San Francisco Known for culture, music, diversity, and picturesque views throughout the city. It is also one of the most expensive cities to live in the US, so here are a few tips to help you see the sights without denting that wallet to much!
We stayed at the Green Turtle Hostel and is renowned as the best hostel in the city. With free Wi-Fi, breakfast every morning, even a free diner 3 times a week. Fully equipped kitchen, laundry room, computer lounge, there’s even a sauna and it’s located centrally between Chinatown and Little Italy. Most attractions are within walking distance.
You have little need for a hire car here. If you need somewhere to park then ask at your hostel or hotel, some offer a deal with a nearby car park if you’re staying with them. Expect to spend at least $20 for 24 hours though. Using your own legs is always the cheapest way to get around, if you don’t want to drive or walk then there’s always Uber or Lyft and don’t forget to jump on the famous cable cars.
- Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
- Tour Alcatraz
- Visit Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 and the sea lion colony
- Visit/drive down Lombard Street
- Go up Coit Tower
- Visit the Palace of Fine Arts
- See the Painted Ladies
- Ride the Cable Cars
- Chinatown and Dragon’s Gate
- Visit Muir Woods
- 16th Avenue Tiled Steps
- Boudin Bakery at Fisherman’s Wharf, they do the most amazing clam chowder in a bread bowl.
- Visit The Saloon, 1861 it’s the oldest pub in San Francisco and the best for some real authentic live blues music.
- Golden Gate Tap Room has a great selection of beers and the place to be if you want to watch sports.
- Johnny Foley’s Irish House for that Guinness. Known as the piano bar, there are two battling it out for your entertainment.
- Comstock Saloon, this one is a San Francisco classic. Though now more a cocktail bar with a good selection. After having a few you’ll be needing the restroom, but even though the original under-bar spittoon troughs are still there, I think it would be frowned upon if you used them.
- Naked Lunch is open late, has 3 good beers on tap, a full bar and a menu with roughly 5 to 6 items including the best darn fried chicken sandwich in town.
- Tacolicious, It says it in the name. The tacos here were delicious. Great staff that joined in with our banter and great beer. We stayed longer than planned because they made it fun.
- If clubbing is your thing then head to Infusion Lounge, this is one of the best in the city. Very strict on the door though, so dont turn up in trainers.
- House Of Xian Dumpling, great service and will even serve you when they’re about to close up and lock the doors
- If you like your burgers then Mo’s Grill is one of the best, they also do a good breakfast to.
- Check out the free walking tours
- Some of the smaller restaurants and shops, only cash is accepted. It’s good to keep some cash on you just in case.
- Take a jacket with you. It may be sunny in the morning, but the weather changes fast and frequently.
- Use the public transport.
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