48 Hours in San Francisco

San Francisco is my favorite city in the US (I’m really sorry Philly, you came in 2nd), so I go just about every year..  I’ve been to the tourist hot spots, I’ve ventured off-the-beaten-path [See my old post on that here], and I’ve tried all the foods.

This year I brought my boyfriend who was a first-timer, and we only had 48 hours in the city.  Too little time? Not with San Francisco, the 7-by-7 mile city. If you rent a car (which I suggest), you can really cover ground in the Bay area. A little bit of adventure, the must-see tourist things, and a delicious food + booze to top it off.

All of this, on a budget.

If you are headed to San Francisco in the near future, follow most of this itinerary and you will thank me.


 — Get more info on restaurants + bars on this list from the source, linked respectively 🙂 


  1. Start in Hayes Valley: Grab coffee at Blue Bottle on Fell Street. It’s great coffee served out of a garage. Walk around and explore Hayes Valley’s cuteness with an abundance of independently-owned shops and corner cafes.
  2. Take the walk a few blocks up the street to Alamo Square Park / Painted Ladies: The “Full House” houses if you will…
  3. Drive to the Mission neighborhood – Valencia street is cool, a hip + trendy area with plenty to see as you walk around.
  4. Walk the Clarion Art walk just off of Valencia Street in between 17th and 18th street.
  5. Grab a sandwich at Rhea’s (you won’t regret it), a 6-pack and head to Dolores Park for chill hangs and an incredible view of the city
  6. Drive out to Baker Beach to see a better (and less touristy) view of the Golden Gate Bridge
  7. Not far from Baker Beach are the Sutro Baths / Lands End. Go here and read the history behind these Sutro Baths.
  8. Drive back to the city, end the day with drinks/dinner in the quaint Nob Hill neighborhood



  1. Start your day at Mr Holmes Bakehouse and GET THE CRUFFIN. If you eat one thing in SF, this should be it.
  2. Lombard Street is a short drive away, and Fisherman’s Wharf is blocks from Lombard Street.
  3. Head to Chinatown for lunch and get dumplings to-go at Good Mong Kok Bakery for less than $5.
  4. See the famous pyramid Transamerica Pyramid building just around the corner from Chinatown.
  5. Head to Union Square – this is this public plaza of the city where there’s lots of shopping / dining / entertainment.
  6. Recharge in SoMa at SightGlass Coffee – a huge bi-level coffee shop made from an industrial warehouse.
  7. Head back to the Mission neighborhood and get cocktails at TrickDog – some of the best cocktails in the country live here.
  8. Eat Dinner at Mission Chinese – A delicious and unique take on Chinese food with healthy ingredients.






Painted Ladies, Hayes Valley
Art Walk in the Mission Neighborhood – RIP PRINCE
Dolores Park – Mission Neighborhood
Baker Beach
Mr Holmes Bakehouse
Lombard Street halfway up looking down
Leo’s Oyster Bar – not on the Itinerary but great Oyster spot in Union Square!
TransAmerica Pyramid Building, SF
Chinatown, SF
Mission Chinese: Kung Pao Pastrami plate, Coconut-crusted pork belly, and crispy lamb dumplings with tsaziki


See more of things to do in San Francisco here: 10 Things To Do Off the Beaten Path



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