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San Francisco Questions and Answers

How do I get around San Francisco?

Getting around San Francisco does not present a problem. San Francisco is well served by a sound public transport system - the MUNI system of buses and light rail do a pretty decent job of getting travelers around to all popular destinations. For areas that aren’t covered by public transport, you can easily catch an Uber or a Lyft. Tourists can opt for the Hop-on Hop-off buses that will take you must-visit sites like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Civic Center, the Palace of Fine Arts, Chinatown, Union Square, etc.

What are the best things to do in San Francisco?

There’s no lack of fun and exciting things to do in San Francisco. You could go on the San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise (Golden Gate Bridge to Bay Bridge) or go on a walking tour of the Golden Gate Bridge. The San Francisco Zoo is a fun place to visit as is the Pier 39. A tour to Alcatraz Island, an open-top cable car night ride and an exploration of the Muir Woods are other awesome things to do in San Francisco.

Where should I shop in San Francisco?

Union Square offers the best shopping experience in San Francisco. You’ll find San Francisco’s largest stores, malls and branded storefronts here. Mission District, Downton, and Marina are other areas that are good for shopping in San Francisco.

Is San Francisco safe for tourists?

San Francisco is a relatively safe place, especially in the daytime and in most of the tourist areas. Certain areas like The Tenderloin near Union Square is not recommended, especially at night and if you are alone. Some travelers have reported a pickpocketing problem in certain areas such as Pier 39 and around Union Square. As with any other big city, as long as you're careful and take basic precautions, your stay in San Francisco should be hassle-free.

What are the best areas to stay in San Francisco?

There are a ton of options for travelers looking for good places to stay in San Francisco – your choices will depend on your priorities and your budget. SoMa or South Market is a trendy, diverse neighborhood near Union Square with plenty of food options and places to stay in if you’re on a budget. Union Square, Haight-Ashbury, Hayes Valley, North Beach, Chinatown, and Richmond.

What should I eat in San Francisco, and where should I eat?

San Francisco is a foodie’s mecca, offering a plethora of cuisines that caters to every palate and budget. Some of the must-try foods in San Francisco are clam chowder bread bowls from Boudin Bakery, the Secret Breakfast from Humphry Slocombe, seafood at Fisherman's Wharf, Mission-style burrito from the Mission District, the Dungeness crab at the Crab House and the Irish Coffee from Buena Vista Café.

When is the best time of year to visit San Francisco?

September and October are ideal times to visit San Francisco – warm weather and less crowds than summer. The city’s summers are notoriously fickle, prone to turning cold and foggy, so June-August is best avoided if you are looking for consistently warm weather and low crowds. San Francisco has a decent weather in spring (March to May) too.