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Hip but reasonable San Francisco

An October 2000 trip to San Francisco by Big Louie

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Quote: Enjoying San Francisco's food, scenery and luxury hotels on a budget

Hip but reasonable San Francisco

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Overview

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Visit SF's many neighborhoods. You can start with coffee and pastries in North Beach on Columbus. You can browse bookstores & shops in North Beach. If you want dim sum, try Yank Sing for lunch (best in the city). Walk over to the Embarcadero and hop on a historic trolley to Fisherman's Wharf. Hop on the cable car up California St. The views (of Alcatraz and the Bay) from the cable car are gorgeous. Take California to Fillmore and browse shops. Alta Vista Park on Jackson has free tennis courts and views. Fort Point, which is located directly below the San Francisco side of the Golden Gate Bridge, is a Civil War fort, free to enter, with full views of the Pacific Ocean, the bridge and the bay. Crissy Fi...Read More

Fillmore Restaurants and Shopping

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Along Fillmore, between Sacramento and California (give or take a few blocks), you will find specialty shopping and a wide variety of restaurants. For shopping: (1) Fillamento at Fillmore and Sacramento is an expensive, high quality furniture/housewares store. (2) Smith & Hawken is nearby, usually worth a stop. (3) Mike Furniture -- expensive but gives you lots of good ideas. Food: (1) Toraya -- first-rate robata grill, noodles and sushi; great place to try a bunch of appetizers and sake. (2) Elite Cafe -- pretentious but excellent seafood, especially for oysters and a pint. (3) Via Veneto -- the gnocchi and the bean soup were perfect. There are many other worthwhile restaurants on this st...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 1, 2000

Fillmore Restaurants and Shopping
Throughout Fillmore and Sacramento
San Francisco, California

B44

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Restaurant

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B44 is a hot spot on Belden Lane, a one block pedestrian-only street in the financial district that is lined with Continental/Mediterranean restaurants. B44 serves tapas and entrees. I've been there several times and the food, wine, and ambiance has always been outstanding. I think the most convivial way to eat there is to order tapas and entrees for the entire table, expecting to pass around and share. Don't ignore the side dishes listed in small print on the menu -- they're reasonably priced and quite tasty (for example, white beans, green beans, spinach are all well-seasoned). The paellas, even the veggie one, are solid. The lamb chops have been the best entree I've tasted there. If you like ice cr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2000

B44
Belden Pl
San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 986-6287

Golden Gate Bridge

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Attraction

Golden Gate Bridge Photo, San Francisco, California
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This is the view of the Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Point. The fort is five stories, made primarily of brick, and admission is free. The views from the top floor are gorgeous, windy, and a little precarious. The spiral staircases leading up to the top are definitely from another era. The day we visited there was a Civil War reenactment. On wavy days, surfers try to catch rides about 100 yards away from the Fort in the cold bay water. Fort Point is part of the Golden Gate national recreation area. Nearby sites include: the Presidio, the Marin Headlands (across the Golden Gate), Crissy Field beach (about 1/2 mile down the pier from Fort Point).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2000

Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco Bay
San Francisco, California

Crissy Field

Attraction

Crissy Field Photo, San Francisco, California
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Crissy Field is a recently opened park / public beach on the bayside of the Presidio. It has a fabulous view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the Marina District, and the North Bay. Parking is easy and plentiful. There are usually many windsurfers to watch. This is a windy beach. If you jog, this is a nice place to go for a run along the water from Crissy Field to Fort Point (a Civil War era fort beneath the Golden Gate Bridge).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2001

Crissy Field
603 Mason at Halleck
San Francisco, California 94129
(415) 561-7690

AT&T Park/San Francisco Giants Ballpark

Attraction | "Baseball -- Giants at Pac Bell Park"

AT&T Park/San Francisco Giants Ballpark Photo, San Francisco, California
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Pac Bell is simply gorgeous. Even if you don't like baseball, you will enjoy the ballpark. The ballpark is right on the water, so you can see the San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge, assorted ships and sailboats. Although most games are sold out, bleacher seats are available on the day of the game. Plus, many people sell extra tickets in front of the park. All of the seats are decent. The upper deck is a little far away, but you can walk throughout the park with any ticket. It's easy to find a spot in the bleachers. There are actually free standing room spots outside the park below the right field wall. Just walk toward the water by right field and you will find it -- a not well-known but very fun spot,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2001

AT&T Park/San Francisco Giants Ballpark
24 Willie Mays Plaza at Third and King Streets
South Beach, San Francisco 94103
(877) 734-1001