This is a fantastic city and 24 hours is no where close to enough time for this city. But if you happen to only have a few glorious hours there, here’s what I recommend:
- The Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge is iconic in San Francisco and it’s not Golden but rather a deep red but it’s worth checking out. On the San Francisco side of the bridge there’s a great little walk way that you can get down to the base of the bridge and hang out. If you’re lucky you can see seals hanging out over there. I’ve only seem them there once but I always hope to see more.
- The Golden Gate Park. This is a beautiful park that you’ll usually find the San Francisco Marathon running through during the summer. It’s a great place to wander and take a good stroll.
- Russian Orthodox Church. If you’re in that area, the Russian Orthodox Church is a beautiful ornate church that occasionally is open for tours. There’s also a gift shop you can check out.
- PollyAnna’s Ice Cream. It’s along the beach in SF in Sunset. It’s a fantastic ice cream place with lots of different flavors like black sesame and green tea.
- Sheng Kee Bakery. There are two locations in Sunset, but I recommend the one near 19th and Irving by the Bank of America. It’s the original location and has freshly made pastries every single day.
- Fisherman’s Wharf. This is a great place for site seeing, walking along the water and seeing Alcatraz from a distance. Lots of fun things to do along the wharf and good food.
- Ghirardelli. Chocolate upon chocolate upon chocolate.
- Ferry Building. This is a great place for food and food trucks. It’s almost like a permanent farmers market.
- Union Square. This is a great place for shopping.
- House of Nanking. A Chinese restaurant along the edge of the financial district and Chinatown. You’ll share tables with other restaurant goers dependent on space. You’re guaranteed a wait but it’s totally worth it.
- Cow Hollow. This is a great little location to check out boutiques and great little restaurants. The shops in this area are adorable and full of character.
Overall, San Francisco deserves significantly more than just a few hours there. It is one of those few cities that I’ve been to multiple times since I was a child and I still have more to discover. Each neighborhood is so unique and full of character, good food and cool things to see. Definitely try to plan more than just 24 hours there but if you only have a few hours, I hope that this guide will help you out!