Bread dragons, fresh groceries, and sweet rolls. Oh my! San Francisco's very own Chinatown.
Chinatown in San Francisco is the largest Chinatown in the entire United States. It has the most Chinese immigrants than anywhere else and therefore as the most authentic items, too. If you find yourself in San Francisco and need a quick Chinese fix, you should hop on over to Chinatown. Here, you'll find hoards of Cantonese speaking Chinese shuffling about purchasing groceries, relaxing at parks, or quietly going about their daily routines. Chinatown is pleasant to walk through, or pop into a dessert shop for a quick sweet roll, or five. Tip: Fresh groceries can be purchased here if you're looking to cook a traditional Chinese meal at home.
San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade has grown to become one of the largest in the world. Before seeing the parade be sure to make time for the street faire on Grant St. in Chinatown, which is a short walk from Montgomery BART station. You will find opportunities to learn kite and lantern making or try your luck at one of the booths to win prizes. When you get hungry from walking the long street fair go to R&G Lounge for fantastic seafood at this Chinese restaurant. Yank Sing is good choice for dim sum before heading to the fair.