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Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour

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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
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

480 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Departure Time

10:30 AM

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.
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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.
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
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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
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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
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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
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  • "There is a lot of walking so I would keep that in mind." See review
  • "We loved the food tasting with delicious pizza at the end, well worth the money." See review
  • "We had 7 stops and so much to eat I had to take doggie bags home." See review


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, Jun 2021
This tour was fantastic! Our tour guide, Brian, was very knowledgeable, entertaining, and charismatic. This tour made my Dan Francisco trip even better than I could’ve imagined. I highly recommend it!
Really good time...
, Jun 2021
We had a really great time hanging out with Brian discussing food, history and San Francisco. Brian is knowledgeable and funny, all around a great host and fun to hang out with. I will certainly recommend this tour a may even take it again.
Best tour so far
, Jun 2021
Brian was great!!! Very knowledgeable take this one it’s great don’t eat before you go. Great food. Lots of history and more importantly fun
Amazing food tour, would absolutely do again!
, Jun 2021
The tour guide was friendly and knew his stuff about food! I went on the tour with my boyfriend and had the best salami, coffee, gnocchi, and pizza we’ve ever had. Left that tour with a list of 5 restaurants to go back to during our stay in San Francisco. A must do activity if you’re new to the area and want to know where the good eats are!
CYNTHIA-- great guide, great tour!
, Jun 2021
CYNTHIA was an amazing guide! She went over and above to give us an informative and fun tour of little italy. So much sampling of traditional Italian dishes & how they're made. Also, buildings, art, cathedrals! CYNTHIA always got our questions answered. CYNTHIA even squeezed in a tea room experience since we all had extra time!! Definitely reccomend this tour! CYNTHIA was great!!
CYNTHIA guide was amazing!!
, Jun 2021
CYNTHIA was an amazing tour guide!! She really went over and above to show us all! From the cathedrals to the pizzeria's. Learned how Italians make their famous dishes, and lots of sampling and eating on this tour! CYNTHIA also surprised us with an extra tea-room experience since we all had extra time!! Definitely reccomend this tour, CYNTHIA was knowledgeable and friendly and funny!!
Fun tour
, Jun 2021
Informative and delicious. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and funny. I think it was worth the money
Awesome food tour
, Jun 2021
Go on this food tour with Brian it’s full of good , good food and a wealth of information on north beach and little Italy 😃no need to eat before or after tour !you go home full !we had cannolis yummy and a sandwich from the best deli ever, but my favorite was the gnocchi it was amazing light as a pillow and the truffle cream sauce yum 😋
We’re so glad Brian fell into this
, Jun 2021
Brian was excellent! Some of the highlights were: best of the best food, great jokes, high quality EVERYTHING. Brian clearly knows North Beach and added an item to a trip based on a question we asked. Thanks again for such a memorable experience.
Fabulous Walking and Eating Tour in SF
, Jun 2021
Isabella was fantastic tour guide. I live in the Bay Area and learned so much from her. Of course the high light was the absolutely delicious foods we were given. It was more food than I expected. Love cannolis and the pizza was the best I ever had-wow!!! You really felt like you were in Italy for a moment. Highly recommend this tour.

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