City Guide San Francisco, USA

Visiting San Francisco

It's seldom you hear a bad word about San Francisco. There's good reason for that. One of America’s smaller cities, the list of things to do and see in the 47 square miles it covers is endless. This is the city that has given cable cars, frighteningly steep hills, the world’s most famous prison, one of the most beautiful bridges on the planet, and eclectic and trendy neighbourhoods. After a visit you’ll be spreading the good word in no time.

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San Francisco Podcasts

San Francisco - Ask the locals

Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty takes to the streets of San Francisco to ask the locals there where they like to go out at night, where they like to eat, what is their favourite neighbourhood and more.

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Walking up Lombard Street in San Francisco

Colm gives you the lowdown on San Francisco while walking up Lombard Street

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San Francisco Pocket Guide

San Francisco Pocket Guide

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San Francisco City Reviews

  • 70%


    People are crazy

    San Francisco was mostly relaxing and easy going. Its a beautiful city that has a lot to offer in terms of dining, sights and meeting people. Quite expensive relative to other US cities but worth the visit.

    Insider Tip:Hire a bike and spend a day in Golden Gate Park. It is spectacular!

  • 80%


    My Aching Legs Were Totally Worth It

    I enjoyed looking at the sea lions on Pier 39, climbing up to the base of the Coit Tower (it was closed), taking the free tour of City Hall, eating and shopping in the Castro/Mission districts, escaping a downpour in the Asian Art Museum, and eating vegetarian in Chinatown. And of course walking up and down gigantic hills.

    Insider Tip:The Westfield Mall / Centre on Market is a great place to get out of the rain for free. They have pretty good food options downstairs.

  • 100%


    Best city in the world

    San Francisco has it all: metropolitan culture, friendly people, beautiful weather, stunning nature just a quick ride away...

    Insider Tip:Catch a baseball game at AT&T park.

  • 60%


    Not what I expcted

    It was just sad to see how many homeless people populate Sn Fco. Everyone tells you it is a beautiful city but the homeless situation is a huge problem. Lots of them, too many of them, everywhere. I have traveled in. Mexico, Brasil, Chile and Argentina and I have never seen so many of them in a city area. I just did not feel safe walking around, and they were agressive enough to demand that you bought them food or coffee wherever you went.

    Insider Tip:Dont stay near downtown or Chinatown, it is simply unsafe. Pay extra to stay near the coast or you will not be able to enjoy the city by foot, which is the ideal way to see it.

  • 90%


    Awesome city !!!

    Great city !!! It's a very beautiful city with different kinds of neighbourhoods and they all have their personnal charm. The weather is great and people are very easygoing and friendly. You can enjoy shopping or visiting museums downtown or go to the beach or to the many parks to enjoy natures.

    Insider Tip:A week is perfect to have enough time to see all parts of the city and not only the touristic places. Wear good shoes and get ready to walk up and down all the time :)

USA: Itinerary

California’s most northerly city is also the Golden State’s most laidback. Walking around the hazy streets, its eclectic mix of hippies, bohemians and hobos are an attraction in their own right. With a population of approximately three quarters of a million people, it is also where you will find some of America’s more unique streets and neighbourhoods. And then there’s that bridge…

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