What is there to do in San Francisco in 3 days?

If you’ve got a short stay coming up in San Francisco, don’t worry… 3 days is enough to see some of the magic San Francisco has to offer! What is there to do in San Francisco in 3 days? Plenty of stuff!

We’ve put together some recommendations for 3 days in San Francisco, to help you plan your visit!

What is there to do in San Francisco in 3 days?

Let’s begin!

Day 1 in San Francisco:

To start off your first day in San Francisco, head down to the Presidio, it’s a national park within the city, and the gateway to the Golden Gate Bridge and has amazing views of the Bay. On your way there, make sure you pick up some sandwiches at Lou’s on Geary Blvd for lunch (they’re amazing!)  and head out for a walk up to the national park to get in some green.

What is there to do in San Francisco in three days

Have your lunch sitting at Crissy Field, which is an open grassy space where you can get amazing views of the Bridge and the Bay and take your first morning a little easier. If you’re dying for a coffee, make a pitt stop at Philz (there’s usually a truck at Crissy Field). For some more lunch ideas, click here. 

After Lunch Head back up towards Telegraph Hill on the 27 bus for a look at the Coit tower. The architecture is amazing, and this is also the spot you’re staying at for dinner, too, so take your time. Watch the sun go down over the bay and then head over to Original Joes for a bite to eat. You’re in North Beach/Telegraph Hill, which is an amazing area for bars. Spend the rest of the night bar hopping and wind down your first day in SF with a well earned drink.

Day 2 in San Francisco:

Start your second day early, and head back to North Beach to grab the best breakfast in town at Mama’s. If you’re a fan of all things breakfast, this is your no.1 spot in town – order the pancakes because they’re to die for!

After Breakfast, skip over to Fisherman’s Wharf, and get yourself booked on a tour to Alcatraz. You’ll go out on a little cruise, and spend the morning touring the island, looking at the lighthouses and historical exhibits. When you get back, head over to Pier 39 to check out the crab house and get yourself a hearty lunch!

What is there to do in San Francisco in three days?

After Lunch hop on Cable Car F for an iconic ride up to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to take in some American Culture. Spend your afternoon checking out the Frieda Kahlo’s, or the Georgia O’Keefe’s (other art works are available).

After your day of history and culture you’ll be looking for a bite to eat, and a cocktail (there’s always time for a cocktail). Head just around the corner to Dirty Habit for dinner, and to unwind in their gorgeous patio.

If the night’s not over at dinner, you could always dance the rest away at Monarch – a club in the district that has great dance acts every night of the year.

Day 3 in San Francisco:

After your night on the town, you’ll definitely be wanting to take things a little slower. Get yourself over to Haight-Ashbury (the old hippie district) for a good breakfast at Pork Store Cafe.

Haight-Ashbury is iconic. It’s the epicentre of the counter cultural movement, and sports amazing record and vintage clothes shops. Spend the rest of your morning perusing the wide variety of wares from Amoeba Records, to Jammin’ on Haight.

When you’ve shopped until you’re ready to drop, hop on a bus over to the mission district to get a spot of lunch. Get yourself into Mr. Pollo – there’s only 8 seats, so expect a bit of a wait, but the portions are huge, and the food is amazing. Leave wishing you lived around the corner so you could come every day.

After Lunch stay in the mission and see the Mission Murals. Throughout the district hundreds of fences, walls, and garage doors are graced with amazing street art ranging from political statements to cultural heritage. You could also take a walk to see the Painted Ladies – some of San Francisco’s most famous houses, and designed colourfully and uniquely. 

What do to in San Francisco in 3 days

Head to True Laurel for cocktails at the end of the day – the drinks are amazing, and they’re really into their drinks. If you know anything about mixology, this is the place for you.

What is there to do in San Francisco in 3 days?

Hopefully we’ve convinced you that there is plenty to do in San Francisco! Let us know what you decided to spend your time doing, and which things were your favourite! Check out these photos of the city for some more inspiration!

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