The Chinese Cultural Center
There are many new things to learn when visiting the Chinese Cultural Center. You find out the various Chinese traditions, and talk to Chinese artists or writers in the area. They host events throughout the year for the residents and tourists who would like to attend. There are galleries of exhibits, as well as art for viewing pleasure. Visit the building for more fun and excitement while visiting Chinatown.
This center is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can visit them at 740 Kearny Street, on the third floor right in Chinatown. If you have questions or to schedule a tour of the facility you can give them a call at 415 986 1822.
Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
In a small shop, partially hidden away from tourists, there are two women working. What are they working on? Fortune cookies of course! They make and distribute over 20,000 fortune cookies a day. The store consists of two conveyer belts with small waffle looking irons on them. The factory opened in 1962, and has since been running. This is the only Chinatown fortune cookie factory that the fortune cookies are made by hand instead of machines. You can stroll in at any time they are open to watch the process, or perhaps purchase a bag of 40 cookies for only $3!
You can find them at 56 Ross Alley, and give them a call at 415 781 3956. This allows you to call ahead of time if you wish.
Hunan Home’s Restaurant
This restaurant is one talked about in San Francisco’s Chinatown. They have the largest selection of succulent dishes to offer their customers. Dine in or take out depending on your preferences, and be prepared to deal with wonderful service and staff. They have anything that you might want including meats, seafood, vegetables, soups, appetizers, and desserts. You get to choose your dishes, and enjoy every bite of them.
You can get your favorite Chinese dishes at 622 Jackson Street, right in the heart of Chinatown. They are open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., 9:30 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday. If you would like more information about their services or food, give them a call at 415 982 2844.
Kam Po Kitchen
They are best known for their crispy pork and duck dishes, and delightful vegetable platters. They are right at the edge of Chinatown, and provide only the best service and food to their customers. The dining area is as clean as it can be, and although take out is an option, you might want to take in the views of the restaurant by dining in. If you enjoy tofu, they also have a large selection of dishes that tofu is included in to please even the non meat eaters. Not only do they have these, but their authentic and rather exotic dishes are also available. Kidney or liver flavored porridges for anyone who wants to take on a dare and try a bite.
They only take cash, so be sure to find an ATM prior to visiting. They are located at 801 Broadway. Serving lunch and dinner dishes daily, you can give them a call at 415 982 3516 to order ahead or reserve a spot.
Chinatown Kite Shop
This shop is a family owned and operated kite shop that has been in business for over 40 years. They continue to expand, and amaze customers with every move they take. They specialize in brightly colored kites, and Chinese cultural specialty kites. You can purchase one of the beautiful kites in the shop, visit a park, and sail them across the crisp clean air of the city. Bring the family closer when you purchase kites for all and any occasion.
You can find them right in the heart of Chinatown in San Francisco at 717 Grant Ave. If you would like to call ahead of time to find out if they have a specific kite in stock, you can do so by calling 415 989 5182. You will be able to have the kite of your dreams since Chinatown Kite Shop can make it happen!
This is a pleasant shop located right in Chinatown. If you enjoy shopping for antiques, this is the shop to go too. They focus on imports, and specialize in Chinese antiques of all kinds to peak your interests. Add some art from the shop to your home, handcrafted and detailed by Chinese artisans from later dates. They also offer iron teapot sets and Fung Shui items for the home.
You can visit them at 597 Grant Ave to have a look at their wares, and perhaps find a little treasure for yourself. Find out if they have something specific when you give them a call at 415 362 3785.
Superior Trading Company
Want some herbs during your visit to Chinatown? This would be the ultimate place to visit during your stay. They are the largest supplier of Chinese herbs and ginseng. They import all of their items from Hong Kong, China, and Korea. They offer recipes for remedies if you’re interested and a lot more than what you see out front. Walk in for a whole new experience, and to grab some of the herbs you cannot get at home.
You can visit them right in Chinatown at 835-837 Washington Street. If you need to find something right away, you can give them a call at 415 982 8722.
If you have been walking around for the whole day, then maybe it is time to take some time to yourself. Go into Tru Spa for some relaxation and deep massage. They offer a wide assortment of treatments to get you back on your feet. Some of the treatments offered include a full body massage, nail treatments, facials, and much more. If you would like to try something different, they offer a Tropical Rainforest Room with warm water sprinklers. Their establishment is covered in white, and is relaxed compared to the streets of Chinatown. It is quiet and relaxed. You can be sure to feel at ease when visiting.
You can visit them at 750 Kearny Street. If you need to know more about the wonderful services that they offer, you can call them at 415 399 9700.
Chinese New Year
This celebration is one of the biggest in Chinatown. Why? This is one of the largest celebrated holidays in the Chinese culture. They still celebrate it in their Chinatown with guests and travelers who would like to join in the excitement as well. There is a big street fair that offers food, games, merchandise, and cultural activities all day long. On top of the fair, there is also the parade with many volunteers that participate in it, featuring lion dancers and dragon dance troups. In Chinese tradition, each New Year is calculated by the moons. This is where the Chinese New Year celebrations come in.
Autumn Moon Festival
There is so much excitement when it comes to the Autumn Moon Festival. This is where talent, music, culture, tradition, and best of all: food is brought to the streets of Chinatown in San Francisco. There are ceremonies that take part, and tourists are welcome to join in. Normally, over 100,000 people join in for the festivities of the San Francisco Autumn Mood Festival each year. There are three stages for performers of all kinds. They include music, dancing, talent shows, and much more to amaze and amuse tourists and residents alike.
The festival is a weekend long, and it runs throughout the entire day. It is normally thrown in the autumn, between September and October. The majority of the Chinese will be dressed in traditional Chinese wardrobes to show their culture, and honor their traditions at the festival. This is one festival that should not be missed when visiting Chinatown.
Dragon Boat Festival
This event has free admission, parking, and much more when you arrive. They offer an assortment of food throughout the streets to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. There are rows and rows of merchandise from vendors in the area. You can browse, and eat at the same time while waiting for the races to begin. They offer a health and wellness tent, dragon land for kids, and entertainment from some of the best cultural performers around the world. The performances include magic, acrobats, dancing, music, and lion dancing amongst others.
The Dragon Boat Competition has a number of different teams competing for the ultimate grand prize. Not only is there excitement and entertainment, but there is also much more for the whole family to enjoy. It is the largest Dragon Boat Competition in the United States. It is an all day long event, and it is annually.
Mission San Francisco de Asís
Visit the historic Mission San Francisco de Asís. The Mission church is the oldest building in the city of San Francisco, and the only completely intact chapel remaining among the 21 California missions.
The historic town of Sonoma and the San Francisco de Solano mission are about an hour and a half from San Francisco.
Avenue of the Giants
If you have time for an extended Northern California visit, we highly recommend the Avenue of the Giants, in the heart of California’s redwood country.