There are a lot of tourist traps in the Pier 39/Fisherman's Wharf area, but one thing that's definitely worth checking out is this collection of vintage coin-operated saloon games, stop-motion animators, fortune-tellers, and other wonders dating back to the 1800s! Entry is free, everything takes quarters.
If you're visiting SF for the first (or second) time, you'll be tempted to get in line to ride the cable cars. Which is fun, but it's often a long wait you should also consider checking out the nerve center of the whole thing.
(For the more active visitor) SF is built on a series of hills, and if you want to truly appreciate what we've done with them, check out some of the city's iconic stairways at the link below.
* The 16th Ave (not Street: you're going to the Sunset District) tiled steps are beautiful, and the sights from Grandview Park at the top are breathtaking.
* The Lyon Street Steps are where we took our engagement photos.
* The Filbert Street stairs connect the Embarcadero to Coit Tower & Telegraph Hill. It winds through the most idyllic nieghborhood in the city... except for the loads of tourists.
Lots of great shops and restaurants.
A nice respite near the Divisadero commercial corridor. Lovely views, dogwalkers, and of course the Painted Ladies (i.e., the Victorians including the famous "Full House" house).
If you're going to MoMA or the Yerba Buena Center anyway (or you're really into public infrastructure), you should also check out our new transbay transit center and its rooftop garden/track. Guaranteed to be open again by September!
Just a ten-minute walk from our place and a world apart. Miles of hiking/running/biking trails and beaches; the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz in the city; monumental Goldsworthy sculptures; and more.
Recently rolled out and full of surprises, this is the way to walk or bike across the city if you want to check out some unusual sights and you're not up for going all the way to the Headlands.
Not kidding, if you're looking for a peek into something uniquely San Francisco, check out the array of people's memorial displays in this architectural gem.
Most of the time we eat in our own neighborhood, the Inner Richmond/Clement St. If you’re nearby, check out Eats (diner/brunch), B Star or Mandalay (Burmese), Arsicault (bakery), Kaiju Eats or Halu (ramen), Taqueria Los Mayas (burritos), Chapeau! (French), or Magic Flute (fancy brunch). In other parts of the city, we recommend:
One Ferry Building #3, San Francisco, CA 94111
Lower Pacific Heights
2821 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115
399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
* (reservations absolutely needed)*
1529 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
469 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114
42 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Union Square across from the Curran Theatre. If you haven't been to SF before and want easy access to tourist options, shopping and such, this is a good bet.
Neighborhood: Polk Gulch. Located in the geographic center of SF. About a 15 minute walk to Union Square.
Neighborhood: Tiburon, in Marin; this is about a 20 min drive to either the city or the wedding location. Ferry to the city also available.