On this day: Chinatown, San Francisco

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries.

On October 19, 2019, I was in Chinatown, San Francisco, USA.

I had travelled to San Francisco, California for a conference and after a few days of attending seminars and lectures, I was ready to start playing tourist. Mr. Chuckles joined me at the Grand Hyatt Union Square and we spent a weekend exploring various neighbourhoods of the hilly city.

Our first stop was Chinatown, spanning 24 square blocks centred on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street downtown. Established in 1848, San Francisco Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America. It has played an influential role in the history and culture of ethnic Chinese immigrants in North America, having retained its own customs, languages, places of worship, social clubs, and identity.

San Francisco Chinatown remains one of the largest Chinese enclaves outside of Asia. It is a settlement area for numerous elderly Chinese immigrants and is also an immensely popular tourist attraction, drawing more visitors annually than the Golden Gate Bridge.

To satisfy your foodie needs while in the area, I recommend a visit to Good Mong Kok Bakery for dim sum, and Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory for their famous fortune cookies.

I’ve shared this On This Day post a half day early since it’s a two-parter. More to come tomorrow!


19 responses to “On this day: Chinatown, San Francisco”

  1. I remember the first time I went to San Francisco’s Chinatown, I was amazed at how just walking in there was suddenly full of people on the pavements, while the surrounding streets were all quiet. So colourful too!

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    1. Visiting Chinatowns around North America is very interesting. They are all historic districts although vary in how amenable they are to tourism. The Chinatowns in Vancouver and Montreal are not very nice at all, compared to the one in San Francisco.

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  2. This brings memories back of our visit there . Thanks for sharing this.

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  3. 😎 cool. Sure has changed. I was last there in 1959 ! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. The city has surely transformed since then!

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  4. I’d love to visit and try all the yummy food. It seems like the NYC Chinatown but with hills.

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    1. Yes, so much good food in San Francisco in general!


  5. Wandering through Chinatown was definitely my favorite part of this city! You pictures really capture the beauty of it 🙂

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  6. It’s a part of SF that I didn’t get to visit when I was in town many years ago. Certainly a place I’d love to check out upon returning, though– I’m drooling at all of the potential good eats to have there!

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    1. Yes that dim sum was so good!

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  7. Aw it looks great, andI love the anniversary ideas. We are normally always away on 19th October as it’s our wedding anniversary. 10 years this year! 🙂

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  8. […] a day exploring Chinatown and Mission District, we started our second tour day in San Francisco on a visit to Alcatraz […]


  9. […] joined me for the last couple days of the trip; we started our tour of San Francisco together in Chinatown, where we checked out Good Mong Kok Bakery. This place receives rave reviews and there is often a […]


  10. …and what was your fortune? Or were you advised to keep it a secret? 😄

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    1. There was no fortune with the untwisted cookies although they sell custom fortunes at this shop. I suppose I could have written my own!

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