Exploring San Francisco
More travelers are visiting the famous Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz as two of the major attractions in San Francisco. However, the ‘City by the Bay’ also offers a wealth of history, natural splendor and rich cultural experiences to explore.
Things To Do – A Cultural Experience
This picturesque city on the bay is a melting pot of ethnicity rooted in Asian and Latin American influence which you’ll find beautifully outworked in the Mission District. It was named after the Mission Dolores built in 1776. A vibrant area filled with art, music, experimental cocktail lounges and of course the favorite local hangout, Dolores Park. It’s a cultural feast for the senses and can be experienced either on your own or on a culinary and cocktail tour that takes you on progressive dining experience through the area. On a Sunday, you can join the locals at Dolores Park for a picnic where you can sip on your mimosa while enjoying the stunning view.
Visit The Yosemite Valley
Get out of the city for a day and explore the natural beauty of the mountains and waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley. You can either drive through on your own, which takes longer, or take the free, eco-friendly shuttle bus. There is also a bus trip to the Tuolumne Meadows that is popular with hikers for the endless trails amongst the magnificent wildflowers; breathtaking.
Where To Find The Best Food
Breakfast/Brunch – Tartine Manufactory – excellent coffee (from their brand), beautiful pastries and bread for the continental breakfast lover. Or a Porchetta & Fried Egg Sandwich if you want something a little more substantial.
Located in the Mission District at 595 Alabama St.
Lunch – Zuni Cafe – Woodfired delicacies, famous roast chicken, and other delectable offerings in a relaxed bistro type setting.
Located at 1658 Market St in the Hayes Valley
Dinner – Mourad – An exceptional Moroccan dining experience in an elegant, modern setting. A tasting menu is available with paired beverages if you prefer a meal curated by Michelin-star Chef Mourad Lahlou. Reservations are a must
Located at 140 New Montgomery Street, around the corner from MOMA
Late Night Eats – Taqueria El Farolito – You simply can’t leave San Francisco without making a stop at one of their mouth-watering taquerias. This one is especially perfect if you’re looking for a late night Mexican fix. It’s cash only comfort food for the soul.
Where To Stay
Depending on what you are planning to do while on your San Francisco getaway if most of your activities involve staying in the city. The Mission District is a great place to base yourself, as its close to great nightlife and restaurants. Instead of your standard hotel experience, check out a beautiful B&B. It’s great for alternative accommodation in a more relaxed and inviting environment. If you’d prefer a hotel that’s close to tourist attractions and the downtown core, then head for Union Square. With hotels in the metro area that are close to restaurants and shopping popular with tourists.
When To Go
Typically, September is the warmest month of the year to visit, with average temperatures in the 70s. January is the coldest time of the year with the average temperature hovering around 46 degrees. No matter how warm the days are, you’re likely to need to pack for colder weather. Also remember that the temperatures drop in the evening.
San Francisco is a vibrant and exciting destination with a different vibe to the rest of California. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a nature lover, there’s so much to discover in the Golden City.