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7 great stops in San Francisco’s Chinatown

A typical morning in Chinatown is magical to witness. Men and women rushing to work or unloading truckloads of the Chinese herbs, produce and other ingredients that supply the dozens of quaint tea houses or boisterous market stalls and grizzled restaurants.

San Francisco is not only home to the third largest Chinese population outside Asia, its Chinatown district is also recognized as the oldest in North America.

The San Francisco intersection of Grant Avenue and Stockton Street forms the beating heart of the city’s animated and prosperous Chinatown. The smell of rich broths and heady spices, and the colorful decorations strung across its lively streets are still protocol here. It’s a neighborhood that continues to survive the relentless march of raucous tech billionaires that have gentrified the city faster than anyone can tally and perhaps the most resilient of its residents is the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory that has been turning out the kitsch, folded sweets known around the world since 1962.

You find this local gem between Jackson and Washington streets in Ross Alley, which is in the thick of the 24 fragrant city blocks that comprise the neighborhood.

Here is 7 stops you should do while visitng Chinatown in San Francisco:

Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factor has producet their fortune cookies, famous in the whole world, since 1962. Photo: Kaare Iverson

Golden Gate Cookie Factory

You can visit the Golden Gate Cookie Factory during their business hours to watch the women roll up massages and package cookies, and even visit their shop where you can take sweet souvenirs home.

Golden Gate Cookie Factory

56 Ross Alley, San Francisco, CA 94113

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Open Monday-Friday 9am to 6pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm. Phone: 415-781-3956

Bank of Canton

One Chinatown’s most historic landmarks is the Bank Canton, which was built during the turn of the 20th century for the Chinese Telephone Exchange. The exchange closed in 1949 when the rotary dial phone came to rise.

Bank of Canton

Besök herbal experts at Tung Fong Herbs. Photo: Kaare Iverson

Tung Fong Herbs

While there are many herb and medical shops throughout Chinatown, Tung Fong is one of the oldest and most reliable, especially for their knowledgable herbalists that help you find a vast range of fascinating holistic remedies

Tung Fong Herbs

101 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108

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Open Monday-Saturday 9:30am to 5:30pm. Phone number: 415-296-7591

Red Blossom Tea Company

Break away from Chinatown’s high energy streets for a honey orchid iced tea or warm Wuyi Oolong brew at this charming and tranquil teahouse.

Red Blossom Tea Company

831 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

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Open: Monday-Saturday 10am to 6pm; Sunday 11am to 5pm. Phone: 415-395-0868

If you are looking for dimsum during your visit - Far East Cafe is a good option. Foto: Phaare Iverson

Far East Cafe

Palatial chandeliers through warm light on the painted murals and ornately carved wooden screens at this classic Chinatown restaurant. While known for their excellent dim sum, they also serve house specialties like local crab with ginger and scallions.

Far East Cafe

631 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108
Telefon: +1 415-982-3245

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Open daily 11:30am to 10:30pm

Good Mong Kok Bakery

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Chinatown’s famous Good Mong Kok Bakery. The best time to go is in the early morning when the sweet Chinese buns and other decadent confections are fresh out of the oven.

Good Mong Kok Bakery

1039 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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Open daily 7am to 6pm. Phone: 415-397-2688.

At Sheng Hing Market Inc you can buy unique chinese produce. Photo: Kaare Iverson

Sheng Hing Market Inc

Get a sense of what the Chinatown of yesteryear must have been with a visit to the moveable feast that is Sheng Hing Market. Fresh produce and Chinese zeal meld here at this vibrant and colorful market.

Sheng Hing Market Inc

1107 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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Telephone: +1 415-391-7816

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