If you’ve never visited San Francisco, California, then you are missing out! Known as one of the leading high-tech cities in the country with gorgeous views and even better neighborhoods to stroll through, here is the perfect long weekend itinerary for your next trip.
Check into your hotel and get ready to experience the city. Airbnb actually started in San Francisco and there are a ton of great places to make you feel like a local! If you are looking to stay in a hotel, then you should check out Hotel Kabuki, Fairmont San Francisco, or The Axiom Hotel San Francisco.
Head out to the Mission District and grab yourself a burrito! With a strong Mexican culture, you can find some of the absolute best authentic food this side of the border. The Mission Burrito has actually become a staple in terms of burrito styles in the US, so see where they started! Taqueria La Cumbre is the birthplace of the Mission-style Burrito, and they have been serving it proudly since 1969.
Head out to Pier 39 to spend the rest of the evening hitting up some of the more famous sites that San Francisco has to offer. You can see cute sea lions just laying around. Also, if you’re a fan of The Princess Diaries, then you can visit the actual photo booth where Anne Hathaway and Dame Julie Andrews shot the film over at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Head back over to the Mission District to have dinner at Flour + Water which features some of the best Italian food you will find in the city. With menus changing every day, and handmade pasta, you’re getting authentic Italian cuisine that you’ll be obsessed with! If they have the Matsutake Cappelletti when you’re there, get it!
If you don’t have brunch while you’re in California, did you even go? Head over to Nopa to have one of the most memorable brunches ever. It gets really busy here, so make sure that you make a reservation before your trip. I’m obsessed with the Butter Basted Eggs and the Oven Baked Egg. It has a super California style that is laid back and will set your day up for success! You can also walk across the park to go see the famous Painted Ladies as well!
If there is one thing that people seem to love, it is taking in the beautiful scenery that defines San Francisco. Spend a few hours walking around Golden Gate Park. You can visit the amazing Japanese Tea Garden, Carousel, and Aquarium all in one place! There are also quite a few museums you can visit as well.
Head over to Swan Oyster Depot to pick up some delicious seafood that is about as fresh as you can get it. It is a small spot and cash-only, but it is worth your time and the potentially long wait. It is definitely one of those restaurants that makes you feel like a local!
Before you get ready for dinner, make a stop by Twin Peaks to get quite possibly the best view of the whole city. You can get some exercise in by walking, or you can catch a quick ride in a Lyft. Best of all, visiting Twin Peaks is completely free and you’ll Instagram account will be full for days!
Swing over to Tonga Room to grab a few pre-dinner drinks at one of the best tiki bars I have ever been to. It’s located at The Fairmont Hotel that we mentioned earlier, and even the late Anthony Bourdain called it the greatest place in history. Don’t miss the Island Groove Band who perform on a barge in the middle of the pool!
Now that it’s time for dinner, head over to Kusakabe for traditional Japanese flavors and incredible sushi. This is definitely a “treat yourself” kind of dinner, and ranges from $98 to $175 per person, but it’s worth it. The courses are crafted to reflect aspects of the Japanese culture and don’t leave anything to be desired.
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting San Francisco between March and October, then you’ll want to hit up the Presidio Picnic. It’s a great time to spend time with the locals and get your fill of great local food trucks.
If you’re out of the picnic window, have no fear, there are still amazing places you can visit on your final day in the city. Foreign Cinema is one of the most exciting places to be in the city. Reservations are needed, and you can even dine while they are playing a film. Check out their website to see what is playing during your trip.
Catch a street car and head to Union Square where you can find some of the bigger retailers in San Francisco along with fun places to grab drinks or a late lunch. From there, you can easily walk down to Embarcadero to find specialty goods and the Ferry Building which has a great history for the city of San Francisco.
What better way to round out a trip to the Golden State than with a true California style dinner. Waterfront Restaurant is located in the Embarcadero area with beautiful views of the Bay Bridge and a seafood list that is nothing to sneeze at. Must try includes Whole Wood Oven Roasted Dungeness Crab and the Handmade Seafood Linguini!