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Chinatown, San Francisco, CA

Activity Overview

Chinatown with kids... Why not! Become immersed in Chinese American culture while exploring the oldest and largest Chinatown community in the United States.

Things to See & Do

Visit the grocers and shops on Stockton Street and Grant Avenue for fresh foods and special souvenirs at great prices.

Visit one of the many temples located throughout Chinatown. All visitors are expected to be respectful.

Check out the Chinese Historical Society of America on Clay Street. This museum chronicles the history and culture of the Chinese people of America. The Society also offers tours.

Learn about the history and culture of Chinatown by attending a guided tour.

  • Visit Viator for rates and information regarding the walking tours.
  • Take a free walking tour open to the public. Visit San Francisco City Guides for more information and schedules.

Follow the wonderful aroma to Ross Alley, home of the first fortune cookie factory.

  • Watch as Fortune Cookies are created. Make sure to get a bag of these freshly made tasty treats before you leave!

Chinatown Insider Tips

  • While there is no cost to enter Chinatown, be prepared to spend some money on souvenirs, tours, food, and admission into certain museums.
  • Plan on visiting on a weekday to avoid overcrowding.
  • If unfamiliar with the area, make sure to have a map. It is not uncommon to have problems with handheld GPS systems in the area.
  • Life is very fast paced throughout the area, so a visit may not be appropriate for toddlers or any children who are unsteady on their feet or afraid of crowds.
  • You will be walking! Families with young children will need strollers.

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