We’re super excited to share our first edition of Wandering with Wingz, where we’ll cover some of the most exciting, charming, and accessible spots and activities in the cities we serve.
First up is our hometown of San Francisco, but stay tuned for more cities to follow!
Whether you have a few hours or a full day to kill, we’ve got a stack of options that fit every budget and level of energy. While there’s plenty to see in Oakland, Berkeley, and the North/South Bay, we stayed close to home with our recommendations.
Top picks for everyone:
- Go for a mini-hike at Land’s End (if it’s walkable weather) for some beautiful seaside views and glimpses of the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Check out the panoramic views of the city from Twin Peaks, the highest point in San Francisco proper.
- Experience a piece of transportation history by riding a cable car, available in many spots downtown, including Powell at Market St.
- Explore the Ferry Building and all of the divergent food-themed options available on the Embarcadero.
- Navigate the 8 hair-pin turns of Lombard Street (at Hyde), then take a left and head to Buena Vista Cafe for a cup of Irish Coffee (where it was originally invented!).
On a Budget
- Get a limb-sized burrito at La Taqueria, which was deemed the best place to get one in all of the US.
- Slurp down some noontime dumplings at one of the city’s plentiful dim sum spots (we like the Richmond district’s Dragon Beaux and Shanghai Dumpling King).
- Grab a beer at the divey but well-appointed Toronado Pub in Lower Haight.
- Head to the top of the De Young Museum’s Observation tower in Golden Gate Park—for free—and see another stunning view of the city.
- Admire the beautiful architecture of the Palace of the Fine Arts—one of the few surviving structures from the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition—at the edge of the Marina district.
With Some Spending Money
- Pounce on the juiciest—and in our opinion, best—burger in the city at NOPA on Divisadero Street. Indulge in their late-night hours (until 1 am) and impressive wine list as an added bonus.
- Try a tableside tea leaf salad—and a lot of other tasty Burmese specialities—at Burma Superstar in the Inner Richmond. Tip: if they’re too busy, head to sister restaurant B-Star just down the street, which boasts a similar menu.
- Wash down the day with a rum cocktail at Smuggler’s Cove, a pirate themed tiki bar that’s always a fun and quirky time.
- Go (window?) shopping during a walk down Valencia Street in the Mission, between 15th and 24th St.
- Visit the newly redesigned SF MOMA for striking architectural features and fascinating modern art.
The Sky’s the Limit
- Line up early to put your name in for State Bird Provisions, one of the most decadent and inventive meals the city has to offer.
- Cut into a slice of the old San Francisco with a hearty, old-school feast from House of Prime Rib in Nob Hill.
- Go wild with Japanese whiskey at Nihon Lounge and taste through a menu of over 500 selections.
- Swing at a few golf balls and hope for the best at the Presidio Golf Club, a unique public course in the middle of the city.
- Soak in the sounds of some of the best musicians in the world during a show at the San Francisco Symphony.