Of course if you have the chance, you should stay in San Francisco longer than a day, because there is so much to see. Nevertheless, we sometimes only have a day to explore, so I’ve filled this guide with typical things you don’t want to miss while in the pastel city of San Francisco.
HOW TO SPEND 24 HOURS IN SAN FRANCISCO:
Drink lots of coffee
San Francisco has many quality coffee shops with beautiful interiors. A few of my favorites include The Mill for a selection of toasts with coffee from Four Barrel Coffee Roasters; Hollow Cafe is a tiny coffee shop, but it’s quaint and cozy; and Craftsman and Wolves, which serves great coffee, but is a must for eating an asiago sausage muffin with a soft boiled egg in the center.
If you’re not into coffee, Dandelion Chocolate is great for a decadent take on hot chocolate or Samovar Tea Lounge for the tastiest chai tea and an array of tea flavors.
Walk around Alamo Square and visit the famous Painted Ladies
Reminisce of those afternoons spent watching Full House while you take in the scenic view of the Painted Ladies. But don’t forget to stroll around the square shaped park to take in views of other San Fransisco homes that also boast a lot of character.
Eat all the pastries
Not only is San Francisco a great place for drinking all the coffee, but access to quality and tasty pastries is abundant. My favorite spots for getting something sweet include Tartine, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, and Le Marais Bakery.
Shop along Valencia Street
Visit one of the most hipster spots in the U.S. Valencia street is lined with restaurants, coffee shops, and shops. A few of my favorite stores include Everlane (a minimal and ethical clothing store) and Acacia (for Japanese ceramics and home goods).
Make like a tourist and drive down Lombard Street
There might be a line of cars waiting their turn to drive down the short, and curvy shaped street, but Lombard is a San Francisco must see!
Walk through the Flower Conservatory
It’s a bit humid, but it’s a botanical haven full of beauty. Outside the conservatory is a manicured field of colorful flowers, which offers the perfect atmosphere to take a break and perhaps have a picnic.
Visit the Fisherman’s Wharf and eat your way through the Market
The Fisherman’s Wharf attracts a lot of attention primarily due to the sea lions. It’s definitely a huge tourist attraction, but it’s iconic to San Francisco, and is a great spot for kids.
Marvel at the Golden Gate Bridge
To get a scenic view, drive to Fort Point for a perfect view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Take a stroll around the Palace of Fine Arts
After viewing the Golden Gate Bridge, take a short drive over to the Palace of Fine Arts for beautiful columns and architecture. Stroll around the large pond to take in the view from different angles.