Chinatown walking tour: worthwhile, or just touristy?
- zorra Jan 18, 2011 06:25 PM
Will be entertaining myself in the city for several days next week while DH attends a conference. Thinking about a Chinatown tour for one morning. Anybody have recent experience with Wok Wiz? Local Tastes of the City? Your opinion, please: either? Neither? Other options?
(I haven't been to SF in about 15 years so will be reorienting myself to downtown, etc. Looking forward to the Ferry Building, among other explorations.)
Take a walk for a couple blocks if you must, but nothing has changed in 15 years. Visiting my mother in San Francisco for 20+ years, nothing in Chinatown has changed.
I think you would be better off just walk around by yourself and just enjoy it. I would walk Stockton Street instead of Grant Ave. More interesting food store and less touristy. But what are you looking for maybe the local hounds can advise.
Sorry, don't know anything about those tours, but I do like taking a stroll through Chinatown every now and again, even though I live here.
You might enjoy taking a walk in the Mission - Take BART to 16th street, walk to Valencia (one block) and walk from 16th to 24th on Valencia for various shops, taquerias and other restaurants (and bars, at night)- and then make a left on 24th to go to a really colorful, slightly more Latin area of the Mission. (Mission Street itself, which parallels Valencia, is much more Latino, but many feel it's a little grungier.)
Worthwhile, absolutely. I took one of the Wok Wiz tours with Shirley and really had fun. Much more fun than I would have had wandering around on my own. I learned a few things, ate some great food I might not have otherwise found, and met some very nice people. It didn't feel cheap or touristy, just a very pleasant way to get to know the area.