San Francisco Journals

A San Francisco Day Trip

An April 2008 trip to San Francisco by azsunluvr

Boudin Bakery Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: What can you do with just a few hours in San Francisco? Clam Chowder, Sourdough, Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. That pretty much hits the tourist highlights!

Boudin Bakery

Restaurant | "It's a Tradition!"

Boudin Bakery Photo, San Francisco, California
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Clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. There's nothing more traditionally San Franciso than that! And it was one of the main reasons we came to Fisherman's Wharf. Boudin's Bakery makes the best sourdough anywhere. Soft and chewy inside, perfectly golden crispy on the outside. Scoop out the center of the round loaf and ladle in hot, creamy clam chowder. Ooooh! This alone was worth the trip.The Boudin Bakery Cafe is right near the entrance plaza to Pier 39. Seating is tight and the place can be crowded on a sunny weekend, but don't pass it up!Tourist tip: There are bathrooms right outside of the restaurant, but they are the first ones available and the line tends to be long. Tak...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2008

Boudin Bakery
San Francisco Airport
San Francisco, California
(650) 827-6650

Ghirardelli Square

Attraction | "Give Me CHOCOLATE!"

Ghirardelli Square Photo, San Francisco, California
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Having lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years, no trip to San Francisco was EVER complete without a stop at Ghirardelli Square for a hot fudge sundae.There is always a line out the door and you may have to lurk to get a table, but it's worth it! Huge sundaes, meant for sharing but too delicious to be that generous are the specialty. Several flavors of ice cream are available as well as different toppings. However, if you're a chocolate fan, GET THE HOT FUDGE!On your way out, shop for Ghirardelli goodies to take home for friends and family.There are stores and a few restaurants in the Square. Kara's Cupcakes http://www.ghirardellisq.com/ghirardellisq/food...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 6, 2008

Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point St
San Francisco, California 94109
(415) 775-5500

Pier 39

Attraction | "A Sunny Saturday at Pier 39"

Pier 39 Photo, San Francisco, California
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I've been to Pier 39 many times, but my son was quite young the last time he was there, so I wanted him to have the experience. After a delicious bread bowl of clam chowder from the Boudin Bakery Cafe, we just wandered around. The Candy Baron is a great store where you can buy candy by the pound. The best part is they have every flavor imaginable of salt water taffy. The taffy is displayed in old-fashioned barrels. Oh, the wonderful smell and colorful scene!There are plenty of souvenir shops, galleries and arcades. We just wanted to see the sea lions! I was living in the area when the sea lions began arriving, in 1990. They have taken over and, San Francisco being the conservat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2008

Pier 39
Beach Street & The Embarcadero
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 981 7437

Boudin at Fisherman's Wharf

Restaurant | "Mmmmmmm! "

Boudin at Fisherman's Wharf Photo, San Francisco, California
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Even Disneyland has a Boudin Bakery to represent San Francisco at Disney California!

The large bakery at Fisherman's Wharf is a great place to stop for a tour, a bite to eat, or just a couple of loaves to take home. We didn't have time for a tour on this trip, but it would have been fun to watch the bakers prepare and bake the fresh loaves. There is an interactive museum as well.

We bought a couple of round loaves to take home and, honestly, I wish I had bought more. So delicious and fresh, they were gone in a day! Seriously, the sourdough alone was worth the trip.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2008

Boudin at Fisherman's Wharf
160 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 928-1849

What a Day!

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San Francisco Photo, San Francisco, California
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"Wanna fly somewhere on Saturday since dad's going to be gone?" A little hesitantly, my son asked, "Like where?" "How about San Francisco? We can go to Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square for a hot fudge sundae," I answered. The next morning we boarded an 8am flight bound for the Golden Gate, San Francisco!Once at the San Francisco airport, we followed the signs to the BART trains. Having done my homework before we left, I knew we could ride to the Embarcadero Station, then take a trolley on the F Line to Fisherman's Wharf. After purchasing round-trip tickets for 2 ($10 each) at the kiosk (debit cards are accepted as well as cash), we boarded the yellow line, ultimate destination, Pit...Read More