Pass through the Chinatown Gate at Grant Avenue and Bush Street, and enter another world. The oldest Chinatown—and largest—in North America, San Francisco’s version offers everything you’d expect: really authentic restaurants (you must have dim sum), produce and meat markets, tea shops, bakeries, and specialty clothing and souvenir stores. The main thoroughfare, Grant Avenue, is bustling at all hours, and curious little alleys hold additional wonders. See fortune cookies being made at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie factory at 56 Ross Alley, and visit the Julia Morgan– designed YWCA building that houses the Chinese Historical Society of America.
San Francisco, CA