Cupcake & Macaron Tour of San Francisco

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  • Duration

    - 2 hours (approx)
  • Hayes Valley/Mission

  • Capacity

    - 25 persons per guide
  • Food is included. 5 tastings on the go (sidewalk tastings, or done inside the establishments)
  • Dress

    - It's a walking tour, so dress comfortably!
  • Departs

    On the Southwest Corner of Patricia's Green, Saturday @ 3pm
  • Meeting Location

    Patricia's Green
  • Final Destination

    9th Street & Harrison


Cupcake Tour of San Francisco

Perfectly formed. Lovely to look at. Delicious to eat. Elaborate, sweet, and often decadent, cupcakes are delightful treats that spark the inner child within us. The Cupcake Tour of San Francisco frequents the finest culinary artisans and dessert boutiques in Hayes Valley and The Mission to bring the heavenly experience of these sinfully good confections straight to your salivating tastebuds! Prepare to yum on the Cupcake Tour of San Francisco!

    Cupcake Tour of San Francisco Itinerary

    • Cupcakes We visit the finest cupcake bakeries in SF, all will be revealed on the day of the tour
    • Macarons Same goes for the macaron joints, all vetted for quality and a secret until the day of the tour
    • Cupcake & Macaron History These delicious treats have fascinating origin stories, learn all there is to know about these French delicacies, and learn some fun facts to impress with
    • San Francisco Sightseeing Storied streets and landmarks, our tours are as much about the neighborhood and the city as much as they are about the food!


    Customer Reviews

    Great Tour!
    By schen86 on October 1, 2015
    I don't typically leave reviews, which is why I am doing this about a month after my tour, but Derek so great that I just had to write something. Each shop was unique and have great flavors. Derek was funny, informative, and overall a fun guy to have a tour with.
    Great Tour!
    By Jonathan A on October 1, 2015
    I recommend this to anyone who enjoys cupcakes. I participated in the tour on Sunday, March 1, 2015. We visited 5 cup cake eateries in the Marina District of San Francisco. Helga was our tour guide. She was informative and new her stuff. All cup cakes were delicious.

    Where comfortable shoes to walk-in. You will walk about two miles. For any cup cakes they you cannot eat, you are able to take with you. Be sure to pace yourself. If you get full on one or two cupcakes, then be sure to save room for Cafe Dulci. This was the fifth stop and they do a Gelato filled cup cake which will melt if you don't enjoy it there.

    Visited March 2015
    The Cupcake Tour!
    By alexO3862RD on October 1, 2015
    I wasn't all that excited when my wife told me we would be going on the cupcake tour - a tour of 5 bakeries in the Marina and Pacific Heights areas... I'm not much of a sweets person. Fortunately, however, Michaelangelo was awesome! Super funny, very high energy, and a blast to spend a couple of hours with. He had the entire group laughing and enjoying ourselves. Good times, and the treats were pretty fantastic!

    Visited September 2014
    Yummy and fun tour!
    By MNowosad on October 1, 2015
    Last weekend we had the pleasure of doing the Cupcake tour. Helga was our guide, who provided us a lot of interesting information and yummy tips about the best cupcakes to try in each store we stopped.

    Besides, you get a chance of walking through two of best shopping streets of San Francisco: Chestnut Street and Union Street.

    Don't worry about getting bored of just eating cupcakes. Each store had its own twist on cupcake theme, besides additional pastries to try! If you are pastry-cupcake-crazed like me, this is a must do. :-)

    Visited September 2014
    Cupcake tour
    By Big49fan on October 1, 2015
    Helga was a great and friendly tour guide.It was very interesting the stories of the history of cupcakes and each store's history. If you like sweets this is a good tour for you to take. I've never been to this area of SF so it was nice to walk around and see all the places we would like to return to and try. It was a beautiful day in SF and the walk wasn't that hard to do. Found a parking lot near the meeting location but it only took quarters so make sure you bring your change. I had tried to contact the company via email and also via phone to ask a few question and also to verify the location to meet. I had 3 papers with 3 different addressess!! Disappointed my calls were never returned! Our group was quite large and we usually were the last ones in and we didn't have time to finish our cupcakes before they were ready to go to the other locations, so we either ate them walking or put them in a bag for later.

    Visited September 2014
    Only for people who love Sweets!
    By Motherduckjc on October 1, 2015
    We enjoyed the Cupcake Tour of San Francisco very much. It was an easy walking tour. The history lesson of each of the places was very interesting and Helga did a great job relaying the information to us. The uniqueness of the various places came through in the samples we tasted - cream puffs at Pacific Puffs, cupcakes with gelato at Caffe Dolci, Canneles de Bordéaux at La Boulange, mini cupcakes at Kara's Cupcakes along with mini & regular sized cupcakes at SusieCakes.
    By the time we finished the walking tour and visiting 5 places, we definitely had our fill of sweets. If you have a sweet tooth, this is the tour for you!
    The only reason we didn't give it a 5 star rating was the coupon we purchased said it would have 7 tastings. While we realize one of the places has closed (American Cupcake), nothing was said about CocoaBella the 7th stop on the tour according to the description on our coupon.

    Visited September 2014
    Hidden Secrets of San Francisco
    By Jennifer C on October 1, 2015
    Michaelangelo was a great tour guide! He played in and out of different characters to match the location and time of the stops during the tour which put the experience to the next level. Other than walking around the streets of a great city, the various locations offered amazing and decadent flavors of chocolate. Great time, very much enjoyed!
    Great tour
    By kevin a on October 1, 2015
    I had an amazing time on this tour with my friends. Our tour guide, Michaelangelo, was great at providing a lot of interesting information about the city and chocolate. He made the tour very fun and lively as we sampled some amazing and beautifully crafted chocolates.
    Cupcakes and more
    By Rene D on October 1, 2015
    Cupcakes, gelato cupcakes, cream puffs and Madeline's. Yummy! Arrive on an empty stomach and bring your favorite drink that compliments dessert :-)
    fun tour
    By sou s on October 1, 2015
    My wife and i had a really fun and delicious time. Derek (our tour guide) was very friendly and knowledgeable.
    Great Cupcake Tour
    By Charissa B on October 1, 2015
    We had a blast on the tour. I took my 14 year old son...and wondered if he was going to think of this as a total bore. NOT AT ALL. Well, first of all, he loves cupcakes and chocolate and gelato. So the whole tour was a hit with him. We had the added bonus of Michelangelo who did a wonderful array of accents - depending on the location and the bakery - his accent would match. All very entertaining. Michelangelo recommended the Chocolate Tour - that is the next one my son wants to do. I think we're hooked on the Great Food Tours of SF.

    Visited August 2014
    Cupcake fever
    By Vijan P on October 1, 2015
    Cupcake might be dead but our tour guide, michaelangelo, definitely made it alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    One can never get enough cupcakes!”
    By 7778jerem1214josh on October 1, 2015
    We had a wonderful time on the cupcake tour and the guide/host Michaellangelo, he was great, very entertaining as well as his knowledgeable of the history of the cupcake and area. Susie's pineapple upside down cupcake! YUMMY!! We look forward to the Chocolate tour. Wonderful experience, I would recommend this to family and friends. Mary S
    Amazing adventure
    By Mica C on October 1, 2015
    Great food tour. We went to a couple of cupcake stores and they gave us pretty good samples of our choice. My favorite was Kara's cupcakes. Our tour guide, michaelangelo was awesome. He was funny and very knowledgeable about the area and the cupcake history. Highly recommend it to tourists and locals. I will definitely try their other food tours next time.

    Visited August 2014
    Cupcake Tour in SF!
    By Caitlin G on October 1, 2015
    I had a great time on our cupcake tour today! Michaelangelo called me a few minutes before the tour started and was very understanding when I let him know I was running late. As we walked from bakery to bakery, he kept us entertained with fun facts about cupcakes/sweets in general and some facts about the bakery/establishment we were about to experience.

    I would recommend this for a fun afternoon with a significant other or with a group of girlfriends. Be sure to bring a bottle of water to wash down all the delicious cupcakes and stay hydrated on the walk!

    Visited August 2014
    Eat Cupcakes and Enjoy SF!
    By Dominique1287 on October 1, 2015
    This was tons of fun! Went on this tour with a groupon and had Michaelangelo as our tour guide. He was very fun, informative, and had great energy. He gave us plenty of time at each spot. We visited 5 different bakeries and got goodies at each one. They were all delicious. Be prepared to eat lots of sugar, but its totally worth it!

    Visited July 2014
    By Mishelldavis on October 1, 2015
    Derek was our tour guide and he made the experience quite enjoyable. Not only was the chocolate amazing... He made it a fun experience by giving us a history lesson about chocolate! How cool is that?! Will definitely come back for the cupcake tour some time soon :)
    Fun! And excellent chocolate!”
    By bonjourvivi on October 1, 2015
    My boyfriend is a HUGE chocoholic and I surprised him with this great SF chocolate tour!

    Derek was a light-hearted, fun tour guide for our tour! We really enjoyed his energy and his knowledge about SF history. Though we are locals, my boyfriend and I had an amazing time learning super interesting history about our city and chocolate tasting through downtown. The chocolate tasting had a variety of 8 different expensive fine chocolates, local chocolates and japanese dessert shop. By the fourth stop, I was already had my fill of chocolate..but my bf was loving it! He couldn't get enough.

    Visited July 2014
    Fun! And excellent chocolate!
    By bonjourvivi on October 1, 2015
    My boyfriend is a HUGE chocoholic and I surprised him with this great SF chocolate tour!

    Derek was a light-hearted, fun tour guide for our tour! We really enjoyed his energy and his knowledge about SF history. Though we are locals, my boyfriend and I had an amazing time learning super interesting history about our city and chocolate tasting through downtown. The chocolate tasting had a variety of 8 different expensive fine chocolates, local chocolates and japanese dessert shop. By the fourth stop, I was already had my fill of chocolate..but my bf was loving it! He couldn't get enough.

    Visited July 2014
    Deliciousness in a Cup
    By KristinaKendall on October 1, 2015
    First we stopped at Kara's Cupcakes, a Cupcake Wars winner. They let us taste any of their mini cupcake flavors. While they had a really nice selection available, the taste was hurt by the fact that we got cupcakes straight out of the fridge. Although, I do know a few people who like their cupcakes cold. They won cupcake wars with their S'mores cupcake so purchase that on the side if you want to taste it.

    The second stop was SusieCakes and I absolutely loved it! They let us taste a mini cupcake first - chocolate, vanilla, or red velvet. Then we got to pick a huge full size cupcake of any flavor. I went red velvet for both because it is what they are known for. The color was perfect and the cream cheese frosting was deliciously tart.

    We then walked to Caffe Dolci where the gelato is the best in San Francisco. We got a chocolate cupcake filled with vanilla gelato and got to choose what to top it with. Almost everyone went with salted caramel. The cake was slightly dry, but intentionally so to compensate so much gelato. Believe me you will need help finishing this, it was so huge! I kept eating because it was just SO good.

    Pacific Puffs was a new addition to the tour. It was opened by brothers and all they made was cream puffs. We got to try the classic mini puff - filed with cream and topped with chocolate. I also bought the salted caramel mini puff and it was one of the best I've ever tasted. I do not know how people eat the full size ones - they are HUGE!

    We last went to a French bakery where we got to pick among four separate desserts.

    Unfortunately, American Cupcake and Cocoabella are closed and not part of the tour anymore, but the tour was still filling and delicious. I was surprised by the amount of choice we got in the tour. Also, if you are worried about hiking around San Francisco, don't be. Our tour guide kept it on flat streets for most of the those cupcakes will give you the energy to climb.

    Speaking of our tour guide! Michelangelo was FANTASTIC! He was humorous, gave good information and history of the cupcake industry, and even pointed out some good landmarks along the way. He kept switching accents along the tour which just added comedic value to what he was saying. He always watched out for the tour group and waited patiently for all of us. We had a lovely lady in a wheelchair and he always waited for her and told more tidbits and jokes so we wouldn't just sit their twiddling our thumbs. He also hosts the chocolate tour and I was horribly sad that I only had one day in San Francisco. He even recommended a shop called Spicely that I couldn't miss. The chocolate tour is twice as long and would have just been twice as fun with Michelangelo leading.

    If you are visiting San Francisco or simply live there and want to have a tourist day, take the either of the tours. They are fantastic!

    Visited July 2014
    best food tour EVER!
    By lyndaleeh on October 1, 2015
    This is the second of the tours we have taken and by far the best. We are grandparents and brought our 12 year old grand daughter and her friend. We all enjoyed it. Derek made sure we knew about everyplace we visited and some local history. We could ask any question and get an answer. I would highly recommend it to all ages.
    Cupcake Tour with Michelangelo
    By sophia A on October 1, 2015
    We arrived late yet very accomodating. Highly enjoyed Michalangelo's thespian abilities.
    Our guide didn't have anything to do with the next part....The description of the tour said we would visit 7 locations and we only visted 5. And the tour was supposed to be 2 hours long but only ran 1'40". Wish they would've let us know of the change ahead of time. Having said that, how many sweets can a person have in a short amount of time. But it would've been nice to know of the change...and the price didn't change.

    Visited July 2014
    Tour with Derek was great!
    By Jimirads on October 1, 2015
    I have also been on their Cupcake tour and both of these tours are great! Derek was a fantastic tour guide, giving us a lot of history about chocolate and about the city. I wasn't expecting to learn so much about chocolate and it was a pleasant surprise.
    Awesome Cupcake Tour with Kat
    By Tiffany B on October 1, 2015
    I bought this tour as part of a birthday gift for my boyfriend. We live in San Francisco and don't typically do "touristy stuff" but thought it would be something different. We were pleasantly surprised and had a lot of fun! Kat was very informative and friendly. She had a lot of historical information and we got to walk around eating sweets! The timing was great, only about an hour and a half. Highly recommend doing this, even if you aren't a tourist! And if you get Kat as your tour guide, that will just be an added bonus!

    Visited July 2014
    Cupcake Tour of San Francisco
    By Ashlyn C. (a Yelp Member) on March 31, 2014
    Before we left for San Francisco, my friend and I decided to check out groupon to see if they had any deals that would be of interest to us during our stay. I remember my friend listing all the groupon deals, and as soon as she said, "Cupcake Tour?", I cried out, "YES!", no hesitation on my part whatsoever. None.
    We did this tour on March 13 (yes, yes, my review is late. What else is new?). My friend and I smartly ate a small breakfast (tbh, we actually ran out of time because we kept walking back and forth trying to figure out what we wanted to eat. In the end we only had time to share a breakfast sandwich. Thank goodness though) before this tour. Why? Ummm, because I had enough desserts to last me a month (well apparently not, but it should've been enough to last me a month. I have a serious sweet tooth. What can I say?)!
    I don't remember how much we paid for this tour. Groupon usually has things for half off, but I don't remember what we got half off of. It was a good deal though. So basically the set amount we paid was for the tour and all the samples we got from every single place we visited.
    First off, our tour guide, Minea, is the best tour guide you could ask for. She was highly entertaining. Seriously, so funny! She made me laugh so hard. She is very knowledgeable as well about the city and the desserts :) I would request her for my tour guide any day.
    First stop on the cupcake tour? Kara's Cupcakes. I've had Kara's Cupcakes before so I knew it would be good. My mom brought home Kara's Cupcakes for me years ago when she had gone on a trip to San Francisco. We all got to pick out a mini cupcake, any flavor of our choice. I'm a classic kind of girl so I got a yellow mini cupcake with chocolate frosting :)
    Second stop, Susie Cakes. Here, we could only pick from a mini vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting or a mini chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting. I'd've chose a vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting, but seeing as that wasn't an option, I had to choose chocolate. It was yummy. (I'd also like to note that I bought a chocolate chip cookie from Susie Cakes after Minea had mentioned they make some of the best chocolate chip cookies. It was good, but too sweet. I happen to make good chocolate chip cookies ;))
    Third stop, Caffe Dolci. We were each given a red velvet cupcake that was already stuffed with gelato (I forget what kine... something like caramel brulee? Idk, I forget) and we were told that we could also get another scoop of gelato, our choice of flavor, to put on top of our cupcake! I got... Tahitian vanilla... what else. It was ok, but the concept of a cupcake being stuffed AND topped with gelato is awesome! (I bought a brownie from here... do you see why I said all these desserts should've been enough to last me a month? Because it should've, but what do I do? Buy more desserts :/ Anyway, BEST brownie EVER!)
    Our fourth stop was Cocobella, this cutesy/fancy chocolate shop. Fanciest chocolate shop I ever walked into. We were each given some kind of chocolate raspberry truffle like sample. I gave mine to my friend because I don't like when my chocolate is mixed with other flavors. Some of the chocolates in this shop looked almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
    Fifth stop, American Cupcake. We each got to pick a regular size cupcake, any flavor of our choice. They had some awesome flavors here, but because I like to stick to the classics, I chose a vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting. Yum :)
    Sixth stop (sort of), was La Boulange. I say sort of because we didn't actually go there on the tour (my friend and I did decide to eat lunch there, however, after the tour had ended). I don't know if we ran out of time, but while we were choosing our cupcake flavors in American Cupcake, Minea said she was going to run over to La Boulange to pick up our samples. I thought she called them Madelines (even though they didn't look like Madelines to me), but whatever they were, they were so, so good. They tasted like the fudgiest brownies ever. The sample from La Boulange was by far my favorite and they weren't even cupcakes!
    I don't know if there are any other tours done by Great Food Tours, or by Minea, but if there are, I'd be the first to sign up! This was a fun, delicious start to my San Francisco trip!

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    cupcake Tour of San Francisco
    By Bruno H. (a Yelp Member) on March 31, 2014
    I did this tour on March 13 with a colleague and I highly recommend it. We both live in the neighborhood and consider ourselves well versed when it comes to Marina cupcakes, but we made a couple of stops that we hadn't been to yet.

    Our guide Minea was AWESOME. She was fun and got the group interacting with each other in fun conversation.

    Be sure to show up with an empty stomach. After starting with 2 mini cupcakes, you hit a spot where you get gelato inside of a cupcake. After that there's still 3 more stops!

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    Cupcake Tour of San Francisco
    By Jennifer S. (a Yelp Member) on March 31, 2014
    I did this tour this past Saturday with some friends and all I can say is thank goodness we had a Groupon - I would not pay $50/person as normally priced. The first two stops were Kara's and Susiecakes which we were given mini-cupcakes. Kara's - the choice of any mini cupcakes the offered and Susiecakes the choice of a vanilla, chocolate or red velvet mini. These were the only good (and freshest) cupcakes - or desserts I should say - that were offered on the tour. The third stop was CaffeDolci which had premade red velvet cupcakes cut in half with mango gelato scooped into the center...not a good combination at all. The good thing was they gave us an additional scoop of whatever gelato we wanted on top. The cupcake did not taste fresh and the mango gelato was way too tart. The cafe au latte gelato, which I chose as my topping, was very good though. The fourth stop was CocaoBella where we were given a dark chocolate truffle which had a lemon filling - yet another bad combination. The fifth stop was Le Bou where the tour guide Helga went inside, grabbed a box of pastries and let us pick whichever we wanted. I chose a raspberry filled coffee cake. It was just okay, again did not taste fresh. The last place was American Cupcake where I was disappointed the most. Here you were able to choose any full-size cupcake of your choice from their display. I chose the potato chip cupcake - had Ruffles crumbled on top with a vanilla cake and icing. The potato chips were stale and the cake part of the cupcake was not fresh at all - to the point I ended up spitting it out and throwing the remainder away. The only benefit was that this place served alcohol so I was able to cleanse my palatte with champagane.

    Overall I give it a 3 out of 5. Helga was friendly and informative, however I did find it tacky how at the end of the tour she advised us to go on Yelp and give them a 5 star rating so they're eligible for bonuses - in addition to asking for tips as that is how guides make the most of their money.

    This tour should be called a "Dessert Tour" not a cupcake tour as there were stops where you received chocolate and pastries.

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