2.1 miles from city centre
Bookshops, bicycles and street art galore! Nothing embodies the ever-changing aura of SF like the Mission. As multicultural as it gets, find mouth-watering tacos, next to tropical fruit stalls, and cones of artisanal ice cream (hello, Bi-Rite). Rent a bicycle and ride from hip Valencia to Dolores Park, where many a sun-kissed afternoon is spent.
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Downtown San Francisco
In the city centre
The hustle doesn’t quit in Downtown. From the wee small hours to midnight, this district is alive and kicking. Whether it’s the morning bustle of business commuters, the afternoon energy of urbanites or night owls plumbing the clubs, get swept away in a true city feel. You can shop and eat on every corner – and take the tram to any area.
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0.4 miles from city centre
The oldest Chinatown in North America – and the largest Chinese community in the US – blends tradition with tourism. Look around and see what you find. Indulge in dim sum, shop exotic balms, and inspect the live chickens. Stop to smell the Chinese five spices (fennel, cloves and ginger anyone?), and let the discord of Stockton Street entreat.
Places to stay from £38 per night
1.4 miles from city centre
You’ll have plenty of company as you pick through the sights and sounds of the family-friendly Fisherman’s Wharf. Street performers, eclectic cafes and bowls of chowder fight for your attention. The sea lions of Pier 39 are an all-age affair, as is the maritime museum of historic ships at Hyde Pier. Ferry across to the notorious Alcatraz prison.
Places to stay from £57 per night
0.4 miles from city centre
Ride a cable car to Nob Hill, where Bay views are endless. Victorian houses, designer boutiques and organic bakeries set the tone. The “Painted Ladies” and Gothic Grace Cathedral bring architectural charm from the past. Regardless of its hilltop heights, this neighbourhood feels a cut above the rest.
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San Francisco buzzes with an energy that guarantees anyone a good time. From hip neighbourhoods and historic buildings, to beautiful beaches and pristine parks, there’s no end of things to do in The Golden City.
Indulge your shopping habit in Union Square, where high-end boutiques line wide streets along which vintage cable cars trundle. A few blocks from here is Chinatown – eight blocks of interesting sights that will keep you entertained for the afternoon.
Running along the waterfront between Bay Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf, the Embarcadero is renowned for top attractions like Pier 39 and the Ferry Building, an iconic landmark known for its top-notch restaurants and food stalls. This scenic boulevard is also where boats depart for Alcatraz Island, located just over a mile (almost two kilometres) offshore. This former federal prison was once home to notorious inmates like Al Capone and ‘Birdman’ Robert Stroud. You can hear all about their lives, and stories of escapes and scandals during an audio-guided tour of the site.
Back in the Bay Area, it’s impossible not to spot the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, which can be crossed by car, bike or on foot. In any case, a whole other world of beauty awaits on the other side. Muir Woods, an isolated canyon filled with ancient redwood trees, is well worth visiting, as is the seaside town of Sausalito – famous for its cute boutiques and sweeping views of San Francisco Bay.
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|Most popular time to visit||July–September|
|Cheapest time to visit||December–February|
|Local currency||US$10 = £7.56|
|Average weekend price||£143 per night|
|Average weekday price||£139 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
This is the dream city to live! You have a busy downtown to work and the most amazing spots to rest: the beach, the parks, the restaurants, bars, etc. Tell me who don't like San Francisco? Well I know some people that don't like San Francisco but it is just because the ridiculous political mindset. I love it, love it, love it! And want to have more money to live there :) If you are in Lombard Street and Filmore you should visit Tacko, a very good restaurant with an amazing burrito of chorizo and carne asada!! Yummy!
Parking tickets are rampant and the City tows, at a seconds notice. Signs are not always properly placed so look around before deciding to stay. There is no place like San Francisco and the beauty of the area and the people really come out in this scenic and lively Place, for fun and games and a few harbor seals, at Pier 39. This is the food mecca of the world. Fresh fish and produce, dinning is a true pleasure and restaurants are in tough competition, to bring you the best experience in the City of Lights. With many seaside resorts and stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park and beyond, San Francisco stands alone as the Greatest City on Planet Earth.
The homelessness situation was depressing along with the associated refuse. Some parts of the city are beautiful. The micro climates in the area are very different from other parts of the country. You never know what the weather will be.
People will tell you that San Francisco has changed & the homeless problem is out of control. This is true & it's sad, but if you stay in the areas that are known tourist areas, you should be able to avoid it.
Being my first time as a last minute trip for a concert and only being in downtown, it was nice. I didn't get to see as much as I wanted to but it was enjoyable. Has similarities to L.A. and D.C. but had it's many differences. Amidst the C-19, there were a lot of cool and vibrant shops open.
I came for four days but I felt it just wasn't enough. There is alot to do and see. Unfortunately it rained on two days but it didn't put a damper on things which was good. And being it was the end of October there wasn't much fog around the Golden Gate bridge. Which made it perfect and the weather there at this time of year is just beautiful. Must visit this fall weather. Make it a must to visit Fisherman's Wharf and try all the delicious seafood including the New England clam chowder.
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