Gourmet Walks | Fillmore Street
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  • 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 chocolate chip cookies 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 on the Buchanan Street Mall, a recreation of  a Japanese shopping street paved with designs by Ruth Ozawa.

Tour Facts

  • 3 hour walking tour of Fillmore Street
  • Begins at Fillmore Center and ends Buchanan Street Mall near Peace Plaza
  • Wednesdays 2pm and first Saturday of the month at 2pm
  • Tour limited to 12 people
  • $80 (+ $1 ticket fee) per person


Teriyaki Chicken Wings

with shishito peppers from a Seattle teriyaki spot

Gourmet Onigiri

a popular Japanese snack food and green tea

Banh Mi Sandwiches

San Francisco’s latest “It” lunch item

Delectable Chocolate Chip Cookies

from a multi-generation Fillmore Street “legendary” bakery

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 6 or more,

please use our Tour Request Form to make a reservation.

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Why Gourmet Walks?

Our Difference


“Gourmet Walks has been recommended to me by a friend who had participated in this food tour before – and I really enjoyed myself! I did the Fillmore & Japantown tour, two neighbourhoods of San Francisco I hadn’t yet explored in detail so it was really exciting to get an introduction to these parts of the city alongside enjoying some delicious food there. Shane, our tour guide, was awesome. It turned out she has a degree in Public Health and Nutrition and is also a SF native so she literally is the perfect person for a SF food tour. What I really liked was the historical background information Shane pointed out during the tour. Also you could feel that the organization chooses the food places were carefully and is very considerate about the quality and sustainability. All in all, it surely was an afternoon well spent! Bagels and Chocolate Chip cookies were top-drawer!”
- Claudia, December 2017


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