San Francisco sits on the peninsula of the same name and is literally packed with things to see and do, magnificent hotels and a staggering array of eating-places. The city is the second most densely populated in the country after New York so offers a huge range of everything within a much smaller space than many of its neighbours. Whatever cuisine you favour, you will find something to your tastes, and also to your budget.
If you want classic American food with a wonderful view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay, then Applebee’s on Fisherman’s Wharf may be the choice. It offers a range of menus including for children and has a drinks menu that entices you with cocktails. It is found on 2770 Taylor Street and can also offer banqueting facilities if you are travelling for business.
Ame is a sophisticated restaurant with mesquite wood floors, eye-catching décor as well as a custom made sashimi bar, and a range of handcrafts wines from around the world numbering around 300. It offers intimate dining in its L-shaped restaurant and also has a signature ‘Red Table’ for parties up to eight. It is located at 689 Mission Street.
La Urbana Alamo Square offers a modern take on traditional Mexican food with unusual cocktails and cantina-style food in an innovative restaurant. The owners aim is to combine the best of Mexico with local produce and talent.
If you want to sample something born in the city during your trip, then perhaps try sourdough bread or the mission burrito, both of which were invented there. The speciality on Fisherman’s Wharf is Dungeness crab while there are numerous food companies based in the city producing their own specialities.
Food trucks and gourmet street food are also a feature of San Francisco and follow a schedule so certain trucks can be found at certain places and times. This means if you want a surprise, don’t look but if you want to plan to catch a certain truck, this can be an easy job. There are even a couple of locally grown organic produce stores in the city including the Rainbow Grocery Cooperative and Bi-Rite Market.
The Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar is a famous restaurant and tiki bar of the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel. It opened in 1945 and features a Polynesian-themed bar, an artificial lagoon, rainstorms and lava rocks making it one of the best of the high style Tiki bars in the city.
Most of the restaurants and bars in the city will use credit or debit cards though it can be advisable to have some cash to hand, especially for smaller vendors such as food trucks. Travel around the city is simple and around 32% of the locals use the public transport system.
Majority of international flights into the city will use San Francisco International airport, which is 12 miles south of downtown. The main requirement for entry to the country is either a Visa or an ESTA Visa waiver. The former is available by a trip to the US Embassy while the latter can be done using an ESTA online application. Either must be done before departure.