Welcome to Chinatown

The oldest in America

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Chinatown

A gate to a vibrant world

A little about Chinatown

Built near Portsmouth Square, the historic heart of San Francisco, Chinatown is the oldest and one of the largest in the United States. The entrance to Chinatown at Grant Avenue and Bush Street is called the "Dragon's Gate." Inside are 24 blocks of hustle and bustle, most of it taking place along Grant, the oldest street in San Francisco. This city within a city is best explored on foot; exotic shops, food markets, temples and small museums comprise its boundaries. Visitors can buy herbal remedies, enjoy samples at a tea bar or order a "dim sum" lunch. The former central telephone exchange of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company stands at 743 Washington St. Now a bank, it is the first Chinese-style building constructed in San Francisco, and the exact site where California's first newspaper was printed.

The history of Chinatown

San Francisco's Chinatown was the port of entry for early Hoisanese and Zhongshanese[citation needed] Chinese immigrants from the Guangdong province of southern China from the 1850s to the 1900s. The area was the one geographical region deeded by the city government and private property owners which allowed Chinese persons to inherit and inhabit dwellings within the city.

 

Businesses in Chinatown

Here is a collection of Chinatown businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

 

Peony Foot Spa

Haircare / Spas

Reflexology that focuses on the feet

 

The Baldwin Hotel

Lodging

A boutique European style hotel

 

Banana House

Restaurants

Healthful selection of appetizers, soups and entrees

 

Brandy Ho's Hunan Food

Restaurants

Authentic flavors of fiery & hot Hunanese Chinese cooking

 

Cafe Prague

Restaurants

Czech and organic Californian dishes

 

House of Dim Sum

Restaurants

Traditional dim sum restaurant

 

Imperial Tea Court

Restaurants

Renowned and award-winning traditional Chinese teahouse

 

Oriental Pearl Restaurant

Restaurants

Classic serving dim sum and Hong Kong-style fare

 

San Sun Restaurant

Restaurants

Healthy Nutritious Food

 

Tandoori Mahal

Restaurants

San Francisco's tastiest Indian

 

Tlaloc Sabor Mexicano

Restaurants

Multilevel classic Mexican cuisine

 

Canton Bazaar

Shopping

Unique Treasures from the Orient

 

Casserd Shoes

Shopping

Your source for men's shoes

 

Chinatown Kite Shop

Shopping

Come on, Go fly a kite!

 

Legion

Shopping

Women's clothing, jewelry, accessories

 

Red Blossom Tea Company

Shopping

Merchants of fine, whole leaf teas

 

The Wok Shop

Shopping

Everything you need for Chinese cooking