The 41 historic alleyways packed into Chinatown's 22 blocks have seen it all since 1849: gold rushes and revolution, incense and opium,...
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...
Chinese Telephone Exchange
California's earliest adopters of advanced technology weren't Silicon Valley programmers but Chinatown switchboard operators. This...
Vintage red neon promises evenings worthy of WWII sailors on shore leave. Drink in the atmosphere, but stick to basic well drinks and...
Z & Y
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...
Ross Alley information
The colorful murals lining Ross Alley hint at the colorful characters that once roamed SF’s oldest alleyway, which has been known variously as Mexico, Spanish and Manila St after the ladies who once staffed its notorious back-parlor brothels. More recently, Ross Alley has been occasionally pimped out to Hollywood production companies as the picturesque backdrop for sequels like Karate Kid II and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom .