Discover the mother of all Chinatowns.
You can't come to San Francisco and not spend time in Chinatown! It's the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest outside of Asia. The area dates back to 1848 and remains true to its Chinese heritage. Rising from the ashes of the 1906 earthquake and fire, Chinatown is perhaps the most authentic neighborhood in the city, still feeling very much as it must have a century ago. Two good sources, the Chinese Culture Center and the Chinese Historical Society Museum trace the demographics of the borough.
The comestible center of Chinatown was once Wentworth Alley, where fresh and dried fish, brine-preserved eggs and produce were bought and sold. Now, most of the epicurean commerce centers on Stockton and Grant Avenues, where kitchenware stores, grocers and restaurants fill the air with enticing smells.
Photo courtesy of Scott Chernis Photography