Tours

Wok Wiz offers the following fabulous public tours.

1: Wok Wiz Daily Tour

Description:

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

Description:

Put aside three hours for food decadence! This tour is dedicated to those who LOVE TO EAT, want to learn about Chinese food history, are “open minded” to try a variety of foods, and are ready for a rockin' good time. Begin with a traditional Chinese breakfast, bowls of comforting rice congee, "jook" and freshly-made dim sum dumplings. Share tea at the top tea shop in the heart of Chinatown; visit food markets, go "see a man about a duck." It's all about food, cooking, and eating!

Finish the morning off with a fabulous lunch. The tour fills up quickly and is limited to 9 so that we can fill a round table comfortably!

  • $90 per person
  • Designed by owner/chef Shirley Fong-Torres, hosted by a food-loving Wok Wiz guide.

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.

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 & 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 & shops. 

Combine your love for Italian, Chinese & 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 & 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.

Cost
  • $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

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Reviews of the
Wok Wiz Daily Tour

Wok Wiz: an Absolute Smash!

Male, 50-59 year old, Domestic Tourist
“My wife, my adult son, and I could not have enjoyed the Wok Wiz tour more! Quock Dorothy: Nae Ho! Our tour guide gave us a warm, dynamic, and incredibly informative tour explaining the depth of the culture and history of Chinatown, Chinese culture, and the history of San Francisco. We finished with a Dim Sum lunch that was the best Chinese food I've ever had, aided by Dorothy's good-humored chopstick coaching. The tour was a high point of our vacation. This should be a Do Not Miss for anyone visiting San Francisco.”

Winning combination!

Female, 50-59 year old, Domestic Tourist
“This tour is a nice combination of local and national history with an interesting variety of food choices at lunch. Our guide was well read and grown up in the area which added to our walk through the neighborhoods. A very pleasant morning.”

Highly recommend this Chinatown tour

Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist, Group of Friends
“Was no sure what to expect on this tour but this was one of the best tours I have ever had. There were only about eight people taking the tour so is was easy to get around. The tour guide was personable, fun, and extremely knowledgeable about Chinatown because she had lived there her entire life. She knew lots of Chinatown history and was able to relate the interesting anecdotes about the locals. The walk was not very strenuous. We went to a number of great markets. The tea tasting was great. We even bought tea and a teapot set. The tour ended with a terrific dim sum lunch. Wow, there was plenty of great food. Everybody on our group had a great time sitting around the lunch table talking. I highly recommend this tour.”

Reviews of the "I Can't Believe I Ate My Way Through Chinatown! Tour"

Good food and good fun — come hungry!

Male , 50-59 year old, Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
“Our tour included only two couples and our guide, Frank. The small size of the group made it much easier to discuss the food, the restaurants, and the area. Frank was knowledgeable of the area and did a great job keeping us informed, entertained, and well fed. We highly recommend this food focused tour.”

A culinary treat!

Female, 50-59 year old, Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
“I had a ton of fun on the "I can't believe I ate my way through Chinatown " tour. Frank, our host, was vivacious, fun and humorous and we ate SO well. I never would have tried some of the menu items - not that they were "scary" but I'd have stayed with something familiar and I loved almost everything. I particularly enjoyed the tea tasting. Great tour!”

Frank Jang, our tour leader, made this experience!

Female, 60-69 year old, Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
“Born in Chinatown, Frank knew everyone and everything. He answered all questions, made detours to accommodate our requests, fed us well, gave us food photography pointers and had a great sense of humor. I would enthusiastically recommend this tour to anyone with an interest in Chinese food, culture and history.”

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