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, June 22 at 11:00 am given by Andrew T.Sign Up
  • Saturday, June 29 at 11:00 am given by Daniel M.Sign Up
  • Saturday, July 6 at 11:00 am given by Carol W.Sign Up
  • Monday, July 8 at 11:00 am given by Ann S.Sign Up
  • Thursday, July 11 at 2:00 pm given by Anne H.Sign Up
  • Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 am given by Susan S.Sign Up
  • Sunday, July 14 at 11:00 am given by Bruce B.Sign Up
  • Wednesday, July 17 at 11:00 am given by Ann S.Sign Up
  • Saturday, July 20 at 11:00 am given by Rose F.Sign Up
  • Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 am given by Daniel M.Sign Up
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Tour Length: Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours



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


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