‘What to do in San Francisco’ was one of Google’s top travel-related searches in 2016. Incidentally, It’s been a few years now since I’ve written about SF, so I thought I was due for an updated post! Even with its many pretentious startup hipsters (me included) and on its worst foggy gloomy days, San Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the world. Here’s how to spend 24 hours in San Francisco!

How to Spend 24 Hours in San Francisco


Le Marais Bakery

This little bakery in The Castro will start your day off right with the quintessential San Francisco experience: an instagrammable interior and good food. This little French cafe is no joke. The food is incredible and it’s in an amazing little part of The Castro where you can easily walk around for a few hours. Do expect a little bit of a wait to get a table here for breakfast. I recommend getting any of their amazing pastries!

For more photos and details of Le Marais Bakery, check out this post!


Dolores Park

Just a few blocks away is the famous Dolores Park. This place is popular among locals and tourists alike, and there’s a little something for everyone! This is an especially great park to visit on a nice sunny day in the city. Before you go, stop somewhere and pick up a paddle ball set or grab a game to play to enjoy the outdoors with. The people watching alone is worth it though!

How to Spend 24 Hours in San Francisco


Media Noche

Cuban food anyone? But not just any Cuban food. I’m talking the best Cubano sandwich you’ve ever had! Do yourself a favor and stop in at Media Noche for an amazing Cuban spread, and some more instagrammable interiors. Media Noche is located just past Dolores Park in the Mission (psst, it’s also near Tartine, the most famous bakery in SF). This place doesn’t have much seating and it’s a little small, so be prepared to use your hawk eyes to snag a table!

How to Spend 24 Hours in San Francisco



Moving on from The Castro and the Mission District is the lesser visited Inner Sunset neighborhood, located just South of Golden Gate Park. Here you’ll find a teeny tiny little coffee shop called Hollow. And when I say tiny, I mean it looks like a shack and has three tables, literally. But, don’t let that deter you. It is hands down one of the cutest and most instagrammable coffee shops in SF! Grab a latte and sit here for a while. You won’t regret it.

How to Spend 24 Hours in San Francisco


Battery Spencer

I got to visit Battery Spencer on a trip to San Francisco last November. I still couldn’t believe that after living in the city for over a year, I never visited. Here you can see the most amazing views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. This is by far one of my most memorable moments in life. Definitely go more towards golden hour, but also make sure you are there early because traffic up the hill gets backed up pretty badly. Dress warm too, as the bay winds become strong here.

For more photos of Battery Spencer, check out this post!


Little Star Pizza

Nothing says comfort food after a cold trip to Battery Spencer like a hot deep dish pizza. Little Star Pizza is one of my favorite places to eat in San Francisco. They have amazing options for pizza and the atmosphere is always on point. They’re located just north of The Painted Ladies (famously known for the ‘Full House’ house), so if you have some time, you can get in a little bonus sightseeing before pizza. The also have several other locations to choose from.

Have you been to any of these places?


    1. Such a great place for a quick stop! One full day of great eating and drinking haha. Glad to make your mouth water Shireen! Though that sounds weird saying it like that hahaha.

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  1. Oh hellooo and now I wanna go back to SF right away! There are so many great hidden places! I will defintiely come back to this post when I will be back in this city. Which is hopefully going to happen soon 🙂
    Have a great weekend dear!
    xx, Carmen – http://carmitive.com

  2. This is such a great guide for San Fran, Emily! Sometimes you only have the time to stop in one place for the day and want to make the most of it! Battery Spencer would most definitely be on my list!

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    1. Yes! We were only there for one whole day actually haha. So that’s exactly what we did from start to finish. 🙂

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  3. San Francisco is such a vibrant city, I love exploring it every time we are up in Northern California visiting family. Despite going a few times a year, I haven’t seen as much of it as I’d like. This would be the perfect single day itinerary for my husband and I to complete on our next trip up!

  4. When I think of spending just a day in a city, the movie “Before Sunrise” would immediately come into my mind. Imagine Jesse and Celine, instead of in a European city, they’d be in San Francisco visiting the places you recommended. Definitely putting San Francisco in my “to visit” places if ever I get the chance to fly to the US. Most probably though I would be staying at my aunt’s place in Iowa, I hope it’s not too far. 🙂


  5. Love how you got to hit up all of the best places in San Francisco! 24 hours is not much time but there are plenty of things if you plan right ;). Oooh I’ve never heard of Media Noche before. I need to check this out next time! I LOVE the view of the Golden Gate Bridge! Haha, I’ve only been to the Golden Gate Bridge at most! Thanks for sharing :).



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