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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch
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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch

By All About Chinatown Tours
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Dive deep into Chinatown, one of San Francisco’s most historic neighborhoods, on this walking tour. Your guide shares commentary as you explore highlights including a Buddhist temple, fortune cookie factory, and medicinal herb shop, visiting both well-known sights and hidden gems in this vibrant district. Upgrade to include a 9-course dim sum lunch for a flavorful meal at one of Chinatown's great restaurants.
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€51.50
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€51.50
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Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
Duration: 2h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
English

Highlights
  • Discover the shops, temples, and food purveyors of Chinatown
  • Taste fortune cookies after learning how they are made
  • Hear the history of immigration to San Francisco from China
  • Upgrade to include a 9-course Chinese dim sum lunch

  • Professional guide
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Make your own way to the centrally located meeting point to meet your guide, who shares commentary about Chinatown’s history, culture, and daily life. Stroll along Stockton Street, passing markets with fresh seafood, vegetable vendors, tea shops, and Chinese bakeries. Stop at an herbal pharmacy, where you learn about the medicinal uses of items such as ginseng root, gecko lizards, and pearl pills. Then try the samples at a fortune cookie factory. See a Chinese-language school and Waverly Place, an alley filled with temples and secret clubs. Note buildings designed to resemble pagodas, and Chinese decor along the streets. Go to a Buddhist temple that houses gold antiques, and learn about Chinese Buddhism in local practice. Your tour ends near your starting point. Upgrade to include the 9-course lunch at a popular dim sum restaurant in Chinatown (sample menu below).

Departure details
  • Old Saint Mary's Cathedral, 660 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA The cross street is Grant Avenue
Return details
  • 800 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA The tour ends on Grant Ave., 2 blocks from Old St. Mary's Cathedral, the starting site of the tour.

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2326WALK

  • Tours operate rain or shine; please dress appropriately
  • If you have dietary restrictions, the restaurant can make substitutions upon your request
  • Most travellers can participate
  • We need a minimum of 2 persons to confirm your booking. If you are traveling alone, we will offer alternate dates for you to join us.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2326WALK

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Old Saint Mary's Cathedral
    660 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
    The cross street is Grant Avenue
    See address & details
  • 1
    All About Chinatown Tours
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Chinatown
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Portsmouth Square
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Stockton Street
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Golden Gate Fortune Cookies Co
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Stockton Street
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    The Street of the Painted Balconies
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 8
    Chinatown
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    800 Clay St
    800 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
    The tour ends on Grant Ave., 2 blocks from Old St. Mary's Cathedral, the starting site of the tour.
    See address & details
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About the operator

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jilly681
jilly681
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Chinatown Trek with the Best
This is the third time we have taken this tour! Linda Lee is so engaging, knowledgeable and fun! She shared the h
nicolehX594SN
nicolehX594SN
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Great 2 hour tour
Linda made the tour light and fun. She had great history of the area and a great sense of humor. I would definitely
Ohsoglamjewels
Ohsoglamjewels
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China town tour with dim sum lunch
Linda was amazing, very informative tour of China town, and the dim sum lunch was an added plus to this tour.
Ellen B
Ellen B
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Private tour with Lynn
Because some folks in our small group have mobility issues, we opted for a private tour. Lynn was our guide, and sh
Kelly R
Kelly R
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Love the personal angle of things
We did this tour on Memorial Day, and it was interesting to learn some of the history of Chinatown in SF, and what
Odyssey706041
Odyssey706041
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excellent tour with personal experiences
Linda gave excellent value for money with insights into Chinese-American history and culture including her own expe
mariaaba
mariaaba
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The best historic tour of a SF Landmark!
If you are a first time visitor to SF/West Coast, this is a must Tour. You will learn the history of Chinese Ameri
438danieln
438danieln
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The real deal
Highly recommend. Linda is authentic (native) and dynamic. the tour mixes history, culture, anecdote. She has a
Venture764044
Venture764044
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Private your
Linda was incredible! Very fun and knowledgeable. Even as a local playing tourist, I learned so much!
Cindy K
Cindy K
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Chinatown Tour Linda Lee
Our tour was amazing! Linda was not only informative, but was very engaging to her audience. We would recommend thi
Riane M
Riane M
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All About Chinatown Tour
Wonderful informative, fun tour with Linda! Linda is so knowledgeable about Chinatown, and it was great learning ab
Sherry W
Sherry W
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Great tour
We had a great tour with Linda! She made the experience informative and fun. Our tour included lunch that was fant
thewritetranslator
thewritetranslator
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Fun and Educational
LINDA’s background and knowledge of Chinatown helped to make this tour very fun and educational. My 11-year-old an
KathleenDawson
KathleenDawson
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Wonderful, Fun and Educational Tour
We loved our tour with Linda Lee. She made the time fly by with her thoughtful insights and funny approach. We were
Carrie F
Carrie F
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Chinatown tour
Fantastic tour! Great way to learn about Chinatown’s history and not get bogged down in trinkets! Linda is fantasti
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Bill S
San Carlos, CA3 contributions
Aug 2022
So many reviews on this site were written to acknowledge Linda. I toured on Saturday 8/20. No Linda!! But we had Don. His tour was fantastic. Language, culture, history, he had it all. Very open to questions and handled them all while tying into his ongoing dialog. We learned so much about this amazing city within a city. Even got good tips on how to tell genuine jade from fake. We had a teen with us and even she cocked an eyebrow once or twice! Loved it. The dim sum lunch was delicious and good value, with a mix of regular dishes plus 3 or 4 dim sum items. Our only surprise was when Don left the restaurant without giving us an opportunity to share a gratuity with him - perhaps he's used to guests who don't understand the custom - but my wife was able to track him down before he got too far! Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to learn more than the superficial tourist stuff.
Written 22 August 2022
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Linda L
When Don comes across a question asked on the tour that he doesn't readily have a deep knowledge of, Don will contact me and then will begin a lively discussion of what we both know, and don't. I have learned so much from Don that I am even thinking....I should take Don's tour! Thank you so much for this thoughtful and appreciative review. Don will be thrilled to read this online. We know how great he is - so will others once they read your 5 star review.
Written 23 August 2022
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Michelle M
1 contribution
Oct 2022
We booked this tour for a work team activity. It was the perfect ratio of walking, stopping, and information with historic photo exhibits. Super informative. Easy for any age/ability. Great for out of town attendees as well as long time locals. Beth was super friendly and her love for the city shone through. As a former educator, she was a natural speaking to a group of people and encouraging questions.
Don't forget to buy some fortune cookies at the factory :)
Written 7 November 2022
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Linda L
Hi M3Trav: This review confirms for future visitors that Beth is an outstanding tour guide for any group, any size, any interest. As a teacher, Beth knows how to listen, how to communicate, and how to engage so that visitors are continually learning and having fun at the same time. Thank you for your thorough review and the 5 stars from myself and Beth.
Written 10 November 2022
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Eva M
1 contribution
May 2021
5-Stars for the tour - not for the meal

Linda provides great coverage of the history and culture. She augments the tour with personal anecdotes and a great sense of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

I would have passed on the lunch, though. Taste is a personal thing. For me, having eaten a variety of dim sum over the years, the meal was disappointing. If you have never tried dim sum before it could be a good entry level introduction.
Written 13 May 2021
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Linda L
Dear Eva M: Thank you for your 5 star review and your comments about the luncheon. I’ve work with the chef and dropped the standard egg roll with other choices to make the selections more distinctive. While many of our guests enjoy the dim sum luncheon, there's always room for new flavors, new ingredients!
Written 16 May 2021
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Amber
Portland, OR4 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
The kids loved the Fortune Cookie Factory, of course! I really enjoyed learning about the history of San Fran, how much influence the Chinese had, hearing the stories of the people who founded Chinatown and how that flows through into modern day. My son even opted for a haircut afterwards. Our guide, Don was very knowledgeable and gave the tour a welcoming and inviting feel. He was so pleasant and easily answered any questions during our time together. We are so glad we did this tour and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in experiencing Chinatown in an authentic way.
Written 16 July 2022
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Linda L
Hi Amberohs: Don is an outstanding guide in so many ways, and your family was fortunate to have him on the day of your tour. Beyond the wealth of historical and cultural info that Don can share, he got your son to get a haircut? High five, Don! Thank you for your 5 star review - I'll be sure to send this review to Don McNab.
Written 17 July 2022
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Nebraska Outback
Sutherland, NE147 contributions
Nov 2021
I can't recommend this tour enough! We were looking for an in-depth tour of the history and culture of Chinatown, and we certainly found it in the tour presented by Linda Lee. She is absolutely delightful, with a wonderful sense of humor and an incredible knowledge of the area and the people. If you're looking to expand your knowledge of the City of San Francisco and Chinatown and its people, this is the tour for you!
Written 14 November 2021
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Linda L
Hi Muriel and Mark: This review is comparable to getting a great recommendation from an employer! Thank you so very much for taking the time to write such a flattering and thoughtful summary of your experience in Chinatown. May I come knock on your door in Sutherland if my Airbnb is full? 😉
Written 15 November 2021
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Xycid
San Francisco, CA27 contributions
Apr 2021
Can I just say: you should definitely go here!!

Chinatown is the easiest way to travel to Hong Kong or China or Taiwan without actually flying across the ocean. It's a national treasure. And, take my word for it, right now (esp. if you're vaccinated) might be the best time to visit before tourists fill the streets (and they will).

Have some real Chinese food, buy some bok choy or excellent Chinese tea, take a few photos of local murals for your Instagram, watch old grandmas make fortune cookies and submerge yourself in a unique culture for a few hours.

And thank you to Linda Lee for the tours, her perfect Chinese-American accent and for sharing the history of her neighborhood. Support Chinatown, learn more about Asian-Americans, support local Chinatown businesses.
Written 11 April 2021
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Linda L
Dear Xycid: This is exactly the kind of review every person in Chinatown would like future visitors to read. Chinatown is open and bustling with vitality. Xycid, you nailed it!
Written 12 April 2021
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Dixxydean16
1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Solo
The tour was a bust. The host was friendly, but I feel like I learned less about Chinatown, than learned about the guide's favorite shops. This is picky, but I also felt the tour style was juvenile and less professional than I've seen in the past.

If you're looking for a history of Chinatown, and more of a guide to bridge divide between your knowledge of China and Chinese, essentially making the area a little more accessible for the layperson, id maybe look elsewhere.
Written 24 September 2022
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Linda L
Hi Dixxyde: I'm sorry you were disappointed in your tour. If you would be so kind, please contact me privately through our email about your guide. A review like this is helpful for the guide to know how he/she can improve the tour content for the future. Email: info@allaboutchinatown.com Thank you for your feedback!
Written 25 September 2022
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Moffett1
Media, PA63 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Linda was a laid back, knowledgeable guide. Might need a little more volume when talking on the street. She clearly grew up and knows this area. It was fun to hear her voice tone change when she spoke as others talked to her. Learned some facts -wished there had been more but our tour included kids who probably didn’t want more history. The tour zigzagged across the area. Not sure I could find many of our stops again if I wanted to revisit or put titles on my pics. We added the optional lunch. It was great. Couldn’t eat it all. They boxed it and enjoyed it again another day. Thanks for the suggestion sheet at the end of the tour. We’ll try to visit another restaurant during our stay.
Written 4 February 2020
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Linda L
Dear Moffett1: Thanks for your thorough review! It's always a challenge to be heard on the noisy streets of Chinatown, but that's the authenticity of it. We are walking through multiple streets of a bustling, lively community. Feel free to send me the photos you took if you want me to identify some of our stops. And Happy New Year!
Written 5 February 2020
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Diana J
Jackson, WI8 contributions
Guide, Linda, was warm and welcoming, not to mention very knowledgeable. (She has been giving this tour for 30 years!) Born and raised in Chinatown/SF, she is the one to lead and educate. Lunch afterward was very good as well. Lots of food and definitely leftovers to enjoy the next day! Linda also shared a list of local businesses that are "must visits" --much appreciated. Will recommend Linda and her tour to anyone who asks!
Written 12 July 2021
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Linda L
Dear dianaj797: I'm most thrilled for you in finding the chili sauce that can make your taste buds and stomach smile! Please visit again while you are living here.
Written 13 July 2021
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EZDad1961
Knoxville, TN5 contributions
Aug 2021
Meeting Linda and our very personal tour was the best part of our day. Be sure to confirm if you are requesting a private tour as we did have some confusion but, I can say, Linda went above and beyond in making sure we felt cared for on our visit. We do recommend the DIm Sum lunch as the quality was quite good. Dim Sum was not new to us and we really enjoyed the meal and time to visit with each other. Overall, we recommend this experience. Linda's personal experiences from growing up in San Francisco's Chinatown brought us an understanding we would never had appreciated on our own.
Written 8 August 2021
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Linda L
Dear EZDad: I'm thrilled that I provided a memorable experience for you and your family. Through our flexibility, we were able to share experiences about our time in China and in Chinatown in a personal, intimate way. I hope future readers will see that the dim sum meal ranked high for experienced dim sum diners. Lastly, thank you for your generosity of time, sending this 5 star review, and gift with such a stylish "note card."
Written 9 August 2021
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