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San Francisco Chinatown at California
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Chinatown

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Chinatown in San Francisco

Experience the colorful culture, cuisine and art of Asia at San Francisco's historic Chinatown - the largest and oldest Chinatown in the country. Walk through the dragon-crested Chinatown Gate, a gift from the Republic of China, down Chinatown's colorful streets and historic alleyways with authentic Chinese stores, herbal shops, markets, art galleries, restaurants, bars, temples. Enjoy dining and Dim Sum at Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants. Discover beautiful churches and temples, like Kong Chow Temple and Old St. Mary's, and Chinese-influenced buildings, including Bank of Canton and Sing Chong Building. Tour Chinatown attractions, including Chinese Cultural Center, Portsmouth Square - the soul of Chinatown - Great Star Theater, and the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.

Details

Hours -

Open Daily.

Prices -

Free

Events


  • Chinese New Year Parade
  • Chinese New Year Flower Fair
  • Chinatown Community Street Fair
  • Autumn Moon Festival
  • San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
  • Chinese Culture Center Spring Festival
  • San Francisco International Dragon
    Boat Festival

Activities

  • Dining
  • Chinatown Night Market Fair at
    Portsmouth Square
  • Chinatown Walking & Culinary Tours
  • Shopping
  • Cultural Festivals & Parades
  • Sunday Dim Sum

Best Dim Sum in Chinatown

Chinatown boasts wonderful authentic Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese restaurants, as well as food markets and bakeries. Grab your chopsticks and dig into authentic Chinese cuisine at popular restaurants, including Bund Shanghai Restaurant, Capital Restaurant, Great Eastern Restaurant, R & G Lounge, Green Garden, Hong Kong Clay Pot Restaurant, Z & Y Restaurant, Kam Lok Restaurant, and Hunan Homes Restaurant. For the best Dim Sum, head over to Good Mong Kok Bakery and Wing Sing. Down one of Chinatown's old alleys, Hang Ah Tea Room is San Francisco's oldest dim sum house.

Historic Landmarks in Chinatown

Uncover history at Chinatown’s historic landmarks, cultural sites, churches, temples and beautiful Chinese-inspired buildings. Visit historic landmarks, including the Bank of Canton (formerly the Chinese Telephone Exchange), Sing Chong Building - one of the first places rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake - Kong Chow Temple, First Chinese Baptist Church, which has served the community for over 100 years , Old St. Mary’s, California's first cathedral built in 1854 and the Nam Kue Chinese School.

FAQs

What are fun things to do in San Francisco’s Chinatown?


Chinatown is an adventure of food, culture, art, history and fun. Enjoy shopping at authentic stores and herbal markets. Enjoy dining and dim sum at wonderful restaurants. Explore historic landmarks and temples and embrace the colorful sights and sounds on the streets. Explore the Sunset District and see the local practice tai chi in Portsmouth Square. Explore exciting museums and cultural treasures, such as the Chinese Cultural Center, Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, with historical and cultural exhibits and 50,000 artifacts, and the Pacific Heritage Museum housed in a building dating back to 1875. Don’t miss the Autumn Moon Festival every September, featuring multicultural entertainment, arts and crafts and traditional lion and dragon dances.

Where can I find parking in Chinatown?


Chinatown offers several pay parking lots that are open 24 hours a day, including: Golden Gateway, Tams Parking, Portsmouth Square, St. Mary's Square and Vallejo Street.

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