S.F. Bay Area — No. California
San Francisco, CA
Fortune Cookie Factory
Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
See how fortune cookies are made — it's a fascinating process (and sample them too) at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. A Chinatown institution, the cookie factory has been around for over 40 years, drawing tourists and locals alike.
Expect a line out the door, especially on weekends and during peak tourist summer season. During one of our visits to the factory, we encountered a local walking tour on their way out and a crowd of tourists waiting to get inside.
Visitors file into the small narrow shop (it only holds about 10 people at a time) to catch a glimpse of how fortune cookies are made. The cookies come off the machine flat and round before the fortune paper is placed inside and then they're shaped into the familiar fortune cookie known the world over.
Don't expect to spend much time inside — they like to keep the line moving. And if you want to take pictures, there's a 50-cent fee... obviously, we've taken a few!
A visit to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory is fun for kids and big kids too! Bring your out-of-town guests to see this popular San Francisco tourist attraction and spend the day in Chinatown.
It's worth a visit just to taste free samples of their delicious thin crunchy cookies — I've never been a lover of fortune cookies (I just like the fortunes inside), but these are fantastic!
Buy Fortune Cookies
If you have a sweet tooth, bags of different flavored fortune cookies (plain, almond, chocolate...) are available for purchase — you might as well buy them fresh off the press... so to speak :)
History of the Fortune Cookie
Did you know that the Fortune Cookie originated in San Francisco, California, U.S.A. and NOT in China?
More Info on the History
of the Fortune Cookie
Fun Chinatown Walking Tours
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