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I'm going in 2 days. Anyone been? Got any recommendations?
also, go up to see the view from coit tower at sunset, that's nice. in berkeley there is a pub called 'the pub' go in there and be loud and english, they find it funny (genuinely). there is a funny little park near the base of that really tall triangular tower that i can not remember the name of and all the chinese people are playing cards and mahjong there. it's cool to hang out but if you start taking photos they get angry a bit.
there's also a cool building near to it that has some statues of death/grim reaper on it. bit weird.
it was a particularly dark episode of Monk
but i didn't do it very well
Not quite right, but I see what you did
oh no spoilers! that seem to upset everyone.
how long are you going for? what sort of things d'you like doing?
Hiring a car and driving north is recommended, NoCal is bloody lovely.
In the city, Alcatraz is good (although worth booking your ticket in advance), take a wander around Haight-Astbury and pretend to be in Jefferson Airplane (sadly I heard that Amoeba Music has closed down) and walk through Golden Gate Park, take a street car, eat in Little Italy, there are some good beer shacks on the front, take a day trip to Berkley, wander round The Presido and take pictures of the bridge.
Don't call it San Fran or Frisco or the locals will mock you.
which very possibly was where haigh-ashbury is, but i don't remember
Golden Gate Park is beautiful
also if you're there for a while, go see if you can take a day trip up to Napa and Sonoma and taste some awesome wines
Ignore that part of my post and definitely go to Amoeba in that case. There's also one in Berkley.
it had the most gorgeous barmaid i've ever set my eyes upon. she was utterly incredible. like looking at really wierd art that you can't quite understand. anyway.
san fran is amazing. 100% better than LA. Got and see Alcatraz, the bridges (plural), do a cable car for a laugh, and essentailly drink beer.
Spend all your money on music in Amoeba
Walk EVERYWHERE. You'll be exhausted but its a wonderful city to just walk around and take it all in.
Stand at the top of Powell Street and just gawp at the view in both directions.
The Modern Art Museum is great and cheap / free on Thursday evenings.
Don't be put off going to Alcatraz by the touristy-ness of it - it's fascinating - but my tip would be to go at night, it's much more atmospheric, though you do lose the stunning view back to the mainland.
The only thing I didn't like about San Fran, and this is going to sound very Brits abroad, is that its impossible to find somewhere to drink past 2am due to California law. Its pretty much my favourite place in the world though. Enjoy!
Whereabouts are you staying? It's a good time of year to go, it gets foggy in summer. Obvious tip, but do walk over the Golden Gate bridge, don't just take pictures from one end and leave. Also, ditto Pentargo's point about bying an Alcatraz ticket in advance, they do sell out. Maybe go on one of the last sailings to see it at sunset. Also, just spend time wandering about and taking in how great a place it is. Aww, I want to go back.
Oh, also, the Westfield mall has spiral escalators (possibly the only ones in the world?). Not a very exciting recommendation obviously but 30 seconds of fun if you're passing by.
There's a bus that goes out to La Playa / Ocean beach on the far west of the city, it takes a little while to get there but it's worth it if you've got some free time.
walking is key to everything actually, you'll find all sorts of cool stuff
if you have time, catch a movie at the Castro theatre. Its the most wonderful cinema I've ever set foot in.
if you buy two drinks at lunch you get your food for free. the drinks and the food are proper good too
1. Book alcatraz in advance. We went for the first trip in the morning, meant the place was dead quiet for an hour or so before everyone else arrived
2. Get breakfast here at least once - http://www.searsfinefood.com/
3. Do a wine tour to Napa Valley if you have time
4. Take the Powell tram from downtown to Pier 39. Be prepared to queue
5. Golden Gate park/Bridge is awesome
it's a bit of a long walk but the park is beautiful.
Lincoln Park is also cool, you can work your way down the cliffs to all these tiny secluded bits of beach and you'll see freighters heading into the bay and stuff
go to Golden Gate Park and see the mardy buffalo
Fisherman's Wharf is hella tacky BUT (a) sealions and (b) there Musee Mechanique, which is an old docks warehouse filled with 'mechanical amusements', from creepy automated puppet things from the 1920s straight up to modern video games, all of which cost a budget friendly 25c a go
Haight, as others have said. Amoeba is THE BEST
Bottom of the Hill and the Independent are good "proper" venyes for music. I went to a more "DIY" show at this gallery called SUB-Mission that was really fun as well.
But yeah, just walk around, suck it all in, It's a beautiful city and one of my favourite places in the world <3
another park but in the far-southwest of the city, it's in a ravine and full of these HUGE trees. they have a lot of live music in there in the summer, not sure it'll have started yet but maybe check. i saw Neko Cake and The Dodos there on a Sunday afternoon last year <3
Go on a pilmgrimage to the hospital where that momentous occassion took place and give praise.
(sorry. someone had to say it)
In-N-Out Burger place. The best burger, fries and shakes I've ever had in a chain.
It has a 50s vibe and the menu is minimalist - cheeseburger or hamburger only. Thry have a not so secret menu that isn't on display, but will be made to order if you ask for it.
I once saw a 'sweet 15' Mexican birthday party stop by in a limo to pick up loads of it, and it was great.
It's amazing. Going for 4 days before vegas. For the first time in ages I'm gutted that I can't drive cos a road trip to vegas would have been amazing
Go to AT&T park. Even if you're not into baseball it's one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world, giants fans/team are great and the cheaper tickets you get, the better views of the bay.
2nd go to mission and eat a burrito at mission delores then generally explore the area, it's beautiful.
Then everything everyone else said!
I didn't: but I reckon it would be pretty awesome.
San Francisco is great, but do prepare for a ridiculously high proportion of mentally ill homeless people around union square/tenderloin/haight etc. Really sad.
I'm an SF resident so here are my tips/recommendations.
-The weather here is crazy. Pack clothes that you can easily layer as it's not uncommon for it to be 70 in Cole Valley then 60 in the Sunset.
-Do you like museums? The Academy of Sciences hosts Nightlife every Thursday night -- $12 admission but you get to check out the exhibits while drinking cocktails and listening to DJs. Be warned: sometimes the DJs suck. I went there once and the DJ spun "party anthems." Ugh.
-Download the Baytripper app for your phone. Cabs here are pricey so plan to use MUNI a lot. If you want to head out of the city further to Sausalito or wherever, you'll use BART. It's confusing and annoying because they are two separate entities.
-If you find yourself in the Mission, eat tasty Mexican food and grab a drink at the Casanova Lounge. It's kitschy as hell and on Friday nights, the DJs spin awesome sets.
Looks like you'll have great weather for your trip. Safe travels!
When I stayed at a hostel there I met an old hippy who drove a few of us about to see the sights
These experiences might have been one offs though so my advice might not be worth while.
(there is/was a shop near china town that sold IrnBru if that doesn't exist anymore there is a hot dog place near that area called What's Up dog/dawg)
Echo the remarks about the weather, people tend to expect it to be warm here: 'it's california' but do be prepared for wind/fog & for the variation that comes across the city, you'll go from sunny to chilly over the course of a good walk [and I also agree you should walk everywhere]
All the suggestions here are great, there's a
This weekend is bay to breakers (http://zazzlebaytobreakers.com/) which is usually a lot of fun, so I suggest heading to golden gate park/the panhandle and taking some of that in.
On top of Amoeba, if you're into metal/electronic weirdness at all aquarius records in the mission is worth a visit when you're in the neighborhood getting a burrito/birite icecream, as is thrillhouse records if you're into punk. [Regarding Amoeba, I'm actually not a big fan of Haight/Ashbury but I'm getting old - if you do go there, at least duck into the Aub Zam Zam, I'll let you work out why - the toronado in the lower haight is also worth a visit for beer]
Walks through Lands End in the north west corner of the city are a good place to take in the beauty of the marin headlands, golden gate & ocean.
Food/drink-wise, there's lots to be found. Brunch, cocktails, burritos, sushi, burgers, korean bbq, etcetc. Yelp is your friend to a degree, but don't be afraid to just try places, there's lots of sneakily good food lurking all over the place that people don't necessarily care for you to know about :)
Got a night visit to alcatraz booked
that I didn't discover until after I'd been and am now sad that I didn't go to:
I think there are more on Geary St too. I feel like I missed out on a lot in San Francisco, largely due to our hotel being an actual shithole that cost a fortune. My advice is do everything everyone suggests. It'll be worth it. Definitely, as Severed says, go to AT&T park. My girlfriend hates sports and it was her favourite day of the holiday. That was the same day that I saw a sea lion.