Ok, my exotic vacation plans have been wrecked (don't ask) so now, I am thinking San Fran for a few days. Any suggestions on what to see? I have never been before...Thanks
Aug 9, '02
As soon as you get there, pick up a copy of "The Guardian" and "SF Weekly." They are free on just about every street corner. Look in those papers for cheap places to eat, cheap places to go, frequented by the locals. STEER CLEAR OF THE TOUISTY PLACES!!! Don't waste time and $$$ at Scoma's or buying expensive souvenirs at Pier 39. Go to Clement street for Chinese food; not Chinatown. I work in S.F. quite a bit; in fact, just got back 2 days ago.
Yoko Ono is having a show at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; through September. There is also an Asian Art Museum and other museums that are cool. Check the museum listings; there are free days. You will like Golden Gate Park.
Try to get to Berkeley; you can take the Bart. If you can get reservations (try now) go to Alice Waters' restaurant (Chez Panisse, I think it is called. ) There is a really good Ethiopian restaurant on Telegraph in Berkeley called "Cafe Colucci." Try their tea and their honey wine (but don't try the honey wine if sweet wines make you gag.)
If you don't have a hotel yet, go on google, cheap hotels; Cathedral Hill often has a $59.00 rate. The fisherman's wharf hotels are waaaaaayyyyyyyy overpriced and some of them (i.e., The Radisson) are kinda ratty.
One place you really should try, although it is in The Tenderloin, so be careful, and don't give ANY money to panhandlers; they are mostly all drunks and junkies--Saigon Sandwiches. Little Vietnames sandwiches on mini-baguettes. None over $2.50.
Feel free to private message me if you have specific questioons or want other restaurant suggestions. My friends and I make a point of finding places under $10.00.
The Haight is a waste of time. Bunch of runaway kids who have drug problems and think it is 1967. But, if you do walk through there, go to The Citrus Club (a noodle place) on Haight and Cole. I stay in The Haight, when I am there, and eat lunch there almost every day. Big, fresh noodle dishes made with citrus juices, no oil, for 5 to 7 dollars.
If you REALLY want to splurge, go to Farallon, or, better yet, Aqua.
Last edit by stevierae on Aug 9, '02