7 days in San Francisco in June - Page 2
damn liberator.... I thought they were good but you are on that next level... where do you go?
The views of SF from Point Bonita Lighthouse are fantastic.
Tony's Pizza in Napoletana is supposed to be really good if you want to get a taste of North Beach, though it's unclear if this place's reputation is still riding on the initial hype. I ate at their take out section (not the restaurant) and it was good, but I don't recall it being mind blowing. Tommaso's in North Beach is also supposed to be good and has been around longer.
As a local, I agree with anyone who recommended the touristy spots such as the Ferry Building, Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradelli Square. They certainly are unique San Francisco spaces. Even better is to keep walking west along the Golden Gate Promenade/Bay Trail--great view of the bay and a nice walk. The Alcatraz tour is very good though it is annoyingly pricy to visit, but still worth it.
Also, take a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. It won't cost you anything and it is by far one of the best things you can do in the city. It will also technically get you "outside" the city and into Marin.
Outside of San Francisco, there is a lot of stuff to do in the east bay, namely Oakland and Berkeley. UC Berkeley is a gorgeous campus if you're into seeing those kinds of thing.
Even if you have been to Napa before it is hard to beat going up 29 and looping back down the Silverado trail. There are dozens of great wineries to visit. We like to stop at http://www.aubergedusoleil.com/ for a glass of champagne and a hamburger out on their terrace in the afternoon. Beautiful view and peaceful setting.
In San Francisco I always take visitors to the Slanted Door at the Ferry building for a glass of wine and an order or two of their spring rolls. Try and get there before 5pm because the place becomes rather crowded by 5:30 but the view from the bar of the bay and commuters catching their ferries is very nice. There are many other nice things to see at the ferry building as well.
Down on Union Square is Campton Place. They are running a special right now. It is quiet and they have excellent service. Six-Course Menu with Wine Pairings http://www.livingsocial.com/deals/271858?ref=iphone-conf-jp It is also a nice place to stop in for a drink if you are shopping in the area.
If you and your wife are runners, try the Embarcadero run. Its very scenic. http://www.runyourcity.com/state/ca/san-francisco/running-map-the-embarcadero-promenade or, of course, running across the Golden Gate Bride.
There is a bike rental company called Blazing Saddles that will rent you bikes in SF that you can ride over the GG bridge to Sausalito and then catch the ferry back to the SF ferry building. It is a great way to enjoy a true bay experience.
Ah. I have to say, in my two days in SF, I did notice that there is a particular kind of annoying hipster -- maybe that is what you refer to. I find it rather hard to ever find places anywhere with a crowd that is dependably salutatory to me.
If you have a car or get a driver service some ones I would consider are:
Merry Edwards (might need an appt)
Merry is not the most elegant of vineyards, but considering the mess that our trip was they were very kind and gracious to me -- and it was the first and only vineyard I've ever been to. It was a good memory. Seghesio would have been awesome. I love Zin.
Restaurants: Zuni's (get the chicken), Range, Bar Agricole (they have an outstanding bar program), Delfina pizza.
Cafe: Four Barrel on Valencia, slightly better then Blue Bottle and Ritual (the staff is certainly much nicer!). Get up early and go to Tartine Bakery, otherwise the lines are just insane.
Best Burrito joint is El Toro on Valencia and 17th Street, and Tacolicious is pretty good.
My favorite men's clothing is Union Made on Sanchez and 18th street.
I am being biased because the above spots are all in my neighborhood and I and the family never leave the city, but wine country is nice. Enjoy the city.