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How many major cities sit on the edge of the world’s mightiest ocean, with hilltop views, skyscrapers, quaint houses and fast access to everything your heart could possible desire

in 24 hours

How many major cities sit on the edge of the world’s mightiest ocean, with hilltop views, skyscrapers, quaint houses and fast access to everything your heart could possible desire

Here's how to get a taste of it all in just 24 hours including where to start, where to eat and what to skip. Yep, here’s an actual, usable San Francisco itinerary for you with step by step tips.

How many major cities sit on the edge of the world’s mightiest ocean, with hilltop views, skyscrapers, quaint houses and fast access to everything your heart could possible desire

How many major cities sit on the edge of the world’s mightiest ocean, with hilltop views, skyscrapers, quaint houses and fast access to everything your heart could possible desire

How many major cities sit on the edge of the world’s mightiest ocean, with hilltop views, skyscrapers, quaint houses and fast access to everything your heart could possible desire

How many major cities sit on the edge of the world’s mightiest ocean, with hilltop views, skyscrapers, quaint houses and fast access to everything your heart could possible desire

There’s nothing wrong with being a tourist, especially when you’re checking out something as unique in the world as zig-zag icon Lombard Street. Make your way from Marina or North Beach to Lombard and Hyde St, which you can do with the Hyde/Powell Cable Car, a walk, or an Uber. This will put you at the top of this picture worthy icon, with amazing views of the cars zig zagging by, and also of the bay down below. Once there, Russian Hill Park nearby is another great vantage point. If you’re feeling fit, or just want to tire your legs out even more, walking down Lombard St is almost as challenging as going up. At the bottom, you can take Columbus Avenue to journey through the local areas of Telegraph Hill, Jackson Square and Chinatown. Keep in mind: any turn could lead you up or down a real hill, as the names might suggest.

9:30AM: Famous Lombard Street and Hilly Walks

How many major cities sit on the edge of the world’s mightiest ocean, with hilltop views, skyscrapers, quaint houses and fast access to everything your heart could possible desire

As you may be noticing at this point, you’ve been carefully steered away from Fishermans Wharf. If you like Ruby Tuesdays, Bubba Gump Shrimp and Starbucks, go ahead and ignore that advice and head down that way. If on the other hand you prefer local cafes, world class coffee and and heaps of character, stay on track and head to the Ferry Market. This entire area has seen a huge upsurge in recent years, and even Bloomberg has headquarters nearby. So what’s in the Ferry Market building? It’s kind of like a better version of Chelsea Market, with a world class wine bar, outrageously good Southeast Asian food at the Slanted Door, great bakeries, a lovely Blue Bottle coffee bar and an oyster spot too. With indoor and outdoor seating, it’s a great place to watch the day go by, and definitely highly recommended for lunch that suits all budgets.

10:45AM: Embarcadero and Ferry Market

How many major cities sit on the edge of the world’s mightiest ocean, with hilltop views, skyscrapers, quaint houses and fast access to everything your heart could possible desire

It’s hard to fully appreciate the terroir of San Francisco until you’ve experienced its original high brow neighbourhood atop Nob Hill. From the Ferry Market you can blaze a slow trail up California Street until you hit The Fairmont. This is the iconic hotel where Sean Connery jiggled an FBI Director out of the window in The Rock, and the area is home to some seriously impressive views. Head to Polk Street to poke around these beautiful little areas or carry on along Hyde, using the cable car to give your legs some well needed rest. Cable cars in San Francisco are just too cool to pass up. This area is just ridiculous when it comes to world class eateries offering everything from donuts at Bob’s to Michelin starred stunners like Acquerello. Seven Hills is also a local favourite.

1:00PM: California St  Here We Come and  Nob Hill Too

How many major cities sit on the edge of the world’s mightiest ocean, with hilltop views, skyscrapers, quaint houses and fast access to everything your heart could possible desire

The Mission District has been gentrified a lot in the last decade, but it’s still freaking cool. For some, maybe even too cool. Think melt in your mouth taco joints, super hipster coffee and unique clothing shops with clothes made locally using organic cotton, or maybe even… hemp. 16th Street is the place to be here, and however you choose to get to this part of town, you’ll be so glad you did. This area combines the Latin soul of San Francisco with the young energy which is keeping it from going to the dark side. Just wander up and down Guerrero, Mission or Valencia Street and take it all in. If you’re a street art person, this is everything. Go for Four Barrel Coffee, Tigerlily, Tartine Bakery, Dandelion Chocolate, Heath Ceramics or basically anything creative, cool and worth packing a suitcase for. Chances are, you’re going to want to stop back at the hotel to drop your haul off after this.

3:00PM: Mission District and Impossibly Hip Shopping

How many major cities sit on the edge of the world’s mightiest ocean, with hilltop views, skyscrapers, quaint houses and fast access to everything your heart could possible desire

If you’re a planner, you probably already made dinner reservations months ago and are committed somewhere. If you’re not, this is the time to reflect on your day and figure out which neighbourhood you could see yourself living in, and which of the exceptionally good establishments you might have found yourself regularly eating in, in another life. Go there. For nightlife and slightly cheaper eats, the Mission where you were just chilling is tough to beat. For high end dining, Marina and North Beach are iconic, as is Nob Hill. If you need inspiration, the Eater Guide to 38 essential San Francisco restaurants is pretty solid and will be highly unlikely to steer you in the wrong direction.

6:00PM: Rest, Hotel, Shower and Night Moves

How many major cities sit on the edge of the world’s mightiest ocean, with hilltop views, skyscrapers, quaint houses and fast access to everything your heart could possible desire

It’s incredible what you can fit into a day, and it’s also incredible just how satisfying a nightcap to top it all off can be too. For the kind of drinks that may you say “holy sh*t, that’s good”, SoMa, Mission and Hayes Valley are the kings and queens of cool. One might not exactly call many of these places next door, but with less than 1.6 miles between virtually any of these bars, it’s easy to hop around. If somehow you find yourself walking toward Tenderloin, turn around – it’s a bit too sketchy for most people at the moment. To toast your perfect day in San Francisco, go for Wildhawk, Bar Agricole, Trick Dog, Smuggler’s Cove or ABV. You can’t go wrong.

9:00PM Nightcaps in SoMa, Missing and Hayes Valley