In a city with as many different cultures as San Francisco, it’s the Chinese influence that really stands out.
Boasting the oldest Chinatown in America and the largest Chinese community outside Asia, San Francisco’s Chinatown is a major tourist destination, attracting more annual visitors than the Golden Gate Bridge. There’s plenty to see in this micro-China and the best way to experience the atmosphere is by simply walking around and breathing in the sights and smells of this eclectic neighborhood. The Chinatown Gate at Bush Street is the best place to start, and presents a great photo opportunity, although this tourist-heavy spot is likely to be very busy. San Francisco is reputedly the birthplace of the fortune cookie, and The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory is well worth a visit to see these doughy treats lovingly crafted.