North Beach "Locals" Food Tour in San Francisco

Explore the Culinary Traditions of San Francisco's Vibrant Little Italy

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 3 Reviews · 0.00h 12 max · San Francisco, United States

Join your local foodie guide and discover the heart of San Francisco's Italian community. On this interactive experience, go behind the scenes and see how chocolate fudge and candies are made with an expert chocolatier. Head to an Italian deli that has been curing its own meats since the 19th century. Not just a center of Italian culture, Beat writers like Kerouac and Ginsburg frequented the neighborhood's coffee shops in the 1950s. All food and drink included.

Tour Details
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  • Explore the Hangouts of the "Beat Generation"
  • Meet Your Guide in North Beach
  • Discover San Francisco's Little Italy
  • Sip on Coffee Roasted in House with a Cannoli on the Side
  • Learn How to Make Indulgent Chocolate Fudge
  • Taste a Historic Pizza with Neapolitan Roots
  • Visit Old School Italian Delis Making Their Own Salamis
  • Enjoy a Full Pasta Lunch

Did you know that Salami from Italy cannot be imported to the US? This means when you are enjoying an Italian sub, the salami is most likely American-made. On this tour, you will try one of the top artisan producers of cured meats. This family-owned delicatessen in the center of North Beach has been producing delicious salamis since 1896. With your storytelling guide, you will experience this and much more. From coffees roasted in house to candy made by hand, San Francisco's Little Italy is a haven for artisan-produced products. With your local guide, discover the diverse culinary tradition of the neighborhood. This 3 hour tour includes:

  • Maximum Group Size of 12

  • Local Foodie Guide

  • 8 stops including a full lunch

  • All Food Included

  • Walking Tour of North Beach/Little Italy

Meet Your Guide in the Heart of North Beach

The tour begins at the corner of Columbus and Green right in the center of North Beach. Meet your local guide who will introduce themself and describe the culinary journey ahead.

Drink Coffee Roasted in House with a Tasty Cannoli

As the tour begins in the late morning, the first stop is an Italian tradition. In Italy, cappuccinos are enjoyed only in the morning and are served with a pastry to dip. Enjoy your house-roasted coffee with one of our favorites, the Cannoli.

Learn How Chocolate is Made

Next, you will head to an amazing artisan chocolatier to try homemade fudges, chocolates and candies. Head to the back and see the process of making these chocolate treats.

The chocolate-making tradition in San Francisco is strong. The most famous chocolate makers in the city are the Ghirardelli's whose former factory is a city attraction. Though the mass-produced Ghirardelli bars moved across the bay in the 1960s, the artisan chocolatiers of San Francisco remain strong in their craft.

Head to an Old School Italian Deli

Since the 19th century, this staple of North Beach has been providing the city with delights straight from and inspired by Italy. Try homemade cured meats as well as street food classics such as Arancini (rice balls). Step back in time through this San Francisco landmark.

Enjoy a Top Local Pizza

When you think of great pizza, California is not usually the first choice. At this San Francisco pizzeria, you will head back to the bay of Naples for delicious wood-fired pizza sticking to tradition.

Sit Down for Lunch

Next, you will try a delectable pasta spun directly in a wheel of parmigiano cheese for ultimate creaminess. Made right in front of you, it is like an Italian hibachi experience.

Explore the Hangouts of the "Beat Generation"

Like Hemingway and Joyce who spent their days at the Parisian cafes along the River Seine, the Beat Writers of the 1950's made San Francisco home. See the coffee shops where writers like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg discussed the changing Post-War America. The "Beat Generation" influenced 20th century thought and literature right from its home in North Beach.

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Must do !
26 January 2022
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Cynthia was a great tour guide! We brought our children ages 8 & 10 and they loved all the food! What a fun way to experience little Italy and north beach while trying some of the best Italian spots.

Great Tour of North Beach - SF
25 January 2022
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Good luck finding a better tour and guide then this one with Brian. He was extremely entertaining and was great at giving out good information about the history of North Beach without being boring. My wife and I loved the food options. The tour was easy-going and fun. Will try another when we return to SF. Thanks Brian, we had a great time.

Wonderful Neighborhood!
10 November 2021
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We had an amazing time. North Beach is a wonderful place, our guide did an amazing job. We ate very well the entire time. The closest thing to Italy without going to Europe!

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