San Francisco’s Chinatown, North America’s first and largest, is located next to North Beach and the Financial District. With its pagoda-style architecture, ornate lamp posts, exotic menus and other distinctive elements, a stop here can feel more like a trip abroad than a neighborhood stroll.
Learn about the community’s history at the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum on Clay St. Near Portsmouth square, visit the Chinese Culture Center, which is free. See the latest exhibition in their Visual Art Center or sign up for one of their neighborhood walking tours.
Authentic restaurants are everywhere in the neighborhood, but few compare to China Live, a multi-story Chinese food emporium that offers a variety of dining experiences. And did you know the fortune cookie was first created in San Francisco? See how they get made at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory at 56 Ross Alley.