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Chinatown

Address: Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Chinatown)
Phone Number: 888-212-3203
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Ranked #86 of 317 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Owner description: This electric neighborhood of 100,000 people is not to be missed, and...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Corpus Christi, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

First of all we went on a weekday and also I'm not a big fan of any cities China towns. So my review maybe biased because of these facts. It was just a bunch of cheesy, Chinese trinkets and junk frankly. We looked at some restaurants but none of them looked authentic. We ended up walking a few blocks out... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

I really expected a true Chinatown experience with food on the sidewalks and more of an authentic Chinese feel but was let down. There are a lot of food shops but not any on the pavement that I have seen. Further the portions that we did buy was very small and expensive for what you got. Parking is a real... More 

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Riverview, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We so enjoyed spending time in Chinatown. The different foods and smells were amazing. If you really want to experience Chinatown, be prepared to walk a lot and wander in and out of the stores and restaurants (you can often buy small samples of whatever is hanging in the windows at the front counter). Well worth the time!

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 via mobile

Chinatown of San Francisco is probably the first Chinatown in USA. However the place is loosing its appeal as a concentration of Chinese people and its culture. Grand Street used to be the starting of Chinatown from it Chinese Gate. Both sides of the street were filled with Chinese souvenir shops and restaurants. Now-a-day, the few souvenirs shops remain look... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Chinatown in San Francisco is a bustling, lively, touristy, bright and fun place to visit. Full of stores, restaurants, cafes, and all sorts of fun places to visit/ things to see. Highly recommended!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Jostling crowds, a kaleidoscope of colors, intriguing smells, new foods to taste, wonderful goods to touch. . . Chinatown is my favorite San Francisco experience! You don't have to spend a cent to be entertained for hours, but if you want to shop, bargains abound. . .if you want to step into another culture, no visa is required. . .and... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

SFO Chinatown was the first that I have visited and I surely wasn't disappointed. It's a great place to shop, walk around, look at the beautiful items displayed at the no. of shops along the roads and obviously try the food (we didn't, being vegetarian has limitations :P). I bought a beautiful little KungFu statue from a shop and yes,... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I haven't been here in many years but it was fun for me to trudge up and down the streets looking for a bargain, a foot massage and something good to eat--and I found all three! Walking Chinatown is a must for anyone visiting San Francisco. I found some small silk coin purses for gifts that were only 99 cents,... More 

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Delmar, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We visited Chinatown on a recent visit to San Francisco. There are a multitude of "Chinatowns" in various large cities of the United States and World wherever there is a significant section of Chinese people living together. This was very interesting to wander around in. LOTS of stores and restaurants. Very enjoyable to experience. We even got to take a... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Closing out sale! Grand Opening Sale! all items in a store are selling at a bargain?! For Real?! Some are cheap but easily broken. . . Jewelries are cheap too, my uncle from Seattle appreciates the bargain.

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