I have been lucky enough to spend 3 wonderful days in San Francisco with my girl Margot during our Californian road trip. I have heard a great deal about this city before my departure, now I can confirm that the reality was far from disappointing. We did not prepare this tour as much as the other cities that we visited on our way but we did see the essentiels. These are the 5 things to do in San Francisco when staying there for the first time.
Biking the Golden Gate Bridge
If there was something I could not wait to see, it was the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge. The most famous monument in San Francisco is even more impressive in reality. I recommend you to rent a bike for a few hours and cross the bridge to be really able to enjoy it. The view is amazing and lucky for us it was not foggy at all. Definitely one of my most beautiful memories in SF.
Observe the Sea Lions at the Fisherman’s Wharf
The Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the most livened up district of San Francisco but also one of the most touristic one. We spent the most part of our time wandering around the restaurants, bars and cute little shop by the sea. The pier 39 is famous because you can see a lot of sea lions, just chilling there.
Eat a Sourdough bread bowl at Boudin
Impossible to visit San Francisco without trying a sourdough bread bowl. This local speciality is made of a bread bowl filled with cream, clams and with potatoes. It is delicious. We were able to enjoy this traditional dish in the famous Boudin’s bakery, an institution in San Francisco since 1849.
Visit the Painted Ladies
Our Airbnb was 2 streets away from Alamo square and its colored houses named the painted ladies. To be honest, it is not spectacular but the square and its houses were very cute. Pink houses are definitely the coolest.
Wander in the mission
Mission district is SF’s alternative district and historically the most activist one. In this very colored side of the city, street art holds a very important place. Every murals has a message whether to support the LGBT’s right, Men/Women equality or peace message. It takes at least 2 or 3 hours to enjoy the experience but it is definitely worth it.
If you want to party go the Castro’s, the gay district. I don’t have any pictures because what happens in Castro’s stays in Castro’s, now you know.
Accommodation : we chose this Airbnb not far from Alamo Square and its from Painted ladies. The area we stayed in was really nice and the hosts are absolutely lovely.
Transport : we returned our car once at SF because it’s a well served city. Regarding taxis chose Lyft rather than Uber it’s usually cheaper.
My advice : get ready to go up and down a lot as San Francisco is the city of 40 hills. Comfortable shoes are mandatory !