I'm going to be visiting in a couple of weeks and Chinatown is definitely one of the spots we want to visit.
Is there a best street to walk by? Like where all the shops and such are at? How much time should we dedicate, half a day?
Best area to find good food?
Thank you everyone
I usually ask to be dropped off at the 'dragon gate' at the bottom of the hill, then walk up past the shops and restaurants. I'm unsure of the name of the street, but all taxi and Uber drivers know where it is. I would give yourself @ 2 hours, 3 if you eat there, & I highly recommend eating there. Uber usually charges @ $7 for a ride up from the Pier 39 area which is faster than the BART and cheaper than a taxi. Have fun!!
Start at Dragon's Gate. Half a day will be fine, take a cab to go there. You'll find plenty of great restaurants, unique bars, wild and weird shops, the classic Chinese herb shops and groceries.
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As I went to the Chinatown from Union Square, I took MUNI at Stockton St. It's more like a local and authentic part of the Chinatown, so you can see pretty much, like the markets etc. Never lacking of restaurants and souvenir shops though, in fact when you walk along Stockton St. there are pretty good chances that you walk into an attractively-priced restaurant with good meals! Of course you will come across that street where the Dragon Gate is situated in. That's more touristy and you can grab a picture.
Take a cab to the "Dragons Gate". This is the official entrance to Chinatown. (Bush @ Grant). Grant is the Main Street through Chinatown but it extends a few blocks off both sides. Lots of people watching, window shopping. Plenty of great restaurants, unique bars, wild and weird shops, and the classic Chinese herb shops, groceries.
My favorite places are the Sushi Boat for classic (Japanese) sushi, and The House Of Nanking for excellent Chinese food.
I agree with the house of Nanking as being good eats! I also tried several places where the locals in China Town went to eat and got the real deal on my plate. Like I recommended, if you have trouble walking just take the bus up the hill from the Dragon's Gate. Great place on the left of the gate to go inside and see all the real and fake antiques and other "fancy" stuff. I also found the fortune cookie factory in a back alley, which was easy to spot due to all the egg cartons outside the place. You can write your own fortune and they will put it into a cookie for you! They also have a very special treat there also. It is an unfolded cookie plain and one dipped in chocolate. That is the only place I know of that has this very special cookie! Enjoy!
Start at Dragon's Gate. Half a day will be fine. CHeck this site for good recs. on food.
Anywhere around the Portsmouth Square plaza, and upwards is good, between California and Broadway.
You have many restaurants and buildings in that area. if using a cab, ask for the Hilton Financial district, and you will be right in middle of it all
I might think that Jackson St. is the easiest way to explore both sides, the atmosphere (shops, teaditional medicines, souvenirs) and gastronomic attractions (restaurants, foods, street snacks). Or you can explore starting from dragon gate like the other saying. Normally if you have enuff time halfday shud be okay. But if you're on rush, then 2 hours is good too.I hope you'll enjoy something in San Francisco's China Town.
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