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A Day in San Francisco

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Just a day in  hand? Not to worry! Though a day seems not enough to explore the city, here is a perfect guide to plan a 24 hour trip and make your stay in San Francisco a memorable one. The City by the Bay, is a must visit, that lets you explore a lush symphony of beautiful places and incredible cuisine. The weather here is quite unreliable, so make sure that you have an extra layer of cloth tucked in your travel back.


24 Hours in San Francisco China Town
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San Francisco - "Sumptuously decorated with exceptional cuisine, your eyes will be flooded with the brightness of the city"

Kick off at 8:00 AM

Kick start your day with a power walk in the Golden Gate Park before crowds rush in. This will rejuvenate and feed your body with full of energy to tackle the long day ahead. A bare foot walk on the perfect mix of wet sand and cool breeze of the Ocean Beach, located at the west end of Golden Gate Park will soothe and calm your mind and body. Don't miss the Strawberry island, Stow lake and the Stone Bridge that links the strolling walkways to the Strawberry Island. Walk further and explore the Japanese Tea Garden, the Temple Gate, the Half Moon Bridge and the Buddhist Pagoda. Make sure you taste the amazing therapeutic tea.

Address: Located on Highway 101
Website: www.goldengatebridge.org

You can't resist the smell of freshly brewed coffee! Breakfast at 9:00 AM

After the full blast morning walk and your body full of endorphin rush, it is a perfect time to feed your body with some nutritious breakfast. Enjoy a healthy yet delicious breakfast at-

The Pork Store Cafe, in the Haight Ashbury area, that offers full breakfast with coffee refills.

Home Plate offers authentic American breakfast, located at 2274 Lombard St, 4.2 km from Golden Gate Bridge.

Bereka Coffee offers best coffee, located at 2320 Lombard Street, 4.1 km from Golden Gate Bridge.

Sausalito Bakery & Cafe offers you a slice of heaven, located at 571 Bridgeway, 3.8 km from Golden Gate Bridge

Bean Sprouts Cafe offers American, Organic, Vegetarian food, located at 557 McReynolds Road At the Bay Area Discovery Museum, 1.7 km from Golden Gate Bridge

Presidio Social Club offers wonderful brunch, located at 563 Ruger St, 3.7 km from Golden Gate Bridge

Rich Collection of history and murals! Mission District at 10:00 AM

Mission District in east-central San Francisco is home to the the city's oldest building. Here, you can reconstruct the city's history and it will definitely make you feel more connected to the city. You will be delighted to see the rich collections of murals on the buildings. And also take a stroll at Castro, a beautiful neighborhood.

Address: 3049, 20th Street (at Alabama Street), Mission District
Website: www.atlascafe.net
Distance and time from Golden Gate Park: 3.2miles or 15 minutes drive


A unique cable car ride at 11:00 AM

Hob on the Powell-Hyde Cable Car and Cable Car Museum and critically explore the city. Also, stop at the cable car museum, that will let you discover the excited insights of cable car history.

Address:
1201 Mason Street
Website: www.cablecarmuseum.org
Distance and time from Mission District: 3.1 miles
or 15 minutes drive

Entertain yourself in Pier 39 at 12:00 PM

Loads of fun and entertainment at Pier 39, where you will find fair rides, arcades, street performers. While around, you must step in the Aquarium of the Bay on Pier 39, which is unique 300 feet of clear acrylic tunnels. This is an amazing opportunity for you to see the extensive species of aquatic animals.

Address: Pier 39, The Embarcadero and Beach Street
Website: www.pier39.com
Distance and time from Mason Street: 1.1 miles
or 6 minutes drive

A dash of twisted adventure! Alcatraz at 1:00 PM

A six minutes drive from Pier 39 will take you to the pacific Coast's lighthouse and a federal prison, Alcatraz. There are ferries called Alcatraz Cruises that provide rides to and from Alcatraz. An alternative option is to to visit the Exploratorium, an interactive museum, if you are traveling with children. This is a great learning place for children which exhibits science and arts using touch, sound and movement.

Address: Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon Street
Website: www.exploratorium.edu
Distance and time from Pier 39 to Alcatraz: 0.9 miles and 6 minutes drive
Distance and time from Pier 39 to Exploratorium: 3.2 miles
or 15 minutes drive

Hunger Pangs? Lunch at 2:00 PM

At this time of the day, you will be on a look out for a place that will serve you great food. Take a cab and reach Union Sqaure Area, which is flocked with varieties of restaurants. Eat your heart out in these fine restaurants.
Distance and time from Lyon Street: 2.6 miles and 10 minutes ride

Campton Place Restaurant: American, Bistro.
340 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Sutter)

Akiko's Sushi Bar and Restaurant: Japanese Cuisine
542A Mason St., San Francisco, CA 94102

Hakkasan San Francisco: Chinese and Indian Cuisine
One Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Market Street & Geary Street)

Sears Fine Foods: American, Seafood, Swedish
439 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1503 (Sutter)

Jeanne D'arc: French
715 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108-3402

Luques Restaurant & Bar: American, Californian
433 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Colibri Mexican Bistro: Mexican, Bistro
438 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1223 (Mason & Taylor)

Level III: Californian, Dutch, Contemporary
500 Post Street, JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Mason)

E&O Asian Kitchen: Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Asian, Thai, Korean, Vegetarian, Vietnamese, Indonesian
314 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Formerly E&O Trading Company) (Grant St. & Stockton St.)

Shopping expedition at 3:00 PM

Are you up for some crazy shopping? Indulge in an exciting shopping expedition and have a great time picking up unique goodies and souvenirs. The Union Square, which is the city's shopping hub, is lined up with many stores of various brands, street performers, sophisticated high end haute couture shops. In the Mission Street, there are many unconventional shops, offbeat boutiques and funky ethnic clothing and furniture shops. Make sure to stop and have a unique shopping experience. Haight Street will offer you not only hippie counterculture shops but also you may tour the Victorian era designed houses of the neighborhood.

Relax with a book! City Lights bookstore at 4:00 PM

Relax and spend a quite, calm afternoon reading your favorite book in City Lights bookstore. It is the city's ultimate literary landmark and a haven for book lovers. Here, you will find an extensive collections of books on various topics. For those art, visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art at 151, 3rd Street. With its excellent collection of modern arts, and the roof top garden that exhibits museum's sculpture collections, it is a place that will definitely amaze you and bring the out your own creativity.

Address:
261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Distance and time from Union Square: 1.1 miles or 6 minutes drive

Sun-kissed Beach at 5:00 PM

Much fun awaits you at the Baker Beach, famous for sunbathing, picnicking and late night bonfire but not really recommended for swimming or surfing because of the large waves and currents. You can loosen up here and participate in those wild beach activities.

Address:
Baker Beach, Duncan Street
San Francisco, CA, United States
Distance and time from City Lights Bookstore: 5.4 miles or 17 minutes drive.

A little bit of everything! Fisherman's Wharf at 6:00 PM

Fisherman's Wharf is the city's fishing hub. Shopping for souvenirs or a quick Hyde Street Cable Car ride or relishing the fresh seafood platters, this place will cater to all your needs. Want to grab a quick snack? Stop at Hollywood Cafe (530 North Point St,), The Codmother Fish & Chips(2824 Jones St, Between Beach St and Jefferson St), Carmel Pizza Company (2826 Jones St), Bistro Boudin (160 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133) etc.

Address:
Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA, USA
Website:
www.fishermanswharf.org
Distance and time from Baker Beach: 5.2 miles
or 17 minutes drive

Ferries with great food! Ferry Building at 7:00 PM

The city's one of the most popular landmark is Ferry Building, a hub for ferries that travel across San Francisco Bay. You are in for even more splendid treat, if you are a foodie, as this is a food paradise that offers great gourmet food and incredible fine dining experience. The building is adorned with a clock tower on top and the area is also flooded with great wine and dine restaurants and organic markets.

Address: 1 Ferry Building, The Embarcadero,
Website: www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com
Distance and time from Fisherman's Wharf: 1.8 miles
or 7 minutes ride

World's oldest and largest Chinatown outside China! Chinatown at 8:00 PM

Chinatown welcomes you with its magnificent dragon gate. This world's oldest and largest Chinatown outside China will definitely serve you right with authentic Chinese food, herbal shops and much more.

Website:
www.sanfranciscochinatown.com
Distance and time from Ferry Building: 0.9 miles
or 6 minutes drive

Dinner at 9:00 PM

Treat yourself with a scrumptious dinner at one of the many restaurants in and around Chinatown. The area is flooded with not only Chinese restaurants but with restaurants serving world's cuisines. Enjoy superb pizza at Capo's (641 Vallejo Street) or a hearty Italian meal at Mona Lisa (353 Columbus Ave) and Ristorante Franchino (347 Columbus Ave). Parallel 37 (600 Stockton Street) and Comstock Saloon (155 Columbus Ave) serves contemporary, American, Californian food. You may enjoy an authentic Chinese, Asian food in Loving Hut (1365 Stockton Street), Bund Shanghai Restaurant (640 Jackson St), Z & Y Restaurant (655 Jackson St), Hong Kong Clay Pot Restaurant (960 Grant Ave) etc.

Winding turns and swirls! Lombard Street at 10:00 PM

Go for a late night stroll at Lombard Street, which is famous for its swirls and winding turns. Stroll up the street and you will get to view the glittering city.

Distance and time from Chinatown: 1.2 miles or 7 minutes drive

Cocktail and music! Nightlife at 11:00 PM

Get your hair down and get a sip of San Francisco's nightlife. The city offers varied selections of bars, pubs and clubs. If you are in a look out of a place where you want to enjoy a bit of everything, Hemlock Tavern is your spot. This is a big venue, offering daily happy hour from 4-7 PM and here, you will enjoy a great dancing and music.

Address:
1131 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: (415) 923-0923(415) 923-0923
Website: www.hemlocktavern.com

Distance and time from Lombard Street: 1.4 miles or 9 minutes drive

More drinks and endless fun at 12:00 AM

If you want to spend a quite night drinking your favorite drink and away from loud music, Bourbon and Branch is the right stop. The bar offers outstanding drinks which is good enough to entertain you without any music or shows.

Address: 501 Jones StreetSan Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 346-1735(415) 346-1735
Website: www.bourbonandbranch.com

Distance and time from Polk Street: 0.3 mile or 5 minutes walk.


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