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- 98%Local Culture
- 84%History Buffs
- 71%Budget Travelers
- 66%Family Travelers
- 53%Green Travelers
Member Reviews (163)
- ChinatownMember ofBudget TravelersFamily TravelersHistory Buffs+ 1Feb 16, 2014
If you live in a city with a large & well known Chinatown, then this one isn't that special. It definitely is old & historic though.
- ChinatownMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 6Jan 20, 2014
Noisy and lively neighborhood in SF. It's the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, so definitely worth walking through and maybe get something to eat. My Tip: you can get fruits and vegetables a lot cheaper in Chinatown than somewhere else ;)
- ChinatownMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesNightlife Lovers+ 1Jun 07, 2013
The feeling of where you belong, all the people eating dim sum, this is actually a culture in itself and not just a city. People get up early in the morning to eat breakfast known as dim sum in chinese. Afterwards you walk and shop the area. If you live in the city then you buy the cheap groceries that is in the market place along all the shops. Be sure to browse around as some places are cheaper than others.
- ChinatownCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Feb 13, 2014
It took me awhile to fully appreciate what San Francisco’s Chinatown truly offers. At first, what you see are the crowds, the aggressive Chinese shoppers (I’m Chinese and oblivious shopping is part of our culture) and the tacky souvenir stores. In the past few years, however, I started taking a closer look into a neighborhood so many of us locals so quickly disregard.
For example, not all of the gift stores are tacky. If you take some time to meander through some of the stores, you’ll not only find great deals on a number of things, you’ll also get a hint of culture.
Tea shops are starting to proliferate the neighborhood as well. And these are no casual tea shops. The owners know exactly what they are doing, willing to explain the world of tea artistry to anyone willing to listen. This may also be your chance to try some really (really) expensive Chinese teas for free. Vital Tea Leaf is a particular favorite of mine, and there are two locations within Chinatown.
I’m still relatively unaware of the best places to eat. The problem with tourist neighborhoods is that it’s a hit or a miss, and when you miss, you miss the sides of barns. However, I can say with confidence that if you’re looking for some Chinese pastries, Golden Gate Bakery is the stop for you. You’ll notice it right away because there’s almost always a line out the door. They make some of the best custard and coconut tarts you can get outside of Hong Kong. My Chinese parents verified this.
Finally, you’d be remiss if you didn’t explore some of Chinatown’s historic alleys. And of them, be sure you search for Ross Alley, the oldest alley in San Francisco. It’s like stepping back in time.
- ChinatownMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureFamily Travelers+ 7May 05, 2013
It's a beautiful, culturally packed area of San Francisco with so much to explore. If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of cities, then you'll love coming here. So many authentic restaurants, traditional shops, and levels of stores. I love the architecture and livelihood of Chinatown, and there's great little craft shops with cute goodies.
- ChinatownMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureBusiness Travelers+ 1Jan 02, 2013
Chinatown is a unique experience. San Francisco has one of the largest in the United States and this one is bustling as ever. Walk through the streets just to get a feel of the city life and enjoy the sights and sounds. Outdoor markets and everything have so much to offer and take in.