San Francisco's Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest in North America. It is also one of the city's top tourist attractions with its many shops, restaurants, and sights. Its entrance, called the "Dragon's Gate," is at Grant Avenue and Bush Street. Inside are 24 blocks of hustle and bustle, most of it taking place along Grant Avenue, the oldest street in San Francisco. This city within a city is best explored on foot—exotic shops, renowned restaurants, food markets, temples, and small museums form its boundaries. Visitors can buy ancient potions from herb shops, relax and enjoy a dim sum lunch, or learn how fortune cookies are made. Be sure to check out Portsmouth Square (surrounded by Kearny Street on the east, Washington Street on the North, Clay Street on the South, and Water Lum Place on the West), one of the few open spaces in Chinatown. Catch a glimpse of locals practicing tai chi and playing chess, or check out a bronze replica of the Goddess of Democracy, a statue created during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

 
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Address:
Grant Avenue
San Francisco, California 94133


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Neighborhood: Chinatown
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