Many people would be surprised to learn that San Francisco’s Chinatown community is America’s oldest Chinatown and the second-largest Chinese settlement outside China (after Manhattan). Since its establishment in 1848, Chinatown has grown to become one of San Francisco’s most recognizable and visited neighborhoods. Despite being a popular tourist destination, Chinatown has retained its incredibly distinct culture. Wandering through the alleys of Chinatown is like stepping back in time. And if you are a foodie with an adventurous spirit, this is the place! From dim sum to fish to turtle, Chinatown has it all.

The Stockton Street Tunnel is like a time machine, connecting cosmopolitan downtown San Francisco with Chinatown.

 Grant Avenue’s lantern-adorned streets are famous worldwide.

Like authentic Chinese food? Look no further.

Family associations still thrive in the neighborhood. 

Mysterious Tong associations remain prevalent.  

At night, Chinatown can be a lonely and mysterious place.

Chinatown can get cold.

The fish markets in Chinatown are always bustling.

For those with an adventurous palate, you can find chicken parts, fish, turtle, and everything in between.

Like dried fish? Here you go.