A Visit to Chinatown in San Francisco, CA

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

A Visit to San Francisco's Chinatown

Heading uphill in the Pacific Heights area of San Francisco, CASan Francisco's Chinatown is an amazing place to visit, and of the Chinatowns I've seen (New York, Boston, LA), the best in our country.

It is also reportedly the largest outside of Asia. 

We spend several hours strolling around San Francisco's Chinatown on Sunday, which included a mile or so of walking up and down some of San Francisco's famed hills (more up than down, it seemed, in the Pacific Heights area - photo at right) with fabulous views of Alcatraz, East Bay, Coit Tower and the Transamerica Building. 

Anyone who has visited San Francisco's Chinatown is familiar with the crowds of shoppers, numerous retail shops selling everything imaginable, plenty of fresh food and produce options as well as all sorts of things I always have a hard time identifying - mushrooms, sea cucumbers to name a few. 

View of Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill from Pacific Heights in San Francisco, CA

There are a zillion choices of places for Dim Sum (always fun especially if you don't go with any pre-conceived notions of what to expect), great bakeries and all sorts of business services. 

San Francisco's Chinatown is a shopping experiences not to be missed, even if you are just window shopping. But you'd be hard pressed not to find something to take home. 

Learn more about San Francisco's Chinatown than I could ever tell you. And enjoy the tour below.

Comments (20)

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Jeff, I hope you connected with some of our local SF Rainmakers. Either way, it certainly appears that you had a wonderful time. Great photos and tour!

Apr 19, 2011 03:33 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Jeff -- This post and the slide show bring back memories of many good times in SF and visiting China Town.  Looks like you had a nice time!

Apr 19, 2011 03:34 PM
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Jeff - Definitely one of my favorite towns too.  I need to go again soon as I haven't been there since 2004.  Loved your photos.

Apr 19, 2011 03:38 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jeff, love your photos.  And this is putting me into a shopping mood - maybe for a new wok!

Apr 19, 2011 03:39 PM
San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale
www.sanantoniotexasnewhomesforsale.com - San Antonio, TX
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hill Country

Hi Jeff...  Wow !! What a great trip !!!    San Francisco has so many neat places to go ......   Thanks

Apr 19, 2011 03:41 PM
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

We used to go occasionally when I was a teenager - fun to shop.  I always bought a tea set for about $2 and those cute little black fabric maryjane shoes.

Apr 19, 2011 03:43 PM
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Jeff - looks lovely! Best, G

Apr 19, 2011 03:50 PM
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


Very beautiful pictures. What a great trip that would be to visit China Town. Ready to regroup yet?

Apr 19, 2011 04:00 PM
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector


I really like visiting Chinatown in San Francisco. The one in Vancouver BC is good too.

Apr 19, 2011 04:06 PM
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Jeff - Chinatown in San Francisco definitely looks like one of the best in the country.  The only Chinatown I've ever been to was in Chicago.

Apr 19, 2011 04:10 PM
Steve Scheer
Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers - Highlands Ranch, CO
Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate

Looks like you are on a trip Jeff, I love San Francisco. 

Apr 19, 2011 04:30 PM
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

GREAT place to visit China Town.....what area are you going next??  There are many, many things to see & do. 

Apr 19, 2011 04:55 PM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

San Francisco is so unique.  I remember my upper thighs from all that downhill walking.  Love the picture.

Apr 19, 2011 05:06 PM
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

One of my favorite short stays of my life was 6 weeks on the edge of Chinatown in the late 60's. And I've never made it back, yet it's not all that far away. Time to reconsider.

Apr 19, 2011 05:08 PM
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

I love the wonderful photos that you took. You must've had a great time.

Apr 19, 2011 05:18 PM
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

Jeff - I have never been to San Francisco's China town.  Great pictures and thank you for sharing on a place I hope to travel to :)

Apr 20, 2011 12:17 AM
Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc.
pha logistix inc - San Francisco, CA

Jeff, so glad you enjoyed our wonderful City!  Great photos and tour...thank you for sharing...

Apr 20, 2011 02:08 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff it has been a long time since I have been to San Francisco, but I remember those hilly streets well.  Chinatown in San Francisco is an experience that everyone should experience at least once in their life time.

Apr 20, 2011 08:11 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Kathleen - I would have koved to do that but there simply was not time. We were here for a little over 48 hours visiting family. Next time, perhaps. But it was a great visit.

Joan - it was great, and nice to not be working ALL the time. LOL

Thanks, Norma. SFO is one of my fave towns. I ALWAYS have a great time no matter what I do, adn there is so much to explore.

Pat - there's not much you can't buy in Chinatown.

Robert - and I have one more restaurant to write about - terrific newish place in Jack London wharf area of Oakland.


Apr 20, 2011 03:53 PM
shenoi ekaant

San francisco mesmerizes with its unbelievable beauty and look of the city. Gets more enhanced with its light settings near the bay area and looks extremely beautiful especially at night.

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