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Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour

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San Francisco, United States

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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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
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

Departure Time

12:00 PM

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
  • Morning tour departs at 10am and afternoon tour departs at 2pm (select option during checkout)
  • 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.
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:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "It’s not that big of an area to walk, but if you get the right guide, he/she can make all the difference." See review
  • "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

Reviews

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459 Reviews
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star-5
Delicious and Fun
JIM-MICHELLE
, Oct 2020
Brian made the tour fun, interesting and most of all tasty! He is not only a “local” who clearly loves the neighborhood, but has many first hand personal stories relating to the stops and eateries to enhance the experience. His funny and easy going personality made the day and the tour. Highly recommend making sure he is your your guide so that you tour is as delicious and enjoyable as ours.
star-4
Lovely Little Italy eating tour
MKenn
, Oct 2020
We had a lovely 3 hour food tour of Little Italy, which kicked off with a coffee and cannoli at a delightful cafe, and culminated in a slice of pizza in the heart of North Beach. We sampled a range of Italian specialties along the way. Our tour guide, Isabella, provided interesting information and anecdotes about the area, and went out of her way to accommodate all of our needs.
star-5
Good food and good company in Little Italy
Evelyn_B
, May 2020
We had a wonderful afternoon with Cynthia - she was the consummate hostess as she took us on a well-paced walk around little Italy interrupted with interesting food stops along the way. There was one other person on the tour and we felt like we were spending the afternoon with friends. Our final stop was for pizza late in the afternoon. We didn't need dinner that night.
star-5
everything
David_R
, Mar 2020
Your guide Brian, was great. Very knowledgeable about the area. He was also very entertaining, really enjoyed his work and great with all of us.
star-5
Just hanging out with Wes, but will go back today to eat at a few places he took us to yesterday.
Terrel_D
, Mar 2020
Wes was amazing. We have been coming to SF and Little Italy our whole lives, over 50 years. He was able to tell us things we did not know and take us places we had never been. All food was amazing. We were sorry we had eaten breakfast before our 10am tour. We will comeback and take another one of his tours next time we are in town.
star-5
Fun & food!
Claudia_S
, Mar 2020
Lots of food, lots of history, lots of laughter & fun! Brian was great and you won’t go away hungry.
star-5
North Beach Tour
Christine B
, Dec 2019
Blandina, our guide was great. She lived in the area and took us to places off the beaten path. Everyone in that neighborhood was so friendly. I wanted to move there. I would highly recommend this tour. The food was delicious, the guide entertaining and welll spoken. Great for singles, couples or families.
star-4
I didn't know what to expect...
jajonesmcp
, Dec 2019
I love walking tours, but didn't know quite what to expect on this one. Our local guide provided lots of stops for samples of sandwiches from the smaller restaurants, and some coffee and pastry, too from a shop where the locals go. BLANDINA greeted people as we walked so it really felt like an insider's view of the neighborhood. I was just wishing for a little more history, but it was a delightful afternoon!
star-5
Super fun and tasty tour
Seaside281797
, Dec 2019
We had a great time on the tour with Brian yesterday, he went above and beyond for our group! We had a little cannoli snafu, which ended up with us doing a taste comparison of several cannoli in North Beach, which only added to the fun. Everything we ate was wonderful and Brian was very knowlegable about the history of the neighborhood. I definitely recommend!
star-5
Great tour!
leslieharroch
, Nov 2019
We had an excellent time with our tour guide Brian. All of the food was delicious and it was a lot of great history. I’m a local, but brought my in laws on this as they visited from out of town. It was a great activity for us all to do together. I think the pizza was some of the best I’ve ever had!

Product code: 3327WALKING

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