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Top San Francisco Tips - Your Insider Tips for San Francisco

  • You’ll have lots to do in San Francisco from cycling across one of the world’s most iconic bridges to sampling arguably the city’s finest chowder. We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top San Francisco tips. Here's what you told us...



    Cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge

    Rebecca Cachia says:

    Cycle across the bridge to Sausalito Bay then take the ferry back to San Fran!

    Michaela Mickey White says:

    Agree cycle the bridge to Sausalito, have a coffee at the Italian cafe, was the best I had in San Fran and then ferry back... Great!

    Malcolm Vella says:

    Rent a bike and do the scenic route across the golden gate bridge into Sausalito and if you're feeling energetic continue on to Tiburon and take the ferry back.

    Inhyung Song says:

    Cross the Golden Gate Bridge by riding a bicycle! It's really hard but it could be a memoriable day.

    Karen Gillespie says:

    Bike the Golden Gate Bridge and be sure to visit some of the amazing little towns on the other side of SF!



    Enjoy clam chowder at the Pier

    Raed Moaed Al Moaed says:

    Clam chowder at the pier.

    Karolina Holysz-Wrzesinska says:

    You must try clam chowder in a bread bowl at Fisherman's Wharf.

    Grace Manica says:

    Clam chowder in a bread bowl at fisherman's wharf, at the pier... unforgettable!



    Check out Union Square

    Sharon Wise says:

    Hang out on Union Square - people watch! Then catch a trolley to Fishermans Wharf for lunch.



    Sample some delicious food

    Heather Nichols says:

    I've been to over 30 countries now, many different cities and I still know my favourite restaurant in the whole world ... it is the Asqew Grill in Haight Asbury! Oh, and the grilled banana split is one of my top desserts ever!

    Splendor in the Lemongrass says:

    Go to the Farmer's Markets and co-ops and partake in the amazing San Francisco food culture!

    Simon Bate says:

    Double cheeseburger at Sam's in North beach fo sho!

    Alexander Czernay says:

    Go to Farmer Brown's on Market St - looks ugly from outside, but it is wonderful inside.

    Anthony Rochon says:

    Boudins on the Warf... large sourdough bread bowl and large soft drink for $15.00. Can also get clam chowder or crab and corn bisque. The essence of San Francisco.



    Things to remember for visiting Alcatraz

    Anthony Thomas says:

    If you want to go to Alcatraz in the summer, try to book your tickets at least one month in advance.

    Laura Caputo says:

    Book in ADVANCE if you're willing to go to Alcatraz!

    Maria Pia Oliva says:

    if you plan to visit Alcatraz, take the boat which does the whole bay tour. It’s easier to find a ticket and there's so much more than 'just' the prison to see! And don't be put off by the fog, you'll get to see a glimpse of the golden gate... eventually!



    Check out some nightlife

    Luisa Achcar Pereira says:

    Columbus Bar - at Green Street! Happy hour with double drafts - wonderful place to go! And also, if you just cross the street there is another great place in which you can have nice small plates to eat and nice wine! Love it!

    Lennard Ramone says:

    Tenderloin district has the coolest bars.



    Take in the views and explore some neighbourhoods

    David Sabino says:

    Go to the Twin Peaks - the view of the bay from up there is outstanding... Dolores is the best neighbourhood in the city for me.

    Allyson Johnson says:

    Go to the Wave Organ near Golden Gate park at sunrise... the view of Golden Gate bridge is breathtaking, and the waves are at high tide so the organ makes the most beautiful aural sounds while you watch the sun come up.

    Rachael Slaughter says:

    Drive over the golden gate bridge and about a 20 min drive is Muir Woods. Largest redwood trees on earth... Beautiful!

    Karen Gillespie says:

    Bike the Golden Gate Bridge and be sure to visit some of the amazing little towns on the other side of SF!



    Get some local culture

    Mete Erdogan says:

    Swing by city lights bookstore and learn about the 50s beat movement. Then, watch 'howl' starring James Franco



    Avoid tram queues

    Danielle Gould says:

    To avoid massive lines on the historic trams, get the tram leaving from the waterfront ends in the morning - people get the tram to the waterfront, spend their day out there and then the queues to get back to downtown at the trams are huge!

    Do?an Ulus says:

    Do not queue for the cable car. Just walk along a few stops then jump in. Passes are essential to save money because standing outside of the car and hanging on is simply addictive. And learn how the cable cars operates.



  • And that's not all... You can find even more great tips from our Facebook fans here and here.Hopefully these top San Francisco tips will help you make to most of your visit to San Francisco .


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  • You’ll have lots to do in San Francisco from cycling across one of the world’s most iconic bridges to sampling arguably the city’s finest chowder. We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top San Francisco tips. Here's what you told us...



    Cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge

    Rebecca Cachia says:

    Cycle across the bridge to Sausalito Bay then take the ferry back to San Fran!

    Michaela Mickey White says:

    Agree cycle the bridge to Sausalito, have a coffee at the Italian cafe, was the best I had in San Fran and then ferry back... Great!

    Malcolm Vella says:

    Rent a bike and do the scenic route across the golden gate bridge into Sausalito and if you're feeling energetic continue on to Tiburon and take the ferry back.

    Inhyung Song says:

    Cross the Golden Gate Bridge by riding a bicycle! It's really hard but it could be a memoriable day.

    Karen Gillespie says:

    Bike the Golden Gate Bridge and be sure to visit some of the amazing little towns on the other side of SF!



    Enjoy clam chowder at the Pier

    Raed Moaed Al Moaed says:

    Clam chowder at the pier.

    Karolina Holysz-Wrzesinska says:

    You must try clam chowder in a bread bowl at Fisherman's Wharf.

    Grace Manica says:

    Clam chowder in a bread bowl at fisherman's wharf, at the pier... unforgettable!



    Check out Union Square

    Sharon Wise says:

    Hang out on Union Square - people watch! Then catch a trolley to Fishermans Wharf for lunch.



    Sample some delicious food

    Heather Nichols says:

    I've been to over 30 countries now, many different cities and I still know my favourite restaurant in the whole world ... it is the Asqew Grill in Haight Asbury! Oh, and the grilled banana split is one of my top desserts ever!

    Splendor in the Lemongrass says:

    Go to the Farmer's Markets and co-ops and partake in the amazing San Francisco food culture!

    Simon Bate says:

    Double cheeseburger at Sam's in North beach fo sho!

    Alexander Czernay says:

    Go to Farmer Brown's on Market St - looks ugly from outside, but it is wonderful inside.

    Anthony Rochon says:

    Boudins on the Warf... large sourdough bread bowl and large soft drink for $15.00. Can also get clam chowder or crab and corn bisque. The essence of San Francisco.



    Things to remember for visiting Alcatraz

    Anthony Thomas says:

    If you want to go to Alcatraz in the summer, try to book your tickets at least one month in advance.

    Laura Caputo says:

    Book in ADVANCE if you're willing to go to Alcatraz!

    Maria Pia Oliva says:

    if you plan to visit Alcatraz, take the boat which does the whole bay tour. It’s easier to find a ticket and there's so much more than 'just' the prison to see! And don't be put off by the fog, you'll get to see a glimpse of the golden gate... eventually!



    Check out some nightlife

    Luisa Achcar Pereira says:

    Columbus Bar - at Green Street! Happy hour with double drafts - wonderful place to go! And also, if you just cross the street there is another great place in which you can have nice small plates to eat and nice wine! Love it!

    Lennard Ramone says:

    Tenderloin district has the coolest bars.



    Take in the views and explore some neighbourhoods

    David Sabino says:

    Go to the Twin Peaks - the view of the bay from up there is outstanding... Dolores is the best neighbourhood in the city for me.

    Allyson Johnson says:

    Go to the Wave Organ near Golden Gate park at sunrise... the view of Golden Gate bridge is breathtaking, and the waves are at high tide so the organ makes the most beautiful aural sounds while you watch the sun come up.

    Rachael Slaughter says:

    Drive over the golden gate bridge and about a 20 min drive is Muir Woods. Largest redwood trees on earth... Beautiful!

    Karen Gillespie says:

    Bike the Golden Gate Bridge and be sure to visit some of the amazing little towns on the other side of SF!



    Get some local culture

    Mete Erdogan says:

    Swing by city lights bookstore and learn about the 50s beat movement. Then, watch 'howl' starring James Franco



    Avoid tram queues

    Danielle Gould says:

    To avoid massive lines on the historic trams, get the tram leaving from the waterfront ends in the morning - people get the tram to the waterfront, spend their day out there and then the queues to get back to downtown at the trams are huge!

    Do?an Ulus says:

    Do not queue for the cable car. Just walk along a few stops then jump in. Passes are essential to save money because standing outside of the car and hanging on is simply addictive. And learn how the cable cars operates.



  • And that's not all... You can find even more great tips from our Facebook fans here and here.Hopefully these top San Francisco tips will help you make to most of your visit to San Francisco .


    Book hostels in San Francisco | San Francisco videos, podcasts, free pocket guide and more


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