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Touring around the San Francisco Food Scene

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For those wanting to get the insider scoop on San Francisco's foodie culture, consider booking one of these food tours. All these tours keep their size to a minimum so one feels like traveling with a group of new friends and not a tourist being led around by a guide.

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Avital Tours
Their Mission District Tour provides a historical overview of this area's murals while guests sample food from over six places. Definitely purchase the drink option as the cocktails are well worth the upgrade. Upon leaving this 3-hour tour, visitors will be able to taste and see why this are is fast becoming one of San Francisco's rising stars for cutting edge cuisine. Those traveling solo who went to check out the bar scene should check out their 2-hour Union Square Cocktail Tour. Stop off at some of this area's hottest bars and sample their signature cocktails. All their food tours can accommodate vegetarians though not vegans.

Gourmet Walks
Chocoholics will delight in their 3-hour walking tour from the San Francisco waterfront to Union Square. Experience the boom of artisan chocolatiers who provide a niche for those seeking to move beyond the more commercial feel of Ghirardelli. During seven stops visitors will learn what makes fine chocolate and sample a wide array of San Francisco gourmet chocolate boutiques. All guests will receive a Chocolate Lover Card which offers discounts and VIP treatment at ten different San Francisco chocolate boutiques. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated on this tour.

Local Tastes of the City
Get a personalized historical and tasting 3-hour tour of a 7 to 8 block stroll around North Beach/Little Italy. Watch coffee being roasted and bread being baked as guests taste everything from cappuccinos to authentic Italian pizza. In addition, enter into some of the authentic Italian cathedrals and artisan shops and experience an insider view of this old world oasis. Also, they offer a similar tour of San Francisco's famed Chinatown district.

Edible Excursions
For those looking to make a day trek out to Berkeley, check out Edible Excursion's Gourmet Ghetto tour. This 3-hour walking culinary trek will include a stop at the original Peet's coffee house, chocolate tastings, a tea demonstration and tasting, and several stops for gourmet sandwiches.

Savor Oakland Food Tours
For another East Bay foodie option, take a walk through Jack London Square along the Oakland waterfront with Savor Oakland Food Tours. Along this 3.5 hour tour, visitors will experience a range of food offerings from soul food to an urban winery.

Die hard foodies may want to conclude their day sampling San Francisco's wares by checking out a performance of Foodies, the Musical.

Log on here for a comprehensive listing of San Francisco area food tours.

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