A visit to San Francisco just isn't complete without a stroll down red lantern-lined Grant Street. Pop into the shops for colorful art & exotic trinkets, visit an apothecary for an Eastern cure for what ails you, go tea tasting, or take advantage of the endless supply of Peking duck. If your visit coincides with the annual Chinese New Year festivities, don't miss the fun demonstrations, booths, & parade!
ok, i have very mixed feelings about chinatown.
i doo all my grocery shopping here, mostly in the stockton markets. fruit and vegtibles are extremely cheap, think 1/4 the price of safeway. they also have live fish, which is coll, and live frogs and turtles which is not so cool. theren are also many cheap wonderful places to eat, as long as you stay from grant (where the tourists are).
on the bad side, chinatown is way overcrowded. people push and shove, and bump into you like its nothing. shopowners also often try to overchangre me, because i am obviously not chinese. there is also a lot of yelling which bothers some people.
finally, i am sorry but the stores all smell really, really bad.
so a great place for fresh cheap produce, but a slightly unpleasent social experience.
With its bustling markets, mysterious alleys, hidden temples and busy restaurants, this is one of the city's most colorful neighborhoods..
Start at Chinatown Gateway, a dragon-crowned portal located on the corner of Bush and Grant. Originally known as Dupont Street, the road was infamous for opium dens and gambling halls. Today, Grant Avenue is notorious for the number of shops selling jade jewelry, clay Buddha statues, electronics and kites. On Stockton Street, herbalist shops and fish and produce markets recall Shanghai, circa 1930. Dim sum, hot pot and more regional culinary delights are available at every turn.
Shopping. A great place to get some very cool things, but check around, the prices vary quite a bit from store to store. Have your camera ready, you never know when a dragon will be walking down the street!
History. Though the history behind this area is interesting, I found it crowded and a bit dirty. It was nice to go through on the cable car but I didn't see anything that induced me to leave the car for further inspection. Lots of vegetable and tea markets.
The review was not accurate. Union Square Garage is far more pricey than the Portsmouth Square Garage. I have no idea what the person was talking about when suggesting that one park at the Union Square Garage. To go to Chinatown, the Portsmouth Square Garage or St Mary's Garage are the most reasonable and convenient to Chinatown. Union Square Garage is convenient for Union Square but expensive. If visiting Union Square, the Sutter Stockon Garage is a better deal as the ones mentioned are all owned by the city and not private.
Definetely a must see for tourists!. Chinatown here in this city is the BEST chinatown I've ever been to! They not only have tourist shopping of the chinese culture, but they've got the BEST authentic chinese food! You could go anywhere in China town & have the best chinese food you've ever had! I totally loved it! I walked chinatown as it started to rain (with my boyfriend) because I wanted to experince everything there for as long as I could. it's not the cleanest place (or area to walk around), but if you appreciate the Chinese/Asian Culture, this is a definete must to stop by! They've got the BEST authentic chinese food and are GREAT on souveniers! Much cheaper than Japan Town!