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Address: Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108
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+1 888-212-3203
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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This electric neighborhood of 100,000 people is not to be missed, and it's...

This electric neighborhood of 100,000 people is not to be missed, and it's not hard to find: listen for the clack of mahjongg tiles and nose out the salty spicy squid.

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Tea shops

When I go to S.F. I like to go to the tea shops. Most offer tea tastings. Some charge and some don't. The explanation of Chinese teas is worth the visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Imperial Beach, California
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Overbrook, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We rode the bus from our hotel on the Wharf in order to check out the shops and eat authentic Chinese food in Chinatown. It was a fun area, the shops were fun and merchants friendly. I loved that they had the lanterns hanging above the street. Our teenager daughters thought it was a great area to visit.

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Imperial Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

When I go to S.F. I like to go to the tea shops. Most offer tea tastings. Some charge and some don't. The explanation of Chinese teas is worth the visit.

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Thank ibtim922
New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We didn't find the shop with all the great linens that I usually shop at, but there were others with choices. The restaurant we loved eating at was closed, but there were others equally as good. To sum it up there is plenty of shopping and restaurant choices as well as taking some small part in the Chinese culture.

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Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Yes many of the shops sell touristy junk, but I knew my mom would love a solar powered good luck kitty waving at her. The many blocks of shops are fun to look at and so full of stuff. There is expensive stuff as well that would require a truck to bring home. Food is mixed in as well. Relax... More 

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Lima, Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is part of the city. Many móvies have used their locations or have named it as a part of the City. There are many stores and it is near Marketing Place. You can walk. You will enjoy it .

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Must have gone into dozens of shops and got stuff for all the folks back home and spent very little $. The vendors all very friendly too.

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Thank Thomas K
Columbus, Ohio
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There are a lot of unique shops and phony brands. The workers eagle eye you and haggle you if you seem interested in buying something. They try and try to get you to buy things. They are even willing to negotiate the prices. Several restaurants in this area have a poor rating from the Health Dept on Yelp. I wouldn't... More 

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a vibrant active community. The open markets are great. Some of the side alleys are a little intimidating but some of the best shops are off the main streets. Make sure to visit the Golden Gate fortune cookie shop.

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Socorro, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wife was excited seeing all the signs written in Chinese and all the merchandise in the stores. Especially the fresh vegetables and seafood

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Thank Gary B
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

After visiting many Chinatowns throughout the world, the San Francisco Chinatown is definitely one of most unique! The location, architecture, shops, and restaurants were an awesome area to walk through and visit!

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Chinatown
As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighbourhood decorated with colourful shops, historic streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighbourhood.
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