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    Best of Berkeley Gourmet Food Tour

    Just a few miles east of San Francisco lies what many call the birthplace of California cuisine: Berkeley. On this 3-hour gourmet food tour, your expert guide will take you behind the scenes of the North Shattuck district, known locally as the Gourmet Ghetto. At several acclaimed local food spots - including the very first Peet's Coffee & Tea - enjoy tastings of gourmet cheeses, chocolates, gelato, pizza, sandwiches, wine and more. You'll chat with owners and chefs about the city's culinary history and culture, and discover their commitment to sustainability and local, organic food and farming. Conveniently located near the BART train station, Berkeley - considered by many as the birthplace of California cuisine - is easily accessible from San Francisco. On your 3-hour food tour, you'll explore Berkeley's North Shattuck district, known locally as the Gourmet Ghetto. This neighborhood is home to long-established culinary icons including Chez Panisse and The Cheeseboard Collective, as well as emerging edible enterprises such as The Local Butcher Shop. Your expert guide has tons of background knowledge and experience in the Bay Area culinary world, so you'll enjoy informative and entertaining commentary about this East Bay city's renowned food history and culture as you visit local hotspots. Indulge in homemade cupcakes at Love at First Bite Cupcakery & Bakery, beautiful gourmet chocolates at Alegio Chocolates, crispy potato puffs at Gregoire's and pizza at The Cheeseboard Pizzeria. Sip tea at Imperial Tea Court, munch on meaty sandwiches at The Local Butcher Shop, and slurp homemade soups at SOOP in Epicurious Garden. Wash your food tastings down with a wine tasting at Vintage and some coffee at the original Peet's Coffee & Tea, a West Coast coffee institution. You'll meet and chat with owners, chefs and purveyors about this food-focused neighborhood and the city's commitment to seasonal, organic, locally grown food and sustainable business practices. Your delicious gastronomic experience ends back at your original departure point.
    Best of Berkeley Gourmet Food Tour

    2160 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

    • Experience the many tastes of Berkeley, the place that many call the birthplace of California cuisine
    • Follow your guide behind the scenes of the North Shattuck district, known locally as the Gourmet Ghetto
    • Enjoy tastings of cheeses, chocolates, and wines at several acclaimed local food spots
    • Chat with owners and chefs about the city's culinary history, culture, and sustainability
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    Chinatown & North Beach Night Walking Tour

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    Be awakened to new flavors and unique cultures as you taste your way through Chinatown and North Beach on this walking food tour! Explore Chinatown by twilight, tasting Dim Sum from one of the oldest bakeries in the neighborhood, as you delve into Chinese mysticism and culture. Then, learn about local sculptures and architecture. Remember: Tea is to Chinatown as North Beach is to wine, and on this tour you'll get to try both! Search out the authentic Chinatown and North Beach\Little Italy, while you uncover their hidden secrets only intrepid locals know. Sample great local bites in the places whose history made San Francisco what it is today, and leave knowing that you've really experienced all Chinatown and North Beach have to offer!
    Chinatown & North Beach Night Walking Tour

    400 Grant Ave, San Francisco

    • Be awakened to new flavors and taste your way through Chinatown and North Beach
    • Explore Chinatown by twilight, tasting Dim Sum from one of the oldest bakeries in the neighborhood
    • Hear stories and insider tips from your local guide about restaurants and sights you pass
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    Mission District Food Tour

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    Amazing things come in small packages. On this tour of the historically Latin neighborhood, the emphasis is on the quality of the food you taste, not the size of the portion. Good thing there are so many treats to be had! Get inside looks and tastes at some of the best shops and restaurants in the San Francisco culinary world. You'll love a cheese flight featuring only American artisan cheeses, artisan cured ham and oyster from the first and only ham and oyster bar, seasonal fruit tastings from an iconic local groceries, and salted caramel ice cream, voted one of the top five desserts in the country. You might even get beer-and-a-shot braised chicken and cod taco duo from a bar featuring over 350 kinds of tequila, or a sweet potato quesadilla. As you go, you'll get behind the scenes meetings with chefs, learn the culinary history of this vibrant neighborhood, enjoy the colorful murals, and discover firsthand what makes the Mission District such a foodie force to be reckoned with.
    Mission District Food Tour

    3543 18th St, San Francisco

    • Explore the amazing array of gourmet offerings in the Mission District
    • Taste artisan cheese, ham, oysters, fruit, and one of the top desserts in the country
    • Enjoy behind the scenes meetings with chefs and industry professionals
    • Discover the neighborhood's vibrant culinary history
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    Uptown Oakland Food and Drinks Tour

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    Attention all foodies: Heaven is a place on earth. It's called Uptown Oakland. Come tour "America's best neighborhood" and sample some of the most delicious food and drinks in the Bay Area. It is sure to pique your interest, and appetite! While learning about the historical significance of the area, you'll have Calavera's tacos on handmade heirloom corn tortillas, followed by empandas and house-made beer at Woods Bar & Brewery, chocolate-covered bars at Sweet Bar Bakery (owned by Michael Jackson's former personal chef), and much more! Silence your rumbling stomach in Oakland!
    Uptown Oakland Food and Drinks Tour

    2337 Broadway, Oakland

    • Explore what has been called "America's best neighborhood"and indulge in delicious food and drinks
    • Munch on a pastrami reuben and sip on craft cocktails as your tour the culinary renaissance that is Uptown Oakland
    • Visit famous eateries, including Calavera, Woods Bar & Brewery, Sweet Bar Bakery, Plum Bar, and Two Mile Wines!
    • Walk off all of the delicious eats as you stroll through Oakland, perusing all it has to offer
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    North Beach Evening Food and Wine Tour

    Go behind the scenes of North Beach's food scene on this insider food and wine walking tour. Your expert guide will lead you on an easy evening walk to popular and hidden spots that only locals know about to enjoy hearty food tastings paired with wine. Sample cheese, Bolivian beef, wood-fired pizza, delicate handmade cannoli and gourmet sweets. You'll meet the owners, learn local tips, and hear stories about this neighborhood's interesting history, from the Gold Rush to the Prohibition era to today. Meet in the Jackson Square neighborhood "a 10-minute walk from Downtown San Francisco" in the late afternoon to start your walking tour. Come hungry, as you'll be getting lots of food and wine tastings on this 3-hour tour, which follows a flat, easy route.
    Following your expert local guide, delve behind the scenes of Little Italy's food and restaurant scene, hearing fascinating historical facts and stories along the way, like how this neighborhood was once part of the Barbary Coast, San Francisco's red-light district in the 1800's during the California Gold Rush. You'll also visit hidden Prohibition-era tunnels where booze was smuggled into the city.
    Though you'll learn a lot of interesting history, this tour is about the food. Enjoy a wine and cheese pairing at a trendy wine bar, your glass will be poured directly from the barrel. Then, indulge in an Italian wood-fired pizza made in the oldest pizza oven on the West Coast; built in 1935, this treasured tool was copied by Wolfgang Puck at Spago and Alice Waters at Chez Panisse. Pair your slice with a glass of private-label Syrah.
    Snack on contemporary kale chips and dive into Bolivian beef at Pea Pachamama. This space once housed a restaurant and speakeasy called Amelio's, known by locals as a historic San Francisco institution that hosted Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe's wedding dinner.
    Pop into a gourmet boutique shop for a sweet-and-savory treat such as artisan agave caramel drizzled over popcorn -- yum! Top your culinary journey off with a visit to a historic Italian bookshop-turned-cafe, where you'll fill your own delicate cannoli with an Italian cannoli maker.
    You'll find that all these tastings add up to a satisfying meal. Your tour ends in the evening a few blocks from your original departure point, where you're free to continue exploring this fabulous San Francisco neighborhood bustling with vibrant nightlife.
    North Beach Evening Food and Wine Tour

    Jackson Square, San Francisco

    • Go behind the scenes of North Beach's food scene on this insider food and wine walking tour
    • Discover popular, hidden spots that only locals know about to enjoy hearty food tastings paired with wine
    • Sample cheese, Bolivian beef, wood-fired pizza, delicate handmade cannoli and gourmet sweets
    • Meet the owners, learn local tips, and hear stories about this neighborhood's interesting history
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    Mission District Food Tour with Alcohol Pairings

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    Amazing things come in small packages. On this tour of the historically Latin neighborhood, the emphasis is on the quality of the food you taste, not the size of the portion. Good thing there are so many treats to be had! Get inside looks and tastes at some of the best shops and restaurants in the San Francisco culinary world. You'll love a top-rated, seasonal Michael Lazar-created cocktail, a cheese flight featuring only American artisan cheeses paired with a unique Belgian style dark beer, artisan cured ham and oyster from the first and only ham and oyster bar, seasonal fruit tastings from an iconic local groceries, and salted caramel ice cream, voted one of the top five desserts in the country. You might even get beer-and-a-shot braised chicken and cod taco duo from a bar featuring over 350 kinds of tequila, or a sweet potato quesadilla. As you go, you'll get behind the scenes meetings with chefs, learn the culinary history of this vibrant neighborhood, enjoy the colorful murals, and discover firsthand what makes the Mission District such a foodie force to be reckoned with.
    Mission District Food Tour with Alcohol Pairings

    3543 18th St, San Francisco

    • Explore the amazing array of gourmet offerings in the Mission District
    • Taste artisan cheese, ham, oysters, fruit, and one of the top desserts in the country
    • Try craft cocktails, unique beer, and discover the neighborhood's vibrant culinary history
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    6 positive reviews
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    Local Food Adventures

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    The Rockridge Neighborhood Heritage & Walking Food Tou is a three-hour guided walking tour that takes you through Oakland's neighborhood of Rockridge to learn more about the area's history, present-day excitement and taste its growing food culture. On this tour you'll enjoy six local tasting spots with food samples, demonstrations and tons of local yumminess! Come discover the area's rich history - perfect for new and established neighbors alike.
    Local Food Adventures

    5366 College Ave, Oakland

    • Take a walking tour of the culinary delights of the Rockridge neighborhood
    • Taste local treats like unique ice cream and delicious deep dish while a local tells you about the neighborhood's history
    • Get an insider's look at one of the Bay Area's best kept secrets
    • Perfect for out of towners and locals alike
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    Ferry Building and Alcatraz Tour

    Meet your personal epicurean concierge (aka guide) in front of the historic Ferry Building Marketplace. It's a San Francisco landmark with its iconic 245-foot (75-m) clock tower. Built in the late 1800s, the ferry terminal was renovated in 2003, transforming the concourse into the foodie haven that it is today. Local food purveyors and artisans peddle their wares inside and outside the building -- one-stop shopping for anyone looking to experience a taste of San Francisco.

    Learn more about the San Francisco Bay Area's tastemakers as you nibble on Cowgirl Creamery's award-winning cheese, Boccalone's house-cured fennel salame and freshly made mortadella, Acme Bread's fresh loaves, and Miette Patisserie's delicate French macarons. Want more? Indulge in a cup of chili from the American Eatery and satisfy your sweet tooth with handmade chocolates from Recchiuti. If you're visiting during one of the weekly farmers' markets, don't be surprised if your guide points out some of the city's revered chefs shopping for fresh produce to include on their menus.

    After you satiate your appetite, you'll receive your ferry tickets and directions to Pier 33 for the next portion of your tour. Take a stroll along the Embarcadero to Pier 33 where you'll hop on the ferry for a scenic ride to Alcatraz. Explore the island at your leisure with the award-winning Cellhouse audio walking tour to discover hidden secrets and fascinating stories of the world's most notorious prison. Ferries depart the island frequently to provide maximum flexibility for your time on Alcatraz.
    Ferry Building and Alcatraz Tour

    1 Sausalito - San Francisco Ferry Bldg, San Francisco

    • Experience the historic Ferry Building Marketplace and Alcatraz prison on a combined tour
    • Be led by a personal guide and sample treats from local food purveyors and artisans
    • Enjoy a stroll along the Embarcadero, and a scenic ferry ride to Alcatraz Island
    • Take an audio walking tour of Alcatraz and hear live recordings and chilling accounts from former prisoners
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    Ferry Building and Market Food and Wine Tour

    On this guided walking food tour, celebrate the tenacity of a good idea, the abundance of San Francisco's local farm products, and the joy of life as you explore one of San Francisco's loveliest landmarks! On your exploration, uncover the story of its transformation from ferry depot to culinary cornucopia. The selection's inside the iconic Ferry Building seem endless: inside you will sample everything from fine wine, tea, and herbs to local organic produce, cheeses, breads, chocolates and international cuisine as well as local groceries brought in from no more than a mile or two away. Meet chefs at celebrated restaurants that embrace the sustainable philosophy that makes California a leader in food culture. This tour is truly a sumptuous buffet that cannot be missed.
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    Ferry Building and Market Food and Wine Tour

    The Embarcadero, San Francisco

    • Explore the fascinating and resilient history of San Francisco's iconic Ferry Building on a guided tour
    • Sample everything from wine and tea to local organic produce and international cuisine
    • Meet chefs at celebrated restaurants that embrace new and leading sustainable philosophy
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    The Real Chinatown Food Tour

    The whole district smells delightfully of incense and green tea, and you feel like you're in China, yet this walking food tour is of Chinatown in the heart of San Francisco. You are going to see the captivating sights and enjoy the culinary delights, of the oldest quarter in San Francisco, Chinatown. You'll check out spots only the locals know; no English is spoken by the staff or the patrons. Luckily, your guide was born and raised in Chinatown and speaks Cantonese. So you can relax, don't worry about ordering. Just enjoy and take it all in. Escape your day-to-day reality and take an adventure surprisingly close to home on the most authentic food tour of Chinatown San Francisco has to offer.
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    The Real Chinatown Food Tour

    Chinatown Gate, San Francisco

    • Explore San Francisco's vibrant and beautiful Chinatown on this guided walking tour
    • Follow Dan Chew, a well-known local food blogger, past brightly colored lanterns and through the winding streets of his home town
    • expect to see and taste the familiar Chinese foods they know so well and to sample and be delighted by the new flavors to be found in Chinatown
    • Embark on an adventure with a fantastic journey through Chinatown's cuisine
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