31 Days in SF Bay: Chinatown (San Francisco)

This is Day 16 of our 31 Days in SF Bay series. To read all the posts in order, start with this post, then visit the Landing Page to see the outline for the whole series.

sfbaybannerWoohoo! We are starting in on some fun places in San Francisco! We will start out in Chinatown. I just want to disclose that the remainder of these 31 Days posts will continue to lack photos (so we can just finish), but we will add them as we find them in our archives. If we are friends with you, and you have photos from some of these places we have visited together, send them our way. 🙂

Since we went to church for a long time in Chinatown, a lot of the places listed are restaurants and other food places where we went out to eat after Sunday school. 🙂 But really, that’s what people come here for anyway, right?

What you need to know about Chinatown before you go there: 1) It is not the cleanest place. 2) There aren’t restrooms readily available unless you are a customer. Even then…refer to #1. 3) Many restaurants and shops are cash only. 4) Don’t expect cheery customer service everywhere you go. I’m not sure why that is, but if you don’t get a smiley greeting, don’t take it personally. 5) If you are a picky eater, the restaurants here might not be for you. However, if you are willing to try something, order a cha siu bao (pork bun) or daan taat (egg custard tart). 6) Be ready to get culture shocked (true for most of SF), in a good way. It’s East meets West, old meets new, and everything in between.

chinatownI will probably add photos later, but here are some restaurants that we enjoy in Chinatown. We have written reviews of some of these restaurants, so they are linked up.

  • Napoleon Super Bakery
  • Golden Star Vietnamese Cuisine
  • Golden Flower Vietnamese Cuisine
  • Capital Restaurant (one of my uncle’s favorites and has good Bok Choy Beef Flat Noodle Soup)
  • Golden Dragon/Imperial Palace
  • Washington Bakery and Restaurant (one of the only places you can get Chinese donut to go)
  • Hong Kong Clay Pot Restaurant
  • Hang Ah Tea Room
  • R&G Lounge
  • Far East Restaurant
  • San Sun Restaurant
  • New Woey Loy Goey Restaurant
  • Hon’s Wun Tun House
  • New Asia Restaurant
  • Yee’s Restaurant
  • Penang Garden
  • ABC Bakery
  • AA Bakery
  • You’s Dim Sum
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Empress of China Restaurant
  • Kam Lok Restaurant
  • Pacific Court Cafe/Meriwa Restaurant
  • New Moon Restaurant
  • Little Paris
  • Four Seas Restaurant
  • Tong Kee Restaurant
  • Grand Palace Restaurant
  • Noodle Bar and Grill (Thai)
  • Golden Gate Bakery (famous egg tarts)
  • Cafe Honolulu
  • Uncle Cafe
  • Blossom Bakery
  • Joy Hing BBQ Noodle House
  • New Sun Hong Kong Restaurant
  • Gallery Cafe
  • Quickly

Other places to visit… (I will link photos and such later on. Come back to visit!)

  • Dragon Gate (on Grant and Bush)
  • Chinese Rec Center
  • Cable Car Museum
  • CIBC, Chinese Methodist, First Chinese Baptist, CCC, Chinese Presbyterian
  • Chinese Hospital
  • Chinatown Library
  • Portsmouth Square (old people play Chinese checkers/chess there)
  • Golden Gate Fortune Cookie (Factory)
  • Cable Car Corner
  • Joy’s Hair Salon (Norm got monthly haircuts here)
  • Golden Star (Norm went to get Nikes there)
  • Silver Star (the other place Norm went to get Nikes)
  • Orange Land (Produce)
  • Rainbow Station (Sanrio)
  • Hap Yuen Jewelry (Joyce got her wedding jewelry here)
  • Ming Lee Trading Company (two-story grocery store)

This is part of our 31 Days in SF Bay series.

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