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San Francisco United States of America, California

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  • Sightseeing (2607)
  • Shopping (2589)
  • Food (1956)
  • City Trip (746)
  • Seafood (594)
  • Walking (581)
  • Restaurants (578)
  • Scenery (565)
  • Culture (527)
  • Architecture (431)

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

Jackie, New Zealand

22 days ago Report

The hop-on & hop-off bus tours are fantastic especially, if pushed for time. Buses run throughout the day and if you decide, to spend more time at any sites, you can just hop off the bus and hop back on the next schedules bus. You can also, opt to stay on the bus and listen to the informative tour guides introducing the city.

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

Suzan, United Kingdom

20 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, United Kingdom

1 day 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, United States of America

24 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.

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

Anonymous, Unknown location

25 days ago Report

Financial district alleyway restaurants, Tiramisu and Claude were very good. As well as the Ferry Building restaurants

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

Laura, United States of America

30 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.

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

Carolyn, United States of America

7 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.
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What's the secret to sampling all the diverse food San Francisco has to offer?

Michael, Australia

29 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!

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

Michael, Australia

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

Karen, Canada

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

Shaun, United States of America

15 days ago Report

There are just so many people from all over the World there.

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

Pamela, United Kingdom

10 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

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

Brian, Canada

11 days ago Report

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

Anonymous, Unknown location

9 days ago Report

Use Google maps, get a bus-routing plug-in, and suddenly you're a public transit expert and you can go anywhere quickly and inexpensively. There are buses approximately every 10 minutes on the major streets.

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

Megan, United States of America

25 days ago Report

Legion of Honor and also go to the Palace of Fine Arts to see the architecture

How is tourism changing San Francisco?

Anonymous, Unknown location

21 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, United Kingdom

20 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

Is San Francisco the place to have a meal to remember? Tell us why.

Karen, Canada

15 days ago Report

Did a great food walking tour through North Beach, their little Italy which introduced us to some great cafe, bakeries and Italian restaurant. favorite meal was at Pinnochio's taverna on Columbus (lobster ravioli with scallops)
My husband has the chicken parm-so good!

What makes fine dining in San Francisco stand out?

Laraine, United States of America

18 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, United Kingdom

1 day 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!

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