San Francisco is paradise for foodies. The pan-fried seafood, Dungess Crab salad and dessert at Fog Harbor Restaurant at Pier 39.
The hills of San Francisco are alive with so much to see and do. At North Point, visitors can hop aboard cable cars to travel the city’s steep hills. They are the city’s moving historic landmarks. According to San Francisco websites, immigrant engineer Andrew Hallidie invented and introduced the cable cars to San Francisco in 1873.
During a whirlwind visit, the Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill near Little Italy was our first stop. Inside there are Fresco paintings of the Italian and Spanish immigrant workers and farmers. Then a 45-minute wait to ride the elevator 21 floors up to the top of the tower. Here you can go full circle with your camera for views of San Francisco.
If you’re on a budget, the best way to see San Francisco is by city bus. For a bus fare of $2.50 and asking the bus driver for a transfer ticket, visitors can ride the MUNI bus system anywhere all day long. We took the bus to North Point and Fisherman’s Wharf. The National Park Service has self-guided tours of historic ships at the Hyde Street Pier at North Point.
You’re also close enough to Alcatraz Island. Ferries go to the island where Alcatraz prison once housed notorious gangster Al Capone. The federal prison is closed and a museum now.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, there also are gift shops and restaurants. Ride the city bus trolleys from Fisherman’s Wharf to Pier 39 for more restaurants and shopping.
Next stop….San Francisco’s Chinatown for Dim Sum, food and shopping. The gateway to Chinatown is on Grant Avenue where you also might see a festive parade or celebration pop-up anytime.
The lotus leaf- wrapped chicken-pork rice with tea and sweet condensed milk at Café New Honolulu on Stockton Street. A tofu clay pot and beef-vegetable dish at Hong Kong Clay Pot Restaurant on Grant Avenue in Chinatown for casual family dining.
Whatever you visit– Japan Town, Little Saigon, Russian Hill or the Financial District, diversity, culture, history, hospitality, good food and good, friendly people surround you in this city by the bay.