The Mission might be San Francisco’s oldest neighbourhood, but like a fine wine it has aged to perfection. This district has turned into one of the trendiest parts of SF, and is an area every visitor should experience. Walk among the coolest locals in town on this San Francisco food tour that dunks donuts, tastes tacos, and ogles some of the most legendary murals and street art in the city.
Tour style:Local culture, Food and drink, Walking, History, Local neighbourhood, Activity
Local English speaking guide and food samples at 5 different locations
$2 bus fare, drinks, and tips / gratuities for your guide.
Group size:Maximum 12
Dynamo Donuts, 2760 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Mission San Francisco de Asis, 3321 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Additional information :
Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.
Please contact San Francisco Urban Adventures to confirm your tour 24 hours prior to departure.
Casual clothing is appropriate for this tour.
Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
Cancellations: All cancellations made 48 hours prior to departure are subject to a 100% cancellation fee.
Also runs from:1 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2015
Your Mission food tour will kick off the only way we know how at 9am – with coffee and donuts! But these aren’t just any donuts. These are artisan hoops of heaven! They’re locally-sourced, made with organic, sustainable ingredients to create an eclectic selection ranging from bacon maple apple, to chocolate rose or even lemon and thyme. Enjoy a donut and a cup o’ joe with your local guide as they introduce you to the neighbourhood and its legendary food scene.
Your next stop on this SF food tour is a local panaderia, a Mexican bakery that captures the Latino culture and charm that is everywhere in the Mission district. Here you can choose from a selection of pan dulce, or Mexican sweet bread, made daily in the bakery. To wash that all down, you can also try an agua fresca, a blended fruit drink that is sure to refresh.
Fully stocked up on energy after your breakfast, we’ll continue our tour towards the murals along Balmy Avenue. This area’s artistic roots date back over 30 years, giving us plenty to chat about. Your guide will give you the scoop on the murals we’ll find here and what they mean to this neighbourhood. Whether they’re describing the plight of migrant workers from Latin America, oppression in Nicaragua, or the gentrification of the mission District itself, the multitude of murals along Balmy Avenue each have a special story to share and your local guide will make time for you to soak in all the beautiful artwork.
Next up, pie time! Whether you’re up for some strawberry rhubarb, or perhaps you fancy a roasted cauliflower and black olive quiche made with free range eggs, organic milk, and cream, you’re sure to find your slice of happiness in the local spot we take you to. Having tasted these delights, we’ll hop on a bus to travel a few minutes down the heart of Mission Street itself and make our way to one of the oldest and most beloved taquerias in the neighbourhood. Here you can sample a carne asada, al pastor, or another of this spot’s famous tacos – a must-try in the Mission!
We’ll continue to tour SF onwards to Clarion Alley, where we’ll find the second largest collection of murals in the Mission. It might be more contemporary than Balmy Avenue, but Clarion Alley shares the same vibrant stories and is lined with lots of colourful graffiti. We dare you to try and pick your favourite – it’ll be difficult!
Our final section of the tour will take us to the centre of the hipster scene, where we’ll check out the Mission’s best thrift stores, grab a last snack at one of the trendiest bakeries in San Francisco, and then we’ll head to Dolores Park, finishing up at the Mission Dolores church itself. We’ll conclude your food tour here, the perfect spot for you to continue to spend as much time as you like learning about the history and stories that built San Francisco.
In operation since 2009, San Francisco Urban Adventures is a locally run day tour company that provides unique guided walking tours and personalized private group tours in San Francisco.
Our mission is to create options for people who want to get off the beaten path and really connect with our destination on a local level in a just a day or so. We take our guests behind the scenes to reveal the hidden gems of different neighborhoods for a truly unique experience. Our local guides are knowledgeable, friendly and provide amazing customer service. Our walking tours consist of 1-12 guests to ensure a personal and memorable experience.
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