San Francisco is one of the coolest places to visit. From the Golden Gate Bridge to the adorable downtown core it's a no brainer that everyone should take a trip to the sunny spot at some point in their lives! Like most travel spots though, it can be hard to know which places to go, with so many options it can seem impossible to choose the best that San Fran has to offer. Lucky for you though this list covers the top spots you can't miss during your next visit!
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Where To Eat
Media Noche // 3465 19th St
Media Noche hosts some of the best Cuban food San Francisco has to offer, but a lot of their popularity has to do with their incredible interior. Seriously, just browse through their location tag on Instagram and you'll find yourself booking a flight just to see it with your own eyes!
Outerlands // 4001 Judah St
If you are looking for the perfect balance between a nice aesthetically pleasing spot that serves delicious comfort food, Outerlands is the place to go. The wood tables create the perfect background for your flat lays and trust me the food is just as good as the aesthetic... you'll have a hard time waiting to dig in long enough to take a photo!
Del Popolo // 855 Bush St
Pizza is always the answer, and if there is any pizza place you should visit in San Francisco, Del Popolo is the spot. For starters the long tables are setup to accommodate more than just one party so you'll eat alongside some new friends! Beyond that the wood-oven pizza is to die for.
Cafe Réveille // 610 Long Bridge St
Cafe Réveille is the perfect place to visit if you appreciate a good aesthetically pleasing table and interior that will give you serious Distillery District vibes. Not only is the ambiance of the spot near perfect but the menu hosts tons of options from breakfast to burgers!
Mr Holmes Bakehouse // 1042 Larkin St
How can we forget dessert?! Mr Holmes is well known and for good reason, the treats you can grab are absoloutely delicious and are made fresh everyday. Though keep in mind there probably will be a line up, but it'll be worth it trust me!
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What To Do
California Academy of Sciences // 55 Music Concourse Dr
You don't have to be a geek to appreciate how cool the California Academy of Sciences building is! From the green roofs to the aquarium it's a great place to take a break from walking up all those hills!
Go on a tour of Alcatraz.
I mean, how can you go to San Francisco and not visit Alcatraz?! While the ticket price can be pretty steep, consider that it does include the ferry ride and you are visiting one of the most notorious prisons in the world- it's an experience you'll never forget!
Visit Pier 39.
Hands down this is one of the most underrated things to do in San Francisco. Who knew that watching seals battle it out for a spot to sun on one of the ferry docks could be so entertaining and hilarious! Trust me, you are going to go thinking you'll spend maybe ten minutes there but before you know it you'll realize you've spent the past 40 minutes watching a bunch of screaming seals.
Go to San Fran's graffiti alley.
Toronto isn't the only place in the world with an incredible graffiti alley! While Mission Street in general has some amazing graffiti littered all over the area, their graffiti alley is the stand out feature as it extends across multiple buildings and hosts some gorgeous murals!
Go window shopping through Mission Street.
Graffiti alley isn't the only thing Mission Street has going for it, the best way to describe this neighbourhood would be to look at it like a hybrid of Queen West and Kensington. If that sounds like everything you've ever wanted in life you are definitely going to want to visit. From shopping to cute cafes Mission Street quite literally has it all!
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Where To Go
The Golden Gate Bridge
How can you go to San Fran and not visit the Golden Gate Bridge?! It seems mega touristy and you might feel like you can afford to miss out on it considering you can probably see it from where your hotel is, but trust me you don't want to miss this. The bridge up close is unbelievable and you will not believe how utterly massive it is when you are looking at it from just a few meters away!
After you see the bridge up close, Baker Beach is the perfect place to watch the sunset. Hands down it hosts one of the best views I've ever seen, but keep in mind that Baker Beach IS a nude beach, so you may spot one or two scantily clad San Fran locals.
Chinatowns across the world seem to always hold so much character, and San Francisco's is no different! Paired with the adorable street cars you just can't miss out on going through the streets of Chinatown whether it's during the day or when the lights turn on at night!
Pier 39 isn't the only spot on the boardwalk you should visit. In general you should definitely make time to explore the boardwalk itself, there is a ton to see and do! (Including an In-n-Out, just saying).
Downtown San Francisco
Finally, downtown San Francisco is a must-visit during your stay in the sunny city. The downtown core is constantly full of exciting things to do and see, plus there is a ton of shopping you can get done considering all of the store lining the streets.