See How Bay Area Originals Get Made on These Behind-the-Scenes Tours
The Bay Area is a hotbed of innovation and creativity. If you are planning to visit soon, you may want to learn more about some beloved West Coast creations. Here are some of the best behind-the-scenes tours that you should consider for your next trip to San Francisco.
One of the most famous and recognizable neighborhoods of San Francisco is Chinatown. This vibrant community is filled with authentic restaurants, galleries, stores, and more. Take an All About Chinatown Tour and get to know how some of the most famous Chinatown goods are made. The tour will take you to historic landmarks, into markets, through an herbal pharmacy, into a hidden Buddhist temple, and beyond. Learn how fortune cookies get made while touring the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. You can see how the cookies are shaped, baked, and how your fortune ends up inside.
Anchor Brewing Co. has been around since 1896. Make a reservation for a public tour and tasting at the brewery. The tour begins in the taproom. After learning about the company's history an impact on craft brewing at large, you can wander through the brewhouse and see what makes Anchor a true San Francisco icon. At the end, take advantage of the opportunity to taste 12 distinct Anchor beers. In addition to reserving a spot in a public tour, you can also book a private tour for family and friends
A good way to see how the best Bay Area food is made is by taking at trip Avital Food Tours. Their guides can take you through North Beach, the Mission, Union Square, and Haight-Ashbury to look inside the kitchens of the city's best restaurants. Talk to chefs and learn how many celebrated local meals get put on the plate.
Located in Fisherman's Wharf is Boudin Bakery, home of San Francisco's legendary sourdough bread. When you come to Boudin Bakery, you not only sample their delicious delicacies, but also take a tour and see how the bread is made. Watch the bakers busily craft loaves of bread and ask them questions through an intercom to learn more about the process. Then, tour the bakery museum to learn how Boudin's sourdough became so famous.
This local distillery opened in 1982, and it's given people the chance to learn about how vodka is made since its earliest days. Tours of Hangar One happen every Saturday at 1 p.m., and they are only open to guests 21 and over. During the tour, learn about the history of the company, see where and how the vodka is made, then sample some of Hangar One's best products. You can also arrange for a private tour and tasting for groups larger than 15 people.
Heath Ceramics Tour
See some creative minds at work by taking a tour of Heath Ceramics, a celebrated ceramic and tile company that has been open since the 1940s, with locations in both San Francisco and Sausalito. Take a tour of the factory and see how their dinnerware is created, how tiles are dreamed up, and more. Make your reservations in advance, since tours are limited to 15 people on the weekend and 12 when the staff are at work.
Want to see how the San Francisco Giants make baseball magic? Head to Oracle Park and take a behind-the-scenes tour. Ballpark tours allow you to access player and staff facilities, the field's warning track, the visiting team's dugout, indoor batting cages, the clubhouse, the press box, and a luxury suite. You'll also get to browse through a museum called The Vault, where you can see lots of artifacts from throughout the team's history. Go on a tour with a public group, or arrange a private tour for family and friends.
San Francisco Movie Sets and Location Tour
See the neighborhoods and architecture that inspired moments that have made pop culture history. The San Francisco Movie Sets and Location Tour gives you a chance to see where the best movies and TV shows set in San Francisco were filmed. Some examples are the house from "Mrs. Doubtfire," the high school from "The Princess Diaries," and the sniper's perch from "Dirty Harry."
Are you a beer lover? Get ready for a cold one (or a couple) with SF On Tap Tours. They not only because give you the opportunity to sample locally brewed beer, but they also give you a chance to see how that beer is made. SF On Top Tours cover different neighborhoods, including SoMa and Haight-Ashbury. You can arrange a tour for a group of friends, or you can take the tour with other visitors and make some new friends.