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Address: Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone Number:
+1 888-212-3203
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This electric neighborhood of 100,000 people is not to be missed, and it's...

This electric neighborhood of 100,000 people is not to be missed, and it's not hard to find: listen for the clack of mahjongg tiles and nose out the salty spicy squid.

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THE Chinatown to visit

Fun place to take a walk to check out restaurants, shops. Tai Chi each morning in Union Square Park each morning, too. A little seedy after dark.

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Minneapolis, MN
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Didn't find anything of interest to shop for at the stores on our way to dinner. Wanted to show the kids a Chinese grocery store with fresh poultry etc but didn't see one. Looked as if the same economic downturn we all have seen elsewhere has hit Chinatown too. Closed and closing stores.

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Minneapolis, MN
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Fun place to take a walk to check out restaurants, shops. Tai Chi each morning in Union Square Park each morning, too. A little seedy after dark.

Thank MNWorldTraveler
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fantastic to visit for gift shopping. Lovely streets with a great energy, just generally great to see and a must visit while in San Francisco.

Thank kfizz-jay
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is not a tourist attraction by any means. Unlike other China towns, this is a day to day residential area and people here are not so friendly when your taking pics etc. Be a little sensitive to the locals, they get a bit narky!!

Thank SmokeyDJ
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I just wanted to go to Chinatown in San Francisco I had visited Chinatown in New York Chinatown San Francisco is full of gas what Chinese people and that the West Coast has a lot of Asian people I'm sure that the food there was delicious but I didn't eat in Chinatown we just drove through it several times and... More 

Thank Ramona M
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a fun part of SF to spend the day. We shopped til we dropped and then filled up on dim sum. Grabbed a few pieces at several shops along the way and they were all very tasty. Very crowded streets and cars wiz by. Hold young children's hands. Overall it's a great part of the city and I... More 

Thank WendyM1023
Carlsbad, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Chinatown is a mixture of different textures, colors, smells and sights. Stepping into herbal shops & grocery stores is a cultural education. We had a delicious meal and completely enjoyed the day. Go in daylight hours. The streets get a bit seedy at night.

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great shopping and great food, with a little walking through a fun area of the City. Near Union Square, but into a different environment.

Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What can i say i have been to many Chinatowns all around the world, this one in San Francisco is larger than all the others i have visited, lots of little side alleys to explore and all the trinkets we know and love, waving cats, musical eggs,incense,silk design fabrics and much much more, i have everything i need but always... More 

Thank Stephen A
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Having worked in China, I can vouch for the authentic feel of this place. Once you've bought the obligatory Chinese gifts for family/friends, move away from the tacky tourist shops and take a good look at the food markets, tea houses etc. It's a vibrant and exciting place to walk and soak up the atmosphere. The food shops on Stockton... More 

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As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighbourhood decorated with colourful shops, historic streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighbourhood.
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