San Francisco is best known for its fog, sourdough bread, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Or, at least, that is what I have gathered from my recent trip to the Bay Area. San Francisco is an expansive city with tons of neighborhoods, each with their own distinctive style, much like New York City. The food, street style, and photo opportunities differ from block to block, and give the city a colorful culture and vibe. These are my top recommendations for your next trip to San Francisco:
Sam’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant: Sam’s is an old-school San Francisco restaurant that has been around since 1837. They specialize in the classics, from clam chowder to charbroiled fish to berry cheesecake.
Waraku: Stop in this cute spot for delicious ramen, edamame, and more. Located in the center of Japantown, you simply can’t miss it.
TacoBar: If you find yourself tired and achy from shopping in the Pacific Heights District, grab a margarita from TacoBar and sit outside and watch the eclectic mix of people walk past.
Blue Bottle Coffee: While Blue Bottle isn’t a SF-only company, their New Orlean’s style iced coffee is too good to miss, no matter what city you’re in.
Fisherman’s Wharf: The Wharf is a stereotypical tourist destination, but it’s a must see if you’re in San Francisco for the first time. If you’re in need of quirky gifts for friends and family back home, the Wharf is your spot.
Pacific Heights: If you’re looking for great shopping, restaurants, or just a general place to stroll around and kill some time, head over to the Pacific Heights district.
Sausalito/Muir Woods: Most hotels offer tour packages, from SF city tours, to Napa Valley and more. I recommend the Sausalito/Muir Woods tour which will bring you for an hour hike through a breathtaking redwood forest and then to the waterside town of Sausalito for gallery-shopping and drinks with a view.
Twin Peaks: Catch an Uber to the Twin Peaks Summit for the best views of the city. At the top of the hill, enjoy an expansive look at all of the buildings, parks, and even the Golden Gate Bridge (on a clear day).