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 Pacific Heights 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!
Neighborhood Pacific Heights
Food is included 6 tastings on the go (sidewalk tastings, or done inside the establishments)
Capacity 20 people per tour guide
Dress It's a walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing
Weather Tour takes place rain or shine
Cupcake Tour of San Francisco Itinerary
Kara's Cupcakes Baked daily in small batches using local and organic ingredients, Kara's cupcakes are among the most sought-after treats in San Francisco!
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!
cupcake Tour of San Francisco
by Bruno H. (a Yelp Member) on 1 Apr 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!
Cupcake Tour of San Francisco
by Jennifer S. (a Yelp Member) on 1 Apr 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.