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Before you prepare your glutes and hammies for San Francisco’s rolling hills, brush up on beans. More specifically, coffee beans. Few beverages are consumed here that haven’t been ground to perfection. Pour over, cold brew, cortado. You’ll need to learn a whole new language. Forging ahead with a multitude of ways to serve a cuppa is just the start. In a city strewn with free-spirited hippies, tech more often than not takes the headlines. Silicon Valley spills out into the streets with frequent opportunities to fly your geek flag unabashed. In fact, whichever flag you’re flying, you’re welcome in San Francisco. The LGBTQ+ community is one of the world’s largest and the city is suitably, and pleasingly, rainbow-clad.

Those rolling hills we mentioned? Cable cars can do the leg work for you. Helpful, when there’s 47 square miles to explore. Root out the swish neighbourhoods, escape to acres of green parkland or take to the water. Islands in the bay hold many a secret. We’re all familiar with Alcatraz, but Treasure Island? Not so much. Spoiler alert: it’s an art-filled spot built from landfill. A mixed bag but one that sums up the San Fran spirit. Give this city lemons – it’ll make you a coffee. Lemonade is so last century.

Before you prepare your glutes and hammies for San Francisco’s rolling hills, brush up on beans. More specifically, coffee beans. Few beverages are consumed here that haven’t been ground to perfection. Pour over, cold brew, cortado. You’ll need to learn a whole new language. Forging ahead with a multitude of ways to serve a cuppa is just the start. In a city strewn with free-spirited hippies, tech more often than not takes the headlines. Silicon Valley spills out into the streets with frequent opportunities to fly your geek flag unabashed. In fact, whichever flag you’re flying, you’re welcome in San Francisco. The LGBTQ+ community is one of the world’s largest and the city is suitably, and pleasingly, rainbow-clad.

Those rolling hills we mentioned? Cable cars can do the leg work for you. Helpful, when there’s 47 square miles to explore. Root out the swish neighbourhoods, escape to acres of green parkland or take to the water. Islands in the bay hold many a secret. We’re all familiar with Alcatraz, but Treasure Island? Not so much. Spoiler alert: it’s an art-filled spot built from landfill. A mixed bag but one that sums up the San Fran spirit. Give this city lemons – it’ll make you a coffee. Lemonade is so last century.

   
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Frisco finances

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    3 course meal for 2: £58.42

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    A regular cappuccino: £3.47

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    A medium beer: £5.84

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    One-way (Local Transport): £2.19

Frisco finances

  • null

    3 course meal for 2: £58.42

  • null

    A regular cappuccino: £3.47

  • null

    A medium beer: £5.84

  • null

    One-way (Local Transport): £2.19

Soundtrack of the city

Foggy with a chance of fog…

San Francisco’s weather’s a changeable sort. Though, the fog is reassuringly dependable. Learn to love it and time your bay views wisely. The best time to visit San Francisco? Microclimates aside, spring is pretty special. Though autumn sees the fog give the city a break. Summer’s toasty but those summer temperatures lure in visitors.

Discover the real San Francisco

Coffee is a BIG deal in this city. That’s not to San Francisco’s food scene plays second fiddle. An influx of organic produce keeps restaurants well-stocked and the nearby wine region more than pairs well with every meal. Healthier bites may be de rigueur, but fear not, San Francisco still knows how to load your plate with calories.

Part of San Francisco’s joy is discovering well-hidden secrets meant to be snuffled out. So you’ll find few spoilers here. Yes, we’ll share a few insider snippets, but you’re focus should be on how to make the most of the city’s essential must-dos. And you might just stumble upon some quirky spots on route.

Tick off the San Fran big three: Fog, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge. Job done? You’re not even close. There are 47ish square miles of secrets, surprises and, oddly, slides to discover. Start with Chinatown and the Golden Gate park if you’re short on time. After that, scamper the steep streets to your hearts content.

Food & Drink

Coffee is a BIG deal in this city. That’s not to San Francisco’s food scene plays second fiddle. An influx of organic produce keeps restaurants well-stocked and the nearby wine region more than pairs well with every meal. Healthier bites may be de rigueur, but fear not, San Francisco still knows how to load your plate with calories.

Guides & Tips

Part of San Francisco’s joy is discovering well-hidden secrets meant to be snuffled out. So you’ll find few spoilers here. Yes, we’ll share a few insider snippets, but you’re focus should be on how to make the most of the city’s essential must-dos. And you might just stumble upon some quirky spots on route.

See & Do

Tick off the San Fran big three: Fog, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge. Job done? You’re not even close. There are 47ish square miles of secrets, surprises and, oddly, slides to discover. Start with Chinatown and the Golden Gate park if you’re short on time. After that, scamper the steep streets to your hearts content.

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