5 Things To Do In Chinatown – San Francisco, California
Frank and I love to travel! Recently, we headed up to San Francisco and spent a weekend exploring the city like tourists do. It was pretty fun! I definitely think we’ll be visiting San Francisco again – especially since it’s only about 4 hours away north of us. We had a great drive up and then checked into our hotel. From there we explored a little bit of downtown and went to an awesome dinner where we had amazing crab!!! Then we headed back to the hotel for a relaxing night as we prepared for our next day of exploring San Francisco.
One of the spots we explored during our weekend trip to San Francisco was Chinatown. I remember visiting Chinatown when I was 18 and my sister and I flew to Russia with my parents. We had a brief visit to Chinatown then, so I was really excited to see how our adventure would be this time! Here is a list of 5 things to do in Chinatown.
1 – Check out the architecture. One thing I love to do is photograph the architecture in different places I visit. Chinatown was definitely filled with it – from buildings to statues and more.
2 – Visit the local fresh food markets. I loved walking up and down the streets of Chinatown. There was shop after shop filled with fresh fruit, vegetables, meats and more!
3 – Get a massage. Frank and I found this little massage place in the middle of Chinatown and decided to get Head, Neck, Shoulder, Back and Leg Massages. I thought it was a full body massage, but apparently it’s somewhat different. It was different because we sat in comfy chairs in a dimly lit room with other people getting massages. It was a full hour long and we both felt pretty good afterward. I love getting massages – don’t you?
4 – Pick up a souvenir to take home. You’ll find a LOT of different Souvenir Shops as you walk up and down Grant. Whether you’re looking for toys, postcards, clothing, or jewelry, there are a lot of different options in Chinatown.
5 – Enjoy an authentic meal. Frank and I weren’t really sure where to go for dinner, so we asked the owners of the massage salon. Ok, so understand that if you do this, the chances are pretty high that he or she will refer you to a close friend or family’s business. In fact, she walked us all the way there and into the front door of the restaurant. She even got us a table. We were locked into eating there and there was no getting out. We ordered Chicken Fried Rice (great!), Sweet and Sour Chicken (good and different from what we’re accustomed to), Dumplings (much bigger with more dough than what we’re used to) and War Won Ton Soup (I admit that I couldn’t eat it because it just didn’t look good to me and I didn’t know what some of the ingredients were). It was definitely an experience though!
While our visit to Chinatown in San Francisco may have been short, it was a lot of fun! I would definitely go back and visit if we traveled to San Francisco again!
Have you been to Chinatown in San Francisco before?
What was your favorite thing to do there?