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San Francisco Restaurants – Chinatown

When you think of San Francisco’s Chinatown, the first thing you think of is its reputation as the oldest and largest Chinatown in North America. You might also think of the fact that it is the largest Chinese community outside of China itself. Yet you probably wouldn’t immediately think of it as the home to some of the best San Francisco restaurants, which it absolutely is!

San Francisco’s Chinatown sprung to life in the mid-1800s as a colony within the young western city for Chinese immigrants. Many of these immigrants were drawn to the United States for the proliferation of work available at the time, particularly on the budding railroad system. The areas around the San Francisco neighborhoods of Telegraph Hill and North Beach became a home away from home for the city’s considerable Chinese population, who designed buildings and decorated the streets in the traditional styles of their native country. Over the decades, the emphasis on maintaining cultural roots through architecture, Chinese businesses, and traditional Chinese parades and festivals has helped keep the area a vibrant, unique, and exciting part of the city at large.

As Chinatown developed over the years, so did its reputation of being a home to some of the finest cultural exhibits and endeavors – both Chinese and America – such as literature, film, art, music, and of course cuisine. Many of the traditional Chinese restaurants located in the area are as old as Chinatown itself, including some landmark San Francisco restaurants like the Far East Cafe. The Far East Cafe that stands today was built in 1920 to replace the original restaurant that was compromised in the famous quake of 1906. One of the most popular culinary destinations in Chinatown, this restaurant serves traditional Szechuan and Cantonese dishes.

Another longtime resident is the Chinatown Restaurant, opened in 1919. The Chinatown Restaurant is famous for serving both traditional Chinese dishes and Mongolian cuisine. It is famous for its dim sum, fin soup, and steamed fish dishes. Famous visitors such as Leonardo DiCaprio are frequently spotted here.
While many of the San Francisco restaurants in Chinatown are traditional Chinese eateries, the area hosts some of the hottest club spots in the city. One of the most famous nightlife spots is the Blind Tiger, located on Broadway, which provides a fun and fresh dance atmosphere melded seamlessly with an Eastern flair. Grant Avenue is home to the Buddha Cocktail Lounge, which features reasonably priced drinks and food along with a massive Buddha statue located behind the bar. And of course Red’s Place, the oldest bar in Chinatown, is a must visit for those who want to sip a true piece of San Francisco history.

Whether you are looking for traditional Chinese cuisine, an exotic club atmosphere, or just a little bit of General Tso’s chicken as you take in the sights of the city, you will find the best of San Francisco restaurants in the intoxicating neighborhood of Chinatown. Yet as you stop in for your meal, remember that the neighborhood is a vibrant, historically-charged locale that has much more to offer than just exquisite cuisine. Be sure to stop and take in the grandeur of the famous Chinatown Gate, or the other worldliness of Waverly Place, or Buddha’s Universal Church, the largest Buddhist church in the United States. You will feel completely transferred away from the American Pacific Coast to the intriguing, striking, and foreign world of the Far East, yet be able to be home by dinner. Now who’s ready for some authentic dumplings?

Andy West is a writer on a variety of topics, including San Francisco. Eating at San Francisco restaurants in Chinatown is just one of the many San Francisco things to do in this great city.

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Developers Eye Red Line Plot for Chinatown Hotel

Developers Eye Red Line Plot for Chinatown Hotel
CHINATOWN — A Chinese investment group is looking to build a five-story hotel adjacent to the neighborhood's CTA Red Line stop. Records show a company called Sheng Man De LLC last month applied for a zoning change with the city that would pave the …
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Chinatown Hotel Plans Delayed Due to Weather
CHINATOWN — Construction on a long-planned hotel and retail development has been delayed again. Developers say the harsh winter is to blame for construction delays at the half-finished building at the corner of Cermak Road and Archer and Princeton …
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Singapore’s Chinatown ? for an Authentic Singaporean Experience

Singapore boasts the most unusual blend of ethnicities and a culture to portray it. From shopping to sightseeing and savouring its unique gastronomy to exploring its wonderful sights, Singapore definitely offers its visitors a truly enjoyable experience.


For most it’s the shopping and touring aspect that’s most appealing, especially the idea of walking through and exploring streets laden with local fare and a culture. Some of the most sought after tourists haunts in Singapore includes Orchard Road and Chinatown.


To best savour authentic Singapore head down to Chinatown. As in most other ‘Chinatowns’ in Southeast Asian cities, Chinatown in Singapore city is always bustling with activity and one may even say that the bona fide local flavour is concentrated in this area. Buddhist temples, colourfully decorated streets lined with small shops offering visitors all imaginable knick-knacks, antiques, authentic Chinese food can be found. The area is assured to captivate all tourists with the colours, sounds, sights and aromas all depicting Singapore.


The main part of Chinatown, which is the area between Smith Street and Pagoda Street, is the place for a glimpse of the past as well as for shopping.  Some of the attractions here include famous Buddhist and Hindu temples and mosques. Singapore’s Chinatown also extends well beyond the traditional and original Chinese quarters. For tourists daring to explore beyond the old world charm, Chinatown also offers an exotic Singaporean experience. Tanjong Pagar and Club Street offer a unique blend of east and west – restaurants, cafes, tea houses and wine bars – a place to relax, eat, drink and enjoy life.


Most tourists to Singapore prefer to be located closer to the excitement the city has to offer. Boasting a range of hotels, Singaporeoffers choice accommodation to its visitors and caters to all types of tourists. Be it an old fashioned or chic hotel, Singaporeis sure to have the type of accommodation you are looking for. If Chinatown tops the travel agenda try the M Hotel Singapore, located in the heart of the Financial District the hotel affords easy access to Chinatown as well as other shopping and entertainment areas of Singapore.

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.

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