In a city that has hundreds of restaurants, beautiful parks and a breathtaking view on nearly every corner, how do you decide where to go first? This week, my parents were in San Francisco for the very first time since I’ve lived here. Here’s where I took them.
Friday, March 25
Arrival at SFO: 5:30pm. Nice dinner at Del Popolo. As my parents staying at the Scarlet Huntington hotel on the top of Nob Hill, I picked a restaurant on a walking distance so they could head back after their meal to get a good night’s sleep.
Saturday, March 26
Have brunch at Mymy at California & Larkin. Uber to Golden Gate Bridge and snap 100 pictures. I chose to walk over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito instead of biking. It’ll take you about 2 hours, but it’s almost all downhill, and I prefer it because you get to enjoy your surroundings more (like dolphins!). If you prefer to bike there, it’ll only take you 25 minutes. Make sure you have clam chowder and then take the ferry back to San Francisco. Upon arrival, snoop around (almond brittle is so good!) in the Ferry Building, then walk through the Financial District.
Sunday, March 27
Quick on-the-go breakfast at Moka, with bagels around $5. As we needed to get to the South Bay for a family gathering, we rented a GetAround for the day. Pro tip: Make sure you drive through Billionaire’s Row + see the Bernal Heights (or Twin Peaks) view over the whole city! We had an Easter lunch with family in the afternoon.
Monday, March 28
Brunch, then walk over to the Cable Car Museum, catch the view at Clay & Jones street, then walk down Powell street to do some shopping at Union Square. Don’t skip the Westfield mall (and check out the dome!) to have a steak salad in the foodcourt downstairs. After shopping, walk through the Yerba Buena Gardens. When the clock hits 4pm, make sure you catch an elevator to the 39th floor of the Marriot hotel and grab a drink at The View. Have tapas at B44 in a cute alley named Belden Place closeby.
Tuesday, March 29
Walk from breakfast spot Cheese Plus through Cow Hollow down to the Marina. Enjoy the boutiques on Union and Chestnut street. Keep following Chestnut street to go see the Palace of Fine Arts. Catch an Uber there, and go see the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square. Have fancy Mexican food at Nopalito and play disc golf at Golden Gate Park + catch a view of the California Academy of Sciences. We then also went to Fort Mason, which is pretty far out of the way, but has great views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Wednesday, March 30
Hike from the Suthro baths to Sea Cliff, better known as the Lands End trail.
Thursday, March 31
Drive up to Capitola and Santa Cruz.
Friday, April 1
Walk from the Ferry Building to Coit tower. Go to the top of Coit Tower. Walk to Pier 39 and have clam chowder (yes, again!). See the Sea lions at Fisherman’s Wharf and end the day at Ghirardelli Square. Take cable car from Beach street back to the hotel.
Saturday, April 2
We ended up going to Napa. Perfect for a quick half day or full day trip.
Sunday, April 3
Flight back to Belgium at 3pm, so time for a long brunch! We went to Rose’s Cafe on Union street.
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