Tien Hau Temple
There was no place to go but up in Chinatown in the 19th century, when laws restricted where Chinese San Franciscans could live and...
The colorful murals lining Ross Alley hint at the colorful characters that once roamed SF’s oldest alleyway, which has been known...
Vintage red neon promises evenings worthy of WWII sailors on shore leave. Drink in the atmosphere, but stick to basic well drinks and...
Elementary school cafeterias could outclass the Golden Star for atmosphere – but if you know pho (Vietnamese noodle soup), this is the...
Spofford Alley information
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 battles over local bootlegging and protection rackets. Spofford has mellowed with age; it’s now lined with senior community centers. But the action still starts around sundown, when a Chinese orchestra strikes up a tune, the clicking of a mah-jong game begins, and beauty parlor owners and florists use the pretense of sweeping their doorsteps to gossip.