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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
Fee: No
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Description: 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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when we arrived to san fran on our way to our hotel ,our driver from the super shuttle company drove through chinatown,we asked where the best place to eat was,as we were going to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Lake Country, Canada
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Portland, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

On the fringes of the financial district, Chinatown seems like it would be lost amongst the new high-rises. We were travelling with our teenagers for Spring Break and this was a great place for all of us to find something of interest. From the many many souvenirs to high quality art and statuary, it is a unique experience.

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Lake Country, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

when we arrived to san fran on our way to our hotel ,our driver from the super shuttle company drove through chinatown,we asked where the best place to eat was,as we were going to visit this landmark area anyways. he suggested Washington street,so we took him up on it and ate at the China town restaurant,great dim sum for lunch... More 

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Makassar, Indonesia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I went to SF in 2012 for a trip with family. One of the agenda was to visit the Chinatown. As a Chinese-Indonesian, I was a little bit excited to come over and see. The place is nice to take a walk. I could smell the Chinese herbs and medicine, typical Chinatown. Along the road, there were a lot of... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

So, I went and walked around Chinatown for a little while, with my extended family, and felt a little uncomfortable. I defiantly felt like a tourist, when I went into one or two shops, bought something, and was given no receipt or bag! Also, every vendor is kinda aggressive, and every store tries to sell the cheapest crap ever! However,... More 

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Petaluma, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

You can have "dim sum" at the many restaurants and shop for trinkets...better yet, go on Stockton St. where the "locals" shop for well-priced fresh fruit and vegetables-Be ready for all the shoving when it gets crowded, even inside the shops.It's an "ethnic" (my ethnic) thing. But, overall, Chinatown can be quite tacky. For better- and more authentic- Chinese food,... More 

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Cala Tarida, Spain
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

You can not miss a visit to San Francisco Chinatown. Very vibrant with so much to see and do. The restaurants are great, the streets are filled with people and you can never get bored with looking and shopping in all of the wonderful shops. The little bakeries are fun to stop in for a snack and there are many... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Chinatown in San Francisco is little more than a string of shops with cheap and not so cheap gifts. Many good restaurants are gone.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Shops are abundant, so are bakeries, tea shops and restaurants. I liked a bakery that has warm, fresh Chinese doughnuts, bean cakes with black beans and/or lotus, buns are also very nice and the price is right. Have a tea tasting at one of the tea shops. You can sample the tea of your choice before purchasing. If you are... More 

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Edina, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I think to really enjoy Chinatown, you have to partake in the shtick of it. We weren't really shopping for anything. But my wife suddenly decided she wanted a jade ring to match a jade bangle bracelet she bought on a previous visit. We stopped in several shops, but they didn't have a ring that fit her tiny finger. Finally... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I didn't find it something different than other china-towns in other cities/countries. Just typical china-towns but its always fun to walk-through Chinatown. Lot's of shops with interesting merchandises and good authentic Chinese restaurants. San Francisco Port is also very close to this Chinatown.

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Chinatown
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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