North Beach Local Food Tour in San Francisco

Join a passionate local guide to explore culinary traditions in San Francisco's vibrant Little Italy

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Looking to add a bit of Italian flavor to your San Francisco vacation? Then North Beach is the place for you, and our local foodie guides are ready to lift the lid on San Francisco’s Italian soul! With a small group of food-loving travelers, taste the best of Little Italy’s artisan produce and meet the family-run businesses who’ve kept this community fed for generations. Plus, see the hangouts of the famed Beat Generation of the 1950's and trace the steps of greats like Kerouac and Ginsburg!

  • Explore the hangouts of the "Beat Generation"
  • Discover Little Italy with a local foodie guide
  • Meet the people behind the food
  • Freshly ground coffee and sweet cannoli
  • Italian chocolate making in action
  • Old school delis full of traditional flavor
  • Pizza the Neapolitan way
  • Pasta, arancini, and more!

After meeting your small group and friendly foodie guide in the heart of North Beach, you'll get acquainted over a delicious Italian coffee before setting off on your journey through the flavors of Little Italy. Over the next few hours you'll stroll around this enchanting neighborhood learning its rich history and how it became home to the famed Beatnik movement of the 50's. The highlight is the food though, of course...

You'll stop in at some of North Beach's favorite food institutions to taste the best the neighborhood has to offer, including cannoli, arancini, pizza, pasta, locally-made salamis, and delicious Italian-style chocolate. It's the perfect way to bring a taste of Italy to your San Francisco adventure, and we promise you won't be hungry for a while after!

North Beach Local Food Tour Description

Your 3-hour Little Italy tour includes:

  • Guided walking tour of the vibrant North Beach neighborhood

  • Up to 8 delicious Little Italy food stops

  • Cannoli, pizza, artisan cured meats, and more!

  • All food and non-alcoholic drinks included

  • A passionate local foodie guide

  • Maximum group size of 12

Coffee and Cannoli in the Heart of North Beach

Your tour begins at the corner of Columbus and Green right in the center of North Beach, where you're friendly local guide will be waiting to welcome you to their favorite foodie neighborhood in San Francisco.

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 all-time favorites, the cannoli, while you get to know your group and your guide explains some of the history of this charming little corner of San Francisco.

Chocolate Made the Italian Way

Next, you'll head to an award-winning artisan chocolatier to treat yourself to homemade fudges, chocolates, and candies, and you'll even get a peek behind the scenes to see the techniques that have won this North Beach favorite so many fans.

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

Delicious Bites at an Old School Italian Deli

Since the 19th century, this family-run staple of North Beach has been providing the city with delights straight from and inspired by Italy. Try homemade cured meats as well as tasty olives and street food classics such as Arancini (rice balls). Close your eyes and let your taste buds travel to Italy.

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. This delicatessen in the center of North Beach has been producing delicious salamis since 1896, and you'll see just why they've stuck around this long!

Traditional-style Pizza and Pasta

When you think of great pizza, California isn't usually the place you picture eating it, but this San Francisco pizzeria brings the real taste of Italy to the Golden State. Using pizza making methods straight from the bay of Naples, you'll experience delicious wood-fired pizza that'll transport you back to the old country.

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"

While Hemingway and Joyce spent their days at the Parisian cafes along the River Seine, the Beat Writers of the 1950's made San Francisco their 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.

What you get with this tour
Guided walking tour of the vibrant North Beach neighborhood
Up to 8 delicious Little Italy food stops
Cannoli, pizza, artisan cured meats, and more!
All food and non-alcoholic drinks included
A passionate local foodie guide
Maximum group size of 12
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A Fantastic Tour
06 April 2022
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Reviewed by
Martin Shelton-Jenck

I’m so glad we had a full afternoon with Brian. The food was excellent. Cannoli, salami, olives,orangini, pizza, more pizza, wine, tiramisu It was all wonderful. But great food tasted better because of Brian’s presence, stories, and overall kind and helpful deameanor. I have been on food tours in NYC, Beijing, Seattle and other places. Brian is the best. It was and afternoon I will never forget.

Mamma Mia!
30 March 2022
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Hannah Smith

My husband and I are big foodies. So when we found this tour, we thought it would be a great idea to try the local food. We were not sure how good it would be, but were very pleasantly surprised! We ate so much food we didn't even need dinner that night! The tour is based in Little Italy and we tried so many delights from cannolis to chocolate to great pizza. Our foodie guide kept our interest throughout with fascinating stories of the establishments we were visiting.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

You'll meet your friendly local guide at 480 Columbus Avenue, at the corner of Green and Columbus, in front of the Bank of the West.

What to bring?

Some comfortable shoes and a healthy appetite!

Where to meet?

You'll meet your friendly local guide at 480 Columbus Avenue, at the corner of Green and Columbus, in front of the Bank of the West.

What if I'm vegetarian or vegan?

No problem! Just let us know in advance so we can make the arrangements.

What to bring?

Some comfortable shoes and a healthy appetite!

How much walking is involved in this tour?

This is a walking tour but an easy one, with plenty of stops and a gentle pace.

What if I have other dietary needs?

Just get in touch after booking so we can make sure your dietary needs can be catered for.

How much walking is involved in this tour?

The tour covers about 8-10 city blocks with some slight inclines on hills.

Is this tour suitable for kids?

Sure, if your kids like their food then they'll love Little Italy!

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

No, it's run by one of our trusted and vetted partners in San Francisco. They're a specialist local tour company who we know uphold our high standards.

Is it "North Beach" or "Little Italy"?

These are both names for the exact same place. Most locals refer to the neighborhood as North Beach, although elsewhere it's often referred to as Little Italy.

Are drinks included?

As well as the food, non-alcoholic drinks are also included.

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