Max out San Francisco in a couple of days

San Francisco is a big town. So here are a few gems if you only have a couple of days.

Have a seat at the bar and enjoy the atmosphere. Photo: Eno Wine Bar

Drink wine

There are plenty of wine bars in San Francisco, but not too many with a wide selection of Californian wines. Eno is a rare exception, with a wide selection from California, dispensed by an incredibly talented and diligent staff. We were recommended to try a Pinot Noir from the Comptche Ridge Vineyard, and it’s the best darn American Pinot Noir I’ve ever had.

Eno Wine Bar

320 Geary Street, San Francisco

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Stay centrally

The English-style King George is located smack in the middle of Downtown, with tram, bus and subway stops just around the corner. It’s attractive in every way.

King George Hotel

334 Mason Street, San Francisco

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The colorful Victorian and Edwardian rowhouses known as the Painted Ladies. Photo: Shutterstock

Climb at least one hill

San Francisco has plenty of hills. My top tip is to arrive at the hilltop known as Alamo Square in the late afternoon. Then you’ll see a fantastic display of light falling across the city as the sun sets. Here you’ll also have a view of one of San Francisco’s major tourist attractions: the colorful Victorian and Edwardian rowhouses known as the Painted Ladies.

Alamo Square

Alamo Square, San Francisco

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If you want to visit Che Fico, make sure you book in advance. Photo: Che Fico

Che Fico

This recently opened spot is immensely popular. If you absolutely want to dine at a table, you’ll need a reservation. Otherwise, if you wait right outside the door at opening time, you may be able to snag a seat at the bar.

Che Fico

838 Divisadero Street

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Good drinks and a great atmosphere await at restaurant Nopa. Photo: Nopa


Table reservations are strongly recommended here too. If you don’t have one, you may get lucky and find a seat at the large communal table by the bar. The drinks are good, with an exciting range on offer. The same goes for the food, with a menu so enticing, choosing any one item is all but impossible. In the end, I went for a Niçoise-inspired salad with melt-in-the-mouth tuna.


560 Divisadero Street

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Rooftop 25 is one of the few rooftop bars in San Francisco. Photo: Rooftop 25

Rooftop bars are a rarity

SoMa (South of Market) is a neighborhood with a lot going on. It’s a large area and not easy to get a feel for straight away, especially now that quite a few restaurants are popping up among the old warehouses. One relatively new place, Rooftop 25, is that rarity in San Francisco (or so I’ve been told): a rooftop restaurant. Not that there’s any amazing view to be had here, but it makes for a lovely, sunny way to spend a late afternoon. Try the well-made Skillet Burger or one of the pizza offerings.

Rooftop 25

25 Lusk Street

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