The look and feel of present-day Chinatown dates back to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, after which the Chamber of Commerce rebuilt the neighborhood as a tourist destination. It constructed the now-famous pagodas––a Hollywood-like architectural touch striving to make visitors feel as though they have stepped into the Far East. That's not to say Chinatown is inauthentic. In fact, as many as 75% of its residents are still foreign-born, and time-honored Chinese traditions endure in the many shops, bakeries, restaurants, and landmarks.Read More
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Dungeness crab season usually kicks off in November or early December, and it’s something of a ritual at Fisherman’s Wharf. For more than 100 years, crowds have gathered on the wharf to watch the departure of the crab boats—some of which are even blessed by priests to ensure a successful catch. There was a time when spectators waited out in the cold with boiling cauldrons, eager to cook the boats’ initial catch. Today , they can simply grab a table at one of the many seafood restaurants in North Beach, the Marina, and beyond.Read More
San Francisco’s Japantown sprang from the rubble of the 1906 earthquake, making it the oldest Japanese neighborhood in the United States. The city's Japanese dining scene has therefore benefitted from a century’s worth of cultural exchange. Perhaps that's why, despite the bastions of traditional Japanese dining that remain, fusion restaurants figure so prominently in the landscape, from farm-to-table izakayas to Japanese-curry food trucks.Read More