A Local Foodie's Long Weekend Guide in San Francisco

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Curated By

Winnie Harwell

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  • San Francisco

  • Food & Wine

  • Weekend Getaways

  • Local Culture

  • Local Food

  • Entertainment

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Curator’s statement

San Francisco is my beloved birthplace and forever home, holding a special place in my heart. Its diverse neighborhoods, each with a unique character, offer much to be explored. The city's culinary scene is a global adventure and a paradise for foodies. This centrally located itinerary covers both iconic and trending hotspots for an unforgettable weekend away.

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Where to stay

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Luxe property with a 17-story atrium, California-influenced dining and sleek rooms.

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  • Hotel / resort credit.

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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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The Jay, Autograph Collection

Experience modern sophistication and urban chic at Jay Hotel San Francisco, where sleek design and personalized service redefine luxury in the heart of the city by the bay.

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Day 1: Chinatown & Union Square

A busy street with Chinese lanterns hung above during the nighttime
  • Settle into your hotel and start your trip off wandering through the vibrant streets of Chinatown. Enjoy a quick snack with boba from one of the many milk tea spots and savor the famous egg tarts at Golden Gate Bakery, a local favorite!

  • Make your way to Union Square for some shopping, exploring the myriad of stores and boutiques. Take a moment to unwind at Bar Sprezzatura a charming and insta-worthy Aperitivo & Cicchetti bar.

  • End the night with a sumptuous dinner at R&G Lounge, known for its delectable Cantonese cuisine and must-try salt and pepper crab.

Day 2: Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf

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  • Experience the lively atmosphere of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (every Saturday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.). Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, sipping coffee and sampling bites from local vendors.

  • Take a scenic walk along the Embarcadero towards Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. Check out Musee Mechanique one of the world's largest collections of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade artifacts. Make your way to the famous Buena Vista Cafe for their iconic Irish Coffee before taking the cable car back to your hotel.

  • For dinner, head to Bodega SF, a local hotspot for Vietnamese cuisine - don't miss the banh cuon! Wrap up the night with a nightcap at the adjacent hidden cocktail bar, The Felix.

Day 3: The Presidio

A view of the golden gate bridge in San Fransico during daytime.
  • Begin your day with coffee from one of my favs, Andytown at Salesforce Park, enjoying the green oasis in the heart of the city.

  • Grab photo-worthy pastries such as the bacon egg and cheese croissant from the latest hotspot, Butter & Crumble. Take a final stroll along the Presidio before your flight out, exploring the historic park and enjoying breathtaking views of Golden Gate Bridge (unless Karl the Fog makes an appearance!)

Need to Know

Due to the city's microclimates, remember to dress in layers and don't call it "San Fran" or "Frisco". We just call it "the city" or "San Francisco"!

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Phoebe Pierce's guide, 5-Day Adventure Itinerary in San Francisco.

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

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Winnie Harwell

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