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About Us/ Each One of our San Francisco Tours Explore the Soul of a Neighborhood

Proudly, our San Francisco tours were recently voted by visitors the "Best City Tour 2006, 2007 & 2011" as well as Editorial Winner by Citysearch.

We've also been complimented as a "MUST SEE" by the California Travel & Tourism Commission.

Our San Francisco tours take you into the places that give local San Franciscans the reasons they never want to leave, the places that evoke the creativity and lifestyle that is unique to San Francisco.

Fishermans Wharf
Cliff House
Alamo Square
Alamo Square

Each one of our San Francisco tours explores the soul of a neighborhood.

We have a passion for life, for trying new things, for living life to its fullest.

San Francisco is one of the culinary capitals of the world and every block has its own unique feeling and foods. On every one of our sojourns into San Francisco neighborhoods, we'll go into local bakeries, restaurants, and cafes, and taste the food. We know these places because these are the places we go to ourselves.

We have a passion for life, for trying new things, for living life to its fullest.

We don't go and look at "tourist" shops. Our San Francisco tours takes you into, to spend time with, local artisans as they practice their crafts, whether it is calligraphers, bakers, or families who have been fishing for generations.

We have a passion for life, for trying new things, for living life to its fullest. Our goal is that after you join our San Francisco tours and explorations, you will take that same passion with you. After experiencing the real zeal of this place, we know you will. And not only will you leave your heart in San Francisco; you may find that you have left part of your soul here as well.

One of the founders, Tom Medin, has been guiding our San Francisco tours for close to a decade.

Local Tastes of the City San Francisco Tours is a group of passionate, professional, and certified guides with years of experience leading adventures in our San Francisco tours. We live here; we can't imagine living anywhere else. We love the City and want you to also experience its magic.

One of the founders, Tom Medin, has been guiding our San Francisco tours for close to a decade. In addition to extensive knowledge of San Francisco history, architecture and cuisine, he is a trained naturalist, specializing in marine mammals. Several of his cookbooks are in the process of publication.

Please call us at (415) 665-0480 or Toll Free in the U.S. at (888) 358-8687 for details on our San Francisco tours.

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Reservations & Costs

We have tours every day. In addition to daytime hours, we can also be reached in the evening. We enjoy taking reservations by telephone, so we can customize your tour to your interests. You can also click here to reach us by email.

Whether you join our tours by yourself or with friends or family, we ensure your enjoyment by keeping our tour sizes small. If your group is over 15 people, call us at (415) 665-0480 or (888) 358-8687 or send us an email. and we'll customize a tour for your group. Whether your group is 15, 50, or more, we'll make sure that you have an phenomenal time.

If you reserve online, our rates for the North Beach, Chinatown and Chinatown and North Beach by Night Tours are:

  • Adults - $59
  • Youths (12-16) - $39
  • Children with parent or guardian (2-11) - $15
  • Children under 2 with parent or guardian - No charge

We Can Accommodate Same Day Reservations

If you reserve your tour online, we'll e-mail or call you to confirm your reservation. Even though we can accommodate same-day reservations for our San Francisco tours, when we have spaces, since we keep our groups small, we would suggest reserving your San Francisco tour in advance. If your desired San Francisco tour has reached it's capacity, we can suggest another San Francisco tour time and date.

If you prefer to pay for your San Francisco tour when join us, instead of pre-payment, please call or email us to make reservations.

Our tour costs include everything, from the tastings to the crafts, everything! We really suggest that you don't eat much before the tour. On each of our tours, you'll be tasting a wide variety of phenomenal food.

On the North Beach tour, you'll have everything from coffee drinks (lattes, cappuccinos, etc), chocolates, breads, olive oil tasting, specialty meats, pastries, and more. On the Chinatown or Night tours, you'll have everything from dim sum (at least five or six types), fortune cookies, teas, and more. Many of our guests are, to put it mildly, not hungry, and you're not going to know that until after the tour is over.

Changing or Canceling Reservations

Local Tastes of the City Tours wants your entire experience with us to be exceptional and we want you to feel confident reserving a tour, whether by phone or online, which is why offer one of the most flexible change/cancellation policies around. We ask you to give us 48 hours notice to cancel a tour. If it's less than 48 hours, and the unexpected happens, such as being delayed at the airport, flight cancelled, or something else, call us and we’ll do our best to make you happy.

If you need to change the date or time for a tour, it’s rare that we can’t do that, even when it’s less than 48 hours.

Our goal is to make every part of your experience with us exceptional.

Rain Policy:

In the case of inclement weather, we think that you are the best judge of what is enjoyable for you. We’ll have the tour and we’d love to have you join us, however if the weather is not to your liking, call us before the tour starts and we’ll waive the cancellation policy. In other words, no charge or a full refund.

Our daytime tours start at approximately 10:00am and 2:00pm. The night tour starts at 6:00pm.

Our Additional Sightseeing & Food Tours

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Our North Beach / Little Italy Tour includes all drinks and food everyday at 10 am or 2 pm.

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Grey UI Kit

On their own, Chinatown and North Beach stir your senses.

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Chinatown

Join our sojourn into the hidden Chinatown and you too will be amazed.

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We enjoy customizing our San Francisco tours for your group.

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Please call us at (415) 665-0480 or Toll Free in the U.S. at (888) 358-8687
for details on our San Francisco tours.

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What People are Saying...

San Francisco Bay Guardian

Explore the culinary side of San Francisco's Italian enclave

USA Today

If you want to aggressively snack your way through a neighbourhood as you walk it, consider hanging with cookbook author Tom Medin. You'll learn why certain things just taste better in San Francisco...

Fodor's

My favourite paid walking tour in town is the never-boring Local Tastes of the City Tours

Pauline - Frommer's Guide to San Francisco

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