Driving from Sacramento while on vacation from Maryland. Have my mom with us who walks with difficulty. Where should we park, where's a clean place to get good dim sum, and best place to shop?
Here's the thing about San Francisco. If someone in your group has difficulty walking you need to research the bus system which is quite comprehensive. It can take you where you want to go. Embarcadero is a nice area to shop but anywhere you go there will be walking involved. As for parking, anywhere near the 4th and King Street station will get you near the bus line. Look up park whiz or park me. These are websites where you can find a parking garage near where you're going and they will show you the parking rate. If you are staying outside of San Francisco you can park for much cheaper and take BART or Cal Train into the center of SF. BE aware that you will fight traffic driving into the city. You're much better served to park at a station outside the city and take the train in. Have fun
I suggest a fun way to get into Chinatown without too much hassle is to park near the Embarcadero/Ferry building and get the California Street Cable car in front of the Hyatt hotel up the hill to Grant or Stockton st. There is usually no line for the cable car here. Drop mom at the Hyatt where she can enjoy the lovely atrium lobby while you park, or leave your car St the wharf and take a historic streetcar around the Embarcadero to the ferry building and cross the street to the Hyatt. Grant st. shops are fun for souvenirs and Chinese signs, but for real Chinese shops walk on Stockton, parallel to Grant one block west, at least for a few blocks. Domain places charge by adding up your plates: we look for ones that have a little cart they push around so you can just point and say, "I want that".
I'm afraid I'm not going to be much help on this one We stay with family out of town and get the BART train in. Many of the hotels offer parking but can be very expensive. The main street in Chinatown is basically flat so Mom should be fine However the roads leading up to it can be very steep so to take her there and drop her would be better. Can't recommend a particular resteraunt as there are so many and as for a best place to shop it's the whole street. Probably something you've never seen the likes of before bur a lot if cheap and takky. Great fun.Would not miss it. I've been many times from an early age. Hope this is useful and sorry I couldn't help more. Have fun.
No parking in upper regions of SF so best stay near waterfront and get the tram to Chinatown.
There are lots of good eating places in Fishermans wharf.
We really enjoyed City View restaurant for Dim Sum. Very clean restaurant with friendly servers and great food! It is a little bit beyond proper Chinatown.
Parking for close to Fisherman's Wharf was at the Pier 39 Parking Garage...I didn't eat at The China House on Fisherman's Wharf because of the big wait to be seated they had dim sum on the menu and take credit cards.
All the dim sum in Chinatown is pay by cash only and you can take a bus or trolly then just ask a shop owner for good dim sum and they will hook you up a great culture of food.
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