1850’s San Francisco: Paris Of The Pacific

Neighborhood: Downtown


Everyone in France heard the rumors. Or saw the news reports “of gold mines…fabulous riches awaiting only the hands of miners to be picked up.” Some packed their bags and set off for California. These French left their mark on the culture of the booming city. The French influenced society, especially in food and fashion. Without them, it’s hard to imagine San Francisco becoming our sophisticated, cosmopolitan metropolis.

We will walk through the heart of Gold Rush San Francisco and learn the stories of some of the thousands of French who influenced the City’s development with restaurants, bakeries, shops, laundries, banks and bordellos. From the Gold Rush to today, San Francisco has been the “Paris of the Pacific!”


Next Tours

  • Saturday, October 24 at 1:30 pm given by Gilles Lorand
  • Saturday, November 14 at 1:30 pm given by Rose Feeney
  • Saturday, November 28 at 1:30 pm given by Carol Walker
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Tour Length: Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours

Reservations are required.

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Meet at the corner of Clay and Montgomery at the Transamerica Pyramid

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Please note: Private groups tours required for groups of 8 or more.