From the archives: First posted on my Tumblr blog in September 2015:
- Walked along Crissy Field at sunset – The sun was setting as we were walking along the waterfront from the Golden Gate Bridge. That’s where we got to see got this memorable mind-blowing sunset.
- Witnessed another stunning sunset from Treasure Island - after our day trip to Yosemite, our tour took us here in time for sunset. We were lucky enough to be treated to another gorgeous sunset, this time with the view of the city.
- Saw a 360-degree view of the city from Coit Tower – Was lucky enough that the city was fog free on the day we went up the tower. You really get a nice perspective of the city from the top.
- Explored/Got lost in Russian Hill/North Beach/Telegraph Hill – I like walking and I don’t mind the steep hills of the city so exploring and even getting lost in these neighbourhoods was a treat. Besides the iconic Lombard Street, you can see some of the best views of the city here. I also love the charming Victorian houses in this part of the city.
- Had cheap lunch and fancy dinner in Mission District – Your visit to Mission District wouldn’t be complete without trying authentic Mexican food. Think tacos and burritos with a side of thirst quenching Mexican Coke. Taqueria Cancun is a great option. For dinner, get reservations at Foreign Cinema for a unique dinner experience. This innovative and almost hidden restaurant plays foreign and independent movies silently on the walls of the lovely covered courtyard. Besides the food, the distinctive ambiance is definitely worth the trek.
6. Hung out at Alamo Square – San Francisco is a photographer’s paradise; almost anywhere you go is a photo spot. Alamo Square is another site to go and see one of the most iconic scenes of the city. It’s also a nice spot to people watch.
7. Mingled with tourists along Embarcadero (Fisherman’s Wharf/Pier 39/Ferry Building) – I embraced my inner tourist and enjoyed Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. Yes, it can get really busy but appreciate it for what it’s really meant to be, a tourist destination. When visiting a place, I think you should have a nice balance of exploring like a local and appreciating the popular tourist destinations; they’re usually popular for a reason.
8. Rode the Cable Cars – multiple times – yes, lines can be long and your fellow tourists can get annoying, but it’s a quintessential San Francisco experience. Once is probably enough just to try it but it is actually a good way of getting around some parts of the city too. Worth it if you get a pass.
9. Had breakfast in Chinatown – shrimp dumplings, chicken shui mais and pork buns; that’s how you start your day in Chinatown.