Just a few blocks from Union Square it´s Grant St. and the gate to Chinatown. The Chinese community in San Francisco is the largest of the world after China, but there´s also a great population of Filippino, Korean and Thai.
I had the feeling of being in China of course! lots of stores with typical products and ornaments, souvenir shops, restaurants, etc. What i liked the most where 3 places: A small market, nothing fancy... inside was full of Chinese people and the products and prices were written in Chinese, it immediately transported me to Asia, where of course i´ve never been. The other place i liked was a local restaurant, where they had lots of prepared meat, chicken, fish, etc.
And the other place was a very lovely Tea House, whith hundreds of tea selections, the owner was very kind and friendly, the decoration of the place was very beautiful, you could buy your tea to go or you could also ask it to be prepared.
When Grant St. meets Columbus Av. a few steps ahead it´s Little Italy with its nice little cafes and restaurants, the day was beautifuly clear and sunny therefore there was a lot of people hanging out. I did a very long walk all from Mason St. up to Grant St., Columbus Av. passing by George Washington Park up to Bay Street, then i continued to Beach & Hyde St. where is the cable car station. Near by facing to the beach it´s located the Ghirardelli Square where was a chocolate factory but now it´s a mall with some shops and restaurants, i continued walking up next to Fort Mason to Marina St. where is the fort´s entrance.