sample these “wise crackers” and watch how it’s done.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability"
    "Tours operate rain or shine; please dress appropriately"
    "If you have dietary restrictions, the restaurant can make substitutions upon your request"
    "This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers"

    • Hora de Inicio10:00 AM
    • Lugar de comienzo: Old St Mary's Cathedral, 660 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA

    • Duración: 2 hours
    • Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Incluye

    • Professional guide
    • Fortune cookie tasting
    • Insider's list to Chinatown's best shops and restaurants
    • Dim sum luncheon (if option selected)

    No Incluye

    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 10/10

    Recomendación de los pasajeros 100%
    Rating basado en 260 Críticas verificadas

    Nuestros clientes

    • lancam1
      Publicado el Lunes, 11 de noviembre del 2019

      We had a great time touring Chinatown with Linda. As a neighborhood native, she was a treasure trove of information.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Thomas P
      Publicado el Lunes, 28 de octubre del 2019

      We really enjoyed the Chinatown walk-around. Our guide was born and raised there, and really knew her stuff; her knowledge and stories about the area were both educational and entertaining.. The add-on meal was very much worthwhile too.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Margaret T
      Publicado el Viernes, 09 de agosto del 2019

      Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining!
      We wish we had done this tour the first day we arrived! Highly recommend!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Ronald A
      Publicado el Miércoles, 03 de julio del 2019

      Our guide, Beth, was awesome. She showed us a good crossection of typical architecture, markets, temples, parks and daily activities of those living in Chinatown. Gave us great insight into the culture and beliefs as well.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Florence L
      Publicado el Martes, 26 de febrero del 2019

      The Tour Guide, Linda, was very entertaining and knowledgeable. She had rare insights concerning life in Chinatown.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • cdbhmoomoo
      Publicado el Lunes, 15 de octubre del 2018

      LindA was great! Tour was very informative. Would have liked to have gone deeper into the back streets to see how the Chinese live day or day. Overall it was an awesome tour.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Lyndee L
      Publicado el Miércoles, 12 de septiembre del 2018

      Did this tour in July and enjoyed it enough to finally do this review - in September! (Life happened.)ANYWAY, we enjoyed it very much and learned a lot. As a bonus, our guide had grown up in Chinatown which made our experience feel authentic. We would highly recommend this tour. (I'm speaking for 3 people: my husband, a 17 year old girl and of course, yours truly.)

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • George S
      Publicado el Domingo, 02 de septiembre del 2018

      We had so much fun and the lunch was fantastic! I would do this again!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Mary.nordlund
      Publicado el Martes, 10 de julio del 2018

      I have been to SF before but this time decided to do a walking tour. It was very informative and really, Linda Lee, our tour guide, made it so. Linda was full of facts and had a great sense of humor. There were about 16 people in our group and she made it fun and enjoyable for all. I would do it again. I did this tour with my adult daughter and she enjoyed it as well. I opted for the dim sum lunch tour. The food was wonderful.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Lionel K
      Publicado el Martes, 22 de mayo del 2018

      Amazing experience. Definitely worth the time and money!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Lorenext
      Publicado el Domingo, 11 de marzo del 2018


        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Aleksandra K
      Publicado el Domingo, 04 de marzo del 2018

      Very nice tour of Chinatown.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Dillon R
      Publicado el Martes, 27 de febrero del 2018

      Linda was awesome, a wealth of knowledge

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Tod M
      Publicado el Miércoles, 17 de enero del 2018

      We had a great time on our tour. Alan was so knowledgeable and helpful. It was great to hear about his first hand experiences growing up in Chinatown. Also, I highly recommend the Dim Sum lunch!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Katie K
      Publicado el Lunes, 08 de enero del 2018

      Linda was knowledgeable, hilarious and an excellent guide, lending context to the history of Chinatown by adding in her own family experience. We had a small group of 6, and she did a great job tailoring the tour to the things that were of interest to us. Dim Sum was awesome too! A definite must!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • 2travelers
      Publicado el Miércoles, 27 de diciembre del 2017

      We traveled to San Francisco with another couple for a quick get-away. We are all 65 ish and have been to China Town several times and thought this tour might be a new way to visit the area. Linda was raised in China Town so she was able to personalize a lot of the areas we visited. Our group was very small and she was quick to answer all our questions. She made the tour very interesting and has a wonderful personality and a great sense of humor. I would recommend this tour for anyone that is interested in learning about the history, architecture, pharmacy medicines, fresh foods in the markets and even a fortune cookie factory. Wouldn't hesitate to take this tour a second time.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Hiram C
      Publicado el Jueves, 07 de diciembre del 2017

      The tour guide was amazing, lots of historic buildings, visited fortune cookie factory, Buddha temple, farmers market, herbal store and lots of food

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • gerard H
      Publicado el Jueves, 16 de noviembre del 2017

      This tour of Chinatown with Linda Lee was incredible. She has first hand knowledge of the history of the Chinese in California and how they lived, worked, progressed. It was like going back in time. It certainly gave me insight into a community where everyone shared living space, work loads, child and elder care. The lunch we enjoyed was truly a Chinese food feast with multiple entrees to sample. The only part that was a little difficult is the hills since we are seniors and live in the low country, of was worth the effort and we were treated with respect and patience

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • shanstring
      Publicado el Sábado, 21 de octubre del 2017

      Linda Lee was an excellent guide. She was informative , knowledge , witty and spent just the right amount of time at each stop along the way.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Alison O
      Publicado el Miércoles, 04 de octubre del 2017

      Believe what you read about Linda Lee! She’s funny, knowledgeable, and warm. Was part of a relatively small group. Awesome tour and guide!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Sue-Ellen W
      Publicado el Miércoles, 27 de septiembre del 2017

      Dave our guide was amazing, full of 'not in a text book' information and tips

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Rosalyn M
      Publicado el Miércoles, 13 de septiembre del 2017

      Fabulous tour! Worth every penny. Linda Lee was an expert on the area, had done her homework to educate us, and it was just such a fun walking tour. I recommend it highly.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Elizabeth T
      Publicado el Lunes, 04 de septiembre del 2017

      Highly recommend this tour. Our guide Regina was born and raised in Chinatown and she definitely knows the history and the places to go. Although roaming around Chinatown might sound like fun - take the tour you won't regret it and then do some roaming. We elected to have the optional lunch and it was truly amazing. We were served 4-5 dim sum with plenty for everyone. Then, we had more food served such as chicken, green beans with tofu, fried rice... and two types of hot tea. Soft drinks are included. Beer / wine / other is optional and extra cost.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Joseph S
      Publicado el Domingo, 03 de septiembre del 2017

      The tour was amazing and informative. Linda Lee is a superior tour guide. She is funny and very knowledgeable. To top it off, the lunch was very scrumptious.

        Calificación General: 10/10

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