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San Francisco, CA | China Town Food Walking Tour

I’ll be honest, never was I the person who I thought who would take a food tour. The main reason is because I am not a foodie. Well, a weird thing happened after I got married…I became a foodie! We can all thank my husband and his extreme love of eating and food (ha!). I have a newfound love for food and actually enjoy food and eating so an invite from TripAdvisor to do something touristy in my new hometown had me all excited and eager to sign up for the China Town Food Walking Tour. 

The saying holds very true, “there is nothing more fun than being a tourist in your own city.”  My hubby and I have been all around California and San Francisco specifically but we always find more and more to explore and do. The China Town food walking tour had a little bit of everything, history, walking, sightseeing, and food! I was actually surprised at the amount of food we ate and food stops we made. As you all know my husband and I are vegetarian so we were a little worried about whether we would actually eat anything or not but goodness did they put that worry aside! They were incredibly accommodating and had vegetarian options at every stop. 

We even made a stop at the Fortune Cookie Factory. I was beyond excited for this as I hadn’t been before and it’s been on my bucket list. It’s hidden in a little alley so it can be easy to miss but make sure you don’t as this is a landmark sight. They also give free samples AND free tours! 

Quick directions to get there:

  1. At the Dragon gate (at the intersection of Bush Street and Grant Avenue), look up the hill (facing north on Grant Avenue) into Chinatown.
  2. Walk up the hill on Grant.
  3. Walk six blocks up Grant. You will pass Pine, California, Sacramento, Clay, and Washington.
  4. Turn left on Jackson Street.
  5. Turn left onto Ross Alley.
  6. Halfway down the block, you will see the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory sign (show below). Go on in!

Places we stopped at on this tour (subject to change):

  • New Hollywood Bakery & Restaurant: Our favorite light and buttery buns filled with barbecue-flavored cha siu pork (est. 1991)
  • Grant Place: This local favorite is known for Hong Kong style dim sum and Chinese specialties
  • Z&Y Restaurant: Chef Han has grown in reputation by preparing food for presidents and foreign ministers of the People’s Republic of China (est.2008)
  • Imperial Palace: Beijing Peking Duck cut up in front of you with thin, crispy skin, succulent pieces of meat and sweet bean sauce spread on pancakes (est.1967)
  • AA Bakery & Café: Freshly made, out of the oven, Hong Kong style egg tarts cooked to a smooth flan-like perfection with a buttery flakey crust (est.2002)
  • House of Nanking: Peter Fang opened this Shanghainese restaurant with a single-burner in 1988 and it’s grown into a Chinatown staple with lines out the door (est. 1988)
  • Hunan Home’s Restaurant: Has won numerous awards including the Golden Award for the “Best Bay Area Chinese Restaurant” in the Chinese World Journal (est. 1983)
  • R&G Lounge: Michelin Guide recommended traditional Cantonese style cuisine (est. 1985)
Do yourself a favor for just one weekend and explore the roads less-taken, sample Chef Han’s world-famous Szechuan cuisine and the delectable Peking duck, take in the sights and smells of the real Chinatown, and see how San Francisco’s Chinese Americans live during this exciting culinary and gourmet food tour. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. 
 
 

Thank you to TripAdvisor for sponsoring and planning such a fun day for my husband and me!

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Meena
    February 5, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    oh my gosh this looks amazing! definitely, have to check this out when I am in San Francisco.

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    Lauren
    February 5, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    FORTUNE COOKIE FACTORY!? That legit sounds like heaven!! Your pictures are amazing by the way.

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      mrsgupta
      February 5, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      Thank you! The Fortune Cookie Factory was so much fun and it was so neat seeing how they are made.

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    Naina
    February 5, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    I always admire how much you not only love but care and do for your family, especially your husband and marriage. Your devotion is admirable. Your husband and in-laws are really lucky and blessed to have you. Thank you for being an inspiration and role model. I hope you achieve so much more in your career and continue to inspire women like myself.

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      mrsgupta
      February 5, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      Incredibly kind and thoughtful. Thank you, Naina. Just a simple girl fulfilling my duties and responsibilities.

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