Hello everyone! I would really appreciate a little help finalising our trip to SF in June. I have read the top Qs, as well as lots of different posts by other people, so now I'm just trying to fill in the details.
We arrive on a Thursday at 2.30pm at SFO. We were planning on getting the BART into SF and getting off at the Civic Centre stop and then walking to our hotel which is the Metro hotel (Divisadero/Oak street junction). I understand this will be approx. 30 minutes walk, and we will have our bags to drag, but all the alternatives for getting into SF seem a lot more expensive. Are we going to regret trying to get to our hotel this way?!
We will be jetlagged and tired so will just get some food quite quickly and locally. I was thinking perhaps Little Star pizza? We will probably then crash at the hotel.
The next day (Friday), if the weather is good, we were thinking of getting up very early and hiking up to twin peaks. I have found online guides to the route and it looks about a 50-60 minute walk. We hoped to get a good early morning view of the city and then find some breakfast in the Cole valley/Haight-Ashbury area afterwards (any recommendations?). Then we plan to hire bikes from the place near the east entrance of the GG park and cycle around the park. In the afternoon, we will cycle over the GG bridge and back again (probably won't get the ferry from sausalito). We don't have any firm plans for where to eat/what to do in the evening, although we might meet up with a friend from back home who now lives in SF (if not then we will do this on sunday evening).
On Saturday morning I was going to focus on the Market street/Embarcadero area, check out the shops and then visit the ferry building market for lunch. In the afternoon, perhaps walk down to pier 39 and fisherman's wharf. We then have the Alcatraz night tour booked at 6.30pm. Any recommendations on when/where to eat in the evening?
Our last full day is Sunday, and the main things I have missing from our list are seeing chinatown, getting a cable car, seeing lombard street and walking the filbert steps, so I'm thinking of doing these on Sunday. Any restaurant recommendations would also really help here please. We pick up our car and leave on Monday morning :-(
Does this itinerary look ok? We will be walking the majority of this (apart from the cycling bit). I should point out that, when asking for recommendations on places to eat, we are on quite a strict budget; around $90 per day for 2 people. We can stretch this slightly, but we are on a 28 day roadtrip so going over budget in one location will mean having to skimp in another. However, if we're going to spend more on food, SF seems to be the place to do it! But we would appreciate decent, budget places. We like chinese food, seafood, italian food and good burgers :-)
Thanks for your help!