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- Golden Gate BridgeLincoln Boulevard & Doyle Drive, San Francisco, California 94129, United Statesrecommended Golden Gate BridgeA Landmark of San FranciscoRecommended for:
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Fisherman's Warf (Pier 9 ) has best seafood. Make sure you go to Pier 9.
- Ike's Place3489 16th St, San Francisco, CArecommended Ike's PlaceYummy sandwiches but a little overpriced. Can't go wrong with any sandwich you order. I ended up getting the Damon Bruce. They have sandwiches named after some of the SF Giants, Matt Cain and Tim ... read moreLincecum. They don't have any tables so be prepared to eat outside or while you're seated by the window.
- CREAM (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me)2399 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, Californiarecommended CREAM (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me)Located right by the UC Berkeley campus, they have amazing ice cream sandwiches, and they're only $2! You won't find a deal like this anywhere else in the Bay Area, plus it's delicious!
- Blue Bottle Coffee66 Mint Street, San Francisco, CA
- Painted Ladies-Alamo SquareSan Francisco, CA, United Statesrecommended Painted Ladies-Alamo SquareThe scene where Full House was shot, also a great place to picnic and hang out and relax! A great time to visit during the summertime, should be in the mid 70s and up.
- Bi-Rite Creamery3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
- Coit Tower1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard, San Francisco, CA, United Statesrecommended Coit TowerWith fabulous 360-degree views over the whole of downtown SF, this tower crowning Telegraph Hill is a must-see for visitors to the Bay. Iconic, historic, and reputedly shaped to look like the nozzle ... read moreof a firehose, it's a great place to stop and take in the views on a walk thru North Beach, and you may even spot some of the famous parrots of Telegraph Hill in the surrounding trees!Matthew Crompton
Then walk up the hill to Coit Tower and have a look from one of the city's best viewpoints.
- AT&T Park24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107-2134recommended AT&T ParkIt's Magic Inside! One of the more beautiful ballparks in all of baseball.Recommended for:
- Fisherman's WharfThe Embarcadero & Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94133recommended Fisherman's WharfDefinitely a tourist trap, but hey it is San Francisco. Tons of things to do this area; you can grub on some fresh seafood, watch some of the entertainment by the street performers, or just relax by ... read moresome of the bars.recommended Fisherman's WharfA tourist hell and prime location to be wiped off the map this beautiful city, it's a hokey nightmare of the worst kind, and fails at any kind of authenticity. Do not mistake this for the real San ... read moreFrancisco.Recommended for:Family TravelersMatthew Crompton
I don't much care for Fisherman's Wharf, but walk down the hill anyways and have a look at SF's tackiest tourist centre.
- Alcatraz IslandGolden Gate National Recreation Area Fort Mason, B201 San Francisco, CA 94123recommended Alcatraz IslandI think this is another must. Famed for such inmates as The "Birdman" and Al Capone and also for several movies over the years. One thing that stuck out for me was our guide told us that during ... read moreChristmas and New Year the inmates would be able to hear the parties going on in the city. That must have been soul destroying!
- Asian Art Museum200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, United Statesrecommended Asian Art MuseumSF's premiere Asian art museum, and one of the top Asian art museums in the world, it's easily reached from the UN/Civic Center BART stop. Their South- and South-East Asian sculpture collection is ... read morefantastic, as is their Himalayan art collection. The surrounding Tenderloin neighborhood can be a bit dodgy, so if you're squeamish, consider BARTing it rather than walking up Market Street.Matthew Crompton
You'll have to backtrack a bit (and go thru the seedy tenderloin neighborhood) to do this museum as part of the walk, but it's well worth the extra distance. Good luck!
- California Palace of the Legion of HonorEl Camino Del Mar and 34th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121recommended California Palace of the Legion of HonorAre you a fan of Rodin? Outside of the Rodin Museum in Paris, the Legion of Honor houses the largest collection you will find anywhere. The exhibit is absolutely amazing. This is truly a gem of a spot ... read moreand one that you will not forget. The surrounding grounds offers spectacular views of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge. Well worth the $15 adult admission fee.Recommended for:Rene
It's a bit of a hike from downtown, but worth the trek. If you are a fan of Rodin, the Legion of Honor includes the largest collection outside of Paris. And you will get some great views of the area from here.
- Fort Point National Historic SiteLong Avenue and Marine Drive, San Francisco, CA 94129recommended Fort Point National Historic SiteSome of the best photo opportunities of the Golden Gate Bridge are actually from under the bridge itself. And it's from here where you will find some fantastic angles. The Fort is actually dated from ... read morethe Civil War, and is often overlooked by even the locals. This is a great spot to bring your kids and spend an afternoon.Recommended for:Family TravelersRene
I love this spot, especially for taking photos of the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Slanted Door1 Ferry Building #3 San Francisco, CA 94111recommended Slanted DoorHoused in a cool Ferry Building location on SF's Embarcadero, The Slanted Door is usually packed with diners enjoying some of the chicest Vietnamese fusion cuisine in the city. This is haute dining, ... read moreand appropriately pricey, but the dishes - often using super-fresh, locally sourced ingredients, like the cellophane noodles with dungeness crab - are excellent. The bar has an especially great selection of crisp white wines, perfect for cutting the heat of some of the spicier dishes. Reservations highly recommended.Recommended for:FoodiesMatthew Crompton
...where you can have dinner or a late lunch at this awesome restaurant (make a reservation far in advance, as they get booked up!). The steps I've just outlined make up one of the best tourist walks in San Francisco, and should take most of a full day. You can check out my passport for more ideas. Good luck! ^_^
- Ferry Building Marketplace1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CArecommended Ferry Building MarketplaceWhile it's hardly a well-kept secret, the Embarcadero's restored Ferry Building is one of the city's most accessible sights, and unlike the abomination of Fisherman's Wharf, a place well worth ... read morevisiting. With lovely architecture that's miraculously survived both the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes, today the building houses a host of fine eateries (Slanted Door, anybody?) and market stalls, and a fantastic-if-pricey local farmers' market three times a week (Saturday is the big day). For the first-time visitor to the city, it's more than worth an hour of your time.Matthew Crompton
And then walk all the down the Embarcadero to the lovely Ferry Building...
- City Lights Bookstore261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133recommended City Lights BookstoreThis North Beach institution -- the country's first all-paperback bookstore -- holds a special place in the counterculture narrative of the 1950's and 60's. Founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti was a ... read morepioneering publisher of the Beat poets, and City Lights was brought onto the national stage in 1957 when he published Allen Ginsburg's 'Howl and Other Poems' and was tried in court for obscenity, resulting in a landmark 1st-amendment ruling in his favor. All that, of course, is in the past, but the knowledge of City Lights' storied history provides an extra richness to browsing through one of America's great independent bookstores. Today the shop specializes in fiction and poetry, and you can be sure that the staff recommendations will be top notch.Matthew Crompton
Stop at the wonderful and historic City Lights Bookstore on your way up through North Beach (SF's Little Italy), where you can also have an espresso and a cannoli at a sidewalk cafe.
- ChinatownGrant Avenue at Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108recommended ChinatownA neighborhood near the tourist's 'ground zero' at Union Square, Chinatown is a place where locals don't tend to go. Not as egregious a crime against authenticity and good taste as Fisherman's Wharf, ... read moreSF's Chinatown is still full of hokey tourist crap and mediocre Chinese eateries (there are good ones there too, of course, but good luck finding them at random). Take a stroll through on your way to North Beach, but don't expect too much.Matthew Crompton
and into Chinatown.
- Union Square250 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-1815recommended Union SquareUnion Square is the nexus of SF's significant tourist economy: the swank hotels, the chic department stores and clothiers, the art galleries that neither you nor anyone you've ever met could possibly ... read moreafford to buy from. It's a place absolutely saturated with all the trappings of upscale tourist zones the world over. Even so, there's a real beauty to walking through the place at dusk -- passing the cable-car stop at the end of Powell St, the kids in baggy pants buying a fat slice at Blondie's Pizza, a gaggle of Japanese businessmen in town for a conference, a French couple arguing over where to get 'un cafe', suits fresh out of work in the Financial District, and more than a few demonstrably crazy street people wandering in from the Tenderloin. It's a nexus for a reason: in the lights and the noise and the flood of people, you can really FEEL the life of the city here, see the madness and the diversity in it. For years, it was one of my very favorite places just to walk through for a few minutes, and really feel a PART of the life of San Francisco.Recommended for:Matthew Crompton
...then walk up through Union Square, stopping at shops along the way...
- SF MoMA 151 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-3107recommended SF MoMASF's premiere modern art museum, both the collections here and the cool modern building that houses them are top-notch. Everyone will have a different favorite, but their collection of early modernist ... read morepainting is particularly fantastic, with great pieces from Rothko, Kahlo and Paul Klee.Recommended for:Art & Design LoversMatthew Crompton
Hi Konstantinos! I would recommend starting a day here at this excellent modern art museum...
- Golden Gate ParkStanyan & Haight Streets, San Francisco, CA 94117recommended Golden Gate ParkIt's the green space that lets the rest of San Francisco breathe. Ah, that's better! Art and natural science museums, biking paths, a small pond for rowing boats, a Japanese garden, art-deco ... read morebuildings... it's enough to fill a whole day.
- PresidioPresidio, San Francisco, CArecommended PresidioIt's just too cool to miss. Especially on a nice day, it's a great place to picnic. Ideal for military history buffs, but others should find it interesting and even moving.
recommended Twin PeaksThe Best view on the city from the topRecommended for:
- Dolores Park501 Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA, United Statesrecommended Dolores ParkA nice placeRecommended for:
- Pier 39Beach Street & The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133recommended Pier 39A fun place to see and hear sea lionsRecommended for:
- Japanese Tea Garden72 Tea Garden Drive & Martin Luther King Jr Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118recommended Japanese Tea GardenOne of the best Japanese garden.Recommended for:
- Athens Hilton46 Vassilissis Sofias Avenue, Athens 11528, Greece