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At the corner of Bush and Grant, a large gate adorned with lions and dragons marks the entry to Chinatown and once you've crossed through, you'll know it immediately. Grant and Stockton streets are narrow and lined with bustling everything shops, temples, dim sum restaurants, and a teeming population of Chinese Americans. While much of the traditional Chinese architecture was added to ordinary buildings during the 1920's tourist boom, visitors hoping for a little culture shock won't be disappointed, particularly if they start out on the infamously long and crowded 45 bus down Stockton.

Photo of San Francisco Chinatown
photograph by Heart Patrick

Hot spots include the over-hyped House of Nanking and its low-key neighbor, Chef Jia's, both of which serve up cheap, hot, tasty food with no ambiance or service whatsoever. While Chinatown is bemoaned by some as a tourist trap, its convenient location between Downtown and North Beach makes it a great place for a weekend outing or an evening stroll.

Restaurants Best Chinatown Eats & Drinks
Great Eastern
Buddha Lounge (bar)
Li Po Lounge (bar)
House of Nanking
Chef Jia's
Little Paris Coffee Shop
Lucky Creation Vegetarian Restaurant
Jai Yun
Bow Bow Cocktail Lounge (bar)

Shopping Best Chinatown Shops
The Wok Shop
China Bazaar
Chinatown Kite Shop

Links Links
About.com: Chinatown
KQED's Chinatown
SF Gate: Chinatown
SF Travel: Chinatown

Photo of San Francisco Chinatown
photograph by Heart Patrick

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