Food Tour of the Mission District, San Francisco with Private Guide

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Explore the colourful Mission District of San Francisco and enjoy a variety of its culinary gems from street food to formal cuisine.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Travel Curious

Experience the famous Latin culture and cuisine of the Mission District in San Francisco, known for its vibrant artsy and bohemian lifestyle on this delicious food tasting tour of this historic district. On your private tour you will:

  • Enjoy the personalised attention of your private guide.
  • Explore the trendy and historic Mission District of San Francisco while tasting its culinary delights, with its Spanish and Mexican influences and traditions. 
  • Begin in the lush and verdant Mission Dolores Park, popular with locals, and learn about the origins of the city dating back to the 18th century.
  • Enjoy a piping hot Spanish empanada, or a delicious pupusa, a thick griddle-cake from El Salvador. 
  • See the Mission’s Saint Francis of Assisi building, the oldest intact building in the city, dating back to the Spanish era. 
  • Walk around the Clarion Alley Mural Project - a public space dedicated to socially engaged and innovative art, founded by a collective of resident artists.
  • See one of San Francisco's largest and most well-known street art installations, MaestraPeace at the Women's Building. 
  • Rest your legs at a seated tasting at a taquería, where you will enjoy a variety of tapas-style bites. 
  • Your tour finishes at a local panadería (bakery) where you will learn about Mexican sweetbreads and other baked foods popular with the locals of the Mission District.
Experience the vibrant arty, bohemian lifestyle and delicious culinary gems of San Francisco's trendy Mission District, where you’ll learn about the first peoples who lived in the area for two thousand years prior to Spanish colonization, and how the area developed from the 18th century. Enjoy contemporary, colourful art installations and murals, and of course indulge in several delicious tastings, to get a real 'flavour' of the neighbourhood! 

You’ll begin with a stroll around Mission Dolores Park – one of San Francisco’s most popular parks with 16 acres of lush lawns and tall palm trees. It really is the vibrant heart of this culturally diverse area. Your first tasting will be a delicious option of a piping hot empanada, a breaded pastry turnover with filling (it literally means em-breaded) or a delicious pupusa, a thick griddlecake from El Salvador and Honduras. 

Wander around the district – see the Mission St Francis of Assisi, the oldest building; walk down Clarion Alley with its flamboyant mural project for socially-engaged and innovative art, and the Women’s Building, a veritable institution in the Mission District, featuring the MaestraPeace, one of San Francisco's largest and best-known murals. 

For the last century, the neighbourhood has continued to evolve, and you will see the evidence of it in the architecture and street art - both of which continue to attract travellers and locals to it. Admire the amazingly colourful and famous Balmy Alley murals, and absorb the incredible Latino Culture of the Mission District and its rich variety and traditions of cuisine. Enjoy the trendy shopping streets and outdoor pavement cafe culture – and rest your legs with a sit-down stop at a local taquería, for a delicious tasting of a variety of tapas-style bites. 

Your guide will show you the 24th street corridor, with the most beautiful examples of local Chicano public art, import stores and authentic panaderías (Mexican bakeries) – where you will of course stop to sample a local favourite sweet bread and end your tour. 

Tour duration
3 hours

Type of tour
Walking tour: no transportation is included

Tickets included
Food tastings at 4 locations

Other inclusions
Additional food, drinks, and gratuities are not included

Suitable for
Couples, Culture Vulture, Family, Foodies

Attractions along this route:

Clarion Alley
The alley has had over 700 murals painted on it in its century spent exclusively devoted to supporting street artists, and receives over 200,000 visitors annually.

Mission Dolores Park
One of the most popular city parks, Mission Dolores Park offers great panoramic views of the city.

Misión San Francisco de Asís
The first San Francisco designated landmark, Mission Saint Francis of Assisi is the oldest intact building in the City, dating back to the Spanish era

Empanadas and Pupusas
Time for a freshly made Latin-American empanada at Venga Empanadas or Salvadoran pupusa at Panchitas.

Women's Building
An institution in the Mission District, the Women's Building proudly features the MaestraPeace, one of San Francisco's largest and best known murals.

Dandelion Chocolate
Dandelion Chocolate is a small batch, bean-to-bar chocolate factory focusing on single-origin cacao beans.

Tasting at a Taquería
The mission district offers several tantalizing locations from which to taste mouth-watering local fare - quesadillas, burritos, tacos, and taquitos to name a few.

Mexican sweet bread
The 24th street corridor offers the most beautiful examples of local Chicano public art, import stores, and authentic panaderías (Mexican bakeries), where you will have the chance to taste Mexican sweet bread.
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