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Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

  • Fisherman's Wharf

    Fish market
    Once upon a time, Fisherman’s Wharf was «only» San Francisco’s fish market. Today, along with the Golden Gate Bridge, it is one of the city’s most frequently visited tourist attractions. There is always plenty happening on Fisherman’s Wharf: street musicians and street artists perform to the best of their abilities. Restaurants and lots of little seafood stalls stand cheek-by-jowl, offering typical fish delicacies. Shrimps, prawns and crabs are especially popular, as is the fish chowder served in a hollowed-out sourdough loaf.
    Pier 39 | San Francisco, CA
    fishermanswharf.com
  • Alcatraz

    Former prison
    Alcatraz Island, the former prison (1934-1963), is in the Bay of San Francisco, and is probably one of the most popular tourist destinations in the USA. Visitors to the prison can listen to original audio phone commentaries by former inmates. Al Capone (1934-1939) was probably the best-known inmate. The boat trip to the island – it goes under the Golden Gate Bridge – is also an unforgettable experience. The Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala named the island for the many pelican (“alcatraz» in Spanish) nests on it. A lighthouse was built in 1852 because of the many ship accidents that happened in the frequent fog, and it still dominates the image of the island today. The island, 500 metres long and 40 metres high, remains a bird sanctuary to this day.
    From Pier 33 | San Francisco, CA
    alcatraz.com
  • Golden Gate Bridge

    Wonder of the world
    There it stands, majestic and impressive in its bright orange «dress», at the entrance to the Bay of San Francisco: the Golden Gate Bridge. It measures 2.7 km in length, and for over 70 years has connected the city of San Francisco with Marin County to the north. It is the landmark of the city, one of the most famous bridges in the world, and has even been called one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Crossing it on foot is a truly amazing experience.
    Golden Gate Bridge | San Francisco, CA 94129
    goldengatebridge.org
  • Lombard Street

    So many bends
    This street is definitely not for learner drivers! Everyone should drive down it at least once in their lifetime. Lombard Street is often called the crookedest street in the world. It begins at the Presidio, and runs east through San Francisco, becoming Telegraph Hill and continuing to the Golden Gate Bridge. Most tourists will want to see – if not drive down – the steepest section, which is between Hyde Street and Leavenworth Street. In 1923, eight sharp turns (switchbacks) were constructed to reduce the hill’s natural 27 degree grade. Today, there are ten of these sharp turns. Steps have been added for pedestrians. Added bonus: if you drive down Lombard Street by car and then continue straight on up the hill, you will get to Coit Tower, one of the loveliest lookout points in San Francisco.
    Lombard Street | San Francisco, CA 94133
  • Cable Cars

    Must-drive
    One of the most typical sights in San Francisco, and you simply have to ride them at least once: the cable cars. They have been in operation for 134 years, and are listed on the USA’s National Register of Historic Places. If you haven’t travelled at least one of the three cable car routes, then you haven’t really been to San Francisco. The lines are the Powell-Hide line, the Powell-Mason line and the California St. line.
    1201 Mason Street | San Francisco, CA 94108
    sfcablecars.com
  • San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

    Fabulous views
    The best way to enjoy San Francisco’s wonderful location on a peninsula with numerous hills, picturesque bays and spectacular bridges is from a helicopter. The Vista Grande Tour lasts about half an hour, and – in the best James Bond fashion – includes passage under the Golden Gate Bridge.
    Meeting place: Pier 39 | San Francisco, CA 94133
    viator.com
  • Ferry Building Marketplace

    For gourmets
    Gourmets’ pulses start to race when they enter the Ferry Building Marketplace. The best that San Francisco has to offer in culinary terms is available under the roof of this former ferry harbour: the Hog Island Oyster Bar; the modern Vietnamese restaurant Slanted Door; the Salumeria Boccalone; the Cowgirl Creamery’s Cheese Shop; the rotisserie and sandwich bar Il Cane Rosso; the Acme Bread Company, Sur La Table kitchenware and books from Book Passage.
    One Ferry Building | San Francisco, CA 94111
    +1 415 983 80 00
    ferrybuildingmarketplace.com
  • Carrots

    Top brands
    One of the top addresses for fashion-lovers on Jackson Square: Rick Owens, Lutz & Patmos, Proenza Schouler, Tomas Maier – Carrots has them all, the cool international and US labels. It also has an exceptional range of accessories, bathroom products and home décor items. Incidentally, owners Melissa and Catie Grimm are the daughters of the world’s biggest carrot producer (hence the name), and they sweeten their customers’ shopping experience with little carrot cakes.
    843 Montgomery Street | San Francisco, CA 94133
    +1 415 834 90 40
    carrots.com
  • Flight 001

    Travel accessories
    This boutique in the middle of the pretty Hayes Valley shopping district is all about travelling in style and comfort. It has in-flight comfort kits, travel cosmetics, travel guides, luggage, packing aids, eye masks, anti-jetlag products, adapters – in short, just about everything necessary to make travelling pleasant and stylish. A must for great travellers.
    525 Hayes Street | San Francisco, CA 94102
    +1 212 989 00 01
    flight001.com
  • Red Blossom Tea Company

    Tea paradise
    The minimalist oasis among the colourful bustle of Chinatown offers the finest Chinese teas – white ones, green ones, black ones, oolongs and pu-erhs, as well as lovely traditional and modern teat sets and utensils. Peter Luong, the owner’s son, demonstrates how to steep, serve and enjoy tea according to the ancient Chinese tradition.
    831 Grant Avenue | San Francisco, CA 94108
    +1 415 395 08 68
    redblossomtea.com
  • SFMOMA

    Mario Botta building
    The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) appeals not only for its 20,000 modern and contemporary international and American works of art and first-class exhibitions, but also for its impressive architecture. A laterally flattened cylinder protrudes from the middle of a rectangular plinth like the periscope of a submarine. Mario Botta’s first USA project (1995) is one of the most spectacular buildings in the city. And those who would like to take a little art home with them will definitely find something suitable in the Museum Store.
    151 Third Street | San Francisco, CA 94103
    +1 415 357 40 00
    sfmoma.org
  • The Beat Museum

    Beat poets
    The museum documents the radical changes in art and society of 1968 that began on the West Coast of America in San Francisco and the Bay area in the 1950s. Beat poets such as Allan Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac settled here in their search for new life forms, becoming part of an exchange between art genres that resulted in a politically motivated counterculture.
    540 Broadway | San Francisco, CA 94133
    +1 415 399 96 26
    thebeatmuseum.org