Gourmet Walks | Russian Hill
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Russian Hill

Quintessential San Francisco

Russian Hill means fantastic bay views, classic SF architecture and mouth-watering gourmet cuisine.  We’ll begin our tour at the hill’s peak on Macondray Lane, the inspiration for Armistead Maupin’s iconic Tales of the City.  From there we will stroll past Hyde Street’s cable cars to Polk Street, once the happening center of the city’s gay community.

We will introduce you to butchers, cheesemongers, bakers and a gelato maker who call this neighborhood home.  You will depart well satiated, full of insider recommendations for your return visit to this quintessential San Francisco neighborhood.

Tour Facts

  • 3 hour walking tour of San Francisco’s Russian Hill
  • Thursdays 11:45 am, plus private bookings
  • One hill, about a mile of walking, with time to sit
  • 7 stops, with tastings at each (enough food for lunch!)
  • Tour limited to 12 people, advance tickets required
  • Begins at Macondray Lane and ends at Polk and Vallejo, 5 minutes from downtown SF
  • $80 (+$1 ticketing fee) per person


Baja Style Fish Tacos

voted SF’s best fish taco

New York Pizza

from a beloved neighborhood pizza joint

Meats and Bone Broth

from a farm-to-fork butchery and restaurant

California Cheese Tasting

from San Francisco’s best gourmet cheese shop

Homemade Gelato

made from scratch with seasonal ingredients

Recreation of “Blum’s” Coffee Crunch Cake

From a unique bakery and antique emporium

Handcrafted Iced Tea

With seasonal juice or fruit

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

All tickets sold are nonrefundable and cannot be exchanged or rescheduled. The tour is held rain or shine. If tour fails to meet minimum enrollment, Gourmet Walks will contact guests to reschedule or offer a refund.

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“After 20 years of living in San Francisco, it was great to still be discovering new things! The guides knew all the historic nooks and crannies of Russian Hill, dropping tidbits of information as we walked each block. The stops were a mix of old classics and new concepts, so we felt like we had seen it all. The proprietors were friendly, gracious, and generous with all the goodies. The gelato maker encouraged us to taste as many flavors as we liked- we barely had room to eat the complimentary scoop!”
- Eric, July 2017

“My husband, son & I were very lucky to have a private tour of Russian Hill with guide Marie. We started at an easy-to-miss Macondray Lane, a pedestrian walk-way straight out of fairy tales! Marie showed us sights and gave interesting history and that's even before the wonderful food stops. The web site describes the seven food vendors so you know what to expect. (Do tell if you have diet restrictions as the food is pre-ordered except you choose your own ice cream flavor.) The pace of walking and eating was perfect, both for our 30 year old son and us approaching 70. Everything was simply delightful and a wonderful way to spend three hours in the city.”
- Jane, May 2017


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