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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 #92 of 376 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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Cologne, Germany
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90 reviews 90 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I always like to walk China Town although it has changed quite a lot. It is of course totally touristic but in the smaller streets you can sometimes see some of the old stuff going on. And of course the shops with the varieties of food are very interesting! Foodwise you have to check for good restaurants on TA, Some... More

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Toronto, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Fantastic Chinatown. Why its ranked #93 I don't know. I put it in my top 10. Good eats, cheap souvenirs and the sights, sounds and smells of Asia. If you really want to soak in some culture. Sit on a bench in the Portsmouth Square Plaza (there is underground parking here) and watch the old timers do Tai Chi, gamble... More

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cork
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140 reviews 140 reviews
56 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Beautiful in every way, does have an unique feel that is authentic. Make sure you walk through any adjoining park to see more examples of local life- look for the "older men" playing a kind of chequers/drafts but whatever about the game ( i could not follow) the response of the other onlookers is special..probably due to betting on the... More

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

In my opinion one of the best of Chinatown in the country, also there is a little Street where some ladies do fortune cookies handmade, the origin of the Fortune cookies, there is a nice square where all Chinese pass their days playing Chinese games. Totally recommendable, much better than the one on the NYC. At the stores, note that... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We are caucasion Australians who live in a heavily Chinese/ Taiwanese populated area. We have also travelled to China previously. Known as the largest China Town in the USA, this is an area worth having a wander through. If not familiar with the Chinese culture - seek out their fresh food markets etc as opposed to their souvenir shops.

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Clearfield, Utah
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23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Chinatown in San Fran is great because it give you an idea of what China really looks and smells like. I lived in Hong Kong for 2 years and this place is pretty close to what HK is like. There is tons of shops to look at from clothing and souvenir (there are really good deals here for SF souvenirs)... More

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UK
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed strolling around Chinatown. Be wary of the standards of hygiene in some of the restaurant kitchens. In one restaurant I passed the kitchen enroute to the restroom and had the misfortune of passing the kitchen. Suffice to say we left and found somewhere else!

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Clifton Park, New York, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

I went to Chinatown twice! It is so fun. You can buy anything under the sun. We ate in one restaurant there and it was delicious. You have to experience the oldest Chinatown in the country.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

The Chinatown in San Francisco has many restaurants and there was a major earthquake last century. I went to the restaurant which is opposite the church that survived the earthquake

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Manteca, California
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I was really surprised by how authentic the area was. Even down to the pink fabric shopping bags you get all over in China and to the buckets of live fish with the air hoses by the store fronts. We had lunch at a Dim Sum place, super authentic, then had a foot massage, it was way to rough, just... More

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