Pack your bags for a San Francisco day. Fog City is many things to many people, but these activities and things are essential 415. Let’s delve into the many things that are quintessentially San Francisco. This list could have been very long, but we wanted to offer the best and most worthwhile San Francisco ways to have your best day!
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1. Start your day with Irish Coffee at Buena Vista Cafe.
Irish coffee is classic San Francisco without a doubt. This nearly perfect concoction of coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, served with a dollop of cream, was brought to the United States by a travel writer who worked with the owner of the Buena Vista Cafe, which started serving the drink in the early '50s. Buena Vista Cafe is located
2765 Hyde Street, San Francisco
2. Visit the Golden Gate Bridge.
An obvious and clear symbol of the city. The Golden Gate Bridge is by far San Francisco’s most iconic and photographed landmarks. It can be seen from various parts of the city, but many have no idea where to get the best view of this stunning structure, also considered one of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World."
3. Head to the famed crooked part of Lombard.
Lombard Street is one of crookedest streets in the USA and found on many tours. The steep, hilly street was intended to switchback down the one-way hill past beautiful Victorian mansions. This is classic San Francisco!
4. Take a Cable Car.
Take a cable car because nothing is more a symbol of this city than these classic streetcars. Cable cars are another clear connection to the city. Yes, this is an icon of the city and it brings people joy. The cable car system of the city is operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway. This is the ultimate San Francisco experience!
5. Visit the iconic Painted Ladies.
Hop over to Alamo Square and catch these architectural gems. The beauty here is no secret, especially of the Victorians in certain areas like Haight Ashbury, Alamo Square, and more. It’s gorgeous. Between the Golden Gate Bridge, the Painted Ladies, and the cable cars you're always awe-struck here.
6. Explore the historic side of Haight Ashbury.
The history, culture, beauty, greenery, and charm of this neighborhood will surprise you. Haight-Ashbury is a district of San Francisco, named for the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets.
7. Take the time to appreciate the legendary fog.
The fog here has its own name (it's Karl, by the way)! In all seriousness, San Francisco's fog is one of the more predictable and defining characteristics of what we like to call "Fog City." The best spots for fog are in areas like the Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Ocean Beach. The best times to see are fog are early in the day or later in the day.
8. Head to the Mission for a San Francisco Burrito.
A Mission burrito (aka San Francisco burrito) is a type of burrito that first became popular over 40 years ago. The burrito is different from other burritos by its large size and addition of extra rice and other ingredients. Best place to visit is
El Farolito, 2779 Mission St, San Francisco
9. Visit the oldest Chinatown in the USA.
San Francisco’s Chinatown is a unique and dynamic cultural adventure that is truly memorable. Dragon Gate is the only authentic Chinatown Gate in North America. Lastly, this is the oldest Chinatown in the USA too.
10. Relax and eat at the Cliff House.
End your day at the world-famous Cliff House, which is part of the Sutro Historic Landscape District. The Cliff House is everything you’d want from a restaurant because it offers the best views of the city, history, and of course top notch food.
1090 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco