If San Francisco in California is your chosen holiday destination, you are in for a treat. The city is on the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. Tourists from around the world flock here to view the Golden Gate Bridge. It is the best-recognised landmark of San Francisco. The Golden Gate Park is also a must-visit. It is a large urban space, suited to outdoor activities. Take a walk on the Fisherman’s Wharf. The Ghirardelli Square here, has restaurants with waterfront dining opportunities. Pier 39 is a lively spot, from where you can catch fantastic views of the Alcatraz Island - a former federal penitentiary. It is lined with souvenir shops, eateries, seafood outlets and a video arcade. Spend a lovely afternoon exploring the Union Square, a public plaza in Downtown San Francisco. The Lombard Street of San Francisco is the stretch of one block with eight hairpin turns. Tour it to find out why it is dubbed the ‘crookedest street’ of the city!
Where to Shop
San Francisco is mecca for serious shopaholics. Visit the Union Square which is ringed with departmental stores like Macy’s and Saks. The Westfield San Francisco Center is another top shopping destination. Walk to the Chestnut Street. It is a lively neighborhood with designer shops. Chinatown in San Francisco has shops which sell silks, candles, furniture, paper parasols and delicate teas among other things. It is a locality teeming with shoppers. Shop at North Street, in the Italian neighborhood. You will find European-inspired boutiques here, along the Grant Avenue. For offbeat and funky stores which sell clothes, head to Mission Street. The Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market is a venue to visit if you are looking for farm-fresh products and artisan foods.
What to Eat
When in San Francisco, try the sourdough bread here. It is said to be the city which bakes it best. The seafood at Pier 39 is served fresh from the day’s catch. A delicious helping of crab claws will leave you craving for more. Burritos are wraps and very popular here. You can choose your own fillings. Indulge your sweet tooth and dig into a cruffin in San Francisco. It is a cross between a croissant and a muffin.
The Local Language
The Americans speak and understand English. You will find it easy to communicate with them and to make things better, here are some local phrases:
• The City
– San Francisco
– Yes, in a manner to express excitement
– Dancing your heart out
– overreact to something trivial
Dos and Don’ts
• Americans always greet the people they meet. A simple ‘hello’ will do.
• Drinking in public is not allowed.
• Be punctual. Turning up late is not acceptable behavior.
• Explore Chinatown’s alleyways.
• Do browse the boutiques in Hayes Valley.
• Take a ferry ride to Tiburon.
Emergency contact numbers
• Emergency Services: 911
• 24-hour Chemist : 4158613136
• Fire: 911
• Police: 911
• Ambulance: 911
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