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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 tour, brought...
Fantastic tour, brought Chinatown to life! Highly recommended. Lisa was wonderful and gave me an insider's perspective.
Talbot_S, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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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
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Excellent tour !!!
Tom, Jul 2021
Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van Tour
One of the best guided tours I've ever had! Highly recommended! So much information provided about San Francisco! Excellent tour guide! Would do it again. Wife and 2 grandchildren (17 & 15) toured with Brian. Even with the COVID virus, but all had been vaccinated- no worries! We had been on a SF tour 10 years ago. This one surpassed it by far.
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Absolute Perfection!!!
TonyDaleConn, Jun 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
The tour was absolutely amazing in every way!!! Our tour guide, Josh, was also amazing in every way too!!! We saw many major sights of the city and took some breathtaking pictures!!! The vehicle was very clean and comfortable and we had a blast with the different people on our tour!!! Josh was so friendly, accommodating, patient, and informative!!! This was a perfect choice for a day of our stay in SF!!! 🙌🏻🙏🏻💜
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Fun, efficient, and a great way to see San Fran in a day!
Marisa_R, Jun 2021
The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
Patrick was our tour guide, he was friendly and very knowledgable as he took us around San Fran and the surrounding areas. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to explore the city, especially if its a short trip, this tour packed a lot in, but didn't feel rushed. Felt safe and covid guidelines were followed.
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First visit
Sylvia_W, May 2021
Small Group San Francisco Half-Day City Tour
Our driver was amazing. He was knowledgeable of the area and friend to the guest. Transportation was clean and water provided. Took us to a couple hidden gems of the city. Great tour guide.
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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
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Covers the entire city
Sandra_B, Oct 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
Amy did an excellent job showing us the various sites in San Fran. The tour had appropriate stops along the way for pictures and restrooms. I would suggest to Viater they tell their guides to set standards before the trip begins. Examples to avoid talking while the guide is speaking out of courtesy of other guests.
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Fantastic Tour for History buffs
Elizabeth_V, Oct 2021
Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van Tour
We had a wonderful time with Brian and another couple from Kentucky. It was a wonderful way to see a lot of the city in a half day experience. I particularly liked how are guide showed us informational clips on his laptop before the stops. I love Coit Tower and the beautiful grounds surrounding it. The beauty of the architecture throughout SF is exceptional.
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SF in a flash!
Robert_P, Oct 2021
Vantigo San Francisco City Tour
Chad was an awesome guide, we really got to see the best of the city, and in a VW bus! Such a great time, highly recommend!
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The views from Lombard...
James_O, Oct 2021
San Francisco in a Day: Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown & Skyline Bay Cruise
The views from Lombard st. were amazing. I've visited San Francisco before, but this gave me more details of this great city

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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