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America’s Largest Chinatown: San Francisco

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San Francisco's vibrant, ever-packed Chinatown brims with bright facades, ethnic restaurants, serene teahouses, noisy markets, old-world apothecaries, and more!

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San Francisco Chinatown Guided Sightseeing Tour

The 24 square blocks of San Francisco’s dynamic Chinatown teem with activity 365 days a year. Beloved Grant Avenue, with its red lanterns and bright facades, brims with woks, kites, and kitschy souvenirs galore. Locals shop at Stockton Street’s bargain-priced open-air markets. Enticing smells waft through the air: dim sum dumplings, mooncakes from traditional bakeries, and fortune cookies from a back-alley ‘factory.’ Vying for space on the packed thoroughfares are old-fashioned apothecaries, incense-filled temples, historic churches, one-seat barbershops, family benevolent associations, fresh fruit stalls, and worlds more. Portsmouth Square is an outdoor living room for the Chinese community, where friends gather to relax, gossip and play cards among historic monuments. For a little peace and quiet, escape the frenzied thoroughfares by stepping into one of many serene teahouses. Or wander into the narrow, shaded alleyways that have had cameos in novels and feature films. This dynamic neighborhood is both the largest Chinatown in the United States and the heartbeat of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Chinese community. More than that, exploring it is a whole lot of fun!

People tell us all the time that our tours make travel easier and much more interesting. So download this San Francisco Chinatown guided sightseeing tour to your mobile device and walk with us through the earliest and arguably the most famous Chinatown in the United States!

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  • Introduction
  • Grant Avenue
  • Historic Portsmouth Square
  • Eating Throughout Chinatown
  • Chinatown Alleyways
  • Places of Worship
Transportation By Foot – Easy walking
Specialty City/Town, Historical/Heritage
Tour Type Guided Tour – play before & while you tour
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Tips

  • Head to bustling Stockton Street for some of the best deals on fresh produce, plus an extensive variety of Chinese spices and traditional treats. Just be prepared for elbow action on congested sidewalks.
  • This is one of the worst neighborhoods for street parking in San Francisco! Skip the headache of looking for a spot and head straight to the garage under Portsmouth Square.
  • There are many narrow alleyways that can be used as shortcuts to quickly scamper through when the congestion of major thoroughfares becomes too much to bear. You might discover an interesting shop or restaurant along the way, too!
  • This neighborhood isn't too hilly (at least compared to some other treacherously steep parts of the city), however the incline does increase dramatically once you are west of Stockton Street. Chinatown is serviced by several Muni bus lines, but be prepared for a sardine-packed ride in the morning and evening. If you're not going far, walking may be more enjoyable.

Barbara Rockwell

Barbara Rockwell is a San Francisco-based writer specializing in travel and the arts. A native of the SF Bay Area, she has written for guidebooks including "Step by Step San Francisco" and "Smart Guide San Francisco," and regularly contributes to a variety of destination-based websites.

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"Even though I am a local, I thoroughly enjoyed visiting and learning more about the history of the landmarks. The author's interest in the area comes through in his engaging style of writing. Being able to complete the tour at my own pace made it even
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"When the conference ended, I stayed in town on my own and used T4M's self-guided tour to decide which things in town I wanted to visit and what to see/do there. The guide was right every step of the way. Bottom line, this guide helped me make the most of my time in town."
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