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San Francisco Chinatown Tours

San Francisco’s Chinatown, one of North America’s oldest and largest, has long been one of the city’s top attractions. Visitors can browse the many shops, dim sum restaurants, temples, and markets in this bustling neighborhood that dates back to the California Gold Rush.  
 
The Basics
Nearly all city tours include a stop or drive through Chinatown. For history, check out the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum and Portsmouth Square. Or book a Chinatown walking or Segway tour for insight into the neighborhood’s food and culture. A stop in the area is often combined with a visit to nearby North Beach or a tasty, traditional lunch. Chinatown food tours are especially popular.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • This is a neighborhood to explore on foot, so wear comfortable shoes.
  • Chinatown bumps right into North Beach, another favorite San Francisco neighborhood, so it’s easy to visit both.
  • Grab cash before you go, as many of the small shops and food venues only accept cash or have credit card minimums.
 
How to Get There
Chinatown covers about 24 city blocks in northeast San Francisco between Powell, Kearny, Bush, and Broadway streets. Enter properly through the Dragon Gate at Bush and Grant, walking north into the crowd to find souvenir shops and eateries. Located in the densest area of the city between Nob Hill, Union Square, and the Financial District, Chinatown is easy to reach by walking, city bus, and the Powell Street Cable Car. Driving is not recommended on the traffic- and pedestrian-heavy streets.
 
When to Get There
For shopping, go in the late morning when the shops are open but many visitors haven’t yet arrived. Otherwise, the evening hours offer a lively atmosphere, when locals head to Chinatown for drinks and dinner. To see the neighborhood at its best, visit during Chinese New Year, which falls in January or February.
 
Chinatown’s Fortune Cookie Factory
For a look at the making of fortune cookies, visit Golden Gate Fortune Cookies Co., in business since 1962. Located on Ross Alley, off Jackson Street, the factory offers a free tour that allows you to watch how the cookies go from hot, flat dough to their iconic shape.

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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch, San Francisco, null
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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 251 Reviews

Uncover the secrets of San Francisco's Chinatown district on this fascinating walking tour. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, buzzing atmosphere and rich ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Chinatown and North Beach Night Walking Tour, San Francisco, Walking Tours
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Chinatown and North Beach Night Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Spend an evening exploring two of San Francisco's vibrant areas for food and nightlife on a walking tour through Chinatown and North Beach. On their own, they ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Night Chinatown and Little Italy Segway Tour, San Francisco, Food Tours
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Night Chinatown and Little Italy Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

When the sun goes down in San Francisco, a twinkling display of lights keeps the city glowing throughout the night. While a brisk stroll is one way to admire ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Teas Temples and Beatniks Tour Including Chinese Tea and Dessert Tastings, San Francisco, Segway ... 
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Teas Temples and Beatniks Tour Including Chinese Tea and Dessert Tastings

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Between the Beatniks of North Beach and must-see Chinatown, you'll get more than a taste of tea while exploring San Francisco. Hear legendary tales on a ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $66.00
Chinatown Tour and Optional Hosted Dim Sum Tasting Luncheon, San Francisco, Walking Tours
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Chinatown Tour and Optional Hosted Dim Sum Tasting Luncheon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

One of San Francisco's most popular destinations for visitors is our Chinatown. Offered by a long established tour operator with talented, Chinatown native ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Walking Tour of Union Square and Chinatown, San Francisco, Cultural Tours
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Walking Tour of Union Square and Chinatown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Tour select art galleries, rock photos and enjoy the Renaissance Baroque architecture of San Francisco's Union Square area. Discover Chinatown with its unique ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.00
SHORE EXCURSIONS: Singapore Chauffeured City Tour, Singapore, Walking Tours
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SHORE EXCURSIONS: Singapore Chauffeured City Tour

Join our private chauffer service for a 4-6 hour tour of Singapore. We have clean and comfortable cars and all our drivers speak very good English or Chinese. ...  Read more

Location: Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 4 to 6 hrs

From USD $358.68
San Francisco Night Tour by Bus, San Francisco, Private Sightseeing Tours
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San Francisco Night Tour by Bus

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 3 Reviews

Sit back and enjoy the sights of San Francisco during this 1.5-hour bus tour through the city. Take in the spectacular views from a double decker bus at night ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $34.99
The Real San Francisco Chinatown Food Tour, San Francisco, Bus & Minivan Tours
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The Real San Francisco Chinatown Food Tour

Explore San Francisco's vibrant Chinatown and its cuisine on this guided walking tour, led by a local food blogger who grew up here. You're shown a Chinatown ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
North Beach and Chinatown Food Tour, San Francisco, City Tours
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North Beach and Chinatown Food Tour

Explore two of San Francisco's stand-out neighborhoods on this in-depth culinary tour of North Beach and Chinatown. Sample delicious teas, dim sum, and ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.00

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