your downtown: chinatown, san francisco, california.

July 9, 2009
seen through the lens of victoria from sfgirlbybay. visit some more with her here and here.*
downtown-chinatown hardware kayes li-po-lounge new-russian-hill
neon signs.
*a little note from victoria: Many thanks to Erin for inviting me to share a bit of downtown San Francisco. I’m Victoria Smith of, a blog about vintage-modern design, interiors, art and photography. I love my city by the bay and I’m happy to share it with you. Most of San Francisco is a big city, broken up into many diverse neighborhoods, and today I focused on our downtown Chinatown. I love the wonderful old neon signs, advertising everything from dive bars, to hardware, to shoes. Here’s a peek at San Francisco’s Chinatown. {thank you, victoria}!

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  • Reply knack July 9, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    been here……grew up near here…….wish I could go here right now! 🙂 Love these photos! xo

  • Reply vintage simple July 9, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    beautiful photographs…makes me want to hop on a plane and visit San Francisco… what a treat..! and congrats, erin!

  • Reply Thao July 9, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    gorgeous! i love seeing others cities' chinatowns … each one seems to have such a distinct flavor.

  • Reply Amy@OldSweetSong July 9, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Very cool, love old neon. I'm going to try and do mine this weekend (if the jerky weather permits).

  • Reply Stacey July 9, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    A city I always love to visit, an exquisite look at Chinatown's charm.

  • Reply courtney July 9, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    how awesome! i love the pics – such great colours!

  • Reply Meghan July 9, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    These are beautiful! I am going to SF in a few weeks and cannot WAIT!

  • Reply Amanda Nicole July 9, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I love the unlit neon signs, there's so much to them. Gorgeous photos!

  • Reply paperwhite July 9, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    What a fun series!

  • Reply Simply Mel July 9, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Love seeing photos of our fantastic city by the Bay!

  • Reply Bonbon Oiseau July 9, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    these are great—i love the old neon signs in sf's chinoistown! love victoria's persepctive…love your series 😉

  • Reply glauren5 July 9, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    I recently visited SF and it was a pretty fascinating place to say the least. I walked through Chinatown and it was very unique. I love the pictures posted here. They capture that place in a way that you wouldn't normally see it. I dig.

  • Reply curious girl (lisa) July 9, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    erin I love this series! awesome idea!

  • Reply iheartkiwi July 10, 2009 at 1:38 am

    i just found your great little blog via simple lovely… what an awesome series.

    there is just something about san francisco…

    i will definitely be checking in often!

  • Reply Carissa July 10, 2009 at 1:50 am

    I have been to San Fran's Chinatown a few times but I would love to go back. I think every time I go I discover something new. I just love soaking in all the sights and smells and popping into the little shops. last time I was there I bought a little lipstick holder and kiss lock clutch. so cute. next time I go I'll have to remember to check out all the different neon signs.

  • Reply Jesse Lu July 10, 2009 at 2:04 am

    I just rode the bus through Chinatown this afternoon… It was great seeing the neighborhood, I haven't been for a while. There are so many little places in San Francisco which are all so different from each other, you can get stuck in the same couple neighborhoods sometimes.

    Thanks for the reminder to 'get out' more! 🙂

  • Reply orange sugar home July 10, 2009 at 2:56 am

    what perfect snaps of the chinatown. very cool! neon signs are some of my favorite subjects.

  • Reply Conversation Pieces July 10, 2009 at 3:19 am

    Brilliant pics… I love these 🙂

  • Reply denise July 10, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    it's fun to see my downtown (chinatown) being represented here. i'm in some part of san francisco's chinatown almost everyday because my neighborhood is quite close.

  • Reply alissa July 11, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    these are awesome – i dont know why im always fascinated by signs. especially old ones that have seen a little love

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  • Reply Stephanie Nikolopoulos July 21, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    great photos!!

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