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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
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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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Chinatown!

Chinatown is definitely an experience you need to see when visiting San Francisco. There's two parts of Chinatown one part is Grant Street. The other part is Stockton Street where... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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San Francisco, CA
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450 reviews
221 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a living neighborhood in a city that has an Asian population of nearly 1/3. Walking these streets brings one deep into an old and rich culture. Get off Grant Avenue and wander the side streets, visit Portsmouth Sq, and by all means eat. And shop, and have lots of fun. Bring the kids! Enjoy!

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Thank William M
oregon
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96 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I had a morning to wander without a car from Union Square. So, I hoofed it to Chinatown. It's fascinating. Bring cash and an empty bladder. Just know when you see some trinkets, they will be at the next store and the next. Prices vary all over. Funny thing, with no restaurants open, I could not find an restroom. So,... More 

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Thank oregonbeach
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66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Chinatown is definitely an experience you need to see when visiting San Francisco. There's two parts of Chinatown one part is Grant Street. The other part is Stockton Street where all the local Chinese people go to get their fruit food and vegetables. The place looks kind of dirty. Be prepared to deal with a big crowd kind of pushy... More 

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Lake Worth, Florida
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

have to be good shape to walk the hills but worth it to see this part of san francisco nice shops and many resturants

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This really is a unique place, there is everything you would have in a city all in one district and all Chinese. The food is great and there are a lot of bargains to be found. When we were here in august we needed some extra luggage and so headed straight to Chinatown.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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96 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Worth a visit but you fell a little underwhelmed as its tired, dirty and quite shabby. There are shop after shop filled with cheap junk. Reasonable place to buy a San Fran souvenir. Some excellent eateries though!

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

That's how the streets looked like to me. Red lanterns adorn the street. There are a profusion of small restaurants where you could have see ducks hanging by the window. Lots of shops selling the same statues, vegetables and tea. It's a bustling place and having been to Bejing and HongKong, the place does give a feeling that you're kind... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It has been about 10 years since we last visited Chinatown. We remember the vibrant, colorful, friendly shops, streets, sounds and smells. We looked forward to our visit recently and were shocked and deeply disappointed with what we found. Chinatown today is a shabby, run-down, filthy, crowded and utterly inhospitable tourist trap. What a waste! This part of San Francisco... More 

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28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It is very similar to most Chinatowns in other cities, it is busy, loud and fun. There are many shops and restaurants to explore with many varieties of asian food to choose from.

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Thank Cuong L
Manchester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stayed in China Town San Fransisco for 3 nights. There are plenty of shops bars and restaurants, The streets are bustling and busy but exudes atmosphere. Barter when buying anything from here.

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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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