We asked our General Manager Antonio if he had only one day to take you out to experience his San Francisco favorites, where he would take you. In response, he put together a day-long itinerary that offers some of San Francisco's best kept secrets, and a few not so well kept ones. Pick and choose from his choices, and make sure to tell him what you think- he loves to hear how people enjoy San Francisco while staying at The Triton.
8:00 am ~ Don't feel obligated to start this early ~ you're on vacation! Let's head north up Grant St. through Chinatown towards North Beach and stop by Café Trieste, 609 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 (415) 982-2605 (www.caffetrieste.com). They have the best espressos in town.
Trivia: They were the first cafe to serve Espresso on the west coast. They've been in the neighborhood since the 50's and have some very cool photos of this amazing history.
9:30 am ~ After breakfast, let's take a stroll through Washington Square Park located at Union and Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133. This is a great spot to sit, relax and people watch under the sun. We might even catch some locals practicing the fine art of Tia Chi.
Trivia: Many movies were also shot in and around the park. It's sure to "make your day" (Dirty Harry 1971).
10:30 am ~ Alright time to go and buy some stuff! Let's head over to Lower Haight. This is the lesser known sister neighborhood to Upper Haight and Ashbury. To save time we can take a cab or take a 30min. bus ride from North Beach. I love this part of the city for all of its beautiful Edwardian architecture mixed in between some of the coolest, one of a kind clothing shops in San Francisco. Stop by D-Structure 520 Haight St. San Francisco, CA 94117 (www.d-structured.com)- they have the best graphic T's you can't find anywhere else.
1:00 pm ~ Hungry? Let's get some authentic Mexican food in the Mission- another short bus or a cab will have you there in fifteen minutes or less. El Farolito 2950 24th St., San Francisco, CA 94110 (www.elfarolitoinc.com) is one of my favorites. Four simple words will change your life ~ Carne Asada Super Suiza.
2:00 pm ~ I'm stuffed! We need to walk this off. Let's check out some of the murals done by local artists' right here in the Mission. The Mission is a very edgy, artsy, hip neighborhood in San Francisco. Some of the most amazing murals are located just blocks from each other. A great place to start is the Mural Arts Visitors Center 2981 24th St., San Francisco, CA 94110 (http://www.precitaeyes.org/tours.html). Or for just a taste of the artistic variety, go to the most concentrated area- Clarion Alley. Enter from Valencia between 17th and 18th streets.
Trivia: This is the most concentrated neighborhood for street murals in the country.
4:00 pm ~ That was a work out! Let's head back to the hotel and figure out what the plans are for tonight.
6:00 pm ~ I love a disco nap in the middle of the day. It's time for supper. Hop's & Hominy 1 Tillman Place, San Francisco, CA 94108 (http://www.hopsandhominy.com/) is a new spot opened by three friends from Florida. They serve down-home Southern food that can't be missed. Don't forget to try a shot of the bacon infused whiskey it's a must!
8:00 pm ~ I love music more than anything and San Francisco has some of the best venues to catch a live show just about any day of the week. Some of my favorites spots to catch are a show are The Fillmore, The Warfield and Slim's. Check out this website to find out what's going on in the city http://www.sfstation.com/music/.