My very first visit to San Francisco happened in 1998. Since then I have lost count of how many times I did set foot on that beautiful California soil. And still, after so many times, I am in love with this city and its people and there is always something new to explore.
I especially like this city because you can wander and wander for hours. If you do get tired though, just hop on and off a famous cable car and enjoy the ride.
Start your day with a decadent French Toast at Mama’s on Washington Square ( be there early, otherwise you stand in line for a long time ), take a stroll through the mural-splashed walls in the vibrant Mission District, take a look at the opulent mansions in Pacific Heights and end your day in one of the many fine restaurants in North Beach’s “Little Italy”.
San Francisco’s Chinatown is one of the largest Chinese communities in the world ( outside of Asia, of course ). I love wandering the streets of Chinatown with its hanging lanterns and its little market stalls, taking in the scents of exotic spices and food and listening to old ladies chatting with shopkeepers in Chinese.
Coit Tower is an icon on the San Francisco skyline. I especially like to be up here at 6 a.m when there are no tourists at all and the city below is still sleeping. That’s the good thing about suffering from jet lag 😉 The view from the Coit Tower Vista Point aka Parking Lot is spectacular.
Port of San Francisco
Wandering along the waterfront offers lots of great sites and tourist attractions.
Fisherman’s Wharf is very touristy which I normally try to avoid. However, even though it sounds strange, here is the place to get the best Clam Chowder at a stand.
Golden Gate Bridge
And of course, no visit in San Francisco without visiting the Golden Gate Bridge. Although I think that crossing is way more fun than just looking at it.