Leave Your Heart in San Francisco

SF, Frisco, San Fran, City by the Bay, Golden Gate City. What makes this Northern California city unique is its mix of old and new. Home to tech giants like Twitter, Uber, Airbnb, and Fitbit (to name just a few) as well as some of the West Coast’s most historic sites, the city manages to effortlessly manage the vintage and the innovative with flair and style.

Unlike many other US cities, San Francisco is compact enough to explore on foot. Its easy-to-use grid system means that even the most geographically-challenged amongst us will be able to get around. Don’t underestimate those hills though: even the gym bunnies amongst you will struggle. But hop on one of the famed red cable cars for the steeper climbs and you’ll be rewarded with some astounding views.

If you find yourself in SF on business with a few hours to spare, be sure to get those calf muscles pumping and take in everything this cultural gem has to offer.

The ‘Abridged’ Version

So where else to start but the famous Golden Gate Bridge? The 2.7 km icon connects the City with Marin County and there really is no other way to cross the bridge other than on foot. Or if you’re feeling ultra sporty, hire a bike. Stop at the many viewing points en route and take in the gorgeous views. Be warned, it gets windy up there!

Prison break

You know you want to! I’m talking about Alcatraz. Don’t question why you want to see it, just do it. Jump on a ferry at Fisherman’s Wharf and take in the most famous former prison in the world. Once home to Al Capone, a visit to ‘The Rock’ has a tendency to linger in your imagination.


Once back at Fisherman’s Wharf, immerse yourself in tourist hell (or heaven!) and soak up the atmosphere. Purchase at least one item of tourist tat then head out to Pier 39 and eat seafood and visit the sunbathing sea lions.

On a Mission

For the literary buffs amongst you, head over to the Mission District where you’ll be rewarded with a plethora of independent bookshops. A great (and far less taxing) way to spend a couple of hours browsing if you want something less energetic.

Worked up an appetite?

Whatever you have a taste for, you won’t be disappointed. Looking to impress clients? Book a table at Michelin-Starred Commonwealth in the Mission District, a neighborhood farm to table restaurant that won’t fail to excite your taste buds.

If that’s not your thing, line up for Burma Superstar, close to Golden Gate Park. Take advantage of the free hot tea as you wait in line for traditional Burmese family cooking.

The food truck religion is strong in SF. Enjoy cheap but delicious eats from just about every corner of the globe.

The City by the Bay is all about mixing business and pleasure, go with the same mentality and you won’t be disappointed.