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10 MUST KNOW TIPS Before Visiting San Francisco


There’s no shortage of great things to experience in San Francisco: breathtaking scenery, outstanding restaurants, inspiring culture, and iconic sights you can’t find anywhere else. After all, we’re the only city in the world with cable cars, an orange bridge, and a floating prison, among other cool things. And who could forget our unique annual events? Whether it be food festivals, parades, outdoor concerts, or even the world’s oldest, wackiest foot race, there will be something interesting happening in San Francisco no matter when you visit. Whatever your passions may be, you’ll find plenty of ways to make the most of your next visit to the City by the Bay. Start exploring. We can’t wait to see you.


San Francisco is a city of inspiration. You can see it all around you, in whichever neighborhood you visit. Our acclaimed museums with their incredible collections and the street and landscape art you’ll find where you least expect it are each stunning in their own way. Live performances in San Francisco electrify audiences, whether they’re classic favorites at the ballet and opera or avant-garde experimental pieces at neighborhood theaters. Few cities have such a history of music as San Francisco, and there are venues all across the city where you can see famed headliners as well as up-and-coming local artists who are on the cusp of their big break. The arts are open in San Francisco, and it’s your turn to come experience our fantastic cultural scene.


Culture and cocktails, a DJ twin spin or a jazz solo — nighttime is the right time to discover that there’s a fresh approach to everything here when it comes to new ways to have fun. Proof of vaccination is now required to drink indoors. Please be prepared to show proof.


San Francisco is a foodie paradise. Just beyond city limits are fertile fields, prized vineyards, and healthy seas, meaning that the freshest natural ingredients are never far out of reach. This incredible bounty has attracted generations of the world’s most talented and daring chefs who have redefined their corners of the culinary world. All these resources and all this talent has led to the creation of some true San Francisco originals: cioppino, the martini, the Irish coffee, and Boudin sourdough bread, to name just a few. And it’s no coincidence that San Francisco has more Michelin starred restaurants than any destination in the Americas. Our city’s welcoming spirit and innovative character extend to our dining scene. That’s why you can find almost any type of cuisine imaginable in San Francisco—from belly-busting burritos and addictive dim sum to the wildest ice cream flavors you can imagine and vegetarian creations that will fool the staunchest meat-lover. That spirit is also why the hottest trends in food and drink often take off here. So be sure to bring your appetite on your next visit. You won’t be disappointed.

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