Back to San Francisco –
Saturday night my wife and I will be flying back to San Francisco and this time we are bringing the kids. (4 nights and 5 days in the City by the Bay.) We absolutely love SF and can easily see ourselves living there someday. But for now we stay in Hawaii and fly over to SF when the island fever gets to be too much. It is our vacation spot. A short five hour flight across the Pacific Ocean and we’re on the coast taking in the beautiful scenery and enjoying the wonderful cuisine. We were just in San Francisco (without the kids) a few months ago and immediately knew that this was the city for us. There is so much to see and so much to do. I can’t imagine ever being bored or feeling jaded if I were living in San Francisco.
Favorite Things to See, Do and Eat:
The Golden Gate Bridge is an amazing sight to see, either from below at the Fort Point Trail or from above up in the Marin Headlands. I’m sure there are a few other vantage points to view the bridge and you can be sure we’ll find them.
Patxi’s Chicago Pizza in Hayes Valley is one of my favorites. Some people might say go to North Beach for good pizza in SF. Patxi’s has both Chicago style deep dish and and excellent thin crust pizza as well. You be the judge.
The Palace of Fine Arts! What an awe inspiring creation. I feel like I’m in Rome when I’m looking up at this monumental manmade structure. I love to walk through and just marvel at the sheer size of the columns, busts and arches.
Scoma’s in Fisherman’s Wharf is a good spot for fresh seafood. They also have another restaurant across the bay in Sausalito. Scoma’s has an excellent calamari appetizer, you can really taste the freshness. Next time I’m getting the Cioppino!
The Painted Ladies on Steiner St. just across from the Alamo Square Park are my wife’s favorite part of San Francisco. They are lovely to gaze at while sitting in the park with the San Francisco skyline in the background.
Mama’s on Washington Square has the best breakfast I’ve ever had in my life. They open at 8 o’clock in the morning but show up early to get a good spot in line. Yes there is a line but it is well worth the wait. I recommend the North Beach Omelette!
Lombard St. has the distinction of being “the most crooked street in the world.” It’s crawling with tourists (myself included) but is a must see for everyone who visits SF. If you have a car be sure to drive down taking the eight hair pin turns.
Honey Honey Cafe and Crepery is on the corner of Post St. and Taylor St. near Union square. They have delicious crepes both savory and sweet. For me it’s the North Beach crepe, a glass of fresh squeezed OJ and a piece of baklava.
Adventure Cat is definitely the way to go if you want to do a tour of the SF bay. It is a sailing catamaran and the tour is with a smaller group and feels more personal. The Adventure Cat is exactly what it says , an Adventure!
Chinatown in San Francisco is something everyone should experience. It is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest in North America. Spend some time walking through the streets and browsing the shops. Find The Golden Gate Bakery!
This is just a drop in the bucket when it comes to all of the amazing things to see, do and eat in San Francisco. I plan on doing all of these and many more during my visit. I hope to have a lot more special experiences to share when I return next week.