There are certain things that, living in San Francisco, you should try at some point in your time here. Of course, if you live in Fog City the rent prices, social ills, and griping can get to you, however we can all come together on things that need to be done at least once here. These are 8 undeniable things that every true San Franciscan has done at least once.
1. Walk or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Walking or biking across the Golden Gate Bridge is a must-do for locals and visitors alike. The most photographed bridge in the world never fails to excite even when it’s smothered in a coating of fog.
2. Explore the country’s largest Chinatown.
Crowded, vibrant and compact, San Francisco’s Chinatown is a feast for the senses. Enter on Grant Avenue near Bush Street through the ornate Chinatown Gate. Browse souvenir shops along Grant Avenue and sample the delicious cuisine of China.
3. Go to AT&T Park and see the Giants.
Even if you don't like or know just a little about baseball, seeing a game at AT&T Park is a fun and quintessentially San Francisco experience. Admire the city, bridge, and sea views from the park, and root for the world champion Giants.
4. Visit Clarion Alley in the Mission.
One of the few remaining artistic spots in the ever changing Mission. One block long located between Mission and Valencia Streets and 17th and 18th Streets. This alley is covered head to toe with art that is constantly changing.
5. Sip Irish coffee at the Buena Vista
Buena Vista's claim to fame is that it was the bar that first introduced Irish coffee to Americans. Buena Vista is a charming spot in an old Victorian overlooking Fisherman’s Wharf, thus making it a perfect place to enjoy Irish coffee in Fog City.
6. Visit and admire the view from Coit Tower.
Built in 1933, Coit Tower rises 210 feet over the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. The hill is one of the steepest short distances in San Francisco, but the street has steps to make the walk easier. Once you've arrived, take the elevator to the observation tower at the top for panoramic views of the city and the bay.
7. Explore Musée Mécanique.
Musée Mécanique is on the docks of Fisherman’s Wharf, includes more than 200 coin-operated games and amusements that date back to the 1880s. Giant mechanical-circus dioramas, music boxes, coin-operated fortune tellers, love testers, photo booths, pinball machines and more litter through this free and eclectic attraction.
8. Ride a vintage cabe car or streetcar.
One of the most iconic images of San Francisco and things to do is ride a street car or cable car. You have numerous options to do this around the city. The San Francisco cable car system is the world's last manually operated cable car system.