Chinatown/North Beach



Though Chinatown and North Beach border each other, these neighborhoods feel worlds apart. Located a quick jaunt from Downtown and Union Square, San Francisco's Chinatown—America's largest, in fact—beckons visitors with its intricate dragon gates, exotic groceries, acupuncturists, and delicious dim sum. Stockton Street and Grant Avenue are lined with all of the above, plus tons of knick-knack and art shops, ranging from the kitschy to the elegant. You can delve into over a century of local history on a guided walking tour via the Chinese Historical Center of America, which also offers traditional arts and crafts workshops such as brush painting. Be sure to satiate your sweet tooth with a side of sage wisdom at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.

North of Chinatown, North Beach offers visitors a peek into the city's Italian heritage and Beatnik past. While the area has Italian restaurants aplenty, we recommend sipping on a cappuccino at Caffe Trieste, grabbing an antipasto picnic or salami sandwich at Molinari's Delicatessen (to be enjoyed on the grass at Washington Square Park, of course), and indulging in fresh pastry at one of the area's Italian bakeries. When you're ready to burn off all those calories, stroll on Grant Avenue for great fashion and antique window-shopping and then trek up Telegraph Hill to Coit Tower, where you can enjoy lovely city and bay views as well as an interior mural detailing scenes of California industries in the early 20th century. Lit lovers shouldn't miss the Beat Museum, City Lights Bookstore--where many of the Beat Poets' works were first published and performed at bongo- and wine-infused gatherings--and the adjacent Vesuvio, formerly Jack Kerouac's favorite watering hole and still a hotspot today. If you're up for more strolling, the city's famous Lombard Street and Fisherman's Wharf are within walking distance.

Nightlife

Vital Tea Leaf
Red's Place
Far East Cafe
Cho-Cho
Bigfoot Lodge
R & G Lounge
Delancey Screening Room (The)
Four Seasons Restaurant and Cocktails
Regency Center
Fifth Floor Restaurant
B44
Empress of China
Cigar Bar and Grill
Li Po's
Mr. Bing's
Sip Bar & Lounge
Palio Paninoteca
Sutra
Chef Jia's

Attractions

The Wok Shop
Ming Kee Game Birds Inc.
St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Vaillancourt Fountain
Norras Temple
Ross Alley
Dreaming Room
Chinatown
Chinatown and North Beach Night Walking Tour
Wok Wiz Chinatown Tours and Cooking Company
Chinatown Gate
Mee Mee Bakery
North Beach and Chinatown San Francisco MP3 Walking Tour
The Canton Bazaar
The Chinatown Kite Shop
Stonehouse California Olive Oil
Market & Second Street
Le Trianon Gallery
Enchanted House
Sarah Stocking Vintage Posters
Bow Wow Meow
Buddha's Universal Church
Tin How Temple

Restaurants

House of Nanking
El Gran Taco
Great Eastern
Far East Café
Hunan Home's
Four Seasons Restaurant and Cocktails
Grand Palace Restaurant
Henry's Hunan Restaurant
Dol Ho
Tommaso's
Pearl City Seafood Restaurant
Mel's Drive-in on Van Ness
Empress of China
Pot Sticker (The)
Cho-Cho
Janmae Guey
Wa-Ha-Ka!
Hing Lung
My Canh
Bow Hon
Palio Paninoteca
Nook
Vietnam Restaurant
Imperial Palace
Sam Wo
R&G Lounge
Golden Flower
Sellers Markets
Yank Sing
Chef Jia's
850 Cigar Bar & Grill
City View Restaurant
Tachibana
Oriental Pearl
New Fortune Dim Sum and Cafe

Hotels

Royal Pacific Motorway Inn
SW Hotel
Pacific Tradewinds Hostel

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