San Francisco Weekend Guide

San Francisco is a perfect combination of high-tech start ups, hip arts and culture districts, and delicious authentic foods. With it’s unique architecture, distinct authenticity, and endless food fusion, San Francisco offers a vibe much different than many other parts of California. This was my first visit to San Francisco, and I have to say, I fell in love. The city offers everything from ritzy brunch spots to the best hole-in-the-wall burritos, and from high tech offices lining the waters, to the colorful european-like street atmosphere.

My purpose for visiting was to catch up with one of my best friends and previous roommate before heading off for 6 months on my Royal Caribbean contract. As I mentioned, I hadn’t ever been to San Francisco, and I wanted to see how life was treating her over there.

I lucked out with a cheap flight from PDX to SFO for only $150 round trip, and a place to stay in such a beautiful part of town, North Beach. From what I saw, this area is a more luxurious part of town, and was in walking distance from so many delicious restaurants and a great bar scene.

She lives on Union street in North Beach, and from what I’ve heard (and the feeling I got when I was there), this is a highly recommended area. Here’s a map to reference if you aren’t familiar.

Since I only had a weekend to explore, my knowledge is limited. I thought it would be best to paint it out by district so you can see all the cute places to explore around these areas.

North Beach

Where to Eat & Drink:

  • Mona Lisa
  • Italian Homemade
  • 15 Romolo
  • Maggies
  • Kells Irish Bar

What to Do:

  • Peir 39 – Fisherman’s Wharf
  • See Alcatraz *You can take a tour, but it books out far out in advance.
  • The Ferry Building
  • Exploratorium
  • Coit Tower

Mission

Where to Eat & Drink:

  • La Taqueria
  • Papitos
  • Stonemill Matcha

What to Do:

  • Mission street art and shops
  • Mission Doloris Park
  • Walk down Valencia Blvd

Marina

Where to Eat & Drink:

  • Jaxson Country Bar
  • Blackwood
  • Tacolicious
  • Brixton
  • Equator Coffee

What to Do:

  • Bike to Golden Gate Bridge and across
  • Chestnut street shopping
  • Lafayette Park
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