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Flights to San Francisco make for an interesting travel experience. This city is full of contradictions, from the weather to the locals.

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You can book up to nine passengers per booking, including adults, teenagers, children, and infants.

Each adult passenger can bring one infant.

Children traveling alone or in a different cabin class from their parents are considered Unaccompanied Minors and must pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.

  • You can book up to nine passengers per booking, including adults, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), children, and infants.
  • Each adult or OFW passenger can bring one infant.
  • All OFWs must submit the required documents to receive the tax exemption.
  • Children traveling alone, or in a different cabin class from their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and must pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.
  • You can book up to nine passengers per booking, including adults, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), teenagers, children, and infants.
  • Each adult or OFW passenger can bring one infant.
  • All OFWs must submit the required documents to receive the tax exemption.
  • Children traveling alone, or in a different cabin class from their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and must pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.
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Flights to San Francisco

Catch a flight to San Francisco and immerse yourself in the type of town where you can choose between a bargain burrito at a hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint off Market Street and an exquisite tasting menu on Spear Street (both of which are guaranteed to be tasty). This is a place where the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge is bathed in sunshine one moment and shrouded in fog the next.

Whatever the weather, the architecture in San Francisco is always impressive. As well as the iconic bridge, there’s also Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill. It was built in the 1930s from the legacy of Lillie Hitchcock Coit, who left a $125,000 bequest to the metropolis “for the purpose of adding beauty to the city which I have always loved.”

It’s a beautiful place, yes, and eclectic too. San Francisco is a community where hipsters live in the Tenderloin ("TL" to the locals) next to the offices of multibillion-dollar companies like Twitter and Uber. AirBnB, the service that lets people rent out their apartments, started here and continues to thrive. In fact, staying in a resident's cool loft apartment while they’re out of town can be even cheaper than a hotel and makes you feel like a true local.

In spite San Francisco’s relatively small size—less than 1 million people cram into the 11 km by 11 km area—the city has historically played a huge role in the culture of the US. As a result, many of the things to do in San Francisco have a historical element to them as well as a modern function.

Decades ago, the city was at the heart of the 1960s hippie movement that culminated in 1967’s Summer of Love. It even inspired Scott Mckenzie's iconic song San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair). If you have an interest in that era, then San Francisco’s famous Haight-Ashbury is an awesome place to visit.

Back in the day, this neighborhood was the haunt of music icons such as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane. Record shopping at Amoeba Music in this neighborhood and browsing the books at City Lights offer a glimpse into the past as well as a chance to score a very cool souvenir.

When it comes to food, there's a rumor that if everyone who lived in San Francisco went out to eat at the same time, they could all find a seat at a restaurant. While the truth of that urban legend is debatable, the reality is that the city is one of the best foodie destinations in the United States. Nowhere presents the vast range of options—from cheap, good Mexican food to expensive new American classics—in such a small space.

San Francisco's proximity to farms means that every restaurant uses exceptionally fresh produce, making even the least expensive options healthy and wholesome. The best restaurants in San Francisco all look forward, from the ground-breaking Nopa to Range, where the food's so fresh you'll feel like it might have walked off, well, the range.

The Summer of Love may be over, but that positive, creative vibe remains strong in the City by the Bay.

What to do in San Francisco

Go to Alcatraz

It used to be one of the most famous prisons in the United States, and now it's a truly excellent tourist attraction. Check out where the baddest of the bad guys—people like Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the Birdman of Alcatraz), and George "Machine Gun" Kelly—were sent.

Alcatraz Island
CA 94133
+1 415 561 4900

Hike the Filbert Steps at Telegraph Hill

There’s no denying that San Francisco is a hilly destination, which makes for a challenging but exhilarating hike. The steps up the winding stairs of Telegraph Hill number in the hundreds, but you'll be distracted by the stunning houses and gardens of the North Beach neighborhood. Of course, you could always ride to the top and walk down instead.

Filbert Steps
Filbert Street at Sansome Street
CA 94133

Browse the shelves at Haight-Ashbury’s Music Shops

Haight-Ashbury might be the perfect place for a music store, given its history as a prominent hippy and happening neighborhood during 1967’s Summer of Love. Today, it’s home to plenty of cool shops where you can pick up anything from vinyl records and posters to concert T-shirts. Be sure to check out the guitars at Haight Ashbury Music Center.

1540 Haight Street
CA 94117
+1 415 863 7327

Where to eat in San Francisco

Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant (Halal/Cantonese)

This quirky little restaurant is a hidden gem in the Sunset District that serves up halal Beijing-style cuisine. Like the neighborhood it sits in, Old Mandarin has a relaxed, fuss-free vibe. Bring a big group of friends to make the most of the massive hotpots, generous beef pancakes, and delicious lamb dumplings.

3132 Vicente Street
CA 94116
+1 415 564 3481

Yank Sing (Asian)

A lot of San Francisco's cuisine features a distinct Asian influence, and this dim sum joint is a classic example of that. Yank Sing is located in the heart of Spear Street, right in the middle of the financial district. The service is excellent, even during the lunch rush, and it’s a perfect spot for people watching.

101 Spear Street
CA 94105
+1 415 781 1111

La Taqueria (Tex-Mex)

Whether you're stopping for a filling lunch or a late-night snack, La Taqueria's massive burritos and quesadillas packed with cheese, veggies, and meat are the ultimate San Francisco treat. It's located in the heart of hip Mission Street, where you’ll find yourself sharing table space with everyone from long-term residents to cool kids in bands.

2889 Mission Street
CA 94110
+1 415 285 7117

Places to stay in San Francisco

Hotel Vitale

The Hotel Vitale has some of the best views in San Francisco, over the Embarcadero and across the Bay Bridge from the rooftop deck. You’ll be itching to get out and explore the rest of the city, and fortunately a lot of it is within walking distance. Cross the street to the historic Ferry Building for some of the best restaurants in the city.

8 Mission Street
CA 94105
+1 415 278 3700

Orchard Garden

The international charm of Singapore's Orchard Road comes to San Francisco, a stone’s throw from the Financial District and the popular shopping destinations in Union Square. If you’re eco-conscious, you’ll really enjoy the green building that houses the Orchard Garden. The prices won’t break the bank either.

466 Bush Street
CA 94108
Toll Free: 1-888-717-2881

Hotel Kabuki

Just steps from the popular shopping destinations on Fillmore Street, this boutique hotel is a comfortable, Japanese-influenced oasis in the middle of the chaos of downtown San Francisco. Rooms feature sliding shoji screens, designed to maximize natural light and your personal relaxation.

1625 Post Street
CA 94115
+1 (415) 922-3200

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