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15 Hidden Secrets & Best Places in San Francisco

15 Hidden Secrets & Best Places in San Francisco

on Jun. 21, 2016 by

Lots of research went into finding the most unique attractions, things to do and foods to eat for my short stopover in San Francisco. 15 places can be found in the list below in my favorite order.

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San Francisco is an absolute gem in the United States, it is so different from the east coast that it almost feels like being in another country. To really admire the city and get a good panoramic view drive to the top of Hawk Hill on the northern side of the Golden Gate bridge.

Places

  • 1. Musee Mecanique

    An antique penny arcade with many classics from the 1930s until 1980s (map)

  • 2. Lobster Bisque

    This heavenly soup in San Francisco at the Eagle Cafe should not be missed (map)

  • 3. Mirror Maze

    Go on a mental roller coaster trip at the Mirror Maze located on Pier 39 second level (map)

  • 4. Hawk Hill

    Arguably the best view of San Francisco (map)

  • 5. Battery Godfrey

    Part of the Presidio of San Francisco with an excellent view of Baker beach (map)

  • 6. Eatsa Restaurant

    Fully automated restaurant in downtown San Francisco without staff (map)

  • 7. Dutch Windmill

    Located on the western tip of Golden Gate park (map)

  • 8. Painted Ladies

    The most iconic spot of San Francisco at Alamo Square (map)

  • 9. Mission Dolores Park

    Epic outdoor park where you can socialize with the locals (map)

  • 10. Patricias Green

    Location of the wooden Burning Man temple (map)

  • 11. Palace of Fine Arts

    Built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition (map)

  • 12. Yoda Fountain

    Located at the Lucasfilm studio, a dream come true for every Star Wars fan (map)

  • 13. Fishermans Wharf

    Rent a bike and cycle along this incredible waterfront area (map)

  • 14. Lombard Street

    Go down the crookedest street in the world by bike! (map)

  • 15. Coit Tower

    Not easy to get to but the view makes up for it (map)

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I went for a bike ride along Fisherman's Wharf with my long lost friend Serge, who I just to jam with in Tokyo back in 2007. We had dinner at the Eagle Cafe and ordered San Francisco's most famous soup: Lobster Bisque, truly unbeatable!

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No trip to San Francisco is complete without dropping by the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square park which used to be part of the intro of the Fullhouse TV series.

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One of our funniest finds was this Yoda Fountain next to the Lucasfilm studios, a true destination for any Star Wars nerd.

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I truly believe that the best way to explore San Francisco is to visit most attractions by bicycle, it can be quite challenging at times, due to the steep streets, but it will be well worth once you go down Lombard Street, the crooked street in the world!

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Another interesting spot was the wooden Burning Man temple at Patricia's Green park in the center of the city which was covered in lots of writing, love declarations and autographs.

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Surprisingly, I found this Dutch windmill at the most western tip of Golden Gate park surrounded by lots of tulips.

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The weather in San Francisco can be hit-or-miss, which truly sucks if you want to get great outdoor photos at all its scenic destinations, so do have some indoor events planned as an alternative. I highly recommend: Musee Mecanique, Mirror Maze, Fisherman Wharf's fish market, Eagle Cafe, Alcatraz and Exploratorium for all your indoor activities and if time permits visit Silicon Valley and have a few drinks in the vibrant San Francisco nightlife! 

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