International quarters in San Francisco
San Francisco is a city full of culture. Besides having the distinctive features of the American culture, there are some corners dedicated to other cultures, as in the case of the Japanese Tea Garden. There are even areas dedicated to other cultures. As in the case of Chinatown and Little Italy.
There are many countries that include quarters dedicated to China, but Chinatown in San Francisco is one of the most celebrated for many reasons: apart from being the oldest Chinese quarter in the United States, it has the biggest Chinese community out of the Asiatic continent.
Temples, restaurants, bazars and decoration with the purest oriental style will make you doubt if you really are in San Francisco. In this quarter stands out the Dragon’s Gate, which was donated by Taiwan and which is located at one of the entrances of the quarter.
There, the traditions and habits of the Chinese people are preserved. For example, in Portsmouth Square it is usual to find people practicing Tai Chi or playing Chinese chess (Xiangqi)
Start your tour around Chinatown getting off San Francisco City Tour at the stop 19 of San Francisco City Loop: Chinatown Gate.
Little Italy, on the other hand, has a unique architecture with buildings with a strong personality and special colors. One of the most famous buildings is the City Lights bookshop, dedicated to the film of Charles Chaplin. Besides its special architecture, in this quarter you will be able to enjoy the restaurants, cafés and ice-cream shops that will approach you to the best of the Italian gastronomy.
Get to Little Italy getting off at stop 22 of San Francisco City Loop. This stop is within easy walking distance to North Beach, the district where you will find Little Italy.
Use the San Francisco City Tour hop-on hop-off tourist bus to transport yourself to other continents without leaving San Francisco.