When I think of San Francisco, I think funky, vibrant and artsy. The city is a kaleidoscope of colorful houses and captivating artwork! I like many, fancy the bohemian lifestyle and have always found San Francisco intriguing. I’ve managed to visit the city on multiple occasions and tend to enjoy it’s creative edge with every encounter! Whether you’re exploring solo or looking for a fun-filled weekend, there is plenty to do in the city.
Take a stroll on Pier 39
Pier 39 is a lively outdoor spot! There are tons of stores, restaurants and a waterfront with a stunning view of the Bay. This is the perfect place to do your souvenir shopping or have a cheeky cocktail at the Wipeout Bar and Grill. Walking along the harbor, one can see Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge and the sea lions sitting out on the docks.
Walk along the iconic Golden Gate Bridge
…but be sure to bring a jacket! It’s always chilly in the city, even on the warm days. Brace yourself a long walk as it is quite a distance. If you don’t have time to walk or don’t feel like it, there are rental bikes available. Another option is to take a drive to Marin County and head over the bridge by car. Whichever way you decide, it’s worth the trip! Take the time to admire the picturesque view of the Bay, passing ships and the beautiful mountains.
Indulge in a shopping spree at Union Square
A huge plaza overflowing with designer and department stores! What more could you ask for? Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Prada are just some of the many high-end stores. Macy’s, Nordstrom, Victoria’s Secret, GAP and Old Navy are some of the many department stores! There is also a huge Westfield Mall in the area, as well as restaurants and art museums.
Ride a cable car
Established in 1890, the San Francisco cable car system is still up and running! Why not explore the city in the most authentic way possible? This was such a bucket list experience! We were able to stand on the side of the cable car, which was quite a thrill, riding up the hilly streets and rushing down them. Be sure to watch the cable car turnaround at the corner of Powell and Market street!
Stop off at the famous Lombard Street
This uniquely bizarre street is a must-see! Thousands of tourists visit on a daily basis and the reason is pretty clear. This twisty road has 8 sharp turns! I managed to snap this classic photo of the hippie van at the bottom before heading up the steps to the very top!Lombard Street is known as the most crooked street in the world!
The Painted Ladies
The iconic row of colorful houses stand proud on the corner of Steiner and Hayes Street. They’re known by many mainly from their appearance on the 90s sitcom, Full House. It must be rather strange leaving your home each day with thousands of tourists standing around taking snaps of your world-famous house!
I thoroughly enjoyed walking the colorful streets of Chinatown and taking a little gander inside a few of the souvenir shops. The red lanterns draped across the streets and bright blue dragon street lamps gave it a festive vibe. While exploring the streets we came across bright bold street art. San Francisco is home to the largest Chinatown outside of Asia!
View the art murals in The Mission District
The alleyways are covered in color and lucid stories portrayed through artwork. This scenic route is found between 24th and 25th Street. The murals offer a glimpse of the past, with vivid images and messages of the immigrant experience.
Make your way up the stunning Tiled Steps… Oh, and find the hidden garden steps!
Located on Moraga Street between 15th and 16th Avenue lies a hidden treasure. Stunning mosaic steps! The attention to detail is mind-blowing and is definitely a must-see! Another staircase lies nearby known as the Hidden Garden Steps, I will keep this one a secret and let you find it for yourself.
Stand at the top of the mosaic steps and relish the breathtaking view!
With an eccentric perspective and ‘anything goes’ attitude, how can you not embrace everything that San Francisco embodies.
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius