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Teas Temples and Beatniks Tour Including Chinese Tea and Dessert Tastings

  • 2.5-hour walking tour of North Beach and Chinatown in San Francisco
  • Taste a variety of specialties including moon cakes and tea in Chinatown
  • Learn about local history including the Barbary Coast, Chinese and Italian communities, and the Beatniks
Teas Temples and Beatniks Tour Including Chinese Tea and Dessert Tastings
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Teas Temples and Beatniks Tour Including Chinese Tea and Dessert Tastings
From US$66.00
Discover the highlights of Chinatown and North Beach on a 2.5-hour walking tour. Your knowledgeable guide provides insight into the Chinese and Italian immigrant cultures that have shaped these famous San Francisco neighborhoods. In Chinatown, visit a historic Chinese temple, bakery, fortune cookie maker and tea shop for tastings of their delectable goods. Then stroll past Italian cafes and restaurants in neighboring North Beach where you visit City Lights Bookstore, hear about the Beatniks and Barbary Coast, and see Coit Tower and Washington Square Park.
What to Expect
Meet your guide and small group, limited to 12 participants, at Chinatown Gate. You'll venture on foot through two vibrant neighborhoods and discover tucked-away spots down unassuming alleys. Immerse yourself in the cultural and aesthetic contrasts between one of the largest and oldest Chinese communities outside of Asia and the European charm of North Beach, birthplace of the Beat Generation.

Follow your guide through the bustling streets and learn about the history of this Chinese community during San Francisco's Gold Rush, as well as America's railway-building boom. Visit one of Chinatown’s oldest bakeries for an authentic mooncake pastry; they're so good even former President Bill Clinton stopped here for a bite of these traditional delicacies.

From here, proceed to Waverly Place and have your fortune read at the oldest Chinese temple in the US. Then weave your way between performing street artists to taste fortune cookies hot off the press, followed by an in-depth tea tasting session where you will learn about the different types and flavors of traditional Chinese tea.

Next, it’s on to North Beach to see the famous hangouts of Beat poets Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg, including City Lights Bookstore, which still publishes the works of local poets. Get a feel for North Beach (the city's Little Italy) as you stroll past cafes of the Barbary Coast and look up at Coit Tower.

Your tour concludes at Washington Square Park, a well-appointed location that's adjacent to Italian restaurants, all within easy access to public transportation.
Reviews (19)
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Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile
Incredible tour of Chinatown and San Francisco History

Christian is amazing. We enjoyed learning about the history of San Francisco and Chinatown. He took us to cool off the beaten path locations and recommended some great restaurants. He allowed us to move at our own pace and took time to answer a million...More

Thank Robyn R
Reviewed 8 October 2018
Walk through Chinatown

Isabella was a fantastic guide, we got to taste great food and learn all about China town in San Francisco. My favorite part of the tour was learning all about the different types of tea and how it is grown and processed. I would totally...More

Thank Sebastian H
Reviewed 30 August 2018
Chinatown and North Beach

I took with Christian the tour called Teas Temples and Beaniks Tour including Chinese tea ans dessert tasting: He was great and knowledgeable. I wanted to learn about the real Chinatown, with Christian I acomplished that and more! Lear a lot about the city, the...More

1  Thank Misqui Natalia A
Reviewed 21 August 2018
Family Tour of Chinatown

Isabella was a lovely, knowledgeable guide. The pace was good and she engaged our teens (which is not always easy with that age) We wanted to do something out of the normal touristy to-do list and this was it. The tea tasting was fun. We...More

Thank RKTravels_13
Reviewed 20 August 2018
Easing into Chinatown

I live in Oklahoma now, but am a Californian who has family in the beautiful city by the bay and makes a strong effort to visit when I come out to see family in my home town of Sacramento. My sister and I spent a...More

1  Thank Tammy K
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