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Chinatown

Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Chinatown)
888-212-3203
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Ranked #96 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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Shrivenham, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

A very large area! Interesting but a bit grubby and very crowded. Not a huge amount to see other than Chinese shops and restaurants. A few Chinese style buildings. Had a nice meal in one of the many restaurants.

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Casper, Wyoming
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

only got to walk down one street, but what little I saw was cool. The shops were busy. but had a variety of things to buy. you could see the culture's prominence every on that one street.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Wandered through the streets of Chinatown. At times, there was absolutely NO English writing anywhere. You could have thought you were in China. The smells were certainly not those you get walking down Market Street. Very oriental!!

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Fair Oaks, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I have been to Chinatown in San Francisco countless times. I always love it here. Many great cheap restaurants. This time I went into the Empress of China restaurant. On the seventh floor is a sky view bar, with happy hour from 3-6 PM. Better to go a night though to experience the spectacular view of the city. The entire... More

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San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Same things expected in every Chinatown across America, good for souvenirs for the family...nothing more..

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Sao Paulo, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

San Francisco's Chinatown is just like any other Chinatown in the USA: crowded, noisy, dirty, with very cheap food and great for buying cheap souvenirs.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Chinatown was recommended to me by a local and it did not disappoint. Very unique restaurants and fruits and vegetables I've never seen. Streets and most stores (even chains) are in both English and Chinese. Souvenirs were very cheap. Can't wait to go back!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

It's been a few years since I've been to Chinatown and yet I only live an hour and a half away. We were lucky in that we got to see the Blue Angels over the weekend flying over Chinatown as well. I love of course all of the tea shops and wish I could take samplings of every kind of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Really enjoyed Chinatown. Lots and lots of shops and eateries. Prices are reasonable and you can haggle with the shop owners. We just got back from China in mid-July, and our venture through Chinatown had many of the same shop items we saw in China. This is a way to experience a little bit of China, without traveling to Asia.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Shops, shops, shops and restaurants. I must admit that the place is colourful, but I saw many Chinatowns and this one was just average. I liked tea shops though :) San Francisco has many other attractions that I would rather see.

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