Our favourite ways to spend summer in San Francisco, CA

San Francisco. Among the cool weather, dramatic views, quirky neighbourhoods and never-ending excitement, San Francisco is a great summer destination. With so much to do in San Francisco, it can be hard to compile an itinerary. Read on for some of our favourite things to do in San Francisco.

Golden Gate Park

A beautiful, expansive urban park with connections to gems all over the city, the Golden Gate Park is one of San Francisco’s best treasures. Stroll through the numerous meadows and curated gardens, or grab a bite from one of the many nearby eateries and have a picnic. Aside from these, there’s also the California Academy of Science and the de Young Museum inside the park, for visitors seeking a more educational experience. The park’s western end terminates at the Great Highway, where you can view the sunset at Ocean Beach.

Muir Woods National Monument

Over the Golden Gate Bridge, are the majestic Redwoods, towering relics of a younger Earth that remain for all to see. If you’re in Northern California, you must visit, because words truly fail to describe the otherworldly and primordial atmosphere among the Redwoods, ferns and fallen trees of Muir Woods. Trek with these thousand-year-old giants of California, and witness a natural beauty exclusive to this corner of the world. 

San Francisco Ferry Building at The Embarcadero

Browse a surprising selection of foods and fresh produce at The Embarcadero, with its own shopping centre inside the Ferry Building and the Farmer’s Market that runs regularly. The Embarcadero and its interior also double for a great photo opportunity and are within walking distance to a number of parks and other dining options. The number of routes also make the Ferry Building a good intermediate itinerary addition if travelling to the East Bay. 

KalayaanSF

Celebrate the Declaration of Philippine Independence with San Francisco’s strong Filipino-American community! Each 14 June and 22 June, Union Square fills with Pinoy Pride, and crowds enjoy Filipino dance, music, crafts and cuisine. Immerse yourself in the Filipino American community and dine on Pancit, Adobo, Lumpia and Lechon, and enjoy musicians such as Erik Santos, Jessica Sanchez and Ryan Cayabyab.

Nihonmachi Street Fair

Visit San Francisco’s Japantown and enjoy a street fair celebrating Japanese culture and the many who embrace it in the city. Martial Arts demonstration, Taiko Drums, Anime enthusiasts and the delicious Japanese street fare including Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki, Onigiri and Karaage. Aside from the fair itself, Japantown is truly another gem of San Francisco, featuring a strong collection of family businesses, documentation of the Japanese-American history in the city, a Japanese Bookstore, two Japanese supermarkets and a number of absolutely amazing restaurants. If you get the chance, pick up a Japanese cookbook from Kinokuniya, stop for a bowl of Ramen at Marufuku and absolutely do not miss the chance to try the rare bottles of Coca Cola Apple inside Nijiya. 

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