Sun Yat-sen once plotted the overthrow of China’s Manchu dynasty here at number 36, and during Prohibition, this was the site of turf...
The colorful murals lining Ross Alley hint at the colorful characters that once roamed SF’s oldest alleyway, which has been known...
Off Sacramento St are the flag-festooned balconies of Chinatown's historic temples, where services have been held since 1852 – even in...
Vintage red neon promises evenings worthy of WWII sailors on shore leave. Drink in the atmosphere, but stick to basic well drinks and...
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Graduate from ho-hum sweet-and-sour and middling mu-shu to sensational Szechuan dishes that go down in a blaze of glory. Warm up with...
btwn Grant Ave & Stockton St, California St & Broadway · interesting places nearby
Chinatown Alleyways information
The 41 historic alleyways packed into Chinatown's 22 blocks have seen it all since 1849: gold rushes and revolution, incense and opium, fire and icy receptions. These narrow backstreets are lined with towering buildings because there was nowhere to go but up in Chinatown after 1870, when laws limited Chinese immigration, employment and housing. Chinatown Alleyway Tours and Chinatown Heritage Walking Tours offer enlightening, community-supporting strolls through the area.