One Week in San Francisco

I left my heart in San Francisco... Maybe I should go back and get it? Terrible jokes aside, San Francisco is gorgeous and the food is even better. Here is a list of things I did and ate during my one week trip to San Francisco:


Tourism:

  • Golden Gate Bridge: A classic must-see in San Francisco!

  • Alcatraz Island: A very cool island with an even cooler history.

  • Union Square: Check out the lunch options around here (scroll down for my restaurant suggestion!)

  • Pier 39: Seals, seals, and more seals!

  • Lombard Street: Also known as crooked street for its multiple hairpin turns!

Two cars driving down Lombard Street with eight hairpin turns
Lombard Street
  • Muir Woods National Park: These stunning redwood trees will have your necks craned and your jaws dropped.

  • Japanese Tea Garden: Find your Zen amongst the garden and stop to enjoy tea in the teahouse.

  • Powell-Hyde Cable Car: Take a 45 min cable car ride around San Francisco!

Cable car riding down street of San Francisco by Grace Cathedral
Cable car riding by Grace Cathedral
  • San Francisco Cable Car Museum: After taking your cable car ride, learn all about how this cool machine operates at the museum.

  • Coit Tower: A 210-foot tower offering 365º panoramic views of San Francisco at the very top!

Young woman with white hat, green jacket, light blue jeans and red Doc Martins stares out at the panoramic view of San Francisco on the top floor of Coit Tower
Views from the top of the tower
  • Grace Cathedral: Find peace amongst the cathedral's stunning Gothic architecture.

Gothic architecture Grace Cathedral
Outside of Grace Cathedral
  • Chinatown: Take a walk down Chinatown. Explore the local shops, produce markets and restaurants. Try some dim sum or just admire the architecture of the buildings.

Black & white photo of empty rainy streets in Chinatown, San Francisco
Chinatown, San Francisco
  • Pier 1 1/2: This decked walkway extends out into the ocean. It's a peaceful walk by yourself or with a significant other.

  • Japantown: Filled with so many fun Japanese stores that you can get lost in for hours! They also have cool foods to try! I found these corn pops infused with liquid nitrogen so I looked like a dragon, huffing out smoke.


Food

ARIA: 100% go here if you're looking for a cozy hole in the wall joint with fantastic Korean street food!


The Cheesecake Factory at Union Square: This was the first time I tried the Cheesecake Factory and this one set the bar high. I later tried the Cheesecake Factory in Hawaii and in Toronto and they both didn't compare to the one in San Francisco. So, if you decide to try it hear let me know if you also think it's better than the other ones you've been to. I had the mac-and-cheeseburger and I was so surprised at how tasty it was.


Boudin Bakery: Located at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco's ever so famous clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl lives here! My mouth is watering just thinking of this dish now! There's a reason why it's popular and so worth the wait.

The Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop: Watch how this famous chocolate is made and grab a Ghirardelli dessert at the original place itself!

In-N-Out: If you're not from the west coast, this is something we only hear people talk about in the movies and online. So I was super excited to be trying this place out! Boy was there a line. I enjoyed the crispy patty in the burger, but other people aren't much of a fan. Taste this one out for yourself and let me know what you think!

4 In-N-Out burgers in a red tray sitting on a white table, fries are resting beside it
Our In-N-Out Order

Wherever you go on your adventures, don't forget your camera! Then you have the opportunity to relive your adventures like this:


Have you been to any of these places or tried any of these foods? Let me know in the comments below!