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9 days in San Francisco

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One of the best cities in the world....... The best bits of the city, whether a first timer or a frequent visitor......

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • LGBT
  • Like a Local

19 Places

4 City Tips

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19 Places

Ferry Building Marketplace

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Shopping Malls,

Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood

Restaurants

The Castro

Neighbourhoods

Golden Gate Bridge

Bridges

San Francisco Helicopters

Helicopter Tours

Alcatraz Island

Islands, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Historic Sites, National Parks

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

Theatres

Cable Cars

Tramways

The Cheesecake Factory

Restaurants

Alamo Square

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Lombard Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Flore

Restaurants

Union Square

Shopping Malls,

San Francisco City Hall

Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings

Fisherman's Wharf

Piers & Boardwalks, Neighbourhoods

Pier 39

Piers & Boardwalks

Golden Gate Park

Parks

Coit Tower

Observation Decks & Towers, Architectural Buildings, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Tony's Pizza Napoletana

Restaurants

vaso99's City Tips

  • Rather than staying in a hotel, why not look at staying in a holiday rental? These can be cheaper than hotels and lets you live like a local. Airbnb have 1000's of apartments to rent and some just for a few days...
  • If you are planning a trip to Alcatraz, it's best to book well in advance as this trip gets very busy, sometimes you may have to book at least 7 days in advance during peak season.
  • If you are in the city for a few days it's cheaper to get a public travel passport than pay per journey. This passport allows unlimited travel when you to use the Cable Cars, Street Cars and Buses. Passport prices vary depending on the length of time you want. Available to buy from ticket offices.
  • Be prepared. Get a travel guide book to help you plan your trip.
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    Ferry Building Marketplace
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Shopping Malls,
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    vaso99 Says:

    Ferry Market Building, which is on the Embarcadero has Market days a couple of days a week, Saturdays are best with the biggest range of stalls, selling everything from fresh coffee to flowers, a great range of stalls for foodies too. Inside the Ferry Building is another host of eateries and shops, something for everyone.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Get to the Saturday Market early as some stalls sell out and pack up. There is no entrance charges for Ferry Building or Markets
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An Attractive Building ! 21/07/2018
    • Fun place to explore 21/07/2018
    • Ferry Building Marketplace
    Address:
    1 Ferry Building
    The Embarcadero at Market Street
    San Francisco, CA 94111-4209
    Phone:
    +1 415-693-0996
    Other:
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    Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood
    Restaurants (Italian, Seafood, Soups)
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    vaso99 Says:

    A great place to eat fresh seafood, we had the Cioppino, a mix of crab, lobster, muscles, clams and other fish, all served in a tomato based sauce and pasta. Famous also for Oysters.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Well worth booking as this place has queues out of the door.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 4,307 restaurants in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The best cioppino, for sure 18/07/2018
    • Best Ciopino! 16/07/2018
    • Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood
    Address:
    552 Green St
    San Francisco, CA 94133-3920
    Phone:
    +1 415-398-3181
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$25
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
    Other:
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    The Castro
    Neighbourhoods
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    vaso99 Says:

    Castro is an area of San Francisco which is famed for all things gay and is catered to people who identify with LGBT culture. The area is very relaxed with some great shops, eateries and bars. See the famous Castro theatre and Harvey Milks camera shop, which is now the Human Rights Campaign shop.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • LGBT
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • You can get to Castro on the Street Cars from Market Street.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Castro has a feeling of history 21/07/2018
    • You just have to see.. there are certainly some sights to be had 29/06/2018
    • The Castro
    Address:
    Castro and Market Sts.
    San Francisco, CA 94114
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    Golden Gate Bridge
    Bridges
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    vaso99 Says:

    What can I say, the whole reason for visiting San Francisco in my eyes. Until you see the Golden Gate Bridge you cannot comprehend the sheer size of this Bridge. If you are planning a walk over the bridge try a pick a clear day, as the famous fog can spoil views. It takes around 2 hours to walk the bridge end to end and back again.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take your camera......... Make sure you have warm clothing, it can get very cold on the bridge.... Comfy shoes are a must if you are doing the walk both ways...
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Always worth it. 21/07/2018
    • Stroll across the bridge 21/07/2018
    • Golden Gate Bridge
    Address:
    Lincoln Boulevard, near Doyle Drive and Fort Point
    San Francisco, CA 94129
    Phone:
    +1 415-921-5858
    Other:
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    San Francisco Helicopters
    Helicopter Tours
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    vaso99 Says:

    Wow..... You have to do this, there are about 3-4 different trips available varying on length of flight. You fly over the city seeing it from a birds eye view. The best part is the flight over and then under... Yes under......The Golden Gate Bridge. The pilot is informative and professional.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Do not forget your camera...... Book early online or phone... Try and choose a clear day for the best views.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #84 of 319 Tours in San Francisco
    • Best Helicopter Flight 18/06/2018
    • Best way to see the city 22/01/2018
    • San Francisco Helicopters
    Address:
    1052 N Access Rd
    San Francisco, CA 94128-3120
    Phone:
    +1 800-400-2404
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
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    Alcatraz Island
    Islands, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Historic Sites, National Parks
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    vaso99 Says:

    Eerie is an understatement.... A great tour with earphones giving you an indepth view of life as prisoner on Alcatraz.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Book well in advance, this tour gets very busy.... Take warm clothing, it can get cold on the island Don't forget your camera.....
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Book early for a ticket 21/07/2018
    • Awesome Audio Tour 21/07/2018
    • Alcatraz Island
    Address:
    Pier 33
    B201 Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94122
    Phone:
    +1 415-981-7625
    Other:
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    Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
    Theatres
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    vaso99 Says:

    A fantastic piece of Architecture not to be missed.....

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You are basically going to The Palce of Fine Arts just to see the building, at the time of our visit there was no indoor areas to look round or anywhere to get refreshments. Take your camera
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful to look at. 16/07/2018
    • Beautiful Building 15/07/2018
    • Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
    Address:
    3301 Lyon Street
    San Francisco, CA 94123-1002
    Phone:
    +1 415-563-6504
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
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    Cable Cars
    Tramways
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    vaso99 Says:

    A great way to get around the city, around $6 for a trip from one stop to another. Once you get off, you cannot get back on without paying unless you have an unlimited travel pass.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get a travel passport from a ticket office. These cost depending on your length of stay, they give you unlimited travel on Cable Cars, Street Cars and buses. Much cheaper than paying per trip.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dont wait at the begining 21/07/2018
    • Long Wait! 21/07/2018
    • Cable Cars
    Phone:
    +1 800-531-7357
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    The Cheesecake Factory
    Restaurants (Italian, American, International)
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    vaso99 Says:

    The Cheesecake Factory is like no other place, im really not a fan of cheesecake but this changed my tastebuds. Situated on the top floor of Macy's department store. The view is spectacular and so are the cheesecakes, they also do a wide range of food and drinks.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Book a table as you can wait hours to be seated if you haven't. Taken an appetite and your wallet......
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #290 of 4,307 restaurants in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great restaurant 21/07/2018
    • Yum yum yum 21/07/2018
    • The Cheesecake Factory
    Address:
    251 Geary St Fl 8
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Phone:
    +1 415-391-4444
    Price range:
    US$21 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Fri
    12:00 AM - 12:30 AM
    11:00 AM - 12:30 AM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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    Alamo Square
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    vaso99 Says:

    A great place to relax, grab a sandwich from Alamo deli and sit back and watch the world go by, The Painted Ladies are a row of Victorian houses said to be the most expensive in San Fransico.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Walk across Alamo Square to a small deli shop that prepare great sandwiches. Sit back and relax
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #95 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hmm... 18/07/2018
    • I enjoyed the park more than I was expecting to. 16/07/2018
    • Alamo Square
    Address:
    Hayes & Steiner
    San Francisco, CA 94117
    Phone:
    +1 415-831-2700
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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    Lombard Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    vaso99 Says:

    Probably one of the most famous streets in San Francisco. As well as the most photographed...

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Walk from top to bottom, great views from both angles.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must do. 21/07/2018
    • Easy walk/drive 21/07/2018
    • Lombard Street
    Phone:
    +1 415-391-2000
    Other:
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    Flore
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Cafe)
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    vaso99 Says:

    A great Cafe in the heart of Castro. Seating available inside and out. The menu has a wide range of sandwiches, salads and meals to suit all tastes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • LGBT
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Try and get a seat outside if the weather is good. Try the San Fransisco Anchor Steam Beer
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #834 of 4,307 restaurants in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Neighborhood Icon 17/07/2018
    • Better options on the castro 08/07/2018
    • Flore
    Address:
    2298 Market St
    San Francisco, CA 94114-1506
    Phone:
    +1 415-621-8579
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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    Union Square
    Shopping Malls,
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    vaso99 Says:

    A shoppers paradise, every kind of store and every brand imaginable. Macy's, Saks, Prada, Bloomingdales to mention a few, and a whole mall full of shops too.....

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take your wallet.... Be prepared to spend more than a day if you're a shopaholic.....
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #117 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    • Union Square has gone downhill. 20/07/2018
    • Take your time to hang around and enjoy! 14/07/2018
    • Union Square
    Phone:
    +1 415-391-2000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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    San Francisco City Hall
    Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings
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    vaso99 Says:

    Stunning architecture in the heart of the city, we'll worth taking a look if you are passing..

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Free entry.....
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Architecture ! 18/07/2018
    • Beautiful building! 16/07/2018
    • San Francisco City Hall
    Address:
    1 Carlton B Goodlett Pl
    San Francisco, CA 94102-9991
    Phone:
    +1 415-701-2311
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
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    Fisherman's Wharf
    Piers & Boardwalks, Neighbourhoods
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    vaso99 Says:

    Fisher and Wharf is a popular place, you can book trips from the Wharf and there are plenty of eateries and souvenir shops.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It gets very busy so be prepared.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Enjoyable lunch 21/07/2018
    • Cool place to sit down and drink a coke 21/07/2018
    • Fisherman's Wharf
    Address:
    Jefferson Street
    Between Hyde and Powell Streets
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    Phone:
    +1 415-673-3530
    Other:
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    Pier 39
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    vaso99 Says:

    Whilst you there you have to see Pier 39, the best thing are the sea lions who reside at the Pier. Pier 39 was not really my cup of tea as its a bit like Blackpool, full of souvenir shops and fast food restaurants.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • It's gets busy again, so be prepared. If your after cheap looking but expensive souvenirs you've found the right place.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun experience 21/07/2018
    • A must visit 21/07/2018
    • Pier 39
    Address:
    Beach Street & The Embarcadero
    Parking area
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    Phone:
    +1 415-705-5500
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
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    Golden Gate Park
    Parks
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    vaso99 Says:

    A great place to relax and unwind. There is so much to see at the park.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Plan ahead as there is so much to see. Some of the attractions at the park have a charge so be prepared. Take your camera and some comfy shoes
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • West coast central park 21/07/2018
    • Favorite place in San Fran 21/07/2018
    • Golden Gate Park
    Address:
    501 Stanyan St
    San Francisco, CA 94117-1898
    Phone:
    (415) 831-2700
    Other:
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    Coit Tower
    Observation Decks & Towers, Architectural Buildings, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    vaso99 Says:

    The Coit Tower is situated in the North Beach area, there is a small charge t go up the tower itself but otherwise it's free just to look round the grounds. The views are spectacular when you reach the top. Don't worry there is a lift.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take your camera This attraction can get busy so be prepared to wait a while to get to the top.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Better views of the bridge from the parks 21/07/2018
    • A Fitting bequest!!! 18/07/2018
    • Coit Tower
    Address:
    1 Telegraph Hill Blvd
    San Francisco, CA 94133-3106
    Phone:
    +1 415-488-7772
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$8
    Other:
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    Tony's Pizza Napoletana
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza)
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    vaso99 Says:

    Sit down or takeaway, this Pizza restaurant is in the North Beach area. The pizzas are great in taste and are made fresh to order.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Make sure you're hungry. Great takeaway and good value.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #94 of 4,307 restaurants in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good, not great 21/07/2018
    • North Beach (San Francisco) is the place for Italian food 20/07/2018
    • Tony's Pizza Napoletana
    Address:
    1570 Stockton St
    San Francisco, CA 94133-3306
    Phone:
    +1 415-835-9888
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$25
    Hours:
    Mon
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Wed - Sun
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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