San Francisco Things to Do Tips by davequ Top 5 Page for this destination
San Francisco Things to Do: 3,308 reviews and 5,982 photos
10 Old Chinatown Ln - Washington & Spofford
get off the path & streets and walk into the alleys
If you want to know more about it.. ask an expert... not me..
I just wander around blindly like a tourist, listening to the sounds,
peeking thru windows, and digging on the smells of food cooking.
(Check out tiny 10 Old Chinatown Ln across Washington from Spofford St.)
Juanita Lee was @ 10 Old Chinatown Ln. Gone.
Address: Bordered by Broadway, Bush, Kearny, Stockton sts.
Directions: Take California cable car up from Embarcadero to Nob hill, then from Grace Church walk back down (east) into Chinatown.. look into and wander the back alleys ...
Grace Cathedral from the park
Take the California St. cable car from in front of Hyatt Regency @ the confluence of California / Drumm / Market st. up to the top of Nob hill and jump off at Grace Cathedral.
The beautiful bronze Ghiberti front doors at the entrance and inside coloured windows are great and worth checking out.
Watch people inside walking the Grace labyrinths
Then walk back down Nob Hill (east the way you came up) into Chinatown... wander through Chinatown (don't forget lunch) to Embarcadero, or (left/north) stroll through North Beach.
Do this on a sunny day, and I bet San Francisco becomes one of your alltime favorite cities.
Address: Area surrounding California Street at Taylor
Directions: Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street
Take the California / Van Ness cable car to the top of the hill
Days of Wine & Roses
After midnight with the bay bridge.
If possible, try to get a look at the bridge from this spot (Hyatt Regency high floor east windows) when the moon is coming up over the bay bridge.... one of the classic vistas of life:
or even better, you can / could see this anytime from the Equinox, the revolving lounge and restaurant on the top / 18th floor of the Hyatt Regency
UPDATE / Top floor revolving "Equinox" is no longer a restaurant
and is now instead a "Regency Club" floor. Probably doesn't revolve any more either. Film @ 11.
All these "high" Ferry building shots are from an east window on the 17th floor of Hyatt Regency Hotel on the Embarcadero.
Address: One Ferry Building, SF 94111
Directions: Ferry Building Embarcadero on the Bay
Chris Columbus and the Coit Tower
Walk up to the top of Telegraph for a great city vista and bay view. You can pay $3 and ride the elevator to the observation deck of Coit Tower if you like to get a high, eye-popping 360deg view of the city.
There are some terrific murals painted on the wall inside.
My favorite way to get there is hiking the Green St. steps from the n/e side.
I don't recommend driving your car up as the parking is very limited & you end up idling in your car, wasting gas and time, waiting in line for a space to open up.
If health is an issue and you can't climb / walk up the hill, take a cab, as they can drop you so you don't have to wait to drive in and park.
This is a closeup I took of the Columbus statue and Coit Tower that everybody shoots at one time or another
Address: 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd
Directions: Top of Telegraph Hill
Phone: (415) 362- 0808
We're peeking at the City through the cables of the Golden Gate bridge from Marin Headlands State Park.
Again, everyone including me takes this same shot, from Morton Beebe & Frederic Larson to everyone at vt, but there is a reason: it is so beautiful.
Go there and take one yourself, ... you'll love it. And don't forget the telephoto lense.
Address: Marin Headlands State Park
Directions: Heading back to the City on 101 before the GG bridge,
take the last available Sausalito exit & continue up the hill to Marin Headlands State Park.
Phone: (415) 921-5858
from Hyatt Regency room# 1718
A great looking building that hosts delicious specialty shops inside, and the really fun and excellent Farmers Market four days a week - Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
You can buy some of the best culinary items in the world (some of the chocolate is to die for) and then sit out back and enjoy it with a great view of the bay.
At this link is an excellent article with details on the Slanted Door and a few of the other excellent places to eat in the Ferry Building:
Address: One Ferry Building on the Embarcadero
Directions: along the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street.
Zooming in on crooked Lombard way off in the distance taken from base of Coit tower
Lots of info here:
Directions: Looking west from Telegraph hill towards Lombard
"When the revolution comes, the sparkpoint of ignition will be Specs!!"
but someone who needs fodder for a counterculture piece will probably claim it was.
An interesting and peaceful little alcove right off Columbus Ave. with old historical architecture and vibes, Specs is a good place to step into and take a little "spanish pause" while enjoying a North Beach walk for a drink or even a smoke on the bench in the courtyard in what was purportedly an old occasional Herb Caen hangout.
The bar inside is populated imho with a mix of regulars, a sprinkling of tourists and a few of the North Beach obligatory late-to-the-party beat wannabees. Vesuvio and City Lights are right across the street. And if there is an older looking gentleman with a goatee & glasses sitting in back checking out everyone else... guess who that probably is?
I was actually going to put a tip on Specs 12 under "off the beaten path" simply and only because it is so easy to cluelessly stroll right past it.
I won't rehash all the old myths and legends about Specs. If you care, click below on either or both of the two excellent essays:
Specs Twelve Adler Museum Cafe -- Specs to you
Contrary to what I read in a Warren Hinckle column, I didn't find any fart pillows "around the walls"... maybe I didn't try hard enough
Address: 12 Adler Place
Directions: An alcove off Columbus Avenue by Broadway in North Beach, across the street from City Lights Bookstore
Hurry, hurry, hurry
The original "hungry i" (@599 Jackson) & some of the clubs on Columbus & Broadway almost 40 years ago were great places for music, comedy, clubbing, etc.
Today it is still fun to walk by and maybe stop for a quick peek, but keep walkin' - don't get sucked in by the street barkers.
We did once ~ 7-10 years ago and imho these places were some of the worst strip / clip joints I have ever seen.
If you are dying to part with your cash and get not much for it, step right on in.
Actually it is kind of fun (in a semi-sadistic way) to have a quick drink inside and watch everyone ELSE get ripped off...
Address: Columbus Street at Broadway
Directions: Columbus Street at Broadway, North Beach
" ... the city dances on its hills and unashamedly enjoys its own beauty, which has survived many a long night of excesses, both joyous and tragic." © Herb Caen, the `voice and conscience' of the City
Address: 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd
Directions: Facing west from telegraph hill parking lot ledge
Phone: (415) 362- 0808
More Reviews (65)
- See All THE VILLAGE HOUSE - Guest House in the...
- See All Great "traditional" Chinese with an...
- See All A North Beach Bar
- See All MISTERSF - A Great San Francisco Website
- Be wary
- See All It is what it is
davequ's Related Pages
San Francisco Travel Guide
Member Travel Pages
- "Bagdad by the Bay"
- "San Francisco - My Favorie City - By Default"
- "San Francisco - "It's a free-for-all up there!""
- "SFO ... a declassé love letter to the CITY"
- "San Francisco: Why this heart never leaves"
- "I Left My Heart..."
- "San Francisco is Really Shaking Things Up!"
- See All...
- Things to Do in San Francisco
- Hotels in San Francisco
- Transportation in San Francisco
- Nightlife in San Francisco
- Restaurants in San Francisco
- Shopping in San Francisco
- Warnings and Dangers in San Francisco
- See All...
Badges & Stats in San Francisco
- 86 Reviews
- 184 Photos
- 4 Forum posts
- 19 Comments
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (16)
Have you been to San Francisco?Share Your Travels
Latest Activity in San Francisco
- updated a San Francisco Travelogue "San Francisco Bands ... a tribute to Chet Helms"
- Uploaded a Photo to "Cash only, good breakfast in North Beach"
- Posted in Travel Paris Forum "Re: Paris by Night--Rooftop view"
- Wrote a Review THE VILLAGE HOUSE - Guest House... in San Francisco Hotels
- Commented on one of Karnubawax's San Francisco travel pages
Top 10 Pages
- Paris Intro, 132 reviews, 384 photos, 5 travelogues
- New York City Intro, 63 reviews, 234 photos, 4 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination San Francisco Intro, 86 reviews, 194 photos, 5 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Arles Intro, 57 reviews, 117 photos, 5 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Seattle Intro, 61 reviews, 109 photos, 2 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Laguna Beach Intro, 61 reviews, 86 photos, 5 travelogues
- Amsterdam Intro, 50 reviews, 92 photos, 5 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Oakland Intro, 26 reviews, 31 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Riomaggiore Intro, 18 reviews, 34 photos, 3 travelogues
- Rothenburg ob der Tauber Intro, 19 reviews, 27 photos, 1 travelogue
No friends yet.
- Lombard Street- 134 Reviews, 215 Photos
- Chinatown- 179 Reviews, 314 Photos
- Alcatraz- 292 Reviews, 488 Photos
- Golden Gate Bridge- 245 Reviews, 392 Photos
- Coit Tower- 135 Reviews, 257 Photos
- Fisherman's Wharf- 179 Reviews, 325 Photos
- Alamo Square- 67 Reviews, 104 Photos
- Twin Peaks- 35 Reviews, 51 Photos
- Union Square- 65 Reviews, 96 Photos
- Pier 39- 117 Reviews, 206 Photos
See All San Francisco Things to Do