The Perfect Weekend In San Francisco

Wishlist has expanded to California! With many clients who office teams both in Colorado and California, expansion to the golden state was a natural progression. We offer experiences in San Francisco, San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles. To help introduce you to our new locales we will be doing a four-part series featuring the perfect weekend in each of our California territories. To get started on your California adventure here is the perfect weekend in San Francisco:

Saturday Morning ::

Image Courtesy of Blue Bottle Coffee
Image Courtesy of Blue Bottle Coffee

A Saturday morning in San Francisco is not complete without the famous Blue Bottle coffee. This San Francisco must has several locations throughout the city to make your morning coffee run easy. While you’re there, grab a caramelized Belgian waffle to go, for the perfect start to your weekend.

Saturday Afternoon ::

There’s more than one way to spend your afternoon in San Francisco but almost all will include lots of walking, so put on some comfortable shoes before you depart for the day. Our first weekend stop is Golden Gate Park, (not to be confused with the Golden Gate Bridge on the other side of the city). Not just any park, the Golden Gate Park is over 1,000 acres of manicured land, and has over 13 million visitors a year.

Image Courtesy of The de Young Museum
Image Courtesy of The de Young Museum

At the mouth of the park is the De Young Art Museum, which boasts artwork from Calder, Monet, Turner and more. When there, be sure to pay a visit to their viewing deck, which offers a one of a kind, 360-degree view of the city.

Opposite the De Young is the Steinhart Aquarium, where you can view Arctic penguins, sharks, stingrays, and much more. If you prefer to be outside, the park has a full day of activities packed inside of it. If you walk from end-to-end (roughly seven miles) you’ll hit Ocean Beach, where you can relax seaside or enjoy a nearby restaurant.

The park also contains a Bison Paddock, where you can sit and watch the monstrous animals graze, a fly fishing pond, polo fields, lakes with paddle boats, and most weekends have fun activities like free salsa lessons. 

Saturday Lunch :: San Francisco is well known for its diverse dining options. You can find everything from authentic Chinese, to world-class gourmet dining. During your trip to Golden Gate Park, you’ll see several of San Francisco’s best food trucks. If a sit down place is more your thing, though, the De Young museum has a high-end cafeteria that serves items like shrimp salad, deluxe sandwiches, and green olive hummus. 

Saturday Evening ::

Image Courtesy of Wilson & Wilson
Image Courtesy of Wilson & Wilson

The city really comes alive at night, and offers activities for every kind of person. Before your trip snag some reservations at San Francisco’s best restaurants. For a fun pre-dinner activity try your luck at a San Francisco speakeasy. Wilson & Wilson, is password-only, and hidden behind the façade of The Temperance League. With unusual drinks, made based on your preference it’s a trip back in time. The city’s catalogue of restaurants is ever-changing so be sure to check out reliable sources like Yelp or your concierge for tips on where to go.

Sunday Morning ::

A Sunday morning in San Francisco means brunch. If you have time to spare, grab a spot in an undoubtedly long-line at any of San Francisco’s best brunches. Check out the Mission District for a variety of options. If you don’t want to spend too much time eating, visit instead the Ferry Building for a quick breakfast and a lot of options. If you peer off the edge of the Ferry Building patio, you will see extraordinary views of the Bay Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz.

Sunday Afternoon ::

Image Courtesy of Alcatrazcruises.com
Image Courtesy of Alcatrazcruises.com

Early afternoon, set out for some sightseeing with a quick trip to Alcatraz Island. Take a ferry from mainland San Francisco to the historic island. There you can tour the room where Al Capone was kept and enjoy a comprehensive audio tour.

When you head back to the city, combine sightseeing and eating with a three-hour food tour of one of San Francisco’s iconic neighborhoods. You will stop at four separate restaurants, and enjoy tastings at each location.

The Perfect Weekend In San Francisco

To top off your afternoon pay a visit to City Lights Books, where Jack Kerouac was known to spend a lot of his time. This historic bookstore has a wide-range of books, and offers an entire floor of books from the Beat Generation, a decisively San Franciscan time-period.

Sunday Evening ::

For your final night in San Francisco, treat yourself to one last meal at any of San Francisco’s top restaurants. After dinner, appease your sweet tooth with a trip to Tosca Café, a prohibition-era bar. Tosca serves delicious desserts like cannoli, tiramisu, and gelati. Their house cappuccino is not a cappuccino at all, but a prohibition-style drink of hot chocolate with brandy.

Image courtesy of Dandelion Chocolate
Image courtesy of Dandelion Chocolate

For an authentic San Francisco dessert, visit any of the chocolate shops including the famous Ghirardelli or Dandelion in the Mission District.

Our California offers will be available to the public come this summer, but in the meantime, if you’re interested in how Wishlist Rewards can service your California team please contact us to learn more at support@enjoywishlist.com.

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