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Chinatown, San Francisco

Home to the largest Chinese community outside of Asia, Chinatown was established here in 1848, making it the oldest of its kind in North America. Immerse yourself in the bustle of this densely packed neighborhood with its numerous shops and restaurants. To learn more about the customs, languages, and identity of this famous enclave, embark on one of the many guided tours. Discover the neighborhood's parks, herbal shops, temples, and numerous pagoda-roofed buildings. No visit is complete without sampling some Chinese cuisine. The dim sum teahouses are especially good. Put Chinatown and other San Francisco attractions into our San Francisco trip itinerary website , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Walk the length of Grant street from downtown to Northbeach. Definitely experience Sa Frans Chinatown and don’t be shy to bargain. Great place to pick up those last minute souvenirs.  more »
  • Pretty much just like any other Chinatown around the world but on a larger scale. Interesting to walk around, however it becomes quite repetitive as the stores don't differ too greatly from each other...  more »
  • Despite having passed in a hurry in this place, I was overwhelmed with the grandeur of the region. Super trendy, is famous for its residents and the oldest of the United States. I also discovered that it is the largest community outside of China. Take at least a day to wander the streets. Me and a friend we walk past them for 2 hours because we were in a hurry. Recommend not entering the flashy restaurants because they will be more expensive. We had the famous "dumplings" in a restaurant that the entry was a little door, super simple. But the food was well done and delighted us. In addition, walking the streets of Chinatown is super cool because it will take you to the history and culture of one of the greatest civilizations of the world, starting by signs of establishments that left the English side into the Mandarin. The neighborhood is filled with attractions such as shops, teahouses, restaurants and Buddhist temples. Also recommend anyone looking for souvenirs of San Francisco. It's the cheapest place you will find.
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From inexpensive hostels in quiet residential areas to high-end hotels near the city center, San Francisco has accommodations for every budget. Key consideration is what kind of neighborhood you want to stay in. You'll find luxury hotels in Union Square, which has prime shopping, is near theaters, and is on the cable car line. Many hotels are in the northeastern portion of the city, near the tourist-driven neighborhoods of Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, both easily explored on foot. To get away from the tourist crowds, consider the smaller inns and family-run bed and breakfasts in some of the city's more charming neighborhoods, such as Noe Valley or Pacific Heights. There are also boutique hotels scattered around town. Avoid staying in the Tenderloin. If you plan to have a car with you, ask about parking availability and fees. Parking is often difficult and expensive.
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