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“Worth a walkthrough” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chinatown

Chinatown
Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Chinatown)
888-212-3203
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Ranked #86 of 373 attractions in San Francisco
Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Temecula, California
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“Worth a walkthrough”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Great place to shop and snack. Buy your San Francisco souvenirs here. They have the same stuff that you'll find just about everywhere else, but it is significantly cheaper in this neighborhood.

Visited February 2013
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Centralia, Washington
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“1-2 hrs was enough, crowded, dirty, interesting achetetcure”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

We were on a ladies trip to SF and decided to go to chinatown, the grocery stors were very dirty and the meat was civered with flies... Made me not ever want to eat chineese food again, seriously. We shopped a bit and found some good deals on souviners, and got some fun pics of the interesting archetecture, but all in all I'd probably never go back

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San Francisco, California
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“Chinatown Gateway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

A landing point for millions over the decades and the culture remains. You can walk and eat, shop and drink throughout the largest Chinatown in the USA

Visited January 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Big”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We thought our Chinatown in Vancouver was interesting but it is tiny beside the big and varied Chinatown of San Fran. We took the walking tour of Chinatown and highly recommend it.

Visited February 2013
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“The USA's most legendary Chinatown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

No trip to San Francisco is complete with out a visit to Chinatown, or at least a stroll down Grant Avenue.

San Francisco's is the USA's most legendary Chinatown, and it earns the title, with its little alleys which hide small Buddhist temples and also historic opium trade locales. If history is what you want, take an SF City Guide tour, on Mondays or Saturdays. Or visit the Chinese Historical Society museum at 965 Clay St. If you're there for the food, restaurants abound! Some of the better ones are on Kearney, and side streets, as well as Grant Ave. There are also tea rooms (but going to a tea-tasting can get pricey) and herb-sellers,; I like Great China Herb Co. on Washington St. For typical Chinese food markets, with produce stalls out front, shop on Stockton Street, or go out of Chinatown to the Richmond District.

Be sure to visit historic Portsmouth Square, Chinatown's community park, and watch the older men playing cards, the toddlers with their grannies, and if you are lucky, you may see tai chi practitioners in action. There is a public parking garage under Portsmouth Square, open 24/7.
There are also public toilets here - a rarity in Chinatown, so be sure to use the facilities at whichever restaurant you choose.

Curiously enough, Chinatown is also the location (upstairs at 419 Grant) of the city's ONLY Kosher restaurant, Sabra Grill, but I cannot recommend it, as the proprietors were very unfriendly when I went there.

Shopping in Chinatown is a story in itself! Lots of souvenir and curio shops, also table linens, embroidered goods, silk pillow covers, and Chinese clothing from traditional to T-shirts. For cooks, there is the Wok Shop at 718 Grant Ave.

Whatever you do, BE SURE TO LOOK UP now and then, as you walk, to see architectural details, and to catch sights of apartment-dwellers above the shops, and their lives.

Visited December 2012
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