Packed to the brim with color, culture, and so much charm, Chinatown is hands down the most iconic neighborhood here in San Francisco. And, with good reason. Not only is it the second largest Chinatown in all of the US — the largest being in New York City — but it’s also the oldest in the nation.
Now of course, with those incredible stats comes massive crowds — lots and lots of tourists alllll year long. In fact, I recently read that on average there are two million tourists visiting this area per year. Talk about a lot of people. But, don’t let the thoughts of all those pushy elbows steer you clear of this neighborhood. Instead, head to these streets early. Like, really early.
That’s what I did not too long ago. And while the streets were still bustling with busyness, they weren’t nearly as packed as they could have been, which made for quite an enjoyable morning.
China — or in this case, Chinatown — will always hold a special place in my heart, as this was the corner of the world where Derek and I met. There is something about the culture that makes my soul sing with happiness. Maybe it’s the tasty dim sum, too?
If you’re thinking about skipping discovering all the goodness this neighborhood has to offer the next time you’re in San Francisco, I urge you to reconsider. Just take a look below at all the magical moments you’d miss immersing yourself in.
So, should you skip discovering the magic of Chinatown? No. But, should you skip the snooze and head to this neighborhood early? Oh, yes.