San Francisco Chocolate Tour

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth on a Three Hour Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Tour

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Discover the sweeter side of San Francisco during this three-hour Guided SF Chocolate Tour. You will be escorted by a delightful guide through San Francsico’s delicious Waterfront and Union Square neighborhoods where you will learn about fine chocolates and how they are made while tasting a variety of chocolate delicacies. 

Stops along this delectable Chocolate Tour include some of San Francisco’s most popular Chocolatiers as well as lesser known chocolate treasures including a chocolate manufacturer from bean to bar production, beloved local Chocolatier who uses sustainable ingredients, small newsstand that carries chocolate bars from over 15 different countries, a Swiss Chocolatier and Belgian Chocolatier, a retail outlet of America’s longest continuously operating Chocolate Manufacturer, and more!

So whether you are looking for things to do in San Francisco or for a unique gift, this Sightseeing Tour & Chocolate Tasting is a unique way to gain historical and cultural insights of the San Francisco Downtown Area, guidance on other exceptional food experiences in the City and more!

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Where It's Located hide

  • San Francisco, California

Who Is Included hide

The San Francisco Chocolate Tour Experience Gifts Certificate is valid for one participant, unless additional participants are added onto the certificate. There will be up to thirteen additional participants on the tour.

This experience is not suitable for non-paying guests or spectators.

When It Is Offered hide

The San Francisco Chocolate Tasting Tours are offered Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, year-round, subject to availability. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Tours take place at 10:30 AM and Saturday Tours take place at 2:00 PM.

How Long Is It hide

The Chocolate Tours of Northern California have a tour length of 3 hours and a total duration of approximately 3½ hours.

Weather hide

The Chocolate Tour of San Francisco takes place in all weather conditions. Guests are encouraged to bring an umbrella during the Winter months.

What To Wear hide

Dress comfortably. Flat rubber-soled walking shoes are recommended for this culinary adventure.

Additional Information hide

Price includes all tastings and 1½ miles of walking. Tours typically have six stops with generous tastings, most bring home a goody bag of chocolates. Children must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age or older at all times. Children under the age of 2 who do not participate in tastings are free.

Participants should bring a water bottle and spending money as you will have the opportunity to purchase additional food, beverages, gifts and chocolate souvenirs on the tour. Each participant will receive a Chocolate Lovers Discount Card that can be used at 10 different Chocolate Boutiques!

Gratuities are not included but are greatly appreciated and may be offered at the end of the event.

Specific stops on the tour are subject to change.


Reservation Information hide

Changes to reservations for the San Francisco Chocolate Tour Experience cannot be made once the date of this Experience is reserved.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.

Like most people, I love chocolate. LOVE IT. So you can imagine how excited I was to join Gourmet Walks for their chocolate tour of San Francisco. This city has been at the forefront of the American chocolate revolution, and this three-hour walking tour explores its best traditional and innovative chocolate creations.

We met our guide Marie at 10 AM on Friday 20th January 2017: the day was cold and damp but Marie’s enthusiasm was catching, and it was impossible not to feel excited as she ran through our itinerary. There would be seven stops with plenty of tastings at each, and if we reached a point where we couldn’t stomach any more chocolate (surely not?!) we could store them in zip-lock bags. This was the first hint as to just how much chocolate we’d taste on the tour….

Before we set off we learned about the importance of ethically sourced cacao and how bitter beans are transformed into the smooth bars we see in stores. We smelled dried cocoa beans and discovered how roasting them brings out that wonderfully rich chocolate smell, before having a nibble on some dark chocolate. Now our coco cravings were piqued, the tour could really begin.

Our first stop was Dandelion, where Marie gave us samples of three different types of dark chocolate – all 70% cocoa but each from different countries: Venezuela, Madagascar and the Dominican Republic. Just as the taste of wine and coffee is influenced by their place of origin, so the soil type, temperature and rainfall affect the taste of chocolate.


All three samples were great tasting and deep in flavour, but they had totally different undertones: to me, the Dominican Republic chocolate was mild and mellow, the Madagascan more floral and citrusy, and the Venezuelan (my personal favourite) more smoky-sour. Everyone else liked the Madagascan one best, proving that it’s all objective. We followed this with a frozen hot chocolate, which was delicious although a chilly experience on an already cold day!


The next stop was the Ferry Building Marketplace, where we had tastings at several different stops including Neo Cocoa and Recchiuti Confections. We first tried burnt caramel and sea salt, chocolate covered roasted almonds, and beautiful hand painted chocolates. We then tried some more unusual but delicious creations – my favourites were the mocha marshmallow and the smoked chilli chocolate; the latter initially just tasted of normal chocolate, but then the heat from the chilli came in, was followed by a deliciously smoky flavour. So good!


We moved on through the city, stopping off at Fog City News where we admired their selection of international chocolates as well as their chocolate wall. That’s a little plaque that you can get your name on if you try enough variations of chocolate bars. Our next stop was New Tree and we tried aromatic hot chocolate infused with cinnamon and nutmeg… it was delicious, and the warmth was wonderful after being out in the biting cold.


Next up was Sugarfina, where we tried an eclectic mix of confectionary, like popping candy that crackled in your mouth and bacon-infused chocolates (not actually containing bacon, which caused my vegetarian taste buds much panic and confusion). We also tried these incredible single malt whiskey truffles that spurted out a very healthy measure when you bit into them. Was it my imagination or was I starting to feel a little tipsy?


We crossed the street to explore one of Oprah’s favorite chocolatiers called Teuscher. She especially loves the Swiss champagne truffles, but at this point, I’m ashamed to say, I was all chocolated out. I knew I’d kick myself later for missing out on these treats though (if it’s good enough for Oprah it’s good enough for me!) so I was thankful for the zip-lock backs Marie had given us earlier. And that was it – our last stop!


This tour was hugely enjoyable and far more informative than I expected. We learnt a lot, not just about the art of chocolate making but about the global chocolate industry too. We also received a Chocolate Lover Card entitling us to discounts at all the chocolate boutiques we visited – what a shame I’m just visiting! This tour is a must-have gift for any chocoholic, and I’ll be dreaming about my sweet San Francisco adventure for years to come…

If your chocolate cravings are in full swing now after reading this delicious blog, you can try out the food tour for yourself here.

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