Best San Francisco Neighborhoods to Explore on Foot in a Day

We’ve visited the city on several occasions. And we’ve tried many of its restaurants – one of the highlights of San Francisco!

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We’re familiar with Union Square, crooked Lombard Street, hoity-toity Nob Hill, Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf.

This time, we wanted to explore some different areas of San Francisco – and take some different photos of San Francisco neighborhoods.

The Embarcadero

The cruise ship terminal is found here; tour boats for the famous prison island of Alcatraz also leave from one of the piers. Fisherman’s Wharf is at the north end.


You have to climb up hundreds of steps instead – 377 steps wooden stairs for Filbert Street. On the way, you pass pastel-colored “gingerbread” house.

Filbert and Greenwich Street Steps


Coit Tower

In the 1930s, Lillie Hitchcock Coit wanted to beautify the city, so she had the 210-foot Coit Tower built atop Telegraph Hill.


Inside at the base are several colorful murals. Some were painted by artists who studied under Mexican painter Diego Rivera, who was married to Frida Kahlo.

North Beach

Immigrants from Genoa and Sicily who moved to San Francisco settled in the North Beach area, setting up scores of Italian restaurants, cafés and bars.


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