Guided tour

San Francisco: Chinatown Walking Tour with Fortune Cookie

4.8 / 5

8 reviews

San Francisco: Chinatown Walking Tour with Fortune Cookie

From US$ 23 per person

Experience Chinatown like a local and immerse yourself in the history and culture of this thriving neighborhood. Explore local eateries and alleys often missed by visitors.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • See Chinatown landmarks including Waverly Place, St. Mary’s Cathedral, and more
  • Discover local culture as you learn about Chinese customs and traditions
  • Taste warm fortune cookies at a legendary factory and take special treats home
  • Visit a traditional pharmacy, a beloved bakery, and other local businesses
  • Get eating recommendations from the best dim sum to spicy Sichuan dishes
Full description
Enjoy the lantern-covered streets of Chinatown through this hour-long introduction with a local guide. Start near the Dragon’s Gate to discuss the history of this once-rough area and address the mystery of San Francisco's moving waterline. Take in some of the most incredible shops, eateries, and cultural icons including the 'Street of the Painted Balconies' as you detour from the main thoroughfare, Grant Avenue. Stop at historical points of interest and get an introduction to the often-overlooked history of Asian immigration to the United States, which goes back much farther than you may think. Learn the ways that Chinatown has been integral to the growth of San Francisco as a whole and how the Gold Rush defined this neighborhood. This tour is only partially about history. You will also get to learn the modern life of the neighborhood that is a fascinating mix of east and west. Marvel at landmarks like Waverly Place and St. Mary’s Cathedral. Discuss Chinese medicine at a traditional apothecary, tempt your tastebuds at some of the city’s best bakeries, and even taste some fresh fortune cookies (a local invention) at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. Where you can try freshly-made cookies and take home a personalized treat just for you. Before you go, get recommendations on where to eat delicious dim sum. Your guide will leave you at the crossroads of two foodie neighborhoods where you can easily walk to some incredible places to enjoy a meal or snack based.
Includes
  • Guided walking tour
  • Expert local guide
  • Tasting and demonstration at Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

10 Mark Lane (The Irish Bank). Meet at the entrance of Mark Alley from Bush Street.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • Please note, on this Chinatown tour, a visit of the Fortune Cookie Factory is not always guaranteed. It depends on how busy the factory is on the day of the visit
  • This is a walking tour. While there are stops along the way, guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty
  • Due to San Francisco’s natural hills, this tour is difficult for those in wheelchairs. Motorized wheelchairs can be accommodated. Please contact the local partner for more information
  • Effective August 20, 2021, proof of Covid-19 vaccination (over the age of 12) is required to enter sites on this tour (currently, Alcatraz does not require proof of vaccination). Everyone (over the age of 2) is required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status while indoors. For full requirements, please the San Francisco Government website
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 8 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    5/5

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The tour was a good over-view of Chinatown.

October 13, 2021

She was very nice and knew the history. But it wasn’t fun. I did enjoy watching fortune cookies being made.

August 26, 2021

Great short tour to get the highlights of Chinatown

August 14, 2021

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