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Avital Tours: Haight Ashbury Food Tour – San Francisco, CA

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San Francisco’s famous Haight Ashbury neighborhood is most well-known for its hippie days. This time we’ll take you on a trip worth remembering through The Haight and Cole Valley culinary scene on this “Eat Your Drink” food tour. You’ll have the unique opportunity to explore Second Act’s hidden garden where one of America’s top cocktail bars sources its cocktail ingredients, to sample Russian piroshkis, and to finish with an exclusive dessert drink made by San Francisco’s only soda jerks at an authentic soda fountain. What a delicious way to be a culinary insider!

The Tastings

Taste off-menu “piggy” tacos and bacon Mexican hot chocolate from one of San Francisco’s best loved food trucks, Bacon Bacon now turned brick-and-mortar

Go behind the scenes into Second Act’s private garden where Alembic sources herbs for it’s experimental cocktails and then sip on the Southern Exposure cocktail and paired pickled quail eggs inside Food & Wine Magazine’s #1 best craft cocktail bar in America from gastropub owner Dave McLean

Watch a demo of how a piroshki is made and then bite into a savory beef and cheese piroshki from the Second Act Marketplace’s gem, Anda Piroshki

Sample and learn about Taylor’s Tonics and unusual sodas and saltwater taffy from a unique soda pop shop, The Fizzary, boasting over 900 different sodas

Sip on a Green Russian, a Dill Lactart Soda developed exclusively for Avital Tours by Virginia Miller at New York Times acclaimed Ice Cream soda fountain featuring over 75 tinctures

* Stops and tastings are subject to change based on availability. We can accommodate most dietary restrictions with advance notice. Vegetarian option available.

The Facts

  • Meet chefs, bar managers, and industry experts and chat with them!
  • Tour and exclusive menu items developed in conjunction with one of San Francisco’s top food writers, Virginia Miller of The Perfect Spot and SF Editor of Zagat
  • Available Sundays 2:30pm-5:30pm
  • Flat route with two slight hills, approximately 1 mile
  • Begins in front of  Victorian Row at the corner of Waller and Masonic (20 minutes from Downtown San Francisco)
  • Intimate tour groups limited to 12 people
  • Gratuities not included – please consider tipping your guide
  • Tour can accommodate non-alcoholic drinkers including children
  • Advance Tickets are required

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Gourmet Walks: NoPa / Alamo Square – San Francisco, CA

Tour Facts

  • 3 hour walking tour of San Francisco’s NoPa/Alamo Square neighborhood
  • Alternate Saturdays at 2:00 pm
  • Mostly flat route (one hill), about 1 mile long, with limited seating
  • Tour limited to 12 people, advance tickets required
  • 8 stops, with tastings at each (enough food for lunch!)
  • Begins at Panhandle (Baker & Fell), 15 minutes from downtown and close to Golden Gate Park
  • $70 (+ $1 ticket fee)per person

tour description

NoPa/Alamo Square is San Francisco’s up-and-coming neighborhood, boasting exciting new grocery stores and bakeries alongside panoramic views of downtown. NoPa stands for North of Panhandle, and we will stroll past the Panhandle Park as well as Alamo Square for a picture postcard shot of the Painted Ladies.

You’ll learn about the history of Divisadero Street while peeking into art galleries, hip boutiques and wine bars that make NoPa a new destination. Easily accessible by bus and MUNI, this neighborhood is a perfect stopover en route to Golden Gate Park, the DeYoung Museum and Cal Academy of Science.

tastings

  • Thin-crust white pizza with roasted zucchini, feta and tomato
  • New Mexican tamale hand pies with organic yellow corn crust
  • Sustainable fish taco with ancho chile sauce and oranges
  • Gourmet focaccia and California cheese
  • Fresh baked whole wheat bread, from flour milled on site
  • Salted Caramel ice cream from SF’s favorite creamery
  • Oatmeal raisin cookies, “Top 10 Cookie in SF”
  • Premium sake tasting

Tastings subject to change without notice. Many dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

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Gourmet Walks: Japantown / Fillmore – San Francisco, CA

Tour Facts

  • 3 hour walking tour of San Francisco’s Japantown and Fillmore St
  • Alternate Saturdays at 1:00 pm and Wednesdays at 2:00 pm through the fall
  • Flat route, approximately 1 mile long, with limited seating
  • 8 stops, with tastings at each (enough food for lunch!)
  • Tour limited to 12 people, advance tickets required
  • Begins and ends at Japantown Center (10 minutes or less from downtown SF)
  • $65 (+ $1 ticket fee) per person

tour description

There is no better place to enjoy authentic Asian cuisine in America than in San Francisco. Beginning in the Gold Rush years, Asian immigrants have settled here and opened restaurants and markets from Chinatown to Japantown to Little Saigon. This tour will lead guests from San Francisco’s historic Nihonmachi, the country’s largest and oldest Japantown, to the Fillmore, with its bebop jazz heritage and upscale boutiques.

In between street food bites, you’ll learn about the history of the Japanese in San Francisco and the growth of ethnic cuisine. While visiting a classic Korean market, you’ll be taken back to the Fillmore of the 1950s and 60s when city dwellers flocked here for ice skating, movies, amusement park rides and, of course, jazz. The tour will visit Pacific Heights on Fillmore where, according to Gourmet Magazine, “fashion and funk meet, and everyone comes to eat.”

tastings

  • Thai specialties Miang kham and potato curry puffs
  • Gourmet onigiri, a popular Japanese snack food and green tea
  • Banh mi sandwiches, San Francisco’s latest “It” lunch item
  • India’s most popular street beverage, masala chai
  • Hot taiyaki, Japanese waffles filled with chocolate
  • Kimchi from an authentic Korean market
  • Cherry Blossom or red bean mochi
  • Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies from a Fillmore institution

We will also visit a gourmet spice shop, for an overview of spices used in Asian cooking.

Tastings subject to change without notice. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

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Gourmet Walks: Hayes Valley – San Francisco, CA

Tour Facts

  • 3 hour walking tour of San Francisco’s Hayes Valley
  • Fridays and Sundays at 2:30pm, Thursdays at 11am in summer
  • Flat route, less than a mile, with time to sit
  • 8 stops, with tastings at each (enough food for lunch!)
  • Tour limited to 12 people, advance tickets required
  • Begins at Patricia’s Green, ends at Octavia and Fell (10 minutes or less from downtown SF)
  • $70 (+ $1 ticket fee) per person

tour description

Hungry for an off-the-beaten path San Francisco gourmet food experience? Join us as we explore one of the city’s trendy and exciting new neighborhoods, Hayes Valley. We will share what’s hot in the San Francisco food scene as we visit specialty shops and restaurants that are proud of their commitment to the very best local and sustainable ingredients. As you compare gourmet cheeses, participate in a tea tasting and indulge your sweet tooth, you’ll gain an appreciation for a distinct neighborhood that most tourists never see.

We’ll stroll past elegant Victorians, food trucks, street art and an urban farm as you learn about the history of Hayes Valley. You’ll taste and chat with other food-loving guests, and leave the tour with a host of restaurant recommendations for your next trip to Hayes Valley.

NOTE: Customers must be over 21 and bring valid id for the Sunday tour only.

tastings

  • California cheeses and sourdough bread in a serene garden setting
  • 5 Spice Chicken Vietnamese sandwiches
  • Assorted Mediterranean “mezze” and fresh baked pita bread
  • Parisian macarons, dubbed by food writers as “the next cupcake”
  • Artisanal salumi and bread from the “first couple of charcuterie”
  • Gourmet olive oils and vinegars from a store dedicated to the flavors and culture of Spain
  • Ice cream made before your eyes by liquid nitrogen
  • Gourmet beverage: Chinese tea tasting (midweek) and local craft beer (Sundays)

We will also visit the first dedicated sake boutique in America (no tasting here), with over 220 beautiful Japanese sakes in stock.

Tastings subject to change without notice. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

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Gourmet Walks: Gourmet Chocolate Tour – San Francisco, CA

Tour Facts

  • 3 hour walking tour from San Francisco waterfront to Union Square
  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 am (no Mondays in Winter)
  • Saturdays at 2 pm (and sometimes 11 am)
  • Flat route, 1 ½ miles long, one seated stop
  • 7 stops with generous tastings at each (you’ll have goodies for later!)
  • Tour limited to 14 people, advance tickets required
  • Begins at Justin Herman Plaza, ends at Westfield Centre
  • $53 (+ $1 ticket fee) per person

tour description

Do you love fine chocolate? You have come to the right city, because San Francisco is at the center of the new wave of artisan chocolatiers. They’re experimenting with high quality beans, new methods of production, exotic fillings and breathtaking packaging. On this tour you will learn about what makes fine chocolate and sample from a wide array of San Francisco gourmet chocolate boutiques. Your chocolate obsessed guide will fill you in on the history of chocolate, its health benefits and all the latest trends. All while strolling through San Francisco’s historic waterfront area, where Ghirardelli first set up shop during the Gold Rush.

All guests will receive a Chocolate Lover Card entitling you to discounts and VIP treatment at 10 different San Francisco chocolate boutiques.

tastings

(Lots and lots of samples — more than you can finish!)

  • Dark chocolate tasting from America’s first small batch chocolate maker
  • Assorted truffles from a beloved local chocolatier who showcases fresh, farmer’s markets ingredients
  • Blind chocolate bar tasting at a specialty newsstand that carries 225 different bars from 15 different countries
  • Champagne truffles by Oprah’s favorite Swiss chocolatier
  • Hot chocolate from a Belgian chocolatier known for its delectable butter creams
  • Unique ganaches from a chocolateria dedicated to finding exceptional chocolates from small, family-owned makers around the world
  • Unshelled truffles from a small, ground-breaking local chocolatier

Tastings subject to change without notice. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

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Avital Tours: Union Square cocktail and Food Tour – San Francisco, CA

Go behind-the-scenes in San Francisco’s Union Square to meet bar owners, bartenders, and industry experts for a unique cocktail experience at three Union Square cocktail havens. Drink delicious, well-balanced libations from the nation’s top mixologists paired with delectable bites. Learn about San Francisco’s integral role in the revival of the cocktail culture, as well as the origins and back-stories of the spirits in the cocktails. What a delicious way to be a cocktail insider. Cheers!

  • 2-hour San Francisco Union Square walking cocktail tour
  • Meet bartenders, bar owners and master mixologists!
  • Visit 3 specialty cocktail lounges, with drinks at each and paired bites at two stops
  • Flat route, approximately half a mile
  • Begins at the Hotel Serrano in downtown Union Square
  • Intimate tour groups limited to 12 people
  • $64 per person (gratuities not included – please consider tipping your guide)
  • Tour guests must be 21+
  • Available First and Third Saturdays 4pm-6pm

TASTINGS*

San Francisco’s most storied drink, the Pisco Punch at a bartender-owned vivacious bar boasting the country’s most complete selection of Latin spirits

Sip high-end Hudson Whiskey from Applewood Smoked Snifters torched tableside paired with Michael Mina prepared bites

Spirit forward cocktail poured from the tap at a well-known cocktail industry watering hole paired with a blue cheese mini-burger

Spicy Tequila cocktail at charming historic speakeasy paired with celebrity chef, Charlie Palmer arancini and sweet shishito peppers

Famous Chartreuse Swizzle considered one of America’s Top 10 Cocktails at classy Michael Mina clock-inspired lounge paired with bacon and cheese popcorn

* Stops and tastings are subject to change based on availability. We can accommodate most dietary restrictions with advance notice. Vegetarian option available.

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Avital Tours: North Beach Food and Wine Tour – San Francisco, CA

San Francisco’s North Beach is the home of the former Barbary Coast, known during the Gold Rush for its saloons, brothels and shanghaiing dens. Go behind-the-scenes in Little Italy on our North Beach Food and Wine tour to join us as we explore its great restaurant scene and visit the Hidden Prohibition-Era Tunnels where booze was smuggled in. Then, get an exclusive peek at the Oldest Pizza Oven on the West Coast built in 1935, which was copied by Wolfgang Puck at Spago and Alice Waters at Chez Panisse. Let’s eat and drink through this notorious neighborhood!

  • 3-hour San Francisco North Beach Food and Wine walking tour
  • Meet chefs, restaurant owners and industry experts and chat with them!
  • 5 restaurants, with tastings at each
  • Flat route, approximately 3/4 of a mile
  • Meeting location is a 10 minute walk from Downtown San Francisco
  • Intimate tour groups limited to 12 people
  • $86 per person
    (gratuities not included – please consider tipping your guide)
  • Tour guests must be 21+
  • Available Thursdays 4pm-7pm and Saturdays 4pm-7pm
  • Advance Tickets are required

TASTINGS*

Fill your own delicate cannoli with an Italian expert cannoli maker at a historic Italian bookshop turned cafe

Wine and Cheese pairing at trendy wine bar pouring wine directly from barrels. Drink as if you’re in Napa!

Authentic Italian Wood-fired Pizza from the oldest pizza oven on the West Coast – Voted No. 3 Best Pizza in the US according to People Magazine’s Pizza Search. Pizza paired with a glass of private-label Syrah

Contemporary Kale Chips and Bolivian Beef in former Amelio’s, a historic North Beach restaurant and speakeasy which hosted Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe’s wedding dinner

Sweet and Savory local artisan agave caramel and caramel popcorn at neighborhood gourmet food boutique

* Stops and tastings are subject to change based on availability. We can accommodate most dietary restrictions with advance notice. Vegetarian option available.

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Avital Tours: Mission District Food Tour – San Francisco, CA

Our Mission District Food Tour visits a New York Times acclaimed Cheese Bar and continues as you sample the best of the San Francisco food scene. Stroll through the historic Latin neighborhood learning about its history and visit the famous Clarion Alley – a Mural covered street. Our progressive meal in San Francisco’s trendy Mission District concludes with mouthwatering desserts near Dolores Park. Be sure to bring your appetite!

  • 3 hour San Francisco Mission District Food Tour
  • Meet chefs, restaurant owners and industry experts!
  • 5 restaurants, with generous tastings at each
  • Flat route, approximately a mile and a half
  • Begins in front of the Women’s Building (15 minutes from downtown San Francisco)
  • Intimate tour groups limited to 12 people
  • $68 per person 
    (gratuities not included – please consider tipping your guide)
  • Alcohol pairing add on: $16 per person
  • Available Saturdays 11am-2pm and Tuesdays 6pm-9pm
  • Advance tickets are required

TASTINGS*

Artisan American Cheese Flight at a New York Times acclaimed chic cheese cafe

Artisan cured Ham and Oyster at San Francisco’s first ham and oyster bar

Go behind the scenes into a commercial kitchen to eat freshly filled Argentine-style Empanadas featured on 7×7 Magazine’s list of Top 100 Foods to Eat Before You Die. You’ll even have the opportunity to get hands-on and make your own!

Fresh organic fruit tasting at iconic neighborhood artisan grocery

Salted Caramel Ice Cream considered one of the top five desserts in America at the United States’ best loved Creamery. Skip the inevitable line with Avital Tours!

ALCOHOL ADD ON INCLUDES:

Seasonal Scott Beattie-created cocktail featured on 7×7 Magazine’s list of Top 50 cocktails in San Francisco

Unique dark Belgian Style beer paired with cheeses for incredible pairing unlike any other you’ve ever tasted (warning: 9% alcohol)

* All stops and tastings are subject to availability. We are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions with advance notice. Vegetarian option available. This tour is not recommended for vegans or people with gluten allergies.

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Savor Oakland: Jack London Square and Historic Warehouse District Walking Tour – Oakland, CA

Discover one of Oakland’s oldest neighborhoods! Jack London Square and the Historic Warehouse District houses chic restaurants, hidden foodie gems and urban wineries. As you enjoy mouth-watering food and drink samples, we bring to life the historic and savory Oakland waterfront. All food tastings are included in the ticket price.

Sweet, Savory, and Soul – The Jack London Square and Historic Warehouse District Walking Tour takes place in one of Oakland’s oldest neighborhoods, along the Oakland Estuary. This narrated and guided 3.5 hour food tour visits several food and drink tasting locations. This includes Oakland-style soul food, award-winning wine, and a Bay Area favorite for coffee, just to name a few. All food and drink sampled on the tour is included in the ticket price and enough for a moderately satisfying lunch. If you have any dietary restrictions, please indicate this when you purchase your tickets.

Neighborhood Nourishment – Along with the delicious food tastings, you’ll also enjoy a hearty helping of historic, architectural and cultural information about the Jack London and Waterfront communities. Our expert guides share their knowledge of gastronome favorites, architectural gems, the vibrant art scene, and local soulful entertainment options.

Tasting Locations

These tantalizing food locations may serve their specialties on the Jack London Square / Historic Warehouse Food Tasting and Cultural Tour. Tasting locations are subject to change.
Home of Chicken and Waffles: One of Oakland’s top ranked soul-food restaurant.
Urban Legend Cellars: “Mom” and “pop” wine-makers with a knack for award winning wine.
Chop Bar: A neighborhood favorite using the finest seasonal components for its dishes.
Miette: Ranked one of the top pastry shops in the world for its dainty interior and mouth-watering delights.
Bocanova: Pan-American cuisine using local fresh ingredients in a casual fine dining environment.

When: Friday – Sunday
Time:
Tours depart at 10:30 and last 3.5 hours
How much:
$49 Adult | $40 Child (Ages 12 and under) + fees
What’s included:
All food and drink tastings, enough for a moderately satisfying lunch
Who:
All age groups and fitness levels
Capacity:
10 per tour
What to wear:
Comfortable layered clothing and shoes. Though rare, bring rain gear when wet weather is predicted.
Weather conditions:
Tour takes place rain or shine
Where:
Tour meets in the Historic Warehouse ‘hood. Detailed directions to our meeting location will be sent with purchase of your ticket.

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Edible Excursions: Mission 18th Street Tour – San Francisco, CA

The Mission District is bursting with so many global flavors and culinary favorites – as well as a rapidly changing food landscape that even locals can’t keep up with what’s new – that Edible Excursions decided to launch its latest tour along the neighborhood’s Valencia Street corridor, home to some of the busiest and buzziest food ventures in this hipster haven.

Guests have a chance to talk with chefs, store owners, and restaurant employees who share behind-the-scenes stories about their creative, critically-acclaimed, and award-winning fare on a night when this area is especially lively, with the addition of a weekly market featuring local, farm-fresh grub. Bonus: An art docent from Precita Eyes will explain the importance of The Women’s Building mural, in an enclave known for its artistic vibe.  And there’s no waiting in line to try some of this neighborhood’s most coveted bites.

Tastes may include: pizza, seasonal pasta, tacos, seasonal produce, deli specials, pastries, wine, ice cream and more.

Stops may include

18 Reasons
Bi Rite Market
Bi Rite Creamery
Delfina Pizzeria
Mission Community Market
Tacolicious
Tartine Bakery
Range Restaurant
Craftsman and Wolves

Time: Thursdays 4:30pm-7:15pm

Price: $75 per person

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