Chinatown, San Francisco

Chinatown was the port of entry for early Chinese immigrants from the 1850’s to the 1900’s.  This area was the only place that Chinese people were allowed to live within the city.

Today, San Francisco’s Chinatown is the largest Chinese community on the West Coast, and the second largest in the United States next to New York City. Chinatown begins at the dragon-crested gate (a gift from the Republic of China in 1969) at Grant Avenue and Bush Street.  San Francisco’s oldest street, Grant Avenue runs eight blocks through the center of Chinatown which is home to over 1.5 million people of Chinese descent.

A few spots you’ll want to visit are Chinatown Gate, Chinese Culture Center and Waverly Place (a picturesque street full of sights and smells to overwhelm you).

To get the true essence of the neighborhood visit early in the morning when the locals are buying their produce and freshly butchered meat. Chinatown is about as San Francisco as you can get!

Chinatown San Francisco
Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108