GOOD's 49 Hours in San Francisco

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If you only had 49 hours to spend in San Francisco, what would you spend it doing?  With so much great food, activities and sights to see, it may be hard to make a decision. But we’ve got you covered. We took a poll around the office and here’s what GOOD staffers love that can only be found in San Francisco. Check out some of the suggestions below for how we’d spend 49 amazing hours in the city by the bay, and for even more options check out our map.

Beat the sightseeing crowds by getting up early and exploring Fisherman’s Wharf in the morning. Here you can:

  • Rent bikes to cruise around the pier
  • Visit the Aquarium of the Bay
  • Check out Pier 39 and the resident sea lions
  • Visit the Musee Mechanique for a peek at vintage games of all kinds

If you’re feeling hungry for lunch, stop at:

  • Boudin Sourdough Bakery and Café for seafood chowder bowls
  • Scoma’s for seafood
  • Ghirardelli Square for an assortment of food, drinks, and of course, chocolate.

The experts at San Francisco Travel recommend the Classic Cable Car Sightseeing on your trip to the Fisherman's Wharf.

Next, head south towards downtown to SOMA and the Embarcadero. You can spend the afternoon taking in some art at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Cartoon Art Museum. Take a stroll through the Yerba Buena Gardens where, chances are, there’s an outdoor concert or festival. If you’re feeling hungry, check out:
  • House of Nanking
  • L’Osteria Del Forno for an Italian dinner
  • La Mar Cebicheria Peruana for ceviche
  • A cup of tea at Samovar Tea Lounge

San Francisco Travel recommends: The Farmer's Market at the Ferry Building.

Head south west towards the Mission District where you’ll find more awesome food and activities. Check out the Pirate Supply Store next to the literary nonprofit 826 Valencia, as well as Mission Dolores Park, and the beautiful vibrant murals throughout the neighborhood’s streets and backalleys.

To eat:

  • Rosamunde Sausage Grill for fresh-from-the-grill eats
  • Taqueria Cancun for carnitas tacos and aqua frescas
  • Humphry Slocombe for ice cream in extraordinary flavors
  • Burmese and Chinese flavors at Yamo
  • Neopolitan-inspired pies at Pizzeria Delfina
  • Bi-Rite Creamery for seasonal and artisanal ice cream and baked goods
  • Oven fresh treats at Tartine Bakery

San Francisco Travel recommends: Wo Hing General Store and Creativity Explored.

Moving north, you can check out trendy Hayes Valley for some shopping including Lavish, featuring home goods by local artists, and travel boutique Flight 001. Head south to get a glimpse of the postcard-friendly Alamo Square, and for eats try:

  • Little Chihuahua
  • Blue Bottle Coffee Company
  • Zuni Café

San Francisco Travel recommends: Espetus Churrasccaria, a Brazilian steak house.

If you want to get closer to the sea breeze head west and take a bike ride or walk along the Golden Gate Bridge. Across the bridge, you’ll find the quaint town of Sausalito filled with neighborhood restaurants and art galleries, miles of scenic trails at Mt. Tamalpais and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and ancient coastal redwoods in Muir Woods.

On your way back south take a pit stop at Baker Beach and soak up some sun. After your stop there, head into the Richmond District.

Eating options here include:

  • Spruce for a romantic dinner
  • Burma Superstar for more casual Burmese fare

San Francisco Travel recommends: Legion of Honor museum and Chapeau!, a French bistro. 

For one last adventure, head into Golden Gate Park. Here you can visit:

  • The de Young Museum
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden
  • Japanese Tea Garden

To stop those stomach rumbles stop in at:

  • Arizmendi Bakery for scones and pizza
  • Outerlands for delicious breads and simple meals

San Francisco Travel recommends: Bike and Skate for rentals and repairs.