"Princess Diaries" inspired stay in San Francisco

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  • San Francisco

  • Bachelorette Party Destinations

  • Food & Wine

  • Group Travel

  • City Travel

  • Sightseeing

  • Girls Getaway

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Curator’s statement

I fell in love with San Francisco as a young girl watching the movie "Princess Diaries". Since then, I have been fortunate enough to explore Princess Mia's beloved San Francisco for myself. This travel guide outlines the quintessential "Princess Dairies" stay in San Francisco, perfect for a trip with the girls!

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Where to stay in San Francisco

Palihotel Melrose Avenue

A stylish and eclectic urban retreat situated in the heart of San Francisco's vibrant Melrose Avenue, offering a fusion of contemporary design, comfort, and unparalleled city charm.

1 Hotel San Francisco

Luxury property in the heart of San Francisco with nature-inspired, relaxing rooms and suites.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Hotel Fairmont San Francisco

Stately hotel in San Francisco offering views of the city and the bay with refined rooms and a fine dining restaurant.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • $90 Breakfast credit

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Things to do in San Francisco

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  • San Francisco Movie Sets & Locations Tour: A three hour bus tour around San Francisco highlights some of the most iconic spots seen in movies and TV shows. Clips are shown throughout the tour that match the stops, Princess Mia’s High School included!

  • Pier 39: The Pier is tons of fun! There are plenty of restaurants, shops, and attractions for all ages, including the Aquarium by the Bay!

  • Musée Mécanique: This Antique arcade is the same spot seen in the “Princess Diaries” where the Queen and Princess Mia play to win on the arm wrestling game! Admission is free!

  • Ghirardelli Square: Visit Ghirardelli Square to relinquish your sweet-tooth. You can visit the to-go store and bring home sweets to your loved ones. Get a few scoops at the Ice-Cream shop, or get the total package at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Experience.

  • Golden Gate Bridge: Explore the trails just outside of The Golden Gate Bridge for the picture-perfect views.

  • Cable Cars: Take a ride on the historic San Francisco Cable Cars to explore the steep hills of San Francisco! Make sure to purchase your tickets before you board, visit the website to see how.

  • Lombard Street: Visit the Famous Lombard Street known for its steep and winding turns with the most gorgeous city views at the top! The neighborhood is chic and is surrounded by cozy cafes and antique stores.

  • The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre: Originally made for the World's Fair in 1915, The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre is now a San Francisco icon. Walk the picturesque grounds for free during the day or at night when it’s all lit up!

Places to eat & drink in San Francisco

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Breakfast

  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s: This cozy breakfast spot has generous portions of yummy food and the staff treats you like family. At Breakfast at Tiffany's they do not take reservations, so if you aren't able to get a seat, they do online pick-up and delivery offers!

  • Rose’s Cafe: The Rose’s French Toast Bread Pudding with Caramelized Apples and Whipped Cream is an absolute must try!!

The Afternoon Tea of a Princess' Dreams

  • Son & Garden: The environment is floral and upbeat, perfect for a girls trip! Their Afternoon Tea (Monday-Friday) is as fun as the pastries and finger-food are delicious!

  • Maison Danel: This Tea Salon is one of the few French pastry spots in San Francisco with gluten-free options!

Lunch

  • Pier Market Seafood Restaurant: Pier Market is a family-owned restaurant that has been serving the freshest seafood for over 40 years! It's right on the water with gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers: If you're looking for a quick savory bite, the service is speedy and efficient. If you like to travel like a local, this is the lunch spot for you!

  • Lucca's Delicatessen: As an NJ/NYC local that's very particular about bread, I have Lucca's Deli rated as the best sandwich I've ever had on the West Coast!

Dinner

  • Scoma’s: Old-school, romantic, Italian seafood dining experience with breathtaking views of the bay. It’s known as a “local tradition”, and is famous for their clam chowder!

  • Boulevard: This space has recently been reimagined and has perfectly preserved the original character of mosaics and iron work. At Boulevard, you can indulge in 2 different dining experiences. For the bar, lounge and chef’s counter, you can be seated on a walk-in basis, but if you’d like to dine in the dining room, a reservation is needed.

  • House of Prime Rib: A restaurant experience fit for a queen! Their tender, perfectly cooked roast beef is carved right at your table.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Jenny Engard’s guide, Let's Get Weird in San Francisco.

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to San Francisco.

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