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48 Hours in San Francisco

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A fun and frivolous city - San Francisco, promises so many beautiful things to make your stay a memorable one. The city is loaded with exciting things to explore, ranging from delectable food revolution to visiting famous tourists spots. SFO is known for its unpredictable weather, so don't forget to pack some extra layers to keep yourself warm. We have put together a glorious two days tour guide of where to visit, eat, shop and much more to help you enjoy a well planned tour of San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco
Photograph by Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net). [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

San Francisco - "Memories that will always make you come back"

First Day Tour of the much talked about City, SFO

Wake up at 8:00 AM and get cracking to explore SFO

Visit the Golden Gate Park early morning, before crowds rush in. Also, take a stroll on the wet sand of the Ocean Beach which is located at the west end of Golden Gate Park. While you are still around, visit the Stow lake and the Stone Bridge, the bridge links the strolling walkways to the Strawberry Island.

Located on Highway 101
Website: www.goldengatebridge.org

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day at 10:00 AM

A 14 minute drive or cab ride will take you to the Financial District. The area is flooded with many restaurants that serve superb fresh breakfast with multiple options for you to choose according to your taste. Bread and Cocoa (199 Sutter St) is a nice place to have breakfast that serves healthy organic food, delicious sandwiches and omlette. Cafe Bastille (22 Belden Pl) is a cozy French Cafe that serves authentic French breakfast. Park Grill (333 Battery St,) is popular of its American, contemporary style cuisine which serves tasty breakfast. If you want to try delicatessen sandwiches, make sure to have breakfast at Breaking Bread (4 Embarcadero Ctr). Also keep your options open for Caffe Bianco (39 Sutter St), Noah's New York Bagels (100 Bush St, Ste 102) and Cafe Prague (424 Merchant Street).

Address: Financial District, San Francisco, CA, USA
Distance and Time from Golden Gate Park: 4.2 miles or 15 minute drive

Be an Art Critique at 11:00 AM

The grandiose Palace of Fine Arts will manifest if you travel along the bay between Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. It is a antiquated building featuring old Roman architecture, where you can enjoy a serene atmosphere. A 10 minute drive to Pier 45 will take you to Musee Mecanique, which is a museum showcasing great antique collections.

Address: Palace of Fine Arts
3301 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123, United States
Address: Musee Mecanique at Pier 45 Shed A
San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
Distance and time from Mason Street: 3.5 miles
or 14 minutes drive

Somewhere to get the city's magnificent view? Coit Tower at 12:00 PM

If you want to get a 360 degree vistas of the city's downtown, step in the Coit Tower at the Filbert Street. The flute like cylindrical shaped tower which is built on the summit of Telegraph Hill will give you a great thrill and magnificent panoramic view.

Address: 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
Distance and time from Palace of Fine Arts: 2.8 miles or 13 minutes drive

Children must also have their share of fun! Exploratorium at 1:00 PM

If you are with your children, make sure to visit the Exploratorium, an interactive museum. This is a fun learning place for children which exhibits science and arts using touch, sound and movement.

Address: Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon Street
Tel: 001 415 561-0362001 415 561-0362
Website: www.exploratorium.edu
Distance and time from Pier 39: 3.2 miles or approx 15 minutes ride

Time to Feed yourself! Lunch at 2:00 PM

Take a cab and reach Union Square Area for lunch. The area is flocked with varieties of restaurants. Eat your heart out in these fine restaurants. Akiko's Sushi Bar and Restaurant serves Japanese Cuisine, located at 542A Mason St., San Francisco, CA 94102. Jeanne D'arc is a French restaurant, located at 715 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108-3402. E&O Asian Kitchen serves Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Asian, Thai, Korean, Vegetarian, Vietnamese, Indonesian cuisines which is located at 314 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Formerly E&O Trading Company) (Grant St. & Stockton St.)

Distance and time from Lyon Street:
2.6 miles or 10 minutes ride

Enlighten your knowledge! Library at 3:00 PM

After a hearty lunch, you will not regret a visit to the San Francisco Public Library, a literary landmark, which was founded in 1878. The library encompasses a main building and 26 branches and has around two-and a-half million book volumes. Some of the library's special collections are in the areas of Chinese language, gay and lesbian history, calligraphy, science fiction, and humor.

San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco,
CA 94102, United States
Distance and time from Union Square: 1.4miles or 8 minutes drive.

A perfect way to wind your evening! Sunset Cruise at 5:00 PM

The San Francisco Bay sunset cruise is a perfect way to wind your evening, relaxing and enjoying the magnificent views of the city. The cruise serves great appetizer buffet and the route offers sites of Alcatraz, Angel Island, the Presidio, the Marina District, Fort Mason, Golden Gate Bridge and more. This cruise will give you an opportunity to literally see everything you have missed out in your trip of San Francisco.

Distance and time from Larkin Street: 2.3 miles or 13 minutes drive

Wanna crack open your fortune cookie? Explore Chinatown at 8:00 PM

Chinatown is a colorful spot with its bright neon lightnings and vibrant shops. The town boasts of being the world's oldest and largest Chinatown outside China and here you will get to see the authentic Chinese tradition, food, herbal shops and much more.

Distance and time from Fisherman's Wharf: 1.4 miles
or 8 minutes ride

Satiate your palliate! Dinner at 9:00 PM

Enjoy a scrumptious dinner at one of the many restaurants in and around Chinatown. 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). 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.

Get bewildered amid the crookedest streets! Lombard neighborhood at 11:00 PM

Go for a late night stroll around the Lombard neighborhood and stop at the Minna Gallery which is a gallery cum club. As the streets get steeper with more winding turns, you will get a magnificent view of the enchanting city. In the Minna Gallery, you will get to see many intriguing arts and enjoy the arts along with a drink or two.

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

The night is still young! Nightlife at 12:00 AM

Experience San Francisco's nightlife in the city's famous bars and clubs, where you can drink, dance, sing and socialize with the friendly locals and visitors. The nightlife in the city is enchanting and you will get to enjoy live music, dancing and outstanding drinks. Mezzanine at 444 Jessie Street is the city's popular nightclub that plays live music, ranging from Indie rock to Hip-Hop. Ruby Skye at 420 Mason St. is a high end lounge with state of the art lightnings and premier sound system.

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Fun Loaded 2nd Day Tour of SFO!

Tea or Coffee? Wake up at 8:00 AM

Grab a hot cup of tea or coffee from the city's Union Square Area. The area is flocked with many cafes and you will be drawn to the smell of the fresh brew coffee. There are many Starbucks which are conveniently located and serves you with the best hot cup, an early morning bliss. Nespresso Boutique (90 Grant Avenue) is an upscale coffee shop with great layout and coffee.

Promising start of the day in Japanese Tea Garden at 9:00 AM

There is nothing better than to make a promising start of a long day with a power walk and a therapeutic cup of tea offered by the serene Japanese Tea Garden. An excellent place to find your tranquility, do some power blast morning exercises and relax. Take a stroll around the garden and explore the Japanese-style buildings, bridges and much more.

Address: Golden Gate Park, 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118, United States
Distance and Time from Union Square: 3.5miles or 13 minutes drive.

Nutritious yet tasty Breakfast at 10:00 AM

After the full blast morning walk, 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. Bereka Coffee offers one of the best coffees, located at 2320 Lombard Street. Bean Sprouts Cafe offers American, Organic, Vegetarian food, located at 557 McReynolds Road At the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Retrace SFO's History and Architecture! Ride a Cable Car at 11:00 AM

You must not miss a ride in the cable car if you are in San Francisco. Jump in the Powell-Hyde Cable Car and Cable Car Museum and experience the fun ride. The car takes you to the top of Lombard Street via cable car museum and give you an excited insights of cable car history.

Address: 1201 Mason Street
Website: www.cablecarmuseum.org
Distance and time from Japanese Tea Garden: 5.5 miles
or 18 minutes drive

Come admire the city's oldest building! Mission District at 12:00 PM

Visit the famous Mission District in east-central San Francisco. You may grab a hot cup of coffee from the cozy Atlas Cafe in Mission Street and admire the the city's oldest building, still standing tall and intact.

Address: 3049, 20th Street (at Alabama Street), Mission District
Website: www.atlascafe.net
Distance and time to reach from Mason Street: 2.9 miles
or approx 13 minutes drive

Fair Rides and Street Performers? Pier 39 at 1:00 PM

Visit the Pier 39, where you will find fair rides, arcades, street performers, several entertainment centers, panoramic view of the city's skyline, get a close up view of the celebrity Pier 39 seals. Also, make a stop at the Aquarium of the Bay on Pier 39, which is unique 300 feet of clear acrylic tunnels where you will be amazed to see the extensive species of aquatic animals. You may end your Pier visit at the rock island, Alcatraz and enjoy an expedition in the light house and the prison.

Pier 39, The Embarcadero and Beach Street
Website: www.pier39.com
Distance and time from Mission District: 4.4miles
or approx 19 minutes drive

Lunch Treat at 2:00 PM

Relax, sit back and treat yourself a scrumptious lunch at the vicinity of Telegraph Hill. Those seafood lovers, do not miss Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood (552 Green Street). This serves superb seafood at reasonable price and also you will find Italian food and authentic chowder. Kokkari Estiatorio (200 Jackson St) is a beautiful restaurant that serves delicious gourmet food such as seafood, Mediterranean and Greek food. If you are craving for fresh, Italian homemade food, stop at 552 Green Street (716 Columbus Ave), Tony's Pizza Napoletana (1570 Stockton St), Pantarei (Columbus and Stockton Street). Enjoy a hearty American hamburger at Mo's Grill (1322 Grant Ave) or heart warming mexican tacos at Tacolicious (1548 Stockton Street)

Take home lots of goodies? Shopping spree at 3:00 PM

After a hearty meal, you may indulge in an exciting shopping spree. The city offers some of the world's best shopping experiences. You may start your shopping exploration from Union Square, which is the city's shopping hub. Here you may find stores of various brands, street performers, sophisticated high end haute couture shops. Fillmore Street shopping is famous for interior designer boutiques and is a perfect place to get a relaxing beauty or spa treatment. If you want to witness luxurious high end lifestyles, Fillmore Street is the place. North Beach, the city's Italian hub is famous for fine home grown designer shops where you will varieties of exotic fedora hats and well fitted dresses, jackets, shirts etc. You may shop in the Westfield San Francisco Centre or its nearby downtown shopping centers for anything but this area is highlighted with gold and marble shops. Chestnut Street Shopping is a street flocked with shops of various types such as sophisticated shops, budget shops, beauty salons, restaurants etc.

Surf and Bathe! Beach at 4:30 PM

You may take a stroll or sun bath at the Baker Beach which is famous for sunbathing, picnicking and late night bonfire but not really recommended for swimming or surfing because of the large waves and currents. Make sure to carry an extra layer of cloth to shield yourself from the chill while enjoying the serene Ocean view.

Baker Beach, San Francisco, CA
Distance and time from Union Square:
5.1 miles or 19 minutes drive.

The city's fishing hub! Fisherman's Wharf at 6:00 PM

Make sure to halt at Fisherman's Wharf, the city's fishing hub. There are many restaurants that serve fresh seafood snacks. You may also shop for souvenirs to take home in the various shops there, or may jump in for a quick Hyde Street Cable Car ride and quickly explore the areas around. Grab a quick bite and a hot cup of coffee to freshen you up 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.

Fisherman's Wharf, Jefferson St
San Francisco, CA, USA
Distance and time from Baker Beach: 5.1 mile
or 17 minutes drive

A perfect bottle of Wine!Napa Valley Winey Exchange at 8:30 PM

A quick 11 minutes drive will take you to Napa Valley Winey Exchange. This is San Francisco's finest wine store, with superb varietals and gourmet bites. After this quick visit to the wine store, a 5 minutes walk to Post Street will bring you to the San Francisco Playhouse, Bay Area's best Theater. the 199 seat theater showcases musical revivals, world premieres and theater firsts. Please look up for schedule and book tickets for the shows prior.

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Address: Napa Valley Winery Exchange
415 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
Distance and time from Fisherman's Wharf: 1.8 miles
or 10 minutes drive

The Hub for Ferries! Ferry Building at 9:30 PM

The city's one of the most popular landmark is Ferry Building. It is the hub for ferries that travel across the the San Francisco Bay and a paradise for food. 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. While in the Ferry Building, indulge in a fine dining experience in one of its many fine dining restaurants near its vicinity. The Slanted Door (Ferry Building Marketplace, 1 Ferry Building #3) serves superb Vietnamese cuisine. Boulevard (1 Mission St)is a classic American restaurant. Hog Island Oyster Co (Ferry Building Marketplace, 1 Ferry Building) is a chic Oyster Bar Restaurant. Boccalone Salumeria (Ferry Building Marketplace, 1 Sausalito) and Il Cane Rosso (Ferry Building Marketplace, 1 Sausalito) serve authentic and fresh Italian cuisine. Namu Street Food (1 Ferry Building) is the area's popular Korean-American restaurant. Also keep your option open for a good Mexican food in Mijita (Ferry Building Marketplace, 1 Sausalito).

Address: 1 Ferry Building, The Embarcadero,
Website: www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com
Distance and time from Napa Valley Winery Exchange: 1.6 miles or 8 minutes drive

Drink, Spin or Waggle! Nightlife at 10:30 PM

The SoMa (South of Market) neighborhood is located between Townsend streets and Market. This neighborhood offers a very unique nightlife and encompasses various types of clubs ranging from mid priced to upscale ones. While in the neighborhood, make sure to check out Grand Central Station Antiques, that features three stories of American and European antiques.

Address: South of Market
San Francisco, CA, USA
Distance and time from Ferry Building Marketplace: 1.8 miles or 9 minutes drive

A Perfect Ending! Golden Gate Bridge at 12:00 AM

End the long exhilarating day in the Golden Gate Bridge, take stroll and get some fresh air to refresh you after those few drinks. Grasp the vistas of the glittering city from the bridge. With the fog building up, absorb the most magnificent view of the city you could ever imagine and take a quite moment to recollect the beautiful expedition of the Fog City, San Francisco.

Distance and time from SoMa:
8 miles or 20 minutes drive

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