Chinatown, San Francisco

Chinatown in San Francisco is the oldest and second largest Chinatown in North America.


The official entrance to Chinatown is the Dragon Gate at the intersection of Bush and Grant Streets. A competition was held to design the gate, which was won by architect Clayton Lee, and landscape architects Melvin H. Lee and Joseph Yee. The materials were donated by the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 1969.

Chinatown is home to kitschy souvenir shops, antique dealers, art galleries, bakeries, authentic markets and restaurants. Its busy streets and alleyways are decorated with red lanterns, flags, and ornate Chinese-style decorations.

To learn more about Chinatown it is worth visit the Chinese Culture Center, a non-profit organisation, which was formed in 1965.

Chinatown consists of around 24 square blocks, it is bordered by Kearny, Broadway, Powell and Bush Streets.







Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (750 Kearny Street)


Eastern Bakery (720 Grant Street)


Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory (56 Ross Alley)


Old Chinese Telephone Exchange (743 Washington Street)


First Chinese Baptist Church (15 Waverly Place)


Yee Fung Family Association Headquarters (131 Waverly Pl)


Wong Family Benevolent Association (39 Waverly Place)


Soo Yuen Benevolent Association (806 Clay Street)

3 thoughts on “Chinatown, San Francisco

  1. I love SF Chinatown. I’ve been to Chinatowns in NYC, DC, Montreal and Honolulu as well, but I think yours is the best- cleaner, interesting, extensive. Great post. Next time I’ll have to make it to Japan Town.

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