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San Francisco Chinatown

San Francisco Chinatown

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9,502 Reviews
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

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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch
$55.00 per adult
Chinatown Walking Tour_July 2021
Linda L, you are amazing tour guide. Your knowledge of Chinatown’s history was on point & knowing you grew up in Chinatown made your stories feel authentic. I would recommend this walking tour without a doubt. And as an added bonus, she has a good sense of humor.
Stacey_B, Jul 2021

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Excellent tour !!!
Tom, Jul 2021
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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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Sulema, Jul 2021
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I enjoyed the recording explaining the route.. the buses were clean and the greeters were very engaging.
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I had a great time and I was by myself
Lorna_K, Jul 2021
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A great way to explore the city. The ability to hop off and on gave lots of options. It was easy to find, easy to park, lots of food choices around and great information given vis the headset. Bus was clean and felt safe.
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Absolute Perfection!!!
TonyDaleConn, Jun 2021
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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
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Sylvia_W, May 2021
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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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Agustin_L, Mar 2021
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One of the best experiences I had as a tourist; COVID safe!! Looking at the sunset, the sense of freedom, with a nice historical touch, the host really kind and pleasant, definitely I will do it again, its once on al lifetime experience
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Shugufa_M, Jul 2021
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We had a great time! It was really convenient. The only complaint I had was that our second driver was in a hurry and instead of checking if we were seated yet on the top of the bus, he just started driving and I fell up the stairs and my friend fell against the seats.
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Awesome experience
Mokha_Z, Jul 2021
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Wonderful tour. Outstanding customer service and cousin Al was awesome. If you are visiting San Francisco for the first you must do paintedladies tour!
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Chinatown Walking Tour_July 2021
Stacey_B, Jul 2021
San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch
Linda L, you are amazing tour guide. Your knowledge of Chinatown’s history was on point & knowing you grew up in Chinatown made your stories feel authentic. I would recommend this walking tour without a doubt. And as an added bonus, she has a good sense of humor.
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Spectacular
Mark_M, Jul 2021
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This guy was spectacular!!! He took us to all the great places in the city, and knew everything about them, and about all sorts of things about San Francisco. By far the most spectacular tour I have ever taken!
star-5
Excellent
yuli_M, May 2021
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
Excelente timing picking up good drivers. Good routes , clean seats , second floor audio tour did not work but overall a good experience

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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San Francisco Chinatown