Wandering the streets while dodging the throngs of people is all part of the fun of exploring San Francisco’s famed Chinatown.
Of course, part of the fun is also about soaking in the colors, sights, smells and last but not least, shopping. From dawn til dusk, this little corner of the city is buzzing with locals and tourists alike. One could write an entire book, much less a blog post about this crowded, yet historic 20 block neighborhood.
I was recently out for a stroll looking for adventure when I decided to take a pass through one of Chinatown’s main thoroughfares on Grant St.
From a distance, the shops and stores can seem ubiquitous and overflowing with much the same inventory. However, each of these places is often unique enough to warrant a closer look. I was reminded of that the other day when I spotted, Bargain Bazaar and its three floors of shopping fun.
The third floor overflows with novelty items like their large selection of windup toys and silly toys. This spot is now my new place for the affordable gag gift.
The first floor offers other funky junk that you probably don’t need, but you never know when you’ll want a new bobble head or unique kitchen utensil. The basement is where the bargains are located. You can go downstairs to pick-up your new Buddha. If you can appreciate the peculiar and unique, you’re sure to be happy that you’ve spotted Chinatown’s Bargain Bazaar.