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Address: Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone Number: 888-212-3203
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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We went to Chinatown again this trip. I bought a great scarf for $4.99. I bought a Peking Duck and ate it in my hotel room, I could not find the fortune cookie factory. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Melbourne, Australia
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not sure what else to say but Chinatown was a big disappointment to me but more so for my partner who is Chinese. Just a lot of trashy cheap-looking shops with bored worn-out people hoping for a sale to the gullible. Sad really.

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to Chinatown again this trip. I bought a great scarf for $4.99. I bought a Peking Duck and ate it in my hotel room, I could not find the fortune cookie factory. The streets are steep, crowded and dirty. The stores are mostly filled with things that one does not need. But fun to visit.

Thank LAtoEverywhere
Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After a trip over the Golden Gate Bridge I had my sister drive me to China town. I just wanted to visit a few Chinatown shops and compare to New York. Not sure if I new exactly where to go but didn't find any herbal shops or china shops. Restaurants a plenty. Kinda busy. I wasn't impressed

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

So much to see and do, I had concept of New York's Chinatown I my brain and was pleasantly surprised at the lack of pressures sales techniques. We were allowed to browse at our pace and actually saw cheaper prices on some merchandise than at stores in other locations. Got great advice on using public transportation from a local merchant.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

You can buy lots of cheap souvenirs at the stores in Chinatown. There are so many shops with jewelry, shirts, magnets, plants, lanterns and that is just for starters. I found such cool gifts for all of the people on my list. As you walk up and down the streets be sure to take it all in, look at all... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Thought to be America's oldest Chinatown and containing the largest Chinese population outside of Asia, this really is a good place to wander around and feel the vibe and experience the atmosphere. Lot's of places to eat and shop as you hustle and bustle your way through the crowds and not too far from Union Square where there are numerous... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Chinatown is almost synonymous with San Francisco and it's really enjoyable to walk through it from the China Gate near Union Square. You'll have fun window shopping as you explore. Loads of shops and stores in all price ranges, as well as local restaurants on every block. Fun experience for sure! Enjoy. ...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been here day and night and found it quite enjoyable each time. There is alot of history in this Chinatown and some great characters.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Chaotic in a good way. It was pretty cool to get to visit Chinatown in Cali. Many shops and restaurants that offer cheap goods.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Bought a few gift items, pastries and Chinese goods. T-shirt deals everywhere (bought 5 for $10.99). Unfortunately on the pastries Golden Gate bakery was closed so ended up at King's bakery (not as good - for law who beng). My friend bought tea and small trinkets. Note-you can negotiate on pricing!

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As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighborhood decorated with colorful 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 neighborhood.
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