Post # 1
Hey bees! Mr. Bananas and I are taking a Not Wedding Related trip to San Francisco soon, and I’m wondering if you all have any tips on what to see, where to eat, etc. Especially non touristy things – like the best market, restaurant, etc, or places near San Francisco to visit, because neither of us have ever been to California before!!! Thanks!
Post # 3
I absolutely love San Francisco. It has its tourist sites like Fisherman’s Warf and Lombard Street (the crooked street), but the local flavor can be found on any street in the city. I haven’t been there in over 5 years, but some of my favorite places to visit were Chinatown and the Little Italy district.
Post # 4
The best thing I did while on my last vacation in San Fran? Osento Bathhouse for Women. 955 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA – (415) 282-6333. It is women only (there are lots of shops and a nice park and a really good resturant nearby for your Fiance to explore), but it is cheap (basically a pay what you can kind of place), relaxing, and a bit of sanity in the city. 🙂 Think self-service spa meets pool/steam room/whirlpool/etc.
Also, Chinatown! Take a boat tour of the bay- such great photograph opertunities. See the seals down by the docks. Ride a trolly. If you want to bring some fun naughty into it- visit Good Vibes (right over by Osento incidently!) for a super awesome, friendly place to check out vibes, other sex toys, and other things good for the bedroom (and beyond).
Have a great trip!
Post # 5
What ISN’T there to do ? Give me more specifics and I’ll guide you.
Google the squid list . It’s a list of cool happenings separated by day. It’s awesome.
Sign up for groupon and get restaurant gift certificates for 50% off !
Post # 6
The Exploratorium is a really cool, hands-on museum. It’s a blast. It’s also located at The Palace of Fine Arts, which is really pretty and it’s close to the Golden Gate Bridge, so you could see both in one day.
I also think taking a ferry is fun. You can take one that just goes around the bay without stopping, or you can take one to Sausalito, get off and have lunch, and then come back.
If you’re renting a car, driving to the top of Twin Peaks at night is also cool (assuming it’s not too foggy). I take all our out of town guests there.
I’d also suggest having a burrito. Poncho Villas or El Toro Taqueria (both in the Mission District) are pretty yummy.
I always go shopping on Haight St. They have some very cool stores and, well, it’s Haight Street.
Post # 7
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Post # 8
I love the ferry terminal (great shops, especially if you are a foodie) and I echo CurlyDreamer that taking one of the transit ferries is a great way to see the city from the water (and cheaper than the tour ferries). You can take a ferry to Sausalito, or Tiburon, or Angel Island (for a bit of hiking in the middle of the bay). The Alcatraz tour is the one touristy thing that I think is a must. Make reservations in advance. They sell out fairly often. If you will be in SF during baseball season, go to a Giants game. AT&T Park is an awesome baseball venue.
Post # 9
Ferry Terminal (get a cupcake!)
then walk up Embarcadero to Pier 39. I’d say check out the sea lions but they have gone missing 🙁
then continue some more to Ghiradelli Square for some chocolate! Hope on a trolley at Hyde Street down to Powell … you’ll get to see a lot that way!
Outside of SF.. Muir Woods, Stinson Beach and Napa/Sonoma Valleys
Check out Mrs Peep Toe’s posts – honeymoon in my hometown for more ideas
Honeymoon in my Hometown: San Francisco
Post # 10
ditto on ferry building,if you’re there on saturday be sure to check out the farmer’s
if you’re coming in mid january, check out dine about town, its a special 3-course lunch or dinner at a number of restaurants within SF
check out the california academy of sciences, it has an aquarium, planetarium, and indoor tropical forest. very neat! have fun!
eat at Tartine, Boudin, E’Tutto Qua, Delfina, Bi-rite ice cream, Little Skillet,
(there’s lots and lots to explore and eat)
Post # 11
I’ve never found a restaurant in the Mission that dissapoints, ever. SF is an amazing food town.
Spend a day just meandering through the neighborhoods. Almost every building is interesting, every block has a character. Easy to just spend a whole day walking.
Post # 12
Check out the San Francisco Yelp for restaurant recommendations. Lots of good places to eat. If you eat in Fisherman’s Wharf, the little side markets where you buy your food and eat on the sidewalk are just as good as eating in the restaurants, and much cheaper. Some good Italian places in North Beach, such as Mona Lisa. Golden Gate Park is really nice to visit also.