I’m bordering on hangry. Where can I eat?
There are so many great places to choose from. Here are my favorites.
Lolinda: http://lolindasf.com/ is really good for dinner. It is tapas style but they give you a full steak so you can order one steak each and then order a few sides. You need to book in advance (if you book in the morning for that evening should be fine). I would recommend booking on Open table.
Foreign Cinema: http://www.foreigncinema.com/ (you also need to book) and it next to Lolinda is really really nice. You need to book potentially a few days before though as its really popular.
Also if you go to Delores Park to sit in the sunshine you should grab a sandwich in this little place called Mission Picnic. The sandwiches are similar style to Juniors here and it looks like a dive but its not, really good food and just get the sandwiches to takeaway! Also you can buy beer in the park from the guys that walk around with a cooler but I would recommend buying before you get there as cheaper.
All the places above are in Mission so if you aren't staying there just take an Uber or an uber pool (if less that two of you). You can get buses but just faster to get in an Uber.
There are so many nice restaurants in Embarcadero. If you feel like treating yourself to Steak, http://www.epicsteak.com/
The Plant Cafe is a healthier place for lunch http://www.theplantcafe.com/]
Contigo - which is a Tapas restaurant in Noe Valley: https://www.yelp.ie/biz/contigo-san-francisco-2?osq=noe+valley+restaurants
Noe Valley is a really cool place to walk around and explore.
Rooftop bar and more importantly happy hour - go to Jones' which is really near Union Square. https://www.timeout.com/san-francisco/bars/jones We stayed for 2 hours and got Anchor steam for $3 and Jameson and Ginger ale I think was $5 and wine was $5. Definitely do this because drinks can be so expensive in SF like a glass of wine is $12 on average!
It is a cash only bar so go to the ATM first!! Also when you order your first round, make sure the tip the bar man more than you usually would so that he continues to serve you so if you buy 3 drinks, tip $5/6 dollars first. important to tip right at the beginning.
If you are looking for a place to just go for drinks and hang out, then I would recommend spending your time in Mission. Basically there are tons of great bars there and here is a really great list: http://www.theinfatuation.com/san-francisco/guides/the-best-mission-bars
Huxley - hipster and really nice - everything from the standard fry to avocado toast etc. https://www.yelp.ie/biz/huxley-san-francisco
Jane - this is a place for a more healthier brunch. Not the typical pancakes diner style. They do more of a hipster brunch again and you can get everything really. https://www.yelp.ie/biz/jane-on-larkin-san-francisco-2
Olea - really good mimosas and food! It is Nob hill http://www.oleasf.com/ you can walk to places that Robin williams movies such as the Intercontinental hotel (in loads of movies)
Mrs Doubtfire house is in Pacific heights https://www.yelp.ie/biz/the-mrs-doubtfire-house-san-francisco
Also just out of interest, they just recently named a tunnel after Robin Williams just off of the Golden Gate bridge!!
For the best croissants and baked goods there is an amazing takeaway place which sometimes has a bit of a queue but you might get lucky, Mr Holmes bakehouse and it is on Larkin street (in between walking from Jane and Olea)
All of the above are walking distance from Union square *(about 10-15 min walk)
Dotties True blue cafe is a really good typical American breakfast place where you can get a good fry or pancakes or french toast. It always has a queue but the queue moves fast. https://www.yelp.ie/biz/dotties-true-blue-cafe-san-francisco
Things to do in SF:
First of all, you have to rent bikes and cycle the Golden Gate to Sausalito. Bike rentals are all over the place but some have terrible bikes so I would recommend Blazing Saddles which is on Mason street. You can also book ahead for a bike tour or you can go yourself. From Mason street you just head towards Fishermans wharf and there is a path you can follow along. They will give you a map anyway.
Address: 433 Mason St, San Francisco
It can be really warm but also really cold so definitely bring a hoodie in case cold on the bridge. You could get lucky though as both times that I did it, it was really really warm.
I would recommend walking along Embarcadero (past the Ferry Buildings) the whole way to Fishermans wharf. There is a really nice place called Boudin you can get Sourdough bread bowls with chowder. Don't go to the restaurant part upstairs it is a rip off...you can just go to the part downstairs which is really casual and more takeaway style where you queue up to get the soup.
There is also an In-and-out burger place in Fishermans Wharf if you don't feel like the soup!! It is further down from Boudin.
You should also go see Alcatraz if you have time. I would book your tickets online in advance. We went on the night time tour which was quite scary but recommended to us!! Day time is also good but I would say not as creepy!! Definitely bring hat, scarf and hoodie as even colder over there!! Remember the boat in Nola - well that level of cold!
Visit Haight Ashbury! This feels like going back in time to the flower power era. So many vintage shops. The first time I went here I bought loads of vintage records. Such a cool place to walk around.
Get the tour bus from Union Square. The tour bus is the best tour bus of any city (aside from New York tour bus). The tour guides give you an amazing history lesson and just tell you loads of cool things and it is by far the best way to get a good overview of everywhere. it takes about 4 hours so do it in the morning.
While at Union Square, there is a brand new Apple store off the square and its really cool to go see. Beside that is a Nike town and has an amazing selection of runners.
Also if you have time, at the top of Macy's there is a cheesecake factory. You can eat dinner there, they have the biggest menu all different types of food (burgers and chicken samosas are amazing) and good cocktails. I would get the cheesecake to go (Chocolate Tuxedo is one of the best).
If you are in SF during the weekend. They usually have an outdoor cinema on Union Square. Last Saturday they were playing Finding Nemo! We didn't go but we could see it from Cheesecake factory balcony while we ate our food!
Next to SF MoMa there is a nice little park if its sunny to sit outside. There are also loads of places to eat there.
Union Square is great to see, good for shops and at the end of Powell street is where you can get on the beginning of the Cable car line. You could end up queuing for over an hour so if you don't want to queue, you can walk up past union square and stand at one of the stops. You need to pay in cash on board, its about $10-12 each. The cable car goes the whole way to Fishermans wharf. Its a total tourist thing but its great to do!! If you don't want to go the whole way to Fishermans wharf you can hop off at different places like Lombard street (famous crooked street) to take photoes but honestly not much there. Just a cool thing to see.
Unless you want to eat in the Cheesecake factory, all the best restaurants and bars are away from Union square. The city is small so you can walk to alot of places or its a short Uber journey.
Alamo square, cool place to walk around and you can see the Painted ladies (row of famous houses in loads of films) from there.
A few more restaurants / bars to add to the list
Beretta for cocktails and/or food La Tacqueria for the best burritos in the US (Order the super burrito with Carne asada. Cash only) Lolo cevicheria for ceviche Local édition for cocktails
Also if you go to Lolinda for steak (which is amazing so definitely try to go) El Techo De Lolinda for cocktails before (rooftop
In Monterey, we ate in the Fish Hopper which is on Cannery Row. You can get nice fish or sea food there but they also have everything, burgers, chicken, pizza etc. It was really good value so if you are lucky for somewhere that is inexpensive but nice casual food I would go there.
There are loads of places to eat for quite good value around Cannery row and there is also a Fisherman's wharf there too!
There is a Bubba Gumps there but wouldn't recommend eating there! You can sit outside on the bench where they have a fake pair of forest gumps runners and you can take a picture where it looks like you are wearing the shoes!
Enjoy visiting one of my favorite cities!