If there’s one city in the world that’s got it all, it’s probably San Francisco. A buzzing metropolis, excellent food, and ideal weather, there’s never enough time to make a dent in this city, but here’s giving it a shot :
The Bay Bridge
Of course. The bridge that defines the San Francisco skyline, and is every instagrammer’s dream. Walk across the bridge, explore Golden Gate Park, or take in the view of the bridge from Baker Beach.
A favourite! This beautiful little wharf is home to some of the cutest residences in San Francisco, with little boat homes at the pier. Pier 39 is particularly festive, with tons of lovely shops and homemade cheese stores. Right outside at the pier, you might catch some sea lions relaxing by the water!
The former prison island, it is a short ferry ride out of the city, less than two miles away. Take the ferry from Fisherman’s Wharf – Pier 33 – and visit a historic island, with the Western USA’s oldest lighthouse, and a former military and federal prison.
Ride a Cable Car
Ride the iconic San Francisco cable car! They’re fantastic, particularly when you’re too exhausted walking up the city’s hills.
The oldest Chinatown in the USA! It’s worth a visit just for that.
Mission – Art and Food
If you want a fun night out, or love street art, or want to eat till you can’t move, this is the place for you. Built in 1776, it is a Latino district with live-music clubs, taquerias with some of the best Mexican food on the west coast, and alleys filled with street murals. La Taqueria and Gracias Madre are some of my go-tos for great Mexican food.
Buena Vista Park
San Francisco has a number of points for panoramic vistas of the city, and Buena Vista Park is one of my favourites!
The town of Stanford University and Apple, Palo Alto needs a mention. Definitely spend an afternoon exploring the University campus, and explore the quaint university town.
A small town in Marin County, Sausalito is a short ferry ride from the city, and is a lovely little town to explore. Cobblestone streets line the city, and its restaurants offer amazing seafood fare. It makes for an idyllic day trip if you want to get away from the city.
California is the home of acai in the United States, and San Francisco has its fair share of some of the best acai bowls. My favourite is Basik Acai, where sizes and flavours are disproportionately more fantastic that any others you’ve had, I guarantee you.