North Beach awakens your senses, from the cafes and restaurants, to the smell of fresh-baked bread in the air. Discover quaint shops with crafts and ceramics from around the world. Delve into North Beach life as you join family bakers kneading love into every loaf of bread. Just when you think you have reached food heaven, you'll come across coffee shops which roast fresh coffee beans daily.
North Beach awakens your senses, from the cafes and restaurants, to the smell of fresh-baked bread in the air. Discover quaint shops with crafts and ceramics from around the world. Delve into North Beach life as you join family bakers kneading love into every loaf of bread. Just when you think you have reached food heaven, you'll come across coffee shops which roast fresh coffee beans daily. And if that was not enough, you will uncover authentic Italian cathedrals where hundreds of couples have felt their heartstrings tug!
And, as you taste everything from great coffee, truffles, breads, olive oil, specialty meats, and more, you'll learn how the food is made and what to look for back home.
"Best Tour for 2011" - San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Top 10 Walking Tours for Globetrotting Foodies - 2013" - Lonely Planet
Can be canceled up to 48hrs in advance
Tour departs near Washington Square Park
Returns to original departure point
10am or 2pm, select when booking
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Professional guide, focaccia sandwiches from Mario’s, chocolate from Z Cioccolato, Cannoli from Stella Pastry, deli delights at Molinari delicatessen
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Excellent tour with a excellent guide
This walking tour is actually an eating tour. Starting with coffee and ending with pizza the tour was great fun and very delicious. Our guide, Blondena, lives in the neighborhood and seemed to know everyone. We're locals and know a lot about the area but still learned a great deal. Highly recommended.
Great Tour - excellent guide, delicious food
This tour was amazing!
The Best, this is the second time I have taking this tour.
Blondine was a delight and had many 'inside' stories and insights concerning the North Beach. Loved her choices of spots to sample food and drink. A terrific tour enjoyed by all!
This tour was so much fun, we had a nice group, and our tour guide Blandina was fantastic! It was great to hear the history and stories about the area, in which she is very knowledgeable about. The food was all delicious, the walk was enjoyable, and I really recommend this tour!
The Little Italy and North Beach and North Beach Walking Tour was really fantastic. Our tour guide Blondina, was so informative and having lived in the area since the 1970's she knew her stuff and all the locals knew her.
We were amazed how much food was included in this tour for such a low price. Would recommend it to anyone going to San Francisco.
There are so many great neighborhoods to explore in SF and food/walking tours are a great way to do it. Blandina is a super guide who has lived in North Beach for many years and knows all the special places to recommend. Great way to spend an afternoon in SF!
Blondine our guide was fantastic full of knowledge just great we had a wonderful time with some amazing people in our tour. Food was outstanding I highly recommend this tour give it a 9 star if I could
Blandina Farley was knowledgeable, personable, and love her craft. We enjoyed this tour with it's tastings, and Tibet's of information.
We had a great and informative food tour through Little Italy and North Beach. Blondina, our tour guide, was fun and very knowledgeable of the area as she is a local! The food was great and we would have never guessed to stop at these wonderful eateries just walking through on our own! Highly recommended tour!
There were only 4 of us on our tour, so we had Blandina's full attention! She is a fun and very knowledgable tour guide, this is her 'hood, so she knows it well. I would recommend this tour to even long time San Francisco residents...always good to learn more about your city!
A very tasty experience with lots of rich cultural tidbits too!
My daughters age 24 and age 21 LOVED this tour!!! First of all, our guide, Blondina, was amazing!! As a resident of the North Beach since the 1970s, she has firsthand knowledge of the area and knows many of the people whose establishments we visited! This tour includes the most interesting visit to a coffee shop where we saw an enormous coffee roaster imported from Germany and learned how coffee is roasted. We also had our choice of coffee drinks, hot chocolate, and some other drinks. The coffee roasted every Friday is delicious, and it was fun to learn so much about the process. We also visited a fun local café that, I swear, had the best meatball sandwich I have ever eaten in my entire life! We visited 6-8 places on this tour, including a lovely Italian shop with gorgeous pottery high end and stunning as well as an interesting jewelry store. The tour is fun, informative, and delicious! And Blondina is the PERFECT GUIDE!
This was by far the best tour of our trip. I have been on food tours in cities all over the country and a few in Spain, Italy and Australia. Overall this tour was definitely one of the best food tours I've ever been to. Not only did I learn my way around North Beach, but I learned about the history of the area from our guide who has lived there for decades. Blondina was by far the best tour guide I've ever had. She brought us to amazing food locations and told us great stories of these area. Since I may be moving to the area in a few years for residency, Blondina even gave me her personal cell number and told me to call her if I need anything from finding an apartment when I move to someone to meet up with when I move up. Book this tour, you won't regret it.
The leader of this tour was great. She was fun and knowlegeable. She had been in the neighborhood forever and the places were all good. We had plenty to eat and learned besides about the church in the area etc.
Blondina is a delight. She knows everyone! Lots of eating yummy and walking. Sadly for us, it was hotter than...you know where...so we struggled with being outside because of it. That was no one's fault. If we ever get back to San Fran, I'm going on Blondina's tour again. She's great.
A taste of Italy all the way on this tour. Jim our guide was excellent. He knew quite a bit about the area and local history. There are plenty of stops along the way from enjoying a coffee / Italian soda through to dessert. You will enjoy two types of Italian sandwiches, candy, interesting shops and Mona Lisa for pizza and dessert. Worth the money!!!
I loved the tour that we did with Blondina in April, 2017. During the rest of our stay in San Francisco, we went back to the restaurants and fudge shops that she introduced us to. Blondina gave us so much background information in an interesting and illuminating way. We were welcomed by everyone in the neighbourhood. The samples at the different stops were more than enough and so good. Thanks Blondina
I thought it was great. Our tour guide, Blandina, was so charming!
This was the best decision of our entire trip! Our guide, Blandina, was amazing! She was genuine, knowledgeable, and entertaining. The tour and restaurants were extremely interesting. There was plenty of food so we left very satisfied.
This was an exceptional experience...our Guide and new best friend, Blondine, was informative and a joy to spend time with walking the North Beach Neighborhoods. Several times she took us off the beaten path to see little treasures along the way. One stop not on the itinerary was the chapel brought to SF piece by piece. The doors just happened to be open and Blondine stopped and commented that this was something we just had to experience. The sampling of the foods and tastes of North Beach were equally well timed, enjoyed and with Blondine's list of where we visited left us with our future places to see once again.
Would recommend to anyone who may be a first timer or resident of SF...and Blondine n particular!
I really enjoyed the Little Italy and North Beach walking tour! There was so much to see and learn... the delicious food was a bonus. Since our group consisted of about 10 persons, we received personalized service from the vendors we visited, as well as from our guide who was amazing! A resident of the neighborhood for close to 40 years, our guide Blandina, was warm and very knowledgeable about the area. As we walked she greeted passersby by name, it was evident that she was a fixture in the neighborhood. Each stop on the tour offered amazing fair. The tour began with rich, robust coffee in a cafe that roasts beans from around the world and ended with pizza at a place that was reminiscent of a restaurant that I visited in Italy earlier this year. There were scrumptious bites of food in betweenbring your appetite along and so much to learn! I would definitely recommend this tour. If you are in the area, check it out!
This tour was great, the food we sampled was timed perfectly to our tour it was delicious and dietary restriction were easily accommodated. The history and insight that was given by our amazing tour guide was amazing friendly and so full of local insight and personal experience in the area that made the tour that much more personal and relatable. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would defiantly do this tour again and recommend it to everyone!
Our tour guide was quirky, funny, so likable and knowledgeable about this area and gave us an above and beyond tour of her neighborhood. It was delicious and a pleasure to be part of it!
Excellent tour! Our tour guide, Blandina was wonderful! My family has a great time!
My family and I enjoyed the tour with Blondina! Very good information and delicious samplings from local establishments.
This is a terrific tour-- I live locally, but wanted to know a bit more about my surroundings and be a bit of an insider-- This was perfect for finding some of the best spots in N. Beach there are many!! Bring your appetite! Everything is fairly centrally located, so there isn't a TON of walking in-between places so no working up of an appetite per se.. Highly recommend!!
Great local lady as our tour guide restored our faith in coffee here. All in all a fantastic experience for us both highly recommended
Blondina was a great tour guide. She knew the area really well and was able to work around our groups challenging dietary needs. My husband says she is like Norm from Cheers. As we walked around everyone seemed to know her.
We really enjoyed our tour. North Beach is a fascinating San Fran enclave, and our guide Blondina gave a thoroughly entertaining and quirky overview of the neighborhood. Definitely recommended.
The tour was great. We got to sample a number of different Italian specialties all of which were excellent. Our guide, Blondina, is very knowledgeable about North Beach and you can really see how much she cares about North Beach. I would definitely recommend this tour.
This tour was a true food fest. First stop was for coffee and a story of the shop owners family history in the area. Next stop was a famous local bar where we were given samples of their homemade focaccia meatball sandwich. From there we crossed the park to visit an historic church. As we walked around the North Beach and Little Italy our guide who lives in the neighborhood told use fun facts about her hometown. We stopped at a candy store where we were given sample of delicious fudge. A traditional Italian deli made Italian sandwiches for us, then we finished off the tour with pizza. Fun, and filling tour.
Tour was phenomenal. We will be participating in a bunch of other tours after enjoying this one. Try it asap!
This Little Italy tour was the best of the 5 different tours we took. Our guide, Blandina, was very down to earth and very knowledgable of the area. You could tell she personnally knew the shop owners and the development of the area and history of the shops. She was alot of fun.
This was a great experience! At first we thought that 3 hours of walking might be much but it was wonderful. Lots of stops and history, we went to Coffee Roma, Marios Cigar not a cigar shop , Z Ciocolate, Stella Pastry, Molinari Deli and Mon Lisa. We had coffee, snacks, a half of sandwich, Pasty, fudge, pizza. Go with an empty stomach! When to a jeweler, the church.... walked around some of the town looking and talking history. We LOVED it. Blondina was excellent! We ran out of time to go back another time to eat at Mona Lisa's or Molinari Deli. These were like the real NY deli's. Thanks for a great time!!!
The Best!!! Our guide Blandina Farley was the most gentle, knowledgeable person you could spend an afternoon with. The places we went to were good, not one bad one amongst them. Food, it was plentiful and of great quality and taste. Could not fault this tour, I would highly recommend this to anyone, just go hungry.
This tour was awesome. Our tour guide, Blandina, was really lovely, and took us through the wonderfully quaint nooks and crannies of Little Italy, telling us really lovely historical, vintage stories about every area. The food was delicious, and Blandina's many lovely stories just made this a perfect little tour. I highly recommend this to anyone visiting SF.
Such an informative tour with so much food and history. I learned and ate a lot. I also do this alone and met many nice people.
This tour was awesome! Food was great and our guide Jim made the tour very interesting. Do not eat before going on this tour as you will eat a great amount of food while on the tour. This tour was well worth the money.
Blondina our tour guide is amazing, she's lived there for years and knows almost everything about that neighborhood. This is an excellent way to really get a feel for the history and the people in the area.
This was one of the best walking tours I've ever done. I've been to San Francisco's North Beach before, but had no idea about it's rich history or current trends. Guide, Blandina Farley, is amazing. Her deep connection to the community, it's people and traditions, was apparent every step of the way. We didn't turn a corner without several locals greeting her, and all of us, with a friendly smile hello. The behind-the-scenes and special access elements of the tour were priceless made possible by Blandina's personal relationship with local artisans, business owners and maintenance workers. The tastes were delicious as well. I especially enjoyed the ultra fresh sandwich provided by Molinari Deli. Visiting the Franciscan chapel, otherwise easy to miss, was an extremely special treat. Thanks Blandina. I look forward to saying hello on my next visit to North Beach.
LOVED this tour and our tour guide! We ended up going back to almost all of the places on the tour, before we left the city.
The tour was absolutely lovely - a charming look into a unique neighborhood.
This is a wonderful tour of about 3 hours. It's very personal, up close, and the guide has a great sense of humor and tons of knowledge about the area. He's also closely connected with the locals and has the best hook ups on coffee shops and restaurants. I happen to go early Jan when it was pouring rain and I still had a great time. Well worth it if you want to experience the North Beach like a true local!
Long Beach, CA
GREAT tour. don't eat b/4 going tho. plenty of good food on the tour !
Great tour! Very knowledgeable tour guide. Learned a lot of history of the North Beach and had some amazing food! Would definitely recommend
What a totally fun tour! We were not expecting to eat so much food but it was all terrific and well worth the bloated tummies afterward. So...one warning - Go Hungry!! Every one of the stops was at a terrific establishment, most there for 75 years and with unforgettable food. Tour guide, Tom, was interesting and a lifelong resident of the neighborhood which made for good information. I just wish they offered similar tours on other cities.
Blandina was our guide and she was most enjoyable. She has lived in the area for many years and knows and loves it. We had many diverse bites of fabulous food, met great artisans and locals, and learned some of the history of the area. She made it come alive!
Such a wonderful day spent walking around Little Italy. The food was fantastic and our tour guide full of so much knowledge of the local area. If you have a chance to do this tour, I would recommend it!
This is an excellent, fun, informative, plus a delicious day tour. Our tour guide, the lovely Blondini is a wonderful, lady who knows the area and gave us a great number of hours touring a wonderful area in San Francisco. There was no moment that Blondini did not let us know what we are viewing or where we where going. This is a 1st class tour of a great area in a magnificent city in the USA. Please check it out!!
Tourguide was excellent...an SF and North Beach local who really knew his stuff. It was clear he keeps his contacts and knowledge of the area current which made us feel right at home throughout the tour. The stops were all delicious. A terrific combination of the wonky heritage of the artists and beats and the Italian heritage of San Francisco.
Highly recommended at the price.
My wife and I decided to do this food tour.
We were very glad we did.
Food and drinks were good and the tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable
It was such a great tour. Small and we learned so much. Very interesting. The food was so delicious. Well worth the price. If your considering doing this--book it. It really was perfect.
The food tour was excellent. We met amazing people, and the food stops were delicious. I commend the professional attitude of the guides and I would recommend that you take the tour, it is well worth it. Enjoy!
Blandina was absolutely great! She knew everyone we met on the tour and had lot of inside information about the area and people.
Our tour guide, Blandina, was extremely knowledgeable about the North Beach area, having lived there for many years. She had many stories of famous artists and writers who have lived there. And so much delicious food tasting! Don't eat before taking this tour!
Tom was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed it very much. The food portions were generous and delicious. All in all it was a great value.
Very interesting and plenty of good food, too!
This tour is a lot of fun!! Blondina is an excellent guide, with a lot of interesting facts about the neighborhood.
I had a great time with Blandina tour guide and a nice couple from Dallas on a personal walking tour of little Italy and the North Beach. It was nice to be in a small group of 3 as we learned so much about the culture, history and local shops. Some highlights were a cappuccino at Caffè Roma the make their own coffee in a huge machine, family run business with training in Italy - I bought a bag of coffee beans to take home, Mario's Cigar the best Focaccia sandwiches, St. Peter and Paul's Church beautiful church across from Washington Square, Z Cioccolato Fudge OMG yummy, Stella Pastry amazing desserts, Molinaro Deli walking in there makes you feel like you just stepped into Italy had another tasty sandwich - out of this world good and shared a pizza at Viva Pizza. I highly recommend this tour!
Blondina was very knowledgeable and wonderfully helpful. Great way to see the area.
Our guide, Blandina, was a delightful and well informed lady. She made our tour wonderful. The margherita pizza at then end of the tour was the best food sample. We had a great time and highly recommend this tour.
The food was great. Very informative.
Great tour with Blandina, who was as fascinating as the tour itself. Good variety of foods and lots of history of the neighborhood.
Great tour. Lots to see and eat and drink.
We loved our tour of North Beach! Blandina is a long time resident and excellent guide. The food was delicious...what a great way to get to know a neighborhood.
We had a great tour with Blandina during our recent stopover in San Francisco on our way to Hawaii. She was very well-informed, had a great sense of humor and shared insights about North Beach that only a long-time resident of the neighborhood could offer she's been living there for over 30 years. Her contacts and relationships with the locations we visited including artist studios and local stores and particularly with the cafes, delis, and restaurants on the tour made the tour a very comfortable and enjoyable experience. Last but not least, since we are from NJ and so was Blandina, we enjoyed sharing stories about our home state. We would highly recommend this tour for anyone seeking a very pleasant and informative afternoon or morning program in San Francisco--make sure you have a good appetite, as the Italian food included on the tour is outstanding.
Already did this!
This was a lot of fun. Great food and fun, enthusiastic guide. Guide was a local, and it was well worth it.
Tour was awesome. The guide, Blondina, was very knowledgeable about the area. All the places we stopped had great food, people were very friendly, told us about their products. We got so much food, we skipped dinner that night and had leftovers for lunch the next day. I would definitely recommend this tour for visitors to San Francisco.
Excellent tour guide, would do it again
A fun, fun tour. Lots of great information and history of North Beach from our tour guide, Blondina, who lives in North Beach. Visited various restaurants, delis, shops with samples of coffee drinks, sandwiches and pizza. Would highly recommend!!
This tour was great! The tour guide was awesome! Lots of great information!
We met our tour guide Blandina in front of Coit Liquors on the corner of Union and Columbus Street near Washington Square Park. She is a great guide. Blandina has been in the city for many, many years, and it seems like she knows everyone and she knows her history on San Francisco. This tour is a great way to see North Beach and walk among the locals. If you have not been to SF I highly recommend this walking tour and if you're lucky you will get the colorful, charming, intelligent, and full of life Blandina as your guide.
We enjoyed our tour of North Beach. Very informative and interesting. Tour guide Blandine was charming.
Blondina was wonderful. She was friendly, entertaining and knowledgeable. I live in San Francisco and I was amazed by the places that we visited. I would highly recommend for tourists and city dwellers alike.
Fantastic tour. Blandina was a sweetheart and very knowledgeable about the area. We enjoyed meeting the local merchants and getting a glimpse of the neighborhood. We had a taste of many delicious foods. We returned the next day to some of the places we visited on the tour. Some of our favorite purchases were the layered fudge and organic popcorn.
Had a fantastic time with our guide, Blondina. So much delicious food,terrific insights into North Beach and a great stroll through the neighborhood. We were a group of mostly native San Franciscans, so we knew some history. Still talking about it!
We had a fantastic afternoon on this tour and our guide was a sheer delight. We loved the stories behind the different landmarks and kept everything flowing very well. The food was fantastic, so much, but a good introduction to the different styles in San Francisco
Had a blast! Over the 4 hours, our tour guide took us to many cool places, where we had a chance to taste many of the specialty food and drink items, and purchase them, too. All the great samples we had probably equaled the price of the tour by itself! And we had a lot of the history of the area explained, which was also very interesting. When you're from out of town, its very nice to see a neighborhood from a locals perspective.
Blandina was terrific with so much information. Lotsa food on the tour.
We had a great time! Blandina was charming and relaxed, and a real citizen of the area, so her information was delightful and the shops and food places we visited were the real thing--long established and top notch. Can't believe how much food was served on the tour. We three couples the other two were practically newlyweds, and we've been married 46 years got along well and had a lot of laughs. If you want an excellent tour, with a charming guide, take this one.
Great tour! More food than I expected. The tour guide was wonderful, and knew the area very well. This was the only day I was able to take in San Francisco, and the tour made me feel like I was able to see and learn quite a bit in a short time. Well worth it!
Our tour guide, Blandina, was superb. This is the second tour I have taken with her. It was interesting, tasty and informative. Highly recommend it!
Very enjoyable experience! The food was also wonderful.
Great tour, lovely food, catered for everyone - even those of us who didnt like chocolate. Great to get a bit of local history as well
This was an amazing tour.
The food was great, the explanations were wonderful and the guide was very knowledgeable and informative.
Blondina Farley was our guide and we had a great time. She was very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. I highly recommend this tour and more specifically Blondina.
This was a fabulous tour. Blondina, our guide, has been a resident of the area for many years and she was able to share stories, provide some history, introduce us to the locals and give us lots of tastings of the delicious food of Little Italy. After completing the tour in the morning, I was able to walk the streets and explore the area with a greater understanding in the afternoon. What a great day!
Very enjoyable and some great food.
Lots of fun and very informative!
Really superb tour. Blandina is a real character and made us feel like locals - she seemed to know everyone in the area and took us to some interesting places. Excellent food too - I particularly enjoyed the deli, pizza and freshly baked bread.
Really enjoyed the tour. Our guide Blondine was very knowledgeable to the area and the locals. Food was great. My favorite was the chocolate dipped Macaroons. Would love to see other tours like this for other neighborhoods in SF. Thanks!!!
What an amazing experience. Our tour guide Blandine was great, having lived in San Fransisco for many years and in the Little Italy area in particular she knew all the shop owners and it was a very relaxed and informative tour. The product sampling at various establishments was a great experience. Definitely recommend as a must do tour.
Wonderful tour! Loved it! Tons of information and interesting history of this historic neighborhood. We will be back! Thank you Blondina for a wonderful morning!
This is the coolest tour. Brandina is a real trip.
What an enjoyable way to spend part of your day!
I think its worth the money. Tour guide was very very friendly and informative since she is a local for years.