The tour begins in the theater district at either the Spero Spanish Revival Hotel or the Beaux Arts Marker Hotel. It continues to the San Francisco Art Exchange full of iconic rock-n-roll photography and other select art galleries. Design and decor are explored in the Diva, King George and Nikko hotel lobbies. View rare Egyptian tile murals in the Hotel Union Square. See the famous clock in the Westin Hotel. Take a photo opportunity at the Tony Bennett “heart” at the bustling Union Square under the iconic Alma Spreckles statute. Window shop at Macys, Neiman Marcus and Maiden Lane boutiques before entering the Chinatown Gates displaying unique symbols and feng shui principals. View dozens of glittering shops, rest at Sun Yat Sen park, tour Old St. Mary’s cathedral, pray at a Buddhist monastery and taste a fortune cookie.
Places We Love To Visit
Built in 1923. Spanish Revival lobby features set off the gilded ceiling.
1987 Takanaka Japanese simplistic splendor and art and Obi chandelier.
Cable Car Turnaround
Tour guest takes photo opportunity at Powell and Market Streets famous cable car turnabout.
CK Contemporary Gallery
The newest addition to Union Square of exciting new modern artists.
Macy’s & Omar Khayam Restaurant
circa 1933. Unknown architect. Finest examples of Modern Shop design with Spanish influence.
Tony Bennett Heart
“San Francisco, America’s greatest city”. Painted October 25, 2004 by Tony Bennett, the artist and singer.
Neiman Marcus Rotunda
Glass dome depicting Neptune and City of Paris department store ship. 1908 Renaissance Baroque style.
John Fluevog Shoes
Canadian designer. “Each shoe is a piece of art.”
Gefen Fine Art Gallery
Modern art and sculpture.
1907 commercial jewel box with important unique marquee, cornice and cresting. Architect unknown.
Red Silk Chinese Lantern
Lanterns decorate Chinatown’s Grant Avenue, oldest and largest Chinatown in the United States.
1000’s of exotic gifts. “If you cannot find it here, it is not made.”
Sun Yat-Sen Statue
Impressive 1938 sculpture created by the artist Benny Bufano for the founder of the Chinese Republic in 1911.
Tong Benevolent Society Building
Brightly colored Tong Benevolent Society building.
Ten Ren Tea Co
Guests enjoying tea at Ten Ren Tea Company.
Yellow Lion Costume
Yellow Lion Costume used during the Chinese New Year Parade.
Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company
Golden Gate Fortune Cookie company. Established August 1962.
*All tour locations are subject to change based on availability and interest