What is travel without local food? The local taste of San Francisco is really a taste of the whole world. The Japantown tour by Edible Excursions I experienced during my visit was a delicious portal into another place and culture!
Our tour guide for the Japantown food tour was Alice. I loved her; she was great! She is also a Japantown local, so she knows the area, its cultural nuances, and its food very well. Alice’s family has a long history in the area. They’ve been a part of the town since its founding days as a village, so she had a lot to share. We learned a lot about food, culture, and history on the tour. Best of all, it came from a first hand experience.
Super Mira is a small café by a grocery store. It doesn’t seem like much from the outside, but the best places usually don’t! it is really good. Definitely worth visiting. I loved the udon!
Benandkyodo has been a staple in the neighborhood forever. They say that if you want to know the local gossip, you just have to go there! My favorite thing here was the mochi. It felt so fresh.
Dosa is an Indian restaurant. The founders of the restaurant created the menu to reflect India’s cuisine as a whole, rather than just tastes from the typical regions that Westerners know. The food was amazing! Even the lasse was delicious. Yum!
Yaquiniq Café has unique drinks. We tried the sweet potato latte, which tastes as unique as it sounds. It’s become popular enough to become their signature drink.
Mifune Don is known for two things: fantastic customer service and out-of-this-world okonomiyaki. This tiny café is worth the trip.
Shalala Ramen is another yummy ramen place. I liked the Tonkotsu ramen.
Kissako Tea is very different than Crown and Crumpets, although it is also a tea house. Kissako is authentically Japanese and will transport you to Asia with its smells and tastes! If you go, try the salmon onigiri and genmai cha tea.
I highly recommend this tour. If you’re an Asian food lover and think you know your way around an Asian menu, you’ll love learning and tasting new things. If you’ve come to explore the different neighborhoods of San Francisco, I suggest you take a look into Edible Excursion Food Tours. This one costs me $92 but for the amount of food, history and culture I learned, it was totally worth it. I feel like it was a great way to learn more about Japan Town