San Francisco

C A L I F O R N I A

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There’s so much in store for you in San Francisco. My favorite part was going to Alcatraz. I’ve never been inside of a prison before; it was a crazy experience. The way the tour is guided, with all the stories they tell you, is intense and incredibly interesting.Yes, it is an unusual stop, but definitely a worthwhile one. 

Thanks to its enormous hills, the city is hard to walk around. Well, at least for me. However, you can always rent a car. Be warned that also comes with its cons. Parking and driving up those hills is something else! I had a blast though!

We drove from San Francisco down a road called the 17-mile drive, all the way to the beautiful town of Carmel. It’s scenic and super relaxing. In Carmel, you can find plenty of nice restaurants and shops.

The Golden Gate bridge takes you to Sausalito, another quaint town where you can have a lovely dinner and walk around.

Make sure you visit the Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Park, and of course ride the Cable Car!

You’ll love the little houses that are all around town, so beautiful.

The weather varies, it can be a little rainy and foggy but the temperature is comfortable.

Enjoy!

Plans:

  • Golden Gate and Sausalito: It is best to rent bikes and go to Sausalito across the bridge. You can ride the ferry on the way back.

  • Pier area: Look out and spot cute seals

  • Baker Beach: Take in the views of the Golden Gate

  • Alamo square: Check out the painted ladies (colorful houses of the Victorian age)

  • Lombard st: The oh so famous leaning street

  • Haight-Ashbury: Enjoy the historic hippie vibe and thrift stores

  • Mission: (murals), Valencia St (shops) and Dolores park - 

  • Castro: (one of the first gay neighborhoods)

  • Twin Peaks: Great views if it is not cloudy

  • Hayes Valley: Cute area to walk around and have a drink

  • Downtown: Full of beggars and quite unpleasant. If you want to go shopping, just go to Market St and Union Square

  • Alcatraz: You go by ferry and take a guided tour 

  • Golden Gate Park: Home to a beautiful Japanese Garden 

  • Download the Lyft application, they have electric bikes

Restaurants:

  • Kitchen Story: Brunch

  • Loló: Mexican 

  • Flowers: Mexican 

  • Cala: Mexican

  • Nopa: Trendy restaurant 

  • Liholiho : American Hawaiian

  • Al's place: Organic American farm to table style food 

  • Burma love: Burmese spot in front of a beer bar with a patio. While you wait to go to Zeitgeist to have a drink.

  • Midnight: Cuban

  • Japantown: Lots of Japanese sushi bars to pick from

  • Wako, Oza Oza or Akiko´s: Japanese restaurants

  • Rich Table 

  • Che Fico: Very trendy American Italian. 

  • Rooh: Indian fusion

  • San Francisco Wine & Cheese: great wine and cheese bar

  • Firefly: Modern American with a little of everything

Bars: 

  • El Río: Bar with several areas (games, lively patio, dance area) 

  • Zeitgeist: Patio brewery that is super lively if it is good to be outside

  • Bergerac: Party bar

  • Anina: Beer in Hayes Valley 

  • Tonga Room: Hawaiian bar with "pool" inside

  • Audio / DNA lounge / Public Works: (until 4 am but they don't serve alcohol after 1.30)

Surroundings of SF:

  • Napa or Sonoma: area of vineyards to visit during the day

  • Stinson Beach and the hike areas of Muir Woods and Mt.Tam: It's highly recommended to hike through the countryside and finish at Stinson Beach

  • Tomales Bay and Point Reyes: In Tomales Bay there is a place to eat super rich oysters called, Hog Island Oyster Co. You have to book a picnic table and oysters but you can take all the rest of the food and drinks.

Other Restaurants and bars:

  • Liholiho Yacht Club

  • Tartine Manufactory

  • Foreign Cinema

  • Moongate Lounge

  • Che Fico

  • Mourad

  • Little Gem

  • Angler

  • The progress

  • Robin

  • Cotogna

  • Lazy bear

  • Swan oyster depot

  • Californios

  • SPQR