Richmond District

San Francisco, California

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Clement St. in the Inner Richmond District will always be “New Chinatown,” even though Chinese immigrants have operated businesses here since the 1970s. The area naturally invites contrast to the old Chinatown, and indeed there are interesting similarities and differences. Being out in San Francisco’s Fog Belt, Richmond has always attracted more than its share of immigrants, and there’s plenty of evidence of many waves of newcomers, some of whom are obviously still here. To be sure, along Clement you’ll find roasted ducks hanging in windows, along with steamed pork buns, produce stalls, and bargain bazaars to rival, if not surpass, those of the old Chinatown. But in the mix you’ll also encounter the city’s best used bookstore, Russian tearooms, Korean barbecue joints, Irish bars, bohemian cafes, and loads of Southeast Asian restaurants. This walk is sort of an eating and shopping excursion that needn’t involve maxing out your credit card. The main idea is to snoop around a bit to see what sorts of intriguing items you might find along one of the city’s more interesting streets.

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"Clement St. in the Inner Richmond District will always be “New Chinatown,” even though Chinese immigrants have operated businesses here since the 1970s. The area naturally invites contrast to the old Chinatown, and indeed there are interesting similarities and differences. Being out in San Francisco’s Fog Belt, Richmond has always attracted more than its share of immigrants, and there’s plenty of evidence of many waves of newcomers, some of whom are obviously still here. To be sure, along Clement you’ll find roasted ducks hanging in windows, along with steamed pork buns, produce stalls, and bargain bazaars to rival, if not surpass, those of the old Chinatown. But in the mix you’ll also encounter the city’s best used bookstore, Russian tearooms, Korean barbecue joints, Irish bars, bohemian cafes, and loads of Southeast Asian restaurants. This walk is sort of an eating and shopping excursion that needn’t involve maxing out your credit card. The main idea is to snoop around a bit to see what sorts of intriguing items you might find along one of the city’s more interesting streets."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: San Francisco
Distance: 1.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round

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Jun 2018