Best Neighborhood to Stay in San Francisco
The best neighborhood to stay in is a difficult. Each San Francisco neighborhood really has it's own personality.
1. Telegraph Hill. If you want a neighborhood that is really walkable, I would suggest Telegraph Hill. This is the most historic neighborhood in the city. The historic homes are nice and the neighborhood is very safe. It provides plenty of good restaurants, bars and shops. It is also very close to North Beach(#2). Broadway has a lot of nightclubs on the weekends. The problem with this area is there are no real major hotels except at the very touristy Fisherman's Wharf area. Your best bet is either a B&B or a vacation rental. Ginsburg and Kerouac used to stay in a flat on Montgomery street. Don't forget about the wild parrots that sing in the streets.
2. North Beach is the historic Italian neighborhood. Plenty of good restaurants, bars and boutiques. Everything is walkable. This is DiMaggio's old neighborhood.
3. Russian Hill - Not as close to downtown as North Beach but nice.
4. Hayes Valley - Not walking distance to the Financial District but it's a nice little oasis in the city.
If you are GLBT friendly, the Castro is the obvious choice. However, the whole city is tolerant and open minded.
The Haight is a nice neighborhood but it's far from downtown and requires a car. It also has a strong hippie aspect.
The vrbo's seem to be a great value compared to the Tenderloin and Union Square hotels you trip over bums to get to. Mocha's from Bittersweet, Crustacean Crab, House of Prime Rib, Kara's Cupcakes, Blue Bottle, Mama's
We spent and additional 3 days at Pismo Beach in Central CA. While there we toured local
wineries (this was an outing during our family reunion). Even if you don't like wine, you can still appreciate the beauty of the well manicured winery (just ask Kelly...not a wine fan). As mentioned, we also drove HWY 1, beautiful. Please note that mapquest said 1 1/2 hours, but the drive was 3 hours (due to the 2 lane narrow winding roads). We opted to take the 101 on the way back to San Fran.
If you happen to have an extra day in San Francisco (and if the sun is shining)... Drive south on Rt 1 for about an hour. The road winds along the coastline and the views are fantastic. You can even stop and take a cheesey picture like I did. Hopefully the wind won't blow up your shirt and make you look like the stay-puff marshmallow man....
There's always something to do...
There's always something to do in North Beach, and much of the activity involves eating. The area is jam packed with cafes, restaurants, and bakeries, each one more appealing than the next. Years ago there really was a beach in North Beach. At the time of the Gold Rush the bay extended into the hollow between Russian and Telegraph Hills, though today landfill has pushed the waterfront farther north. The name North Beach stayed behind and came to denote a one-square-mile area settled by Italians who came to San Francisco after the gold rush and went into the fishing and produce business. Today North Beach is one of the city's most cosmopolitan neighborhoods. Its traditional Italian heritage shows on the picture.
see mission area;mexican...
see mission area;mexican area:during the d great paintings on the walls and nice coffee shops
during the nights great bars and restaurants
Pacific heights for the view
chinatown for the exotic;though very touristic really multi cultural