San Francisco on the water

San Francisco, USA

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Flora Tsapovsky

Springtime is as good as the local weather will get - so exploring San Francisco's amazing shoreline is a timely must. Play on the beach, hike and eat - without ever leaving the water out of sight.

Ferry Building Marketplace

Although open all year long, the ferry building's vibrant market is especially fun to visit during the warm and clear winter months. You can buy Blue Bottle Coffee and Cowgirl Creamery cheese, sit on the benches outside and enjoys views of Alcatraz and the bridge.

Levi's Store

You can not avoid this landmark - even if you hardly ever wear jeans. Located at Levi's Plaza, right in the middle of San Fran's best touristy havoc, the store has an impressive display of history and some of the most knowledgeable sales associates in town.

Coit Tower

The cleaned up and renovated tower is a must-see for an outside walk and a 360-degree view of the city. Spend the 7$ on the elevator and take it all in - if it's not too cloudy. Don't overlook the amazing murals - they date back to the depression era. Do yoursel​f a favor and finish with a walk around the tower - lucrative Marina Cow Hollow building never looked better.

San Francisco Art Institute

The walk along Chestnut street in one of the best in town, with climbing stairs and green lushness all around, and when you get to the institute, just nonchalantly walk past the guard and head straight to the Diego Rivera mural. Climb the concrete building levels, gaze at the bay and check out the free gallery – this place is pure, understated magic.

Girardelli Square

Smell the chocolate from afar. The very local chocolate brand definitely deserves to name a square after it - let along one of the most beautiful ones in town. Browse through a souvenir store, marvel the city views behind you, and have a chocolate lunch - a crepe with a milkshake, perhaps. You live only once!

Crissy Field

Wonderful Crissy Field park is situated in a dream-like location, overlooking Golden Gate bridge and providing the outdoors lovers acres of green, lush grass. The highlight of late is of course are MOMA-installed Di Suvero sculptures, an array of colourful iron figures. Bring a kite or a picnic, watch the local play with their dogs and try to spot Alcatraz beyond the fog.

Legion of Honor

Climb again, this time the atmospheric Lincoln boulevard and El Camino Del Mar, up to the Presidio-Sea Cliff neighborhoods. You'll feel like in another era, surrounded by historic buildings and mansions. The legion, a historic landmark and museum, now presenting the must-see High Fashion exhibition, is a sight of marvel and greatness - and the views of the Golden Gate bridge, from a completely unexpected angle, are priceless.

The Comissary

Opened not too long ago at a historic building at the Presidio and honoring the Spanish side of San Francisco, this stylish restaurant is the opportunity to splurge. The menu is peppered with Manchego, sardines and other Spanish gems, and you must try the sweet churros, if nothing else.


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