Summer here in San Francisco is in full swing and I am enjoying every bit of this beautiful warm sunshine! Its perfect weather to walk around the streets and discover the hidden treasures of the city. So I decided to spend my afternoon in the colorful neighborhood of Chinatown.
SF's Chinatown is supposed to be the largest Chinatown outside Asia. It is one of the top tourist attractions in SF and the best way to explore it is by walking through these colorful streets. I have really enjoyed exploring Chinatown so far... In fact, the more I come here, the more I discover...
The 24 block area is full of shops, restaurants, museum, and temples. If you're visiting, my recommendation would be to start from Grant Ave at Bush. This is the gateway to Chinatown, a big Dragon Gate welcomes you to the main streets of Chinatown. Notice how the street's name is mentioned in Chinese on the entwined dragon lampposts.
There are a lot of stores selling a variety of antique pieces, interesting Chinese souvenirs, furniture, etc. Chinatown also has a bunch of amazing bakeries and tea shops. Take a break from of your shopping spree and sip the tea at the oldest and the first tea house in SF, Hang Ah Tea Room.
Grant street is lined up with shops selling the colorful Asian furniture and inexpensive souvenirs. Stockton street is where you will find more locals doing their grocery shopping.
From antique and souvenir shops to restaurants, authentic Chinese vegetable shops to Chinese temples and churches - Chinatown has it all!
Sharing my tips on how to shop in Chinatown here.