(QCOSTARICA) Throughout the world, every metropolitan area hosts cultural enclaves. Little Italy. Japantown. Koreatown. But Chinatowns are something else, set apart by their uniform aesthetic.

No matter where you are, a Chinatown should pull you across oceans and land masses to an authentic Chinese marketplace. It should be loud, cramped, and there’s no reason you should leave without getting everything you wanted.

Foodbeast brings a glimpse of the 5 best Chinatowns around the world.

LONDON

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PHOTO: GEOFF TOMPKINSON

HAVANA

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PHOTO: VISITARCUBA.ORG

SAN FRANCISCO

PHOTO: SAVVY CALIFORNIA
PHOTO: SAVVY CALIFORNIA

BANGKOK

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PHOTO: ALYONA TRAVELS

NEW YORK

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PHOTO: BOOMSBEAT

And then there’s SAN JOSE’s (Costa Rica) “Barrio Chino”

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And some photos from beyond the entrace…

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Photos from Skyscrapercity.com, Photobucket.com, Anewlifeincostarica.com

And when it rains…

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Pretty lame, no?

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