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San Francisco Chinatown and Beatnik Tour


Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?


  • Duration

    2.5 hours

  • Start time

    1:30 p.m.

  • Meeting Point

    Chinatown Gate at the corner of Grant Avenue and Bush Street.

  • Ending Point

Key Highlights

  • Visit the most famous Chinatown in the world!
  • Experience a full tea tasting led by a tea master
  • Have your fortune read at a temple in Chinatown
  • Try an authentic mooncake pastry in one of Chinatown’s oldest bakeries
  • See the popular haunts of the Beat Generation!


Enjoy an authentic tea tasting and mooncake on a San Francisco Chinatown and Beatnik Tour!

Explore the oldest Chinatown in the world and the oldest Chinese community outside of Asia with San Francisco Chinatown and Beatnik Tour tickets! On this part of your San Francisco trip, you will learn a little about the history of the city and the people who live in it. Appropriately enough, we’ll first start our tour of S.F.’s Chinatown by the iconic Chinatown Gate. Your local guide will take you through the bustling streets of this community and reveal some of its hidden gems.   

Stop by one of the oldest bakeries in Chinatown for a famous, authentic mooncake pastry. This bakery and its delicious treats are so famous that Bill Clinton once stopped by here to try a mooncake for himself! You will also stop by Waverly Place to one of the oldest Chinese temples in America. Here, you will have your fortune read for you as the smell of incense lingers in the air. Then, learn how to make your own fortune cookie and enjoy it while it’s still fresh and warm! You’ll also experience an extensive, authentic tea tasting session led by a tea master before your San Francisco tour leads you to world-famous North Beach.  

After an exciting tour around Chinatown, we’ll head off to the North Beach, ground zero for the Beat Movement of the 1950’s. During this part of your San Francisco sightseeing tour, you’ll see the hangouts of well-known Beat personalities like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg. You’ll also stop by the City Lights Bookstore, which is another famous haunt of the Beat Generation that still publishes the works of local poets in San Francisco. Then, head over to the “Little Italy” of North Beach before finishing your walking tour in Washington Square Park. What you do from there is up to you! Do a little shopping or enjoy a delicious Italian meal. It’s what to do in San Francisco!


  • San Francisco Chinatown and Beatnik Tour
  • Chinese dessert samples
  • Tea tasting with a tea master
  • Professional tour guide & commentary

Please note

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organized activity to reconfirm.

No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or a tablet, you can present the voucher on your device for this activity.

So there’s no last-minute rush, please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes early.Your tour will come to an end at a different location than the meeting point. Your friendly and informative tour guide will be more than happy to help you find your way to your next destination.

Carry your valid I.D. proof along for identification purpose.

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