We arrived in Chinatown famished and on the hunt for some serious culture and Chinese food. Chinatown is, in a word, overwhelming. Everywhere you look, someone is trying to sell you something. Too much color, too much merchandise to look at, too many people.
We didn’t realize that Chinatown was celebrating the Autumn Moon Festival. Before we knew it, the street was being roped off and drums began to play. We thought the festival would be bigger, but really, there wasn’t much to it in the way of entertainment. There were many street venders, but they pretty much seemed to sell the same kind of stuff as was in the shops lining the street.
The highlight for Seth and I was finding these two fellas who look like they’ve just walked off of a movie set (especially the dude on the right). Nope, they’re real live cops doing their beat in Chinatown. Note the look of serious contemplation on the cop’s face. Love it.
Our best suggestion: don’t go to Chinatown without a plan if you’re looking to eat. And the people (at least the people can came across) weren’t much help. We couldn’t get any of the locals to help us out with finding a good restaurant. In fact, we couldn’t even get the locals to speak to us at all. We were simply ignored. A great feeling.
After some internet research, we happened upon this “five-star” restaurant in the heart of Chinatown. We could have sworn we ate cat that night. As we can’t prove this, we’re not revealing the name of the restaurant. Our recommendation?: Don’t eat in Chinatown.
Gotta love these signs. Everyone needs a private bath tub during a massage?
And “lucky” foot massage. Hmm…
This is the trash left on the street after the Moon Festival.
A street performer.
Our assessment of Chinatown. Go just to experience it. But, in our opinion, you only need to see it once. It’s way too crowded, the food is doubtful, the people (once again, at least the people we met) were rude at best, and the merchandise sold isn’t anything to write home about.
Have you been to the San Francisco Chinatown? What are your thoughts?