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Chinatown

Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Chinatown)
888-212-3203
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As featured in 3 days in San Francisco
Ranked #90 of 375 attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: San Francisco's Chinatown is the largest outside of Asia.  It is a place many visitors want to see and put high on their list of places to go.  But... more »
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We just walked around, soaking up the atmosphere and were amazed by the smells and sounds of this place. There were wonderful fruit and veg shops and all manner of preserved Chinese snacks and a huge variety of authentic looking ingredients. It really took me back to China of 1988! We didn't buy anything so can't comment on value.

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Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I didn't find this anything special. Just a bunch of shops with the same ole stuff. Walked down the main street and jumped back on the bus. I really don't know why people make it sound like it is something to see.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

If you do then Chinatown is the place. We walked the main street and there was no point in going into any stores. Every store has the same crap. The food markets looked filthy.

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Oshawa, Canada
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110 reviews 110 reviews
37 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We were staying at the corner of the entrance to Chinatown on Grant Street but our tour operator told us this was the fake Chinatown for tourists and took us to the real Chinatown for a walking tour. What a difference.

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Philadelphia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Came here with family and relatives from California. We ate at their favorite Chinese restaurant, but it was honestly pretty bad and tasted incredibly cheep. They catered to American taste: oily, sweet, fried food, that lacked any kind of tasteful balance of flavor. We walked around afterwards to shop, and everything was I expensive, which was nice, but the opinions... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We had a pleasant walk through Chinatown and shopped our way back to our hotel. Lots of interesting things to see in the windows of the restaurants. Not quite as crowded as I remembered from the late 1970s and early 1980s. I think if we were to go again, we might enjoy a tour as mentioned in the travel article... More

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Nevada City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We just took the two grandkids to Chinatown for their first visit. First off, let me say that I love Chinatown, but the "real" Chinatown (down at Stockton Street towards North Beach), and am not a fan of the tourist-trap end of Chinatown near "Dragon's Gate" at Bush Street. But what part of Chinatown you visit depends on what you... More

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Rockhampton, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We walked to Chinatown from Union Square and were advised to stick to Grant Street, a more touristy street as the other major street (Stockdale I think) is more for the Asian people and has very well attended markets which get very crowded on a Saturday. We found this to be true. Grant Street has a lot of Asian goods... More

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Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

A short walk from the Hop On Hop Off Bus led us to a wonderful array of store fronts filled with shiny objects. I fell in love with a piggy bank, all golden and covered with silver Chinese letters. But first, a table at a small Chinese restaurant. An order of crispy duck, steamed pork buns, hot tea. Then a... More

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Must of the time I go by my self, but I go to with my wife and a group of friend new to San Francisco. They all love Chinatown. Plus don't forget that the main street is the tourist site (It show sourveniers/etc... If you take the street corner (going up the hiil), you will be in the real chinatown... More

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