Walking Tours through San Francisco with Monika Trobits

Published 2019: Monika’s second book, Bay Area Coffee: A Stimulating History.

BACCoverHere’s a description: Coffee hopscotched across four continents and cruised two oceans before landing on the Pacific coast of North America. Fueled by the gold rush, ship after ship sailed through Golden Gate Straits carrying energized passengers, cargo of all kinds and countless sacks of green coffee beans.
San Francisco was destined to become the third largest coffee port in the United States.
This led to the rise and local demise of the “big three” coffee roasters, the emergence of specialty coffee roasteries and the current renaissance of artisan coffee.
From the 19th century to the 21st, the San Francisco Bay Area has attracted waves of coffee entrepreneurs, innovators and connoisseurs.
Told against the backdrop of local history, this book tells their story.

Want to read about Bay Area coffee, here’s how you can order the book: https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9781467140614

Upcoming 2020 book events for Bay Area Coffee: A Stimulating History:
March 16: Presentation for the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City: CANCELED – WILL BE RESCHEDULED.
April 20: Presentation for the Book Club of California in San Francisco: CANCELED – WILL BE RESCHEDULED.

Here’s a Chronicle article about Monika and her coffee book (March 10, 2019): https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/nativeson/article/San-Francisco-and-its-coffee-A-city-steeped-in-13675393.php

Spring 2020 Tour Dates:
(Additional days/dates may be available upon request. Monika’s generally not available Tuesdays or Fridays.)

Tour #1 – Grand Tour: Downtown/Mid-City Journey:

Tour #2 – Mid-19th Century Journey: Antebellum and Civil War Days in San Francisco:


Reserve your spot/s using the Brown Paper Tickets link on this site.

More Tours, Upon Request:
For more information about tours noted below or one of the other 20+ walking tours that Monika has developed (cost, timing, etc.),
please contact Monika directly at monika@sanfranciscojourneys.com.

#4 – Circling the Square: A three-hour exploration of the heart of Union Square, its development and its transformation over the last century and a half. This walking tour includes the works of prominent architects and local artists plus a literary landmark. Learn about films made at the Square, a 1920s-scandal at a nearby hotel, “crib alley” and the area’s connections to Dashiell Hammett as we wind our way down to Market Street.
#5 – Bridge to Beach: This 4 1/2 hour walk/hike begins at the Golden Gate Bridge, explores the geological splendor of San Francisco’s northwest coastline and ends at Ocean Beach. Learn about the bridge, past and present, while soaking in the surrounding vistas of the bay where it meets the ocean, followed by an exploration of the shoreline of the Presidio, continuing through Land’s End.

Advice for visiting or living in San Francisco: Be open-minded and have a sense of humor.

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The Walking Tours

Tour #1: The Grand Tour of San Francisco – Part 1

The Downtown/Mid-City Journey
Duration | 9:30 a.m. – approx. 4:45 p.m.
Offered | Please check current tour dates noted above.

Not the average sightseeing tour but rather an opportunity to experience San Francisco from a different perspective. Join Monika for an eclectic walking/riding (public transport) tour tracing San Francisco’s transition from an 18th century pueblo to the booming 19th century mining town leading to its becoming the Queen City of the West and finally emerging as the modern metropolis of the 21st century . . .
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Tour #2 The Grand Tour of San Francisco – Part 2

The Mid-19th Century Journey: Antebellum and Civil War Days in San Francisco
Duration | 10 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m.
Offered | Selected Thursdays and Saturdays (See Tour Schedule above for dates).

This tour celebrates Monika’s first book, Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco: A Western Theater for Northern & Southern Politics. It focuses on those eras in mid-19th century San Francisco which coincided with a worldwide migration to the city seeking gold and silver riches. Join Monika on a walking/riding tour visiting historic sites that remain from the city’s earliest days. Learn about the daily dramas and colorful characters, both on and off local theater stages, that frequented San Francisco during the years leading up to and during the Civil War. . .
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Tour #3: The Grand Tour of San Francisco – Part 3

The Northern Waterfront Journey: Telegraph Hill to the Ferry Building
Duration | N/A
Offered | Not currently offered.

Explore Loma Alta, the “high hill,” and discover its origins and transitions with Monika, your guide for this memorable journey. Visit the landmark structure that crowns Telegraph Hill. View and learn about the magnificent murals in Coit Tower . . .
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About Your Guide

Monika Trobits is a street-wise, native New Yorker and a long-time San Francisco resident of more than three decades. Within a few years of arriving in Northern California, she began her on-going, formal and informal study of San Francisco’s and California’s history, architecture, politics, art, unique features and culturally-diverse neighborhoods. Doing all of that inspired her to seek opportunities to become a walking tour docent and tour guide so that she could lead tours of her adopted city for anyone who would show up and listen. She’s been successfully doing that since 1989. Her presentations are engaging, comprehensive, witty and historically accurate. She leads visitors and residents alike on enjoyable and insightful journeys through San Francisco’s districts. Learn More

Walking Tours through San Francisco with Monika Trobits

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