The Biggest and Best Chinatowns Outside of Asia

Chinatown, New York City,. Photo by S. on Unsplash

Chinese culture is unique and has a lot to offer. From delicious cuisine to beautiful handmade ornaments, there are some delights that you can only find in China or South Asia.

When Chinese residents began to immigrate across the world, Chinatowns began popping up in cities. Now, some of this delicious food and spectacular art is available outside of Asia. Here are the biggest and best Chinatowns worldwide.

San Francisco

San Francisco Chinatown is the oldest in North America. It was established in 1848 and is also the largest Chinatown outside Asia. It is bursting with shops and restaurants and has a wonderful atmosphere all year round.

New York

The second largest Chinatown in North America is the one in New York. It has an estimated population of 100,000+ people and the atmosphere in this part of the city is totally unlike the rest of New York.


Thanks to its multicultural districts, there are multiple Chinatowns in Toronto. The biggest can be found downtown and has a unique atmosphere and many hidden gems can be found here.


The Chinatown in London is particularly famous for its restaurants. It formed in the 1950s and is located near Westminster.


The Chinatown in Melbourne was created in the 19th century and is a major tourist attraction. It’s one of the oldest and biggest Chinatowns in the Southern hemisphere and is particularly delightful during the Asian food festival.