Grant Avenue
Grant Avenue
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Top ways to experience Grant Avenue and nearby attractions

The area
Neighborhood: Chinatown
As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighborhood decorated with colorful shops, historic streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighborhood.
How to get there
  • Montgomery St • 8 min walk
  • Montgomery St • 8 min walk

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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Great street for walking and for tourists. Start near Union Square for some cafes and shopping, enter Chinatown through the Dragon's Gate and soak in the magic of this unique and historic neighborhood. Continue across Broadway into North Beach where the beatniks used to hang out and then to Telegraph Hill. Great architecture and a lot of life.
Written December 28, 2023
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland29,785 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Grant Avenue is the central core of Chinatown in San Francisco. It has all you need in terms of restaurants, shops and street lanterns.
Written October 5, 2023
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Waddler
York, UK11,203 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Grant is the main touristy Chinatown Street and then a street with some restaurants that turns residential as it heads further into North Beach.

Either way, you need to get off it to experience Chinatown and North Beach.

In Chinatown it is full of tourist shops etc. Check out Stockton for the real local shops and then the alleyways of Chinatown for a cuter experience.
Written September 6, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Runs right through North Beach and Chinatown. In Chinatown you will find the lovely and important lion's gate, plus lots of interesting shops for souvenirs or just vegies. In North Beach there if food and drink plus a real neighborhood.
Written July 1, 2023
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Joan H
San Bernardino, CA1,024 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This colorful and iconic street runs through the heart of Chinatown. There are lots of photo opportunities here. Look for the festive red lanterns, Dragon's Gate, and green tile roofs. Since we were there in the afternoon, Grant Avenue was in the shadows.
Written March 6, 2022
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blonnka
Winter Garden, FL179 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We happened to visit during the Moon festival. What a treat! Moon cakes everywhere, street vendors very patient with people who don’t understand Chinese food or customs. Music and entertainment lined the street.

We enjoyed Vital Tea-Leaf tea tasting, as the owner explained the different teas in a very approachable manner. We ate on a second floor patio so we could watch the fun from above.

Even on non festival days, this is a great place to visit, but be aware that Covid has shortened business hours. Most is open between 11 and 6 pm. We felt safe walking through, even after stores had closed.
Written September 20, 2021
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permia
Ireland61,404 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
We were delighted walking the avenue length from Embarcadero to Dragon's Gate. Strolling southwards the shop fronts, emblems and decorations increasingly reflected the community.

Historic Portsmouth Square was fascinating to see. It was the centre of Chinese arrivals in the 1840s and where Montgomery, Commander of the USS Portsmouth, raised the American flag in July 1846 proclaiming US sovereignty over the territory.

It was enjoyable listening to informal Chinese music and singing in the Park, as was seeing groups relaxing over card and board games.

Close by is the Chinese Culture Center that is also worth spending some time in.

Lanterns suspended, ornate shop frontages with warriors and other images and a plethora of services and goods available made for a most enjoyable couple of hours.
Written December 17, 2018
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