Wok Wiz offers the following fabulous public tours.
1: Wok Wiz Classic Tour
The Wok Wiz Chinatown tour is offered on a daily basis, offered with or without lunch. Hear fascinating stories about the first Chinese immigrants to arrive in San Francisco during the Gold Rush.
Each of the Wok Wiz tour leaders speak fluent Cantonese, making it a richer experience as you may visit a local herbalist, an art gallery, tea purveyor, Chinese temple, and our own "farmers market" — produce markets. Learn about the beautiful and ornate architecture in this area, and the best places to shop for souvenirs, jewelry, and linens.
Complete the Chinatown stroll with a delicious dim sum luncheon at one of the oldest restaurants in Chinatown. The Wok Wiz tour leaders stay to host lunch, to answer any questions.
- $50 per person includes a hosted multi-course dim sum lunch;
- $35 per person, WALK ONLY;
- Children under 11 years: $35 for walk with lunch;
- $25 per child under 11, WALK ONLY.
Where we meet: start gathering at 9:45 a.m. in the Hilton Financial District, 750 Kearny St. Come into the lobby, walk pass the Spa and the tour leader meets by the wall map of San Francisco. Please plan to be on time as the tour starts promptly at 10:00 a.m.
2: I Can’t Believe I Ate My Way
Through Chinatown! Tour
For food-lovers only! The Chinese are very serious about their food! Experience one of San Francisco's most popular destinations for visitors by eating your way through it. Enjoy plentiful tastings this tour, while you learn about America's largest Chinatown.
Chinese culture is rooted in tradition and folklore. Come and be a part of a colorful, exciting, and historic community. Visitors who come here will find wonderful dim sum teahouses, small cafes, and restaurants frequented by locals. Experience Chinatown as a local would; by wandering through the back alleys, restaurants, grocery stores, temples and parks of this historic neighborhood.
On this delectable tour of Chinatown you will experience:
- A tea presentation and sampling at a beautiful tea shop
- Freshly prepared fortune cookies and a glimpse into the fascinating process of making them
- Freshly baked pastry
- Nibbles from an authentic Chinese deli
- A Chinese cookware store
- Bustling Chinese food markets
- Some local favorite snacks along the way
- And lastly, a hosted family-style Chinese lunch
Chinatown has over 100 restaurants. You will be taken beyond the typical tourist stops to the nooks and crannies of th is historic slice of San Francisco. LET'S GO EAT!
- $90 per person
Where we meet: start gathering at9:45 a.m. in the Hilton Financial District, 750 Kearny St. Come into the lobby and the tour leader meets by the wall map of San Francisco. Please plan to be on time as the tour starts promptly at 10:00 a.m.
3: Chow Ciao! Multicultural Stroll
What do China and Italy have in common, besides Marco Polo and noodles? Great love of family and too much fun. Begin briefly in San Francisco's Chinatown, then walk through "Barbary Coast", today's Financial District, and ending up in North Beach. Hear stories about the history, folklore, anecdotes, multi-cultures of these three changing neighborhoods. Find out why Chinese and Italians frequently settled adjacent to each other, e.g., Boston, New York City, Chicago, Vancouver B.C., Manchester, England, etc. Pause by Italian delicatessen, bakery, churches and shops.
Combine your love for Italian, Chinese and fusion / eclectic cuisines while you:
See changing neighborhoods with ethnic foods in diverse, pluralistic, colorful communities. After strolling around stay for a dining adventure of fusion, eclectic meal in "Little Italy", "Barbary Coast", or walk back to Chinatown for dim sum.
- Stroll briefly through Chinatown and be in its "living room"
- Discover historic "Barbary Coast" waterfront of 1800s, today's S.F. "Wall Street"
- See Old World Italian delicatessen, famous bakery
- Go by Washington Square Park and churches
This walking tour concludes before lunch and the Tour Leader can recommend / share dining experiences in the areas.
Experience three completely different neighborhoods on one exciting and fun tour...
Visitors who come to Chinatown will find wonderful dim sum teahouses, small cafes, restaurants frequented by locals, and observe spiffily-dressed families headed to celebratory Chinese banquets.
Barbary Coast was the waterfront of the Mexican town, Yerba Buena, which exploded in 1850s Gold Rush years. There were people from every major country of the world, which began cosmopolitan San Francisco of today.
North Beach's sidewalk cafes, restaurants, and shops evoke a feeling of old Italy. However, currently Is a neighborhood with majority of Asians, fusion of folks and foods.
- $45.00 per person for walk only — includes Chinatown, Barbary Coast AND North Beach
- Minimum number of participants: 6
- Hosted lunch or dinners available for groups, price depends on choice of restaurant