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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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My husband and I were visiting San Francisco in 25 years and had to walk through Chinatown. Definitely a must see!!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Marcy, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our group joined a free walking tour through China town and enjoyed every minute. Our guide showed us the neighborhood. Brought us to a bakery, a temple, a fortune cookie factory, ... Very nice to see their way of living and their connection with the city. I can warmly recommend this tour.

Thank Immie M
Marcy, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I were visiting San Francisco in 25 years and had to walk through Chinatown. Definitely a must see!!

Thank Rylee14
Orange County, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Chinatown in San Francisco blows Los Angeles' out of the water. The streets of Chinese shops and food seem to stretch for miles. The rows of vendors are endless and it's fun to walk around and just browse. There are tons of souvenir shops here and if you walk in a little bit more you will see some stores start... More 

Thank 650viviant
Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Best shopping in San Francisco. Great gifts or yourself.All budgets can find deals here. Stop at a bakery and have a pork bun or bean dumpling while you stroll ( and a few to go for breakfast ) Often street performers on weekends . Lion dancers, Chinese orchestras, martial arts and drumming clubs. Harvest Moon festival in fall good time... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wed skip this if we redid the trip. Near dragons gate was cool but much of it (esp near the fortune cookie factory) smelled horrible and was covered in trash.

Thank CTnwj
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

China Town is a very interesting place to go. You can spend hours just wondering around the little stores and if you're a bargin hunter your sure to find something here. There are lots of resturants and food stalls if you get hungry, also the souvenirs are much cheaper in China Town.

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Orlando, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What even more interesting go one block over to the street that runs parallel and you see real china town clean and dirty

Thank Ralph L
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Take a stroll through Chinatown with its bustling atmosphere and tacky souvenir shops. Lots of restaurants and food outlets, best to try one if the smaller cafe style places just off the main roads- food homemade food at a fair price.

Thank KGD70
New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

As in most of the bigger cities also San Francisco has it's own Chinatown. It's easy to take Chinatown, for tourist in particularly Grand Avenue and Stockton Street, in a route going from Market Street to Coit Tower. Nothing special but always nice to walk through and to catch the typical American Chinese atmosphere.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Vibrant fruits and vegetables. Great dim sum at various places. Bring cash. You'll need it. People are friendly.

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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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