Sing Fat Building and Sing Chong Building

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Sing Fat Building and Sing Chong Building
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Two great examples of multi-tiered pagoda buildings on opposite sides of the intersection. The Sing Chong Building was one of the first buildings rebuilt after the fire, and today it is one of the most photographed buildings in the city.

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Eat and Drink

  • R & G Lounge San Francisco/Chinatown-North Beach - An authentic upscale Cantonese Restaurant and Lounge. All types of seafood including Salt and Pepper Crab. [from Wikivoyage]
  • Irish Bank San Francisco/Union Square-Financial District - An old style Irish pub, walls adorned with antiques, with a great selection of whiskey, imports, and microbrewed beer, and good pub food. The Bank has plenty of outdoor sitting, ideal for a warm day. [from Wikivoyage]
  • Bow Hon San Francisco/Chinatown-North Beach - This small restaurant serves traditional clay pot dishes. Cash only. [from Wikivoyage]
  • Jai Yun San Francisco/Chinatown-North Beach - This quirky Chinese restaurant has a prix-fixe menu and reservations are required. It serves excellent ornate Shanghai style dishes with a no-fuss style table service. By the way, there is no fixed menu — it changes based upon what the chef selects that day. [from Wikivoyage]
  • Boxed Foods Co San Francisco/Union Square-Financial District - Healthy and delicious option for the working crowd. The line goes out the door around lunchtime so phone in or order early in order to beat the lunch time rush. The ingredients are fresh and wholesome. The Boxed Chicken Salad comes highly recommended. [from Wikivoyage]

See and Do

  • Sing Fat Building and Sing Chong Building San Francisco/Chinatown-North Beach - Two great examples of multi-tiered pagoda buildings on opposite sides of the intersection. The Sing Chong Building was one of the first buildings rebuilt after the fire, and today it is one of the most photographed buildings in the city. [from Wikivoyage]
  • Old St. Mary's Church San Francisco/Chinatown-North Beach - This is a Chinatown landmark. A beautiful brick building, it is the oldest Roman Catholic church in San Francisco. [from Wikivoyage]
  • St. Mary's Park San Francisco/Chinatown-North Beach - This park boasts an Art Deco statue of Sun Yat-Sen, created by sculptor Benny Bufano in the 1930s. It also has a plaque commemorating those soldiers of Chinese ancestry that died in both World Wars. [from Wikivoyage]
  • Bank of America San Francisco/Chinatown-North Beach - Pagoda style building with a three tiered roof and decorated with ornate gold dragons and medallions on the outside. [from Wikivoyage]
  • First Chinese Baptist Church San Francisco/Chinatown-North Beach - Established in the year 1880 as one of the oldest churches in the city, it is worth a visit. It was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, but rebuilt with the help of American Baptists across the US. It is known as a bilingual and bi-cultural church and its ministry has historically reached out to immigrants and newcomers. [from Wikivoyage]

Local Shopping

  • Dragon House San Francisco/Chinatown-North Beach - Sells genuine antiques and fine art from China, Japan, Tibet and Mongolia. [from Wikivoyage]
  • China Station San Francisco/Chinatown-North Beach - If you like reasonably priced souvenirs, this is the place for you. They have a very broad selection, selling everything from Chinese exercise balls to Buddha statues. [from Wikivoyage]
  • Peking Bazaar San Francisco/Chinatown-North Beach - Huge sprawling store selling a wide range of discount imported goods from Asia including lanterns, candles, sarongs, silk kimonos, geisha outfits and Chinese dolls. [from Wikivoyage]
  • Wilkes Bashford San Francisco/Union Square-Financial District - This is just the place to pop in for a $1,000 jacket, a $500 cashmere sweater, or those delicious Jimmy Choo shoes. Every now and again, there is a major sale on the top floor. You don't need to watch for the sales banners -- just notice when the crowds mobbing into the store look suspiciously like the same people who bussed your table the night before. [from Wikivoyage]
  • Chinese Bookmarks San Francisco/Chinatown-North Beach - Tired of the same old souvenir stores? Looking for a more authentic souvenir? Down Ross Alley you'll sometimes find an old Chinese man in a doorway, who for a few dollars, will inscribe your name in Chinese onto a handcrafted bookmark. [from Wikivoyage]

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