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Rank48 out of 487 attractions in San Francisco
Places to stay near Chinatown
Reviews of Chinatown • 7
My afternoon was spent wandering around Union Square, and headed to Chinatown. I ended up in the Fortune Cookie Factory - so hard to find, in a little alley - where you can see the ladies shape the cookies and you get to try them, always down for free food !From all of the US, San Francisco’s Chinatown is the best, I think. It made me want to discover Asia so bad ! I saw men read Chinese newspaper, the bus speaker announce stops in Chinese before Spanish ! Incredible how big the Asian community is.--> Watch the video down below to see more :)Telegraph Hill is a nice climb to do, where Coit Tower is. To get in the Tower costs $7, no thanks I’d rather enjoy the pretty decent view of the bridge from the parking lot.
The Chinatown, centered in San Francisco, is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside China.
Chinatown, and the area surrounding it, in San Francisco is a wealth of colorful contradiction. I had the pleasure of walking San Francisco on foot, on two different days during my trip to the Bay Area and the day that I spent in Chinatown and the FInancial District was a feast for the eyes. It was a day where sensory overload was a sort of job hazard. I was so overwhelmed by all there was to see and photograph, I forgot. Forgot to buy the silk kimono I’d been dying to get, forgot to photograph whole windows I was enthralled by because I just stood staring at the displays of colorful wares and forgot to stop and eat at one of the little noodle cafes that made my mouth water on every block! I just walked…and then sat, for a while, in St. Mary’s Square Park. It’s a place right in the middle of the city that is an oasis of calm and green and growth. And for me, of peace and zen. Yet there are contradictions even there, hard metal lines, decay and metal sculpture break up the garden atmosphere and contradict the soft colorful lines of the children’s playground in the corner. I know this is cheesy, but on my walking tours I really did feel like I might float away on a cloud of happiness. I feel energized and alive in places like Chinatown, San Francisco.
Of all the Chinatowns, this one reminds me the most of Hong Kong (minus the fish blood all over the alley). Great food and some fun souvenir shopping!
Board the brightly colored Magic Bus at 280 Geary Street in Union Square, San Francisco, just across from Macy’s and closest to the corner of Geary and Powell streets. Your journey through time begins as you are transported from Union Square to Chinatown, a culturally vibrant pocket of San Francisco that is home to the largest populations of Chinese in America. Chinatown was a major influence on American exposure to eastern philosophies in the 1960s and beyond.
2. The food here is awesome and Chinatown is a treat unto itself. Some of the best dim-sums are to be found here. Some of the best French and Italian restaurants are here too and in that sense, the place does have a European touch somewhat. Waterbar affords great views on the Bay Bridge and the light show in the evening which is a good way to see public tax money going up (and down) an LED light tube. RN74 is a Burgundy inspired wine bar with food alongside. The Mission district is grotty and grungy but ever gritty and geared so expect a lot of BoBo places here. I made it to Trick-dog and La Lolinda and commend them both. Napa has Morimoto and of course, the little town of Yountville, the San Sebastian of California, with more fine restaurants than tourists in the county. You will find here, and if you reserve months in advance, yourself there too at, The French Laundry, which is a good way to put black money to sumptuous use. Maybe that’s why they call it laundered…? No.
Chinatown became my favourite lunch spot whilst my stay at San Francisco. While each and every structure reeled of being the oldest Chinatown in North America, the souvenir shops and little takeaway hideouts spoke of the authentic oriental essence for which the place had stood for since the 80s. with a friend, I explored and checked out the representation of its fascinating history in a Chinese Heritage Walk.