09.00 – Ride the cable car
San Francisco’s cable cars can take you “halfway to the stars” as Tony Bennett, who famously left his heart here, once sang. Enjoy a ride down from Nob Hill to the waterfront on the California line, and it’s a short walk to the Embarcadero waterfront. Grab a coffee at Blue Bottle inside the Ferry Building and pick up a few goodies to eat later or bring home.
10.00 – The science of fun
The Exploratorium is a unique interactive science museum, a kind of public learning laboratory that’s as compelling to adults as it is to kids. Located on Pier 15, along the Embarcadero, it’s filled with hundreds of hands-on exhibits and activities illustrating scientific principles.
With its stellar sonic heritage, San Francisco is home to some legendary live music venues.
13.00 – Seafood feast
Sample San Francisco’s strong seafood scene at Fog City, a landmark restaurant with a suitably nautical vibe and storied past. Start with oysters on the half shell or if you’re feeling fancy, oysters Rockefeller, with spinach, asiago cheese and garlic.
15.30 – Towering success
In Pioneer Park, at the top of Telegraph Hill, is the local landmark of Coit Tower. The simple fluted tower built to honour Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a patron of the city’s firefighters. The walk up to the tower is steep, but you may be rewarded with a sighting of the park’s colourful South American parrots en route. After taking in the stunning views, don’t miss the murals inside.
17.30 – A slice of Italy
The city’s Italian neighbourhood of North Beach is brimming with cafes and restaurants. Meander along Columbus and Stockton Streets and you’ll find gems such as Italian ceramics specialist Biordi Art Imports, and Goorin Bros – a fourth-generation, family-run hat shop.
22.00 – A little night music
With its stellar sonic heritage, San Francisco is home to some legendary live music venues. The retro Bimbo’s 365 Club on Columbus has been open since the 1930s, former vaudeville theatre, The Warfield on Market Street and the Great American Music Hall in the Tenderloin. And don't forget legendary venue The Fillmore.