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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 #81 of 360 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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Rockledge, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a fun place to visit and experience another culture. There are countless restaurants and small shops to peek in. It's more fun to people watch and see how locals go about their day than going to all the souvenir shops.

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Reno, Nevada
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227 helpful votes 227 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

If you have not been to China, this will give you a glimpse of what it would be like to be in China. The stores are packed with cheap crap. It's not high quality. If you wander off the main street you'll find where's the local Chinese shop. Lots of smelly dried fish and fresh veggies. It's a fun place.... More

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Santa Monica, California
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28 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

SF Chinatown is endangered. Financial district encroachment may envelop the whole area one day unless conservation advocates win protected status to this historic district. While not immediately in peril, do take advantage of wandering the backstreets and alleys off the beaten path. Find old Buddhist temples, fortune cookie factories, gambling halls, and herbalist specializing in Chinese medicines and treatments. Take... More

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Traverse City, Michigan, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

It was a lot of fun wandering around Chinatown. So many things to see, the stores were very interesting. Educational for adults and kids...a peek into the culture.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

The area is authentic as compared to some of the tourist areas you may encounter. We particularly enjoyed the Great Eastern restaurant. The fabric of the city is one which makes San Francisco the city which it is

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

It was a beautiful day to wander in SanFran and CHinatown was a great walk. THere is so much to see--from the gate that officially lets you know you're there to all the stores and open markets. There are so many stores selling similar items--my suggestion is to shop around to at least 3 or 4 stores before making a... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Every time we go to San Francisco, my daughters clamor for me to bring back fun stuff from the shops in Chinatown. I always enjoy buying inexpensive goodies for them, and the shopkeepers are very cordial and helpful. I'm totally amused by the shops selling massive chandeliers and humongous statues too. How do you get those things in your carry-on?... More

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Ogden, Utah
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52 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

So I've been to San Francisco many, many times, and usually end up wandering through at least a portion of Chinatown every time I come here. To me this area feels like a tourist trap that tries to pretend it isn't a tourist trap. The majority of the gift shops have junk that has nothing to do with chinese culture... More

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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

There were several places that will allow you to blend a custom tea from varrious plants and leaves. All the shops have the same trinkets so for the first 3-4 blocks I walked, It got boring. Towards the end of the street there were expensive estate stores filled with chandeliers, and large garden art. I was told that the chinese... More

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Sydney, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Not much culture on display, ate lunch at a pretty average restaurant, best thing about Chinatown was the cheap souvenirs I was able to get for the friends and family.

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