If you are looking for a well maintained, comfortable, well located San Francisco home away from home, look no further. Our hosts, Barbara and Erven, are two of the nicest, and most interesting people you will ever meet. Their apartment has breathtaking views from the living room and bedroom (coffee in bed with Alcatraz!), and is extremely well located for sightseeing or just enjoying Russian Hill/ North Beach. Lovingly appointed with flowers, chocolates, soaps, fine linens and other lovely touches rarely, if ever, found in a property of this type. A perfect place for our two week stay.
A few suggestions for your stay....
If you are coming for more than a few days, the City Pass is a MUST!!! Allows virtually unlimited transportation on city operated buses, cable cars and trains, and admission to the fabulous De Young, Science Museum, MOMA and Exploratorium. Also allows a visit to the aquarium at Fisherman's Wharf (terribly depressing and dirty), and an otherwise overpriced hour long cruise. We also loved an easy hike and picnic at Land's End (get picnic food before you go, then a bus ride and short walk to get there). We enjoyed a few bike rides through Golden Gate Park as well. Picked up bikes at Haight and Stanyan (Golden Gate Bike Rentals). Saturday Market at the Ferry Building is fun, but bring your wallets!
Eating....fantastic tapas/ paella just up the street at Zarzuellas (locals, no reservations), North Beach Pizza (forget Tony's, overpriced and so-so no matter what the reviews say), Firenze By Night, De Lucci's off of Columbus for brunch or lunch ( creative and really good---windows open to street if you want to eat inside----breakfast pizzas!!!), Aux Delices in Russian Hill for great Pho, La Boulange and Mario's Bohemian for great sandwiches, Stella's in North Beach for to die for pastries (also the smaller French/ Italian Bakery on Grant for bread/macaroons/ muffins), and Yank Sing for simply the best dim sum (Financial District). We had one BAD meal during our stay at Okoze Sushi on Hyde up the street from the apartment. Reviews generally very good, but the worst sushi we have ever had anywhere in our travels and very expensive.
Avoid the wine store down the hill--overpriced & so-so selection. Try Cask on Market & 3rd.
We will not soon forget the kindness and generosity of our hosts, sundowns on the deck with glasses of fine wine in hand, or the gregarious, lovely wild parrots of Telegraph Hill who amused us almost daily outside our window.
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