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  • Address: Grant Avenue at Bush Street
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  • Admission: Free

A city within a city, Chinatown is a historic maze of mysterious sights where an ancient culture from the other side of the world survives and flourishes with remarkable authenticity. You enter the oldest Chinatown in America through Dragon’s Gate, on Grant Avenue at Bush Street. Once you walk through the gate, a 24-block labyrinth of restaurants, markets, temples, and shops unfolds.

Wander through the massive collection of Chinese artifacts at the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, or ponder Thomas Chang’s monumental photographs at the Chinese Cultural Center. You can glimpse skaters practicing revolutionary moves beneath the stature of Sun Yat-sen in St. Mary’s Square or head to Spofford Alley to hear the clicking mah-jong tiles, a Chinese orchestra warming up, or even beauticians gossiping over blow-dryers.

Shoppers can browse the China Bazaar for novelty items or sift through bath toys and paper lanterns at the Far East Flea Market. Hungry? Try out the dim sum places and noodle joints along Stockton Street or wander along side streets of Grant Avenue to find budget basement eateries.

Before you leave Chinatown, stop by the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company, where cookies are stamped out on old-fashioned presses and folded while hot! Get a bag to go.

Practical Info

Chinatown is bordered by Broadway, Bush, Kearny, and Stockton streets. The area is easily accessible by buses and cable cars. Street parking is difficult, so it’s best to visit the area on foot. The best spots to explore are all along Stockton and Grant streets, Portsmouth Square, and the alleys that lead off them, like Ross and Waverly.

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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 149 Reviews

Uncover the secrets of San Francisco's Chinatown district on this fascinating walking tour. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, buzzing atmosphere and ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 - 3 hours (depending on if lunch is selected)

From USD $35.00

San Francisco at Night: Segway Tour of North Beach, Chinatown and the Embarcadero

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

When the sun goes down in San Francisco, a twinkling display of lights keeps the city glowing throughout the night. While a brisk stroll is one way to admire ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2.5 hours

From USD $69.99

San Francisco Chinatown Ghost Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 49 Reviews

Are you fascinated by ghosts? Join this evening walking tour and let the local guides bring to life the tales of San Francisco Chinatown's supernatural past ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.99

Chinatown and North Beach Night Walking Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 13 Reviews

Spend an evening exploring two of San Francisco's vibrant areas for food and nightlife on a walking tour through Chinatown and North Beach. On their own, they ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00

San Francisco Chinatown Food Tour

On this guided food tour of San Francisco’s Chinatown, you will taste five different mouthwatering delights. Three of the tastings (enough for lunch) will be ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00

San Francisco Chinatown Tour with Optional Lunch

Visitors to Chinatown expect something they won't find anywhere else. They expect to be stunned and enchanted and tempted with great food and exotic items ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00

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