9 Unforgettable Must-Do’s In San Francisco

San Francisco is a beautiful and limitless city!

To get the most out of your visit in San Francisco, here is a guide of must-do activities while visiting the gorgeous city by the bay!

1. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge.
UNSPLASH Madeline Pere

The Golden Gate Bridge is the most popular attraction – and for a good reason! You don’t need to be shy about being a tourist here. Enjoy the breeze, take creative pictures, and soak in this unbeatable view.

2. Grab a bite at Farm : Table

754 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Farm : Table
PHOTO Shrusti Goswani

This cute cafe is the perfect spot for a quick breakfast before a fun day in the city. Their aesthetic outdoor seating and delicious dishes will have you wishing you could eat there all day! While you’re there, make sure you order one of their unique drinks, like the Nutella Latte.

3. Go boating in Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park
UNSPLASH Margaret Whiston

If you’re looking for a change of pace, rent a boat and paddle through Golden Gate Park! The calm water and blooming plants make for a relaxing daytime activity.

4. See the view from Lombard Street

Lombard Street
Photo by Pedro Lastra on Unsplash

Lombard Street is known as the “crookedest” street in the world. In 1922, the property owner, Carl Henry, intended to make the road crooked because it was too steep for anyone to use. You can walk up and down the side using a staircase and admire the beautiful flowers and huge houses that enclose Lombard Street! Make sure you pause to see the astonishing view from the top of the street!

5. Stuff your face Boudin Bakery & Cafe

Pier 39, Space 5-Q Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133

Boudin Bakery
INSTAGRAM @boudinbakery

Boudin Bakery & Cafe is known for having the tastiest sourdough bread! Their soups and chilis are even served in their classic sourdough bread bowl. If you need any more convincing, Boudin Bakery & Cafe has a location on Pier 39, which has tons of other tourist attractions and sites. Once you’ve tired yourself out from a day of exploring, stop by at Boudin Bakery for a meal you won’t forget!

6. Snap some pictures at the Palace of Fine Arts

Palace of Fine Arts
Photo by Howie Mapson on Unsplash

The Palace of Fine Arts was initially built in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Exposition. Many events are held here, but tourists can still walk through and admire the beautiful and historic architecture. It’s only a few miles away from the Golden Gate Bridge, making it the perfect place to stop by.

7. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Smitten Ice Cream

2404 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Smitten Ice Cream
INSTAGRAM @smittenicecream

Smitten Ice Cream is the perfect place to stop during a late-night stroll through San Francisco. Their ice cream is made from locally sourced ingredients and comes in tons of fun flavors. The best part is that you can see the employees make the ice cream right in front of you! Their one-of-a-kind “Brrr” machine, invented and patented by Smitten’s CEO Robyn Sue Fisher, churns the ice cream until it’s irresistibly smooth.

9. Admire the art on Clarion Alley

Mission district

Clarion Alley
UNSPLASH Jorge Gardner

I think this alley is the city’s best attraction. The sides of the alley are covered in murals, both political and non-political, all made by local artists. New murals are painted often, so each time you visit, you’ll see different artistic styles and stories by the community.

9. Dinner at Zuni Café

1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Zuni Cafe, San Francisco
PHOTO Zuni Café

The quintessential San Francisco restaurant has withheld the test of time during the last four decades in a city that’s frequently booming with new eateries around every corner. Zuni Café is known for its fresh oysters and an outstanding menu infused by local and seasonal ingredients. Among a long list of fantastic restaurants in the city, Zuni is every local’s go-to as a reliable staple.

BONUS: Cruise along the 17-mile drive

17 Mile Drive Beach
PHOTO Shrusti Goswani

Just 30 minutes outside San Francisco is one of the most scenic drives in the country. You can stop anywhere along the Pebble Beach area, including at spots like Spanish Bay, Huckleberry Hill, and The Lone Cypress. This drive is the perfect way to spend the day, with a new adventure waiting at every stop.

Shrusti Goswami

Editor / Social Media Associate

Shrusti is a passionate writer and poet. You can often find her drinking a cup of coffee and finding new places to go with her friends and family. After college, it’s her dream to keep traveling the world and bring diverse stories to the big screen.

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