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San Francisco Chinatown
San Francisco Chinatown

San Francisco Chinatown

Grant Avenue at Bush Street, 94133

The Basics

Nearly all San Francisco city tours include a stop or drive through Chinatown. For history, check out the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum and Portsmouth Square; alternatively, book a Chinatown walking or Segway tour for insight into the neighborhood’s food and culture. A stop in the area is often combined with a visit to nearby North Beach or a tasty, traditional lunch. Chinatown food tours are especially popular.

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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch
San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch
$55.00 per adult
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Fantastic!
Very informative, wonderful guide, lots of cultural and daily-life insights, good variety of history and sites. Highly recommend!
Shelly_S, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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Thank you Linda!
rebecca_h, Nov 2021
San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch
I really enjoyed all the history that Linda had to offer! She was an engaging story teller and was able to answer a lot of the questions thrown her way. She was also mindful of COVID precautions which is always a plus!
star-5
Great day activity in San Fran with our nephews!
EugeneS_U, Sep 2021
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
1st morning bus was clean and speaker for audio were clear!! 2nd bus in the afternoon had half functioning audio machine, volume and channel-dials were defective. 3rd bus in the afternoon driver was very kind an patient, we had to run to catch the bus. Thanks for waiting sir! 😇
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Great time
Lindsay_P, Aug 2021
The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
Great stops, clean comfortable mini bus. Pat was amazing!!! Loads of information about the area, great recommendations. Worth every penny!
star-5
Great Classic tour
Nancy_P, Jul 2021
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
Friendly staff Good narratives with historical facts Clean bus Good schedule Should provide wind xwarnings before crossing bridge
star-5
Best experience of the city!!
Kishya_D, Jan 2022
San Francisco Love Tour
Our driver Alfred was amazing, showed us so many fun and interesting things of the city and the music was fantastic!!
star-5
Dylan’s tour was very...
Robert_T, Jan 2022
The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
Dylan’s tour was very informative, he is very knowledgeable about the city and a outgoing individual who made sure it was a good experience. Definitely recommend taking this tour along with the Alcatraz tour.
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Good Photo Opportunities!...
Alexis_B, Jan 2022
San Francisco Grand City Tour
Good Photo Opportunities! Comfortable bus and a great way to spend a morning in San Francisco as a first timer.
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Reccomended tour for SF highlights
Mariana_M, Jan 2022
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
Sam was a great tour guide, humorous and knowledgable. A Must in this city that has so much to see and it s useful for the first day so then you can deepen what you loved
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Sam and “Daisy” made it the best tour ever!
Melva_M, Jan 2022
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
This was the best tour!!! Sam was our tour guide and she was EXCELLENT. From the pickup throughout the tour, Sam amazed us with her knowledge of San Francisco. Her love of the city was evident in the way she described the city, its people, history and culture. This tour is a must for anyone traveling to San Francisco…. I highly recommend it.
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Learn more about San Francisco from a local resident
Heather_S, Jan 2022
San Francisco Love Tour
Judith was a great tour guide! We had a great time and learned more about the city than if we had done the site seeing on our own.
star-5
Great experience!
Sara, Jul 2021
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
The guides were great, bus was clean and guided tour was informative. Good for all ages and needs. Worth the money
star-4
Going down the hills. And...
Kathryn_H, Jan 2022
San Francisco Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour | 1 Day Pass, Unlimited Use (Classic)
Going down the hills. And then riding back up on a tram. Some of talking did not seem to match the place we were in from around the baseball pitch in golden gate park.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • This is a neighborhood to explore on foot, so wear comfortable shoes.

  • Chinatown bumps right into North Beach, another favorite San Francisco neighborhood, so it’s easy to visit both in one day.

  • Grab cash before you go, as many of the small shops and food venues only accept cash or have credit card minimums.

  • The streets of San Francisco Chinatown are mostly wheelchair accessible, although not every shop and restaurant will be.

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How to Get There

Chinatown covers about 24 city blocks in northeast San Francisco between Powell, Kearny, Bush, and Broadway streets. Enter through the Dragon Gate at Bush and Grant, walking north into the crowd to find souvenir shops and eateries. Located in the densest area of the city between Nob Hill, Union Square, and the Financial District, Chinatown is easy to reach by walking, city bus, and the Powell Street Cable Car. Driving is not recommended on the traffic- and pedestrian-heavy streets.

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When to Get There

For shopping, go in the late morning when the shops are open but many visitors haven’t yet arrived. Otherwise, the evening hours offer a lively atmosphere, when locals head to Chinatown for drinks and dinner. To see the neighborhood at its best, visit during Chinese New Year, which falls in January or February.

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Chinatown’s Fortune Cookie Factory

For a look at the making of fortune cookies, visit Golden Gate Fortune Cookies Co., in business since 1962. Located on Ross Alley, off Jackson Street, the factory offers a free tour that allows you to watch how the cookies transform from hot, flat dough into their iconic, fortune-stuffed shape.

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