An Early Morning in Chinatown

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San Francisco’s Chinatown.

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 NYC   but it’s also the oldest in the nation.

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. Now, that’s 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 yummy dim sum?!

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 at all the magical moments you’d miss immersing yourself in…

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So, should you skip discovering the magic of Chinatown? No. But, should you skip the snooze and head to this neighborhood early? Yes!!

Have you ever been to Chinatown? If so, what are your favorite places?!

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  • Victoria

    Soooo cool! I’ve been searching for SF related posts because I’m going soon and it looks like I’ve hit the jacketpot with your blog! 🙂 I’ve been to Chinatown once about 15 years ago but I definitely didn’t appreciate it at all back then. I just finished a degree in Asian American studies and we read all about SF’s Chinatown this last quarter and it really intrigued me to know about the history of it. Definitely gonna try to visit Chinatown when I visit this summer!

    -Victoria
    treelinedavenue.com

    • Kathryn

      Ah,please let me know if you need any recommendations during your trip, as I’d be more than happy to help! San Francisco is such a charming city, I hope you have an amazing time. PS – I love your blog!