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Meet your guide and small group, limited to 12 participants, at Chinatown Gate. You'll venture on foot through two vibrant neighborhoods and discover tucked-away spots down unassuming alleys. Immerse yourself in the cultural and aesthetic contrasts between one of the largest and oldest Chinese communities outside of Asia and the European charm of North Beach, birthplace of the Beat Generation.

Follow your guide through the bustling streets and learn about the history of this Chinese community during San Francisco's Gold Rush, as well as America's railway-building boom. Visit one of Chinatown’s oldest bakeries for an authentic mooncake pastry; they're so good even former President Bill Clinton stopped here for a bite of these traditional delicacies.

From here, proceed to Waverly Place and have your fortune read at the oldest Chinese temple in the US. Then weave your way between performing street artists to taste fortune cookies hot off the press, followed by an in-depth tea tasting session where you will learn about the different types and flavors of traditional Chinese tea.

Next, it’s on to North Beach to see the famous hangouts of Beat poets Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg, including City Lights Bookstore, which still publishes the works of local poets. Get a feel for North Beach (the city's Little Italy) as you stroll past cafes of the Barbary Coast and look up at Coit Tower.

Your tour concludes at Washington Square Park, a well-appointed location that's adjacent to Italian restaurants, all within easy access to public transportation.
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Washington Square
Chinatown
North Beach
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Overview
Discover the highlights of Chinatown and North Beach on a 2.5-hour walking tour. Your knowledgeable guide provides insight into the Chinese and Italian immigrant cultures that have shaped these famous San Francisco neighborhoods. In Chinatown, visit a historic Chinese temple, bakery, fortune cookie maker and tea shop for tastings of their delectable goods. Then stroll past Italian cafes and restaurants in neighboring North Beach where you visit City Lights Bookstore, hear about the Beatniks and Barbary Coast, and see Coit Tower and Washington Square Park.
Highlights
  • 2.5-hour walking tour of North Beach and Chinatown in San Francisco
  • Taste a variety of specialties including moon cakes and tea in Chinatown
  • Learn about local history including the Barbary Coast, Chinese and Italian communities, and the Beatniks
  • Stop into City Lights Bookstore, a popular spot for Beat poets like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg
  • Walk through Washington Square Park and snap photos of Coit Tower
  • Get the inside scoop on great Italian restaurants and cafes in North Beach
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 ensures personalized attention

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Wonderful afternoon!

Great in-depth view of Chinatown and North Beach! Enjoyed seeing alleys and streets that I wouldn’t have found on my own. Thanks, Isabella!

Thank lynn1234272
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Best city tour ever!!

Christian is so awesome and knowledgeable about the city. I learned more in the 3 hour tour than I could have ever imagined about the city, the culture, Chinese history, and more. He took us off the grid to places we would have never found...More

Thank Brittany J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Christian fabulous guide!

Did this tour with teenagers. They stayed interested throughout the tour. Fortune cookie factory, tea and moon pie tasting all great. Tremendous amount of history imparted today about San Francisco. We do many trips and will definitely use this group again. Kathleen

Thank Kxmajors
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Christian is the Best!

Absolutely loved the tour. We learned so much from Christian. He is a wealth of information. Even better, a beautiful soul who cares deeply about you and your experience. Highly recommend the tour and make sure you request Christian!

Thank delgrsh
Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile
Chinatown and beatnik

Wow!!!! Don't miss this tour! It was amazing! A must see! First thing first, this compagny is fantastic because we were'nt in the high season so my boyfriend and I were the only one to book the tour and the guide didn't cancel it. So...More

Thank juliech2017
SFUrbanAdventures, Manager at San Francisco Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2018

Hi juliech2017 Thank you for joining us and hopefully, it was a good fortune! Next time you are back in town please drop us a line and let us know, we would love to take you on another tour. Keep using those new tea skills!...More

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