Travel + Leisure Staff

San Franciscans take coffee and breakfast very seriously. Travelers can watch the city’s top chefs swarming the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, located on the Embarcadero, every Saturday morning. In addition to fresh produce, the market also sells breakfast sandwiches (order one with salty lox) and house-baked pastries.

A number of fun things to do in San Francisco take place (unsurprisingly!) on the Bay. Sailboats and luxurious catamarans can whisk you under the Golden Gate Bridge, while ferries and speedboats zip you over to Alcatraz.

For a panoramic view of the West Coast city (and inspiration on what to do in San Francisco) scale the Art Deco masterpiece perched atop Telegraph Hill, Coit Tower. While climbing the 210-foot building, you’ll see 27 murals from local artists made in the 1930s.

While San Francisco may be better known for its Chinatown, it’s also home to one of the country’s few remaining, and highly underrated, Japantowns: one of only three in fact. Try “rock n’ roll” style cuisine from Ace Wasabi—think tuna poke tostadas with gyoza chips and a namesake roll with crab, eel, macadamia nuts, and wasabi tobiko.

And finally, watch the sunset on your perfect San Francisco weekend at Ocean Beach, where locals congregate around bonfires and watch night wash over the Pacific.  

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