Flights to San Francisco (SFO)

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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San Francisco, United States

What to do in San Francisco

Browse the books at City Lights

Allen Ginsberg. Jack Kerouac. William Burroughs. Charles Bukowski. The Beat Generation poets might be gone, but their legacy lives on in this historic San Francisco institution. You can spend hours lost among the shelves, picking out the perfect presents for your literary friends (and keeping a couple for yourself, too).

261 Columbus Avenue
CA 94133
+1 415 362 8193
citylights.com

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
facebook.com/pages/Filbert-Steps

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
nps.gov/alca

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
haightashburymusic.com

Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge

One of the most famous bridges in the world stretches more than a kilometer across the water. The views of downtown San Francisco on one side, the Marin Headlands on the other, and the Pacific Ocean all around are worth every step. Be sure to bring a jacket, though, as the wind can get a bit chilly.

Golden Gate Bridge
CA 94129
+1 415 921 5858
goldengatebridge.org

Watch the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park

America's national pastime, baseball, doesn't get any better than a summer’s night at AT&T Park. The San Francisco Giants have reached the World Series on multiple occasions and their line-up has over the years been stocked with fun young players like Buster Posey and Pablo "The Panda" Sandoval.

24 Willie Mays Plaza
CA 94107
+1 415 972 2000
giants.mlb.com

Where to eat in San Francisco

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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
facebook.com/pages/Old-Mandarin-Islamic-Restaurant

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
lataqueriasf.us

Nopa (Californian)

It’s best to make a reservation for a guaranteed seat at this hugely popular restaurant in trendy Upper Haight. It’s worth it though, because the food is truly excellent. Nopa specializes in wood-fired Californian cuisine using local ingredients, washed down with a good selection of artisanal beverages.

560 Divisadero Street
CA 94117
+1 415 864 8643
nopasf.com

Range (International)

This place is pure San Francisco: effortlessly unpretentious, yet exceptionally good. Whether you’re propping up the bar or chilling out in the dining room, the atmosphere is lively and the menu is brilliant. The chefs know how to make the most of locally sourced produce. After your meal, take a lazy post-dinner stroll along Valencia Street.

842 Valencia Street
CA 94110
+1 415 282 8283
rangesf.com

Foreign Cinema (International)

The name says it all: come for dinner, stay for a movie. Or come for brunch on the weekends, a packed, festive affair where you mingle with other diners at long tables. Foreign Cinema arrived in Mission in 1999, but it’s aging as well as your favorite black and white film.

2434 Mission Street
CA 94110
+1 415 648 7600
foreigncinema.com

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
yanksing.com

Places to stay in San Francisco

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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
jdvhotels.com/hotel-kabuki

Argonaut Hotel

This boutique hotel in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf makes an ideal base for exploring the popular East Side of San Francisco, not least because of its easy access to public transport and paths along the water. The rooms are nice and spacious, and nautical themed to match the views of the bay.

495 Jefferson Street
CA 94109
+1 415 563 0800
argonauthotel.com

Clift San Francisco

The Clift might be nearly a century old but an infusion of modernity has it maintaining its status as one of the hippest hotels in San Francisco. The Union Square location provides easy access to most attractions while the Eames chairs and Salvador Dali coffee table add an artistic element.

495 Geary Street
CA 94102
+1 415 775 4700
morganshotelgroup.com/originals-clift-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
jdvhotels.com/hotel-vitale

AirBnB

This isn't so much a specific place as it is a state of mind. AirBnB, the service that lets people rent out their apartments, started in San Francisco and there are hundreds of offerings that travelers can choose from. Why not try one of them on your next stay? They can be cheaper than hotels and you never know who you might end up meeting.

Airbnb HQ
888 Brannan Street
CA 94103
airbnb.com/San-Francisco

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
theorchardgardenhotel.com

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