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Chinatown - San Francisco

This historic and lively district offers an eclectic mixture of ornamental houses, exotic shops, restaurants, small museums, temples and food markets. 

San Francisco’s Chinatown is one of the most densely populated and vibrant urban areas in the United States. These narrow streets have lived through more than 160 years of turf wars, opium dens, bubonic plague, bootleggers, and secret clubs and societies to become one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Like much of San Francisco, the neighborhood was rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake and fire.

Start your journey through the landmark pagoda-topped Chinatown Gate at the intersection of Bush Street and Grant Avenue. Ornamental dragons slither across this ceremonial entrance while traditional Fu dogs made of stone stand guard at its sides.

Look out for the many markets along Stockton Street where the locals shop. There are chickens, turtles and many other animals on display.

One of the attractions that also makes Chinatown worth a visit is the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. The factory is in a small building in a backstreet known as Ross Alley. As you approach, the sweet aromas will draw you in as fortune cookies of all shapes and sizes are made here. Although there are other fortune-cookie bakeries in the San Fransisco, this is the only place where you can watch them being made the old-school way: by hand. The term factory is misleading as it’s really two or three people folding cookie after cookie behind the shop’s counter. Best of all, fresh bags of cookies are available for purchase.

To get more of a feel for the real Chinatown, rather than the one on show for the tourists, don’t just stick to the main streets with their fancy architecture, dim sum restaurants and souvenir shops. Wander through the labyrinth of back alleys and side streets to immerse yourself in the neighborhood where the residents go about their daily business. Pop into temples, duck into the smaller stores and make a few discoveries of your own.

Chinatown is an easy walk from the downtown area. Streetcars also service the area.

 


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Hilton San Francisco Downtown/Financial District

Hilton San Francisco Downtown/Financial District

750 Kearny St, San Francisco
4.0
of 5, from 1,195 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This 27-story San Francisco Hilton hotel towers over the city's financial district, North Beach's Italian shops and cafés, Chinatown, and the Embarcadero Center.

£103
Executive Hotel Vintage Court

Executive Hotel Vintage Court

650 Bush Street, San Francisco
3.8
of 5, from 1,529 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Executive Hotel Vintage Court places guests a 5-minute walk from Union Square shops like Tiffany & Co and Saks Fifth Avenue. Dim sum and Chinatown bargain shopping is 8 minutes away on foot. It’s a 20-minute cable-car ride to Fisherman's Wharf.

£91
Grant Plaza Hotel

Grant Plaza Hotel

465 Grant Ave, San Francisco
3.2
of 5, from 797 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

At the gateway to Chinatown, Grant Plaza Hotel is a 7-minute walk from swanky Nob Hill and the shops of Union Square. A block away, guests can hop one of San Francisco’s iconic cable cars to Fishermen’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. It's a 9-minute drive to the Italian restaurants of North Beach.

£167
Orchard Hotel

Orchard Hotel

665 Bush St, San Francisco
4.5
of 5, from 825 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Favored by businesspeople, the Orchard is a discreet downtown San Francisco hideaway, located on the Powell Street cable car line below Nob Hill, 2 blocks from Union Square.

£281
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

600 Stockton St, San Francisco
4.5
of 5, from 405 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This Nob Hill hotel is adjacent to the California Street Cable Car line, and just steps away from the Financial District and the heart of Union Square.

£152
Orchard Garden Hotel

Orchard Garden Hotel

466 Bush St, San Francisco
4.5
of 5, from 626 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Orchard Garden Hotel is right next to San Francisco's Chinatown Gate, about a block from the Financial District, and 2 blocks from Union Square's world-class shopping.

£97
SF Plaza Hotel

SF Plaza Hotel

510 Bush Street, San Francisco
2.7
of 5, from 265 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Academy of Art University, TransAmerica Pyramid, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Westfield San Francisco Centre and Coit Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£105
Hotel des Arts

Hotel des Arts

447 Bush St, San Francisco
3.7
of 5, from 250 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Adjacent to Chinatown, Union Square, and the financial district, this boutique hotel is in downtown's French Quarter within blocks of North Beach and 5 miles from San Francisco International Airport.

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