I want to visit San Francisco

  • yankeesblazer...

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    Aug 16, 2010 1:45 AM GMT
    Hey guys, so I really want to visit San Francisco. I have never been, and my being from Seattle makes me fairly close. I was just wondering if any of you have ever been and could give me some tips on the best places/areas of SF to visit. Thanks.
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    Aug 16, 2010 3:40 AM GMT
    just type in "san francisco" in the search bar above and you will find many topics similar to yours. good luck.
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    Aug 16, 2010 7:17 AM GMT
    I would love to live there if it wasnt so expensive.
    Castro Street is the first place to be when you get there. icon_biggrin.gif
  • SFGeoNinja

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    Aug 16, 2010 9:46 AM GMT
    You have to visit as many of the different neighborhoods as you can. Each one has a unique flavor to it:

    North Beach: very upscale area, historically Italian neighborhood, also the original home of the "Beat" era bohemians. Great restaurants right in the heart of the city, Coit Tower, Washington Square, and Lombard Street are all definitely worth a visit.

    Chinatown: much bigger and richer than the one we have in Seattle. Go to Cathay house for dimsum, you will not be disappointed!

    Haight: the former hippie/counterculture area of San Francisco, now very upscale and trendy like the rest of the city. Check out Amoeba Records, the Panhandle Park, and the hot guys running through Golden Gate Park. Comparable to Seattle's Broadway area. Read Tom Wolfe's "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" for a sampling of the personalities that used to live there. Also check out the Red Vic Bed & Breakfast for a very unique (and cheap) place to stay.

    Mission: Great Mexican food, street art and a unique blend of barrio/hipster culture. 16th and Valencia streets are great for nightlife.

    Downtown: Mostly high-end designer stores and skyscrapers in this area, honestly not as interesting as it sounds. Be careful in the Tenderloin/Civic Center area late at night. The homeless and drug addict population in this area is truly a sight to behold. Nothing spells instant sobriety like a walk down Market Street at 4am.

    Castro: Gay center of the universe, much more neighborhoody/intimate feeling place than Seattle's Capitol Hill. I can highly recommend the Cafe and the Lookout on Friday and Saturday nights (crowded w/ strong drinks and great eye candy). Q Bar is like Seattle's Kurrent, a mix of gay/straight folks with dollar drinks all night on Mondays. "The Mix" is a great low-key gay bar on 18th street with an outdoor patio. 440 is good if you're interested in guys over 30.

    Last thing: BEST HOTEL DEAL EVER: Mosser Hotel 4th and Market Street: 70 bucks a night for 3 star hotel, not bad in one of the most expensive cities in the country.

    Enjoy your trip!



  • yankeesblazer...

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    Aug 16, 2010 7:27 PM GMT
    davidp7 saidYou have to visit as many of the different neighborhoods as you can. Each one has a unique flavor to it:

    North Beach: very upscale area, historically Italian neighborhood, also the original home of the "Beat" era bohemians. Great restaurants right in the heart of the city, Coit Tower, Washington Square, and Lombard Street are all definitely worth a visit.

    Chinatown: much bigger and richer than the one we have in Seattle. Go to Cathay house for dimsum, you will not be disappointed!

    Haight: the former hippie/counterculture area of San Francisco, now very upscale and trendy like the rest of the city. Check out Amoeba Records, the Panhandle Park, and the hot guys running through Golden Gate Park. Comparable to Seattle's Broadway area. Read Tom Wolfe's "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" for a sampling of the personalities that used to live there. Also check out the Red Vic Bed & Breakfast for a very unique (and cheap) place to stay.

    Mission: Great Mexican food, street art and a unique blend of barrio/hipster culture. 16th and Valencia streets are great for nightlife.

    Downtown: Mostly high-end designer stores and skyscrapers in this area, honestly not as interesting as it sounds. Be careful in the Tenderloin/Civic Center area late at night. The homeless and drug addict population in this area is truly a sight to behold. Nothing spells instant sobriety like a walk down Market Street at 4am.

    Castro: Gay center of the universe, much more neighborhoody/intimate feeling place than Seattle's Capitol Hill. I can highly recommend the Cafe and the Lookout on Friday and Saturday nights (crowded w/ strong drinks and great eye candy). Q Bar is like Seattle's Kurrent, a mix of gay/straight folks with dollar drinks all night on Mondays. "The Mix" is a great low-key gay bar on 18th street with an outdoor patio. 440 is good if you're interested in guys over 30.

    Last thing: BEST HOTEL DEAL EVER: Mosser Hotel 4th and Market Street: 70 bucks a night for 3 star hotel, not bad in one of the most expensive cities in the country.

    Enjoy your trip!





    Wow thanks a lot! A lot of very good information that I will definitely save and take with me when I can find the time/money to finally go.
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    Aug 16, 2010 7:33 PM GMT
    I will be there over labor day weekend... I'll be spending my time between sunset, and mission... and of course looking around for a new place to move to.

    Enjoy your visit!

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    Aug 16, 2010 7:46 PM GMT
    For touristy stuff, check out Coit Tower and plan on eating at a trattoria on Columbus Ave (the area is called North Beach). My favorite is Steps of Rome (their tiramisu is life-altering) but The Stinking Rose is a great kitschy spot (only if you love garlic).

    Golden Gate Park is absolutely beautiful with more things to do than you could possibly accomplish in one day (DeYoung museum, Japenese tea garden, California Academy of Sciences) but get your ass out of there before sundown. NOT JOKING ON THIS ONE. The park is huge and as such borders on a few different districts. Haight is right there, so ... visiting Haight and Ashbury for historical value is worth it.

    I also love the Palace of Fine Arts. That's in the Marina district. I don't know many people there because it tends to be expensive and straight.

    The best part of SF is how small it is. 7 miles by 7 miles. Walking is doable for most locations, but cabs are pretty available and so it isn't too expensive (usually less than $20) to jump in one to take you wherever you want to go.