What’s making San Francisco a great city to live is, it’s a very heteroclite city by his population. There is a real « living together » culture ? you can find very popular districts, a big business district and some rich districts, all mixing together. There is a real harmony between those kind and places and wherever you come,whatever you believe, whatever your tastes and preferences you will be accepted here. Worldly known for its steep streets, it can be very tiring to visit it by feet., even with a good physical condition. You should definitely think about rent a bikeas an option. If you want to rest in the middle of a good walk, streets are full of bars, coffees, restaurants of all kind.San Fran is the birth place of beat and hippy culture, and it’s a place where music is well set. Ashbury street stand as a proof.
Pier 39 is a very commercial and touristic area. It is a well reorganized pier to be able to be visited by a huge and higly crowd. There are a lot of kind of restaurants : mexican, seafood, Hard rock café, but also different kind of souvenir shops. From that place you can have a view on Alcatraz (the departures place for the island are not very far from here, on pier 35) and the Golden Gate (if the clouds don’t mess with you). Probably the best moment to go there is early on the evening, you will be able see some street shows on the centrale place. On the edge of the pier you will find another kind of shows, sea lions decided to live there.
The Golden Gate bridge is all by himself the symbol of San Francisco. If you want to cross it, I advise you to take a bike or the rise up very early. The waiting queue is insane. From there you can visit the parc before the bridge and after you cross the bridge the places around will give you a fantastic point of view on the city. Another recommandation, go down to the beach just under the bridge. There is a path going down there a little bit on the west of the bridge. You can also « climb » down from the close area of the bridge but be prudent not to slip on the last meters (which happened to me).
In the centrale part of the city, Chinatown district is a real step in another country. It starts at the Dragon’s gate and set upon few blocks around. There are a lot of antiques shop to visit, restaurants, massage place and of souvenir shops. You will real in another culture. It totally change from the rest of the city. If you love movies as much as I do, you can see the old brinze Zoetrope builbuing where Francis Ford Coppola set his studios. It is now his own restaurant which is surprisingly not that expensive.