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San Francisco United States of America, California

Top reasons to visit:

  • Sightseeing (3127)
  • Shopping (2940)
  • Food (2342)
  • City Trip (877)
  • Seafood (742)
  • Restaurants (714)
  • Walking (693)
  • Scenery (679)
  • Culture (647)
  • Architecture (537)

San Francisco was highly rated for sightseeing by 1,395 guests from the United States!

How can you enjoy the sights in San Francisco while avoiding the crowds?

Megan
Megan, United States of America

22 days ago Report

Venture outside the most touristy areas like Pier 39 and Union Square - go to Hayes Valley, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, Cow Hollow, the Marina. It's much less crowded and you can even forget you're in the city

Is there more to shopping in San Francisco than just brand-name stores?

Suzan
Suzan, United Kingdom

17 days ago Report

Macy's was brilliant. Lots of discounts as well as extra 10% off as a traveller. All you do is say you are travelling and you get that. I hate the 8% tax added at the end of the bill though!! But that's all the states. The American brands are less than half the UK price, literally. The assistants are brilliant, they not only help you with sizes but bring you other beautiful items that you would not have seen. They are never ever pushy which is great

Why do you recommend San Francisco for food?

Juin-lun
Juin-lun, United Kingdom

29 days ago Report

Over rated, and fairly pricey! I would almost say the cost of food in San Francisco is on par with New York, without the same level of quality.
The seafood in the area is also overpriced, with a certain crab shop charging upwards of $30 per crab which does not include tips or tax i.e. look to be paying upwards of +25% per meal (approx 10% tax + approx 15% tip).
For some reason, all seafood shops were selling New England (East Cost) Clam Chowder in a bread bowl; I am not too sure why the west coast does not have its own soup dish, and that they have to use an east coast soup. East coast soups like this are heavy and stodgy designed for a cooler region should not be sold in a region where the average temperature is 20C and balmy! What made the New England Clam Chowder San Franciscan, was the sour dough bread that is made in the area. To be honest, the bread is not that good either, just tasted like bog standard sour dough, nothing to get excited about.
What I would have which is half decent is the local vietnamese (pho was good, but nothing to write home about), chinese (decent also nothing to write home about, unless you have not had decent chinese before) and mexican (burritos are average).

What seafood experience in San Francisco is still on your mind?

Calvin
Calvin, United States of America

21 days ago Report

Lazy man's Cioppino is still as excellent as it has been for over 45 years. It may even be better today. I've spoken so often about this place my granddaughter wanted to try it. So we took a road trip and traveled over a 1,000 miles for her to experience it. The sightseeing is also great except that it is now so crowded it's not the same. Traffic and road conditions have deteriorated so badly I would not recommend driving in the city. We drove a one way street up a hill. When we got up to a stop sign we found that to continue straight was going the wrong way. The cross street was one way to the the left but the road was blocked with a sign that said no left turn. It was a narrow street but we managed to make a U-turn and found our way out.

What is it about the people in San Francisco that makes them so watchable?

Newborne
Newborne, Canada

3 days ago Report

Sad to say so many people sleeping on the streets, no one cares their dogs are allowed to mess everywhere with no accountability, sa to who will clean it up. I still love to visit the city.

Why do people say San Francisco can be seen best by foot?

Laura
Laura, United States of America

27 days ago Report

San Francisco is only 7 by 7 miles. It's a very small city, but feels like a big one, since it's very dense. It's a fantastic experience to walk around the city, climbing up hills to reach stunning views, finding yourself moving from Chinatown, where hardly anyone is speaking English and dim sum is available at every step, to North Beach with delicious Italian restaurants, to Pier 39 and tourist attractions to the Marina with hip boutiques and bars, through the Presidio, etc. Those aren't even half of San Francisco's neighborhoods, but every part of the city has so much food, shopping, art and life to offer, and you can't see it quite right from a car. There are so many little gems to discover, and it's realistic to get from neighborhood to neighborhood on foot.

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

Anonymous, Unknown location

21 days ago Report

Financial district alleyway restaurants, Tiramisu and Claude were very good. As well as the Ferry Building restaurants
  • Culturally Diverse Food 523 endorsements
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What's the secret to sampling all the diverse food San Francisco has to offer?

Michael
Michael, Australia

25 days ago Report

Get away from the chain stores, great ffod is to be had throughout San Francisco, from Mexican goodness in the Mission to the most amazing wood fired Pizzas ever at Outer Sunset!

What effect did the scenery in San Francisco have on you?

Carolyn
Carolyn, United States of America

3 days ago Report

I took 16G's worth of pictures in San Francisco and I still could not capture everything I saw. Not one picture I took of the view did it justice. There were flowers everywhere, it just made you feel good. The architecture was spectacular. We had a really great time.

What's the best way to make the most of San Francisco by foot?

Karen
Karen, Canada

11 days ago Report

Wear smart walking shoes and dress in layers. It's chilly early in the day, then it's warms up in the afternoon, but the wind can pick up and by evening you need a light jacket and long pants. Use the cable cars (get a day pass for $15 and you can use it on all Muni transit) use to take you to your attractions ie. Fishermans wharf or Union Square for shopping and you can explore for hours. Don't bother trying to walk from Union square to City hall/Asian Art Museum, it gets really sketchy along there. Use the BART or invest in a 24 hour Hop on Hop off pass, and the Civic Center is a designated stop.
We also did the Architectural Walking tour the first time, it was really interesting if your interested in the history behind some of the buildings.

What makes San Francisco one of those classic city-trip experiences?

Pamela
Pamela, United Kingdom

7 days ago Report

You could not ask for more, it has history, it has beauty, it has a buzz of excitement about it.
Love it

Which fine art museums should a first-time visitor to San Francisco start with?

Candace
Candace, United States of America

27 days ago Report

California Palace of Legion of Honor for both its traditional collection, but also for
its spectacular overlook of entrance to Golden Gate! DeYoung in Golden Gate Park,
ASIAN Museum in Civic Center and when SF MOMA re-opens will be spectacular
down-town place to visit!

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in San Francisco.

Michael
Michael, Australia

25 days ago Report

All types of shopping are available in San Francisco, many designer shops in the central union square district and some great second hand finds in the Mission and Haight-Ashbury districts.

What was the most entertaining thing you saw in San Francisco?

Brian
Brian, Canada

8 days ago Report

We attended the 3-day Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park. Always a good bet.
  • Convenient Public Transportation 218 endorsements
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Was it cheap, fast, or easy to use? What made it so simple to get around in San Francisco?

Bob
Bob, United States of America

26 days ago Report

We got the "elder-weekend" tickets from the SFO tourist desk, made it easy and cheap to hop-on hop-off anywhere, get to most of the sights, ride the cable cars, without transfers! BART is fast, but the buses/street-cars can only go at "traffic speed", except where they have dedicated lanes.

What makes fine dining in San Francisco stand out?

Laraine
Laraine, United States of America

15 days ago Report

The combination of food and views. Places like the Water Bar are located on the Embarcadero and give you magnificent views while you enjoy award winning food.

What did you discover about the museums in San Francisco that wasn't in the guidebooks?

Juin-lun
Juin-lun, United Kingdom

29 days ago Report

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is closed for refurbishment for the next few years (This was written in 2014) finding decent art collection can be difficult and each art installation which has borrowed art from San Francisco MoMa would cost a minimum of $10 entry. As the art has been spread over more than three locations, be prepared if you like art to be paying upwards of $50 including transportation to each venue!

What makes the people from San Francisco so friendly? Tell us your story.

Valeria
Valeria, New Zealand

2 days ago Report

We got chatting to a lot of locals, Americans are just so friendly (we spent time in California and Arizona) that they strike up a conversation anywhere: coffee machine, park, shops, restaurants etc. If you are from NZ or England it can be hard to be comfortable speaking to strangers but I just got into the swing of it. I'm sure they will leave you alone if you act like you don't want to participate.

How is tourism changing San Francisco?

Anonymous, Unknown location

18 days ago Report

Alcatraz is the most prominent tourist thing to do but if you don't want to spend an afternoon there, or tickets are sold out (get them in advance btw), just waking along the pier there is loads to see. If you only have a few days there, a good way to see the city is the bus tours.

How does San Francisco go the extra mile to make your family feel at home?

Suzan
Suzan, United Kingdom

17 days ago Report

The hotel staff were amazing at telling us the one area we had to avoid, everywhere else was very safe and the transport links are brilliant

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