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Roadtrip USA: Chinatown San Francisco

...the largest Chinatown in the World

San Francisco has the oldest and largest chinese community outside of Asia: Chinatown San Francisco. Centrally located near the Financial District it stretches around 24 square blocks. At the beginning of Grant Avenue you are greeted by the Dragon’s Gate to enter a world of Chinese restaurants, shops, massage parlors and fortune tellers. Chinatown is lively during the day, but the lights are great to look at when it’s dark.

Dragon's gate

Dragon’s gate

Grant Avenue

Grant Avenue

Grant Avenue

Grant Avenue

Know your fortune

Know your fortune

Grant avenue at night

Grant avenue at night

Grant avenue at night

Grant avenue at night

People waiting for a sweet treat

People waiting for a sweet treat

Chinese sweets

Chinese sweets

Ducks in a restaurant

Ducks in a restaurant

Citibank in Chinese

Citibank in Chinese

We went to Huan’s Home Restaurant, after doing some research on Foursquare. Don’t expect a shiny new restaurant, but the food was just great. And it’s always a good sign when the Chinese also eat there.

Hunan Home's Restaurant

Hunan Home’s Restaurant

The graphic menu

The graphic menu

Hunan Home's Restaurant

Hunan Home’s Restaurant

Tsing Tao Beer

Tsing Tao Beer

Mu shu with beef

Mu shu with beef

Mu shu pancake

Mu shu pancake

Beef Kung Pao

Beef Kung Pao

We called an Uber Pool to get a few drinks at Smuggler’s Cove, a tip I got personally by Joerg Meyer of the Bar Lion in Hamburg. Uber Pool picks you up at your location and on the way it might pick up another rider. We had a great talk about soccer in the US with our driver and co-rider. Smuggler’s Cove is a small tiki styled bar with 3 levels and it was packed on a tuesday night. They mainly serve strong and tasteful rum drinks. After a few we walked home to happily fall in bed.