San Francisco Historic Chinatown Tour
Explore one of San Francisco's most popular destinations with a tour that covers its history, food and culture. Get a true feel for the culture while touring the vibrant area with a native guide.
What You Will Do
- Discover the history and culture of the San Francisco Chinatown while also learning about its architecture and food.
- Make stops at local landmarks, including a Buddhist temple, a fortune cookie factory, a tea shop, and a dim sum teahouse
- Enjoy lunch at a traditional Chinese restaurant with a professionally-selected tasting menu
- Guided Chinatown tour -Hosted dim sum tasting luncheon (optional)
We have precoordinated a dim sum tasting luncheon at a local restaurant. With advance notice, we are able to accommodate vegetarians with an alternative meal.
Guests should wear comfortable shoes and a light sweater or jacket for the morning. Pets are not allowed in food establishments.
- 122 Ratings
Our tour guide, Gimmy, was delightful. We learned a lot, laughed a lot, saw a lot that we'd never seen or understood before, and ate a lot at a wonderful restaurant that we'd never have found on our own.
Dorothy was everything you could ever want in a tour guide - knowledgable, passionate, funny, and deeply engrained in the history and culture of the place she was showing us. I would recommend her and Wiz Wok to anyone!
Gimmy was very pleasant. Enjoyed the stroll through Chinatown, the stop where fortune cookies were made, absolutely loved dim sum. Wish you would add more stops to sample tea, etc.
Gimmy was an exceptional tour guide! She was fun, informative, and a very warm person in general. Her knowledge of San Francisco history was amazing. We also loved all the places we visited and the lunch was much more impressive than we expected!
We thought that there would be visits to more shops that only the locals frequented. The Dim Sum lunch was awesome, though.
It was a great tour, perhaps primarily because of Gimmy, who was so knowledgeable and pleasant to walk around with. I especially liked being introduced to some great shops for future shopping without any sort of implication we should buy stuff. Lunch was really super ! Loved it all.
It was very authentic and gave a good insight in to the location
Great overview by a local ! Nice tea tasting and excellent quality lunch ! I recommend this tour
It was a really good experience and I would highly recommend it to others. My fav part was the tea sessions and the temple visit. We can always go to a mall, a disc, or restaurant but sometimes it's important to know more about the city you live in!
We chose Wok Wiz based on its website which has an interesting history of this tour company and an impressive list of recommendations from the New York Times, and Gourmet and Cooking Light Magazines. We were looking for a culinary tour with food tastings along the way, however, the only Wok Wiz tour offered on the day we were in San Fran was the Classic Tour which has no food tasting stops (except for tea and and a tasting of hot off the press fortune cookies) and ends with an optional dim sum lunch (we opted in). The itinerary looked interesting and the timing was right - the tour started at 10 am and finished by 1 pm (including lunch) which gave us plenty of time to walk to our next tour's starting point (Vantigo Tours) in Union Square. We covered a lot of territory in the allotted time. Stops included a print shop, live seafood and fresh produce shops, an herb shop, a Catholic Church that withstood the 1906 earthquake and fire, a fortune cookie bake shop, a Buddhist temple, and a tea shop where we had a tea tasting that turned me into a total tea snob! We even visited Chinatown's "Living Room", a bustling outdoor park which provides a common space for residents of SRO's. Many thanks to our excellent tour guide, Gimmy Park Li, for sharing her knowledge, love and appreciation for the culture and history of Chinatown and its inhabitants. We felt very lucky to have her all to ourselves as we were the only two people signed up for the tour on Monday morning, January 2. Gimmy gave us a memorable experience and sparked our interest to learn more about this fascinating district and its resilient people.
Dorothy Quock was a charming and informative tour guide