By Vanessa Serpas
Photos by Gabriella Gamboa

Gourmet Walks chocolate tour guide Nicole Lewis (middle) has tourists try fine chocolates in front of the Ferry Plaza on Friday April 19, 2013. Gourmet Chocolate Tour is an artisanal tasting trip from the San Francisco Waterfront to Union Square
Gourmet Walks chocolate tour guide Nicole Lewis (middle) has tourists try fine chocolates in front of the Ferry Plaza on Friday April 19, 2013. Gourmet Chocolate Tour is an artisanal tasting trip from the San Francisco Waterfront to Union Square

By Vanessa Serpas
Photos by Gabriella Gamboa

Whether you are a local or new to San Francisco, one item you must cross off your “things to
do in SF” list is a food tour. With San Francisco’s eclectic neighborhoods and diverse culture,
there are great restaurants all throughout the city that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters.
And the great part about the food tours is that you can leave all the details to your tour guide.

All you have to do is purchase your ticket and show up to taste some great dishes at some of
the best locations in the Bay Area. Below are some great options for you to try.

Grub Crawl
780 Potrero Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110
www.grubcrawl.com / $40 – $50 per person

Baseball season is here and the Giants are back at it, working on getting another
championship win! After all the magic that has happened at AT&T Park, what fan
wouldn’t want a private tour of the stadium? Well you’re in luck! You can join Grub Crawl’s Grubbin’ like a Giant walking tour.

This unique tour stops at three different restaurants – Ironside, Pedro’s Cantina, and
Public House, where you are presented with the best dishes from each eatery. And
don’t worry you don’t get teased with just a taste of the best dishes, you get to dig
into the whole thing, but make sure to pace yourself because you are guaranteed to be
stuffed at the end. Once you’ve stuffed yourself you’ll grab your
roadie (beer) and head to AT&T Park for an exclusive tour of one of the most beautiful
stadiums in baseball. Can’t think of a better way to end a night of great food and drinks
with friends.

Gourmet Walks chocolate participants try fine chocolates at the Buyer's Best Friend kiosk in the Ferry Building on Friday April 19, 2013. Gourmet Chocolate Tour is an artisanal tasting trip from the San Francisco Waterfront to Union Square.
Gourmet Walks chocolate participants try fine chocolates at the Buyer’s Best Friend kiosk in the Ferry Building on Friday April 19, 2013. Gourmet Chocolate Tour is an artisanal tasting trip from the San Francisco Waterfront to Union Square.

Gourmet Walks
1 Ferry Plaza, SF, CA / (415) 312 – 1119
www.gourmetwalks.com / $52 – $75 per person

Everybody loves chocolate. So why not take a Gourmet Chocolate Tour, or even better,
an ULTRA Chocolate Tour. I know what you’re thinking, how can anything possibly be better than a gourmet chocolate tour? You can sip on wine while you’re at it! The ULTRA tour lets you relish in savory chocolate delights at 7 different locations and pairs it with the perfect wine to
take the taste from delicious to sensational. The very knowledgeable tour guide fills
you in on the history of chocolate and shows you the best way to examine and taste
your treat. And for any San Francisco newbie, some fun
history of the city is added as well. Of course, if chocolate isn’t your thing, Gourmet
Walks offers three other great food tours you can enjoy.

Local Tastes of the City Tours
588 Sutter Street, SF, CA / (415) 665 – 0480
www.sffoodtours.com / $59 per person

Delve into the North Beach and Chinatown neighborhoods with a tour of the local
businesses offering tasty morsels to excite your palate. Local Tastes offers the
flexibility of touring day or night and even same-day bookings. If you’re thinking of
doing your tour in the day then you’ll be heading to North Beach to try everything
from baked goods, savory chocolates to specialty meats and olive oils. Night tours head
into Chinatown to visit local tea shops and sample some of the tastiest dim sum in the
neighborhood. Not only do you get to sample the goods from local shops, but you also
get to watch how they are made and ask questions of the talented chefs and bakers. As
you stroll through the neighborhood, your guide will also fill you in on the fascinating
history of North Beach and Chinatown. Come alone, come with friends, or book a
private tour for a group.