Gourmet Walks | Fillmore Street
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  • Closeup of a delicious banhmi sandwich
  • A closeup of sushi, edamame and ginger
  • A tour group sitting at table at Taiyeki in Japantown
  • A Japanese plate of colorful mochi

Fillmore Street

An Eclectic Foodie Mecca

Join us for a walk along San Francisco’s eclectic Fillmore Street, a neighborhood that encompasses the Lower Fillmore, historic Japantown and elegant Pacific Heights. In the Lower Fillmore you’ll see evidence of the city’s bebop Jazz heritage, with the hottest clubs once located next door to Jewish synagogues and bagel shops. You’ll then learn about the history of the Japanese in San Francisco and the rise and fall of its historic Nihonmachi, the country’s largest and oldest Japantown. Our tastes will range from Japanese mochi and onigiri to Vietnamese banh mi to Korean lattes and handmade bagels.

In between tasty bites, you’ll be taken back to the Fillmore of the 1950s and 60s when city dwellers flocked here for ice skating, movies, amusement park rides and, of course, jazz. The tour will conclude in Pacific Heights on Fillmore where, according to Gourmet Magazine, “fashion and funk meet, and everyone comes to eat.”

Tour Facts

  • 3 hour walking tour of Fillmore Street (and Japantown)
  • Begins at Fillmore Center and ends at Ruth Asawa fountains on Buchanan Street
  • Wednesdays 2pm and first Saturday of the month at 2pm
  • Tour limited to 12 people
  • Begins at Japantown Center and ends at Fillmore and California
  • $80 (+ $1 ticket fee) per person

Tastings

Gyoza Dumpling

with grilled shishito peppers

Gourmet Onigiri

a popular Japanese snack food and green tea

Banh Mi Sandwiches

San Francisco’s latest “It” lunch item

Sweet Potato Lattes

from a quaint Korean café

Fresh Baked Bagels and Schmear

from a modern Jewish bakery in the Fillmore

Fresh Mochi

from a landmark Japanese bakery

Seasonal Ice Cream

made before your eyes with liquid nitrogen

Gourmet Spices

from an upscale spice shop, for an overview of spices used in Asian cooking

Tastings subject to change without notice. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

 

For Private tours of 8 or more,

please use our Tour Request Form to make a reservation.

Contact Us

Phone:
888-277-1796
415-312-1119
Email:
info@gourmetwalks.com

Why Gourmet Walks?

Our Difference

Testimonials

“I hadn't been on a walking tour before - and I loved it. Our guide, Shane, had some insightful stories about how the neighborhoods had evolved and how the food she served us fit into the history. I felt like an insider rather than a tourist. Shane is a foodie and could easily field any of our questions and the places she took us were authentic and unique-- places I doubt I could have ever found myself- but I will go back to. Nice group of people- very pleasant afternoon. Well done.”
- Jeff, April 2013

“We went on the JapanTown tour with Shane. She is a terrific tour guide. Knowledgeable, fun and entertaining. Shane knew all the history of JapanTown, the Fillmore, & the calamities of Japanese-American interment & the redevelopment agency's urban renewal project. All the food we enjoyed was fantastic! And Shane knew the owners & operators of every establishment where we ate. Shane's commentary & the places she showed us have inspired us to return to the JapanTown & Fillmore neighborhood again. ”
- Howard, April 2014

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Food Tours