From Coit Tower I continued down through the city towards Chinatown and further on to Grace Cathedral, on this little walk around San Francisco. It had started foggy, but had cleared up to become a beautiful autumn day, perfect for exploring. Before I reached Chinatown I went walking down Grant Avenue to see more of downtown San Francisco.

san francisco

san francisco

san francisco

san francisco

I did go in to have a look, and it seems like a pretty neat book shop. Could probably have spent more time in there had I let myself..

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Coolest facade ever..!

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Only spent a very short time in the Italian part of town this day – returned later on bike!

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And Chinatown..! What an interesting place.

san francisco chinatown

san francisco chinatown

There was even a funeral march..!

san francisco chinatown

san francisco chinatown

Dragon’s Gate, marking the end of Chinatown. By this time I had worked up a bit of a hunger, so I set course towards Super Duper Burgers on Market Street, a place that the hostel had recommended.

san francisco

san francisco

I got a super delicious Mini Burger with bacon and avocado. I would (almost) go so far as to compare this to the Fergburger of Queenstown, New Zealand – difference is that this burger has a much more manageable size. This burger I could actually finish in one go.

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One burger heavier I continued my acquaintance with San Francisco. So many people told me that I would love this city, and they were absolutely right. What a delightful city San Francisco is. From Market Street I went by Union Square and from there up towards Grace Cathedral.

san francisco

san francisco

It is quite impressive looking I think. Grace Cathedral is known for a maze on the floor and some beautiful mosaic windows..

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And uh.. the random kilt wearing dude?!

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san francisco

Part of the maze here with the coloured light that the windows create.

san francisco

san francisco

Really loving the light here..!

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I was starting to get a bit tired from all the walking, especially because the walking was uphill both ways, as anyone who’s walked a lot will probably have noticed. So, from Grace Cathedral I decided to walk back to midtown and first try out some of the famous Ghirardelli’s ice cream.

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To be perfectly honest, I was less than impressed with this. I got the Treasure Island, which is vanilla ice cream with a brownie and plenty of fudge. In my opinion the brownie was just OK, the ice cream was meh and the fudge quickly became too much. I will say however that their chocolates are delicious! I got a sample of something with pumpkin flavour which I really liked.

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From Ghirardelli’s I went more or less straight to the Golden Gate Taproom to have a well earned end of day beer.

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I liked the sports bar atmosphere, and also that it wasn’t near as full as the bar I visited yesterday, Mikkeller. Also, you are spoiled for choice:

golden gate taproom san francisco

I walked home to relax just as dusk was setting in.

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san francisco

san francisco

Last light of the day over Union Square.

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All in all, a good and busy day in San Francisco. I had started walking along the Embarcadero to Pier 39 and then through some of the classic San Francisco neighbourhoods with beautiful old houses to reach Coit Tower, which I wrote about in a post before this one. My impression of San Francisco after this first day of exploring was very, very good – absolutely adore the fact that anything is within walking distance, the streets are so pretty, and, I dunno, just the atmosphere in the city. Lovely place!

Have you been to San Francisco? What did you think? Comment below!

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