San Francisco: The best ‘Small Town Feel’ Big City

AT&T ParkI have always wanted to visit San Francisco as it is one of the most iconic cities in California (maybe even in the United States). I have heard much about the Golden Gate Bridge, but I have not heard much more than that about San Francisco (well of course Alcatraz). I did not really know what to expect to see in San Francisco, either than one of the most well-known bridges in the world and most notorious penitentiary. San Francisco kept me entertained for 7 days in one of the best ‘small town feel’ big cities I have ever visited. With endless activities in the San Francisco Bay area, I was left amazed.

San Francisco is a busy city bustling with runners, tourists, and business professionals. The waterfront was crowded due to America’s Cup taking place in San Francisco this month. The Kiwi accent overpowers the crowd as they excitingly cheer on their teams. The food in San Francisco left my taste buds dancing for joy. The fresh fish is abundant, and you can consider San Francisco a “crab city”; you can buy anything and everything made with crab! Although the restaurants are abundant in San Fran, it’s a city that prides itself in an awareness of a green and healthy lifestyle. On every street corner you will find cute bistros serving organic coffee & tea, vegan varieties, and eco-friendly practices. The chic bohemian hipster style keeps San Francisco fresh, vibrant, and current. San Francisco has this amazing down to earth feel about it, almost as if I was at home.

My Favourite Spots in San Francisco:

Clock Tower & Farmers Market

Clock Tower and  Market

The unique shops on Pier 39
I was amazed by San Francisco’s painted turquoise streets.

San Francisco

Bliss San Francisco

Barking Sea Lions on Pier 39
Since the Loma Prieta earthquake, sea lions have arrived in droves on the K-Dock of pier 39 and been “hauling out” ever since. In 2009, 1,701 sea lions lived at the pier. Numbers continually rise and fall. Watch the sea lions on the live webcam:

Sea Lions

America’s Cup Races

Americas Cup

Pier 33- Alcatraz Landing & Alcatraz Island

Fisherman’s Wharf & Fish Market  

Fishermans Wharf

Antique Arcade Museum

Arcade Museum

Street Performers: Captain Jack “Spare-ribs”

Captain Jack Spareribs

Mason & Powell Cable Car Line / Westfield Mall and Downtown Shopping

Cable Car

Cupids Arrow & Bay Bridge

Cupids Arrow and Bay Bridge

Coit Tower

Coit Tower

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Muir Woods

Muir Woods



Marin County Food Truck Sundays

Food Truck

Planet Granite Indoor Rock Climbing Gym

Indoor Rock ClimbingIndoor Rock ClimbingIndoor Rock Climbing

Endless Restaurants
Boudin Sour dough Bread Factory– Sour dough pizza with fresh roma tomatoes, garlic, and basil, The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen– A classic breakfast sandwich with one cage free egg, jack, and sharp on Pinke’s Levain, Coriander Gourmet Thai– Green Curry, Burma Superstar– Tea leaf salad, samosa soup, sesame chicken, Black Bear Diner– Brocolli and cheddar soup & turkey sandwich on light rye, and the best for last: Crepevine– The “siena” crepe: strawberries, nutella, nuts, vanilla ice cream, and homemade whip cream.

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

My 7 days in friendly San Francisco left me wanting more! Each day I was searching for new places to explore. At first, I was sceptical if San Francisco was more than just the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz; I learned that the more you look, the more you find. I wonder what I will find the next time I visit?

14 thoughts on “San Francisco: The best ‘Small Town Feel’ Big City

  1. I have never seen a food truck only in movies. Is this common in the States?
    Why did you go wall climbing? Awesome idea… I am just curious …
    Did you buy anything? Bath salt? 🙂

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  3. Great photos! I love Sausilito. Apparently they have a pretty decent car show in October (this year the aren’t doing it, however) and I want to go to it. Also, those bath salts looked way nice! 🙂 Sorry to hear you didn’t get any. I’ve never been to Muir Woods–I’ll have to go next time!!

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  5. I’ve been dying to visit San Francisco, everyone always tells me I would love it. The food trucks in that area seem amazing, although over the past couple years we’ve gotten some really yummy ones in New York!

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