As North America’s oldest Chinatown and an important center for Chinese culture, this historic area of San Francisco offers an old school, homey vibe.

As you enter through the famous Dragon Gate on Grant Street, you’ll be met by gift shops, bustling food markets and outstanding Chinese cuisine. Make sure to start the day hungry — with so many classic kitchens (and a few new and notable contemporary restaurants) and places for snacks and tea you’ll want to experience all the sizzle, the steam and the comfort of this celebrated cultural district.