San Francisco. Infamous for its year-long fog, delicious seafood, endless hills, and eclectic vibes. Whether taking a road trip through all that NorCal has to offer, or simply enjoying a long weekend away, San Fran provides all you could want when it comes to eating, drinking, and playing.
Known as SF’s best brunch destinations, Foreign Cinema combines a revolving California-Mediterranean menu of incredible food, a gorgeous atmosphere, and month-long movie screenings al-fresco. Looking for a memorable and enjoyable date spot? Foreign Cinema. Needing that brunch-fix? Foreign Cinema. Wanting to explore an incredible variety of wine? Foreign Cinema. Reservations are hard to come by so plan accordingly!
It’s not every day that you find a Mexican food that gives SoCal a run for its money, but here we are. La Taqueria is known for its traditional and seriously incredible food. With their highly rated burritos, you will leave here not only happy, but with “the best burrito in America”. Are you drooling yet? Family-owned and operated, La Taqueria has been around since 1990 and have been providing SF with mouth-watering burritos, tacos, and more. The long lines will surely indicate you have arrived.
Hog Island Oyster Co. is your go-to spot for amazing seafood. Located in the historic waterfront Ferry Building, Hog Island Oyster Co. services raw oysters half shell, oyster stew, clam chowder, salads, meat, pasta, and more. Enjoy floor to ceiling windows providing a relaxing view of the bay while drinking craft cocktails. There are long waits and sometimes seating can be hard to get, but it is worth it all.
If you’re looking for a restaurant that brings some ethnic flavors (yes, plural) to the table. Liholiho is for you. Featuring a Hawaiian menu with Chinese and Indian influences, this place gets busy…Fast. I highly suggest making a reservation on the website and don’t be shocked at the prices. This place is expensive, but you get what you pay for. If you have a group of 8 or more, look into their “Ohana” menu for a family-style menu featuring 10-12 sharable dishes. Now… go make that reservation and get ready for an incredible meal.
Offering Asian- inspired American breakfast and brunch dishes and Korean plates for dinner, Surisan is a staple for organic and flavor-filled food. Located near the Fisherman’s Wharf there is both indoor and outdoor seating options with a full menu offering dishes such as Brussel Sprout Hashbrows, Blueberry Stuffed Crunch French Toast, Kimchi Fried Rice, Korean Tacos, Sweet Soy Glazed KFC, Mango Poke Salad, and Galbi (Korean BBQ Short Ribs)…and now I’m starving.
This swanky art-deco inspired lounge is perfect if you’re looking for a good night out. Most noted for their Friday night Battle of the Decades where each hour a new decade of music is being played. As the decades increase, so do their drink prices ranging from $1 drinks to $6 drinks. Like them on Facebook for free entry and enter for a great time.
Sitting pretty atop of the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, The View offers an incredible visual of downtown SF in addition to great place to enjoy small plates or hand-crafted cocktails. This 4,500 square-foot lounge underwent a complete transformation which cost a pretty penny, but it also included their food and drinks menu. Offering both the classics and some finely named cocktails, you can’t miss out on the opportunity to have a memorable night out here.
Monarch is special for a few reasons, but the most prominent reason is the versatility this club offers its attendees. The basement is The Club, is known for its revolving list of international DJ’s such as Maya Jane Coles, Carl Craig, Maceo Plex, Kaskade, Derrick Carter, and M83, in addition to the best locally. When you head upstairs to their Bar and Upstairs Lounge, you are transported to a vintage ambiance intertwining elements of Steampunk, Art Nouveau, and Victorian elements. With aerialists and performance art, this level still provides some excitement, yet is a great break from the nonstop dance floor below. Heading up one more level, you arrive in The Emperors’ Drawing Room. If you are looking to just enjoy a cocktail and relax, this level is for you, all while providing class and luxury. Check out the site for more information on tickets and events.
Barbary Coast Taproom Noc Noc – $
515 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94109
If you’re more into chill vibes and a great beer selection, Noc Noc is your place. With almost a 5.0 rating, this spot is your psychedelic trip you’ve been waiting for. The spot is covered in atmospheric art work and their beer list can’t be matched. Their staff is highly informed and can help point you to your next favorite beer. Make sure to check out their happy hour and see their Facebook page for their list of events.
Sitting atop the Stockton tunnel, this bar is a local favorite. With a great happy hour and beer selection, great pricing, and even better service, visitors always seem to enjoy the music and vibes this bar attracts. With a downstairs bar and upstairs lounge, there’s plenty of room for you and your friends. If you plan on stopping by, see what everyone is talking about and make sure to try their Spicy Mango Margarita.
Alcatraz Night Tour – $$
Available Thursday – Monday (through November 4, 2018)
*Effective Monday, November 5, 2018, Night Tours are available Tuesday – Saturday.
Alcatraz is awesome to visit regardless, but if possible, check out the night tour and experience how this historic site changes moods. Enjoy a sunset ferry ride and explore all the escape routes that were once taken. From there, enjoy learning through an audio-guided tour what it was like being in solitary confinement, what the prisoners stories were, and how the escapes took place, all told by a correctional officer who worked in the facility.
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre – Free
3301 Lyon St., San Francisco, CA 94123
If you are looking for a great place to people watch and have a picnic set to a gorgeous backdrop, you have to check out the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. Originally built to house art exhibits, little remains of the original buildings from 1915. Rennovations and a retrofit took place for safety purposes in 2009, and has become quite the attraction. The pictures speak for themselves!
Presidio of San Francisco
Building 201, Fort Mason, San Francisco, California
Open 24 hours
Presidio is your go-to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. With incredible historical value as well, Presidio offers hiking trails, historic events, art exhibitions and more. One of the best trails to go on is one of the oldest foot trails in San Francisco,Lovers Lane. This one-mile hike takes you on the same path Spanish soldiers used in the 18th century to get from the Main Post to Mission Dolores. The trail features a beautiful winding pathway in the middle of a “tunnel” of tall trees offering the perfect outdoor date or backdrop for a photoshoot…#doitforthegram. For more information, visit the site above.
One of the oldest and largest Chinatown established outside of Asia, San Francisco’s Chinatown is NOT to be missed. Between the dim sum, cocktail lounges, karaoke bars, herbalists, and more, there is literally something for everyone here. I highly suggest you do not drive there, but I also highly suggest visiting these places: The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, The Chinatown Gate, Waverly Place, Grant Avenue, Stockton Street, and Tin How Temple, just to name a few. If you want to avoid some of the crowds, consider going at night!
Mission District Street Art
With over 500 murals, Mission District has the highest concentration of street art in the world. If you are like me, you loveeeeee some street art. There are tons of sites online that provide you with great self-guided tours so I will link them all above. Starting back in the 70’s these murals started as a way to protest and vocalize opinions on social/political topics. You will see decades of art which I find to be amazing. Check out Balmy Alley for sure, and then just get lost and see what you end up finding.
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