Top 40 Things to do in San Francisco

The Westin St. Francis Union Square is in the heart of San Francisco, overlooking Union Square. We are within walking distance of the Theatre District and Market Street, and minutes from Fisherman’s Wharf. The city’s cultural treasures are right at your fingertips, including museum exhibits, theater and live musical performances. If you’re looking for something off the beaten track, our staff has put together a list of their favorite things to do in San Francisco, from vintage clothing shops to a local brewery tour.

  1. Discover the best sights on the wharf and waterfront with a guided Segway tour. – Anthony G. Rodriguez, Concierge
  2. Be at one with nature and take in scenic views with a hike along Lands End Beach. – Hue Khuu, In Room Dining
  3. Savor a Dungeness crab dish or clam chowder in a sourdough bowl at Fisherman’s Wharf.
  4. Indulge your sweet tooth and delight in delicious chocolate and more at Ghirardelli Square.
  5. Stroll down Haight Street and shop vintage clothing stores or exclusive boutiques.
  6. Visit Fort Funston and watch the sky for hang gliders – or sign up for a tandem ride. – David Kirk, Concierge
  7. Take in the beauty of the rooftop sculpture garden at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
  8. Explore the best buildings in the city with a San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour.
  9. Walk the 400 plus Filbert Street steps from the Embarcadero up to Telegraph Hill.
  10. Set out for an unforgettable night at the theater with the American Conservatory.
  11. Enjoy your favorite cocktail at the Cliff House, overlooking the Sutro Historic Landscape district.
  12. Journey through the Ruins of the Sutro Baths and walk down scenic Ocean Beach.
  13. Immerse yourself in the majesty and natural wonder of the redwood forest at Muir Woods.
  14. Rent bikes and ride to Tiburon for lunch at Sam’s Anchor Cafe, and then take the ferry back.
  15. Indulge in a romantic San Francisco Bay dining cruise on a Hornblower Yacht.
  16. Hike to the top of Mt. Livermore on Angel Island, and then explore the Immigration House.
  17. Savor an unforgettable, authentic Irish Coffee with a visit to the Buena Vista Café.
  18. Hop on the Coit Tower elevator ride and take in 360 degree views from the top.
  19. Visit one of the nation’s most iconic marvels, the breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge.
  20. Enjoy an impromptu picnic lunch in many of the city’s rooftop gardens, available to the public like the San Francisco Art Institute, Crocker Galleria Roof Terrace, or Embarcadero Center and Maritime Plaza.
  21. Experience a piece of quintessential San Francisco with a ride on a Cable Car and visit to the Cable Car Barn & Powerhouse Museum.
  22. Embark on a visceral night tour of Alcatraz and watch the sun set beyond the bay.
  23. Attend the Beach Blanket Babylon Show at Theater Fugazzy, and then dine at the Stinking Rose.
  24. Please your palate with something tempting and delicious at the SOMA StrEAT Food Park.
  25. Stroll the Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building and stop by Blue Bottle Coffee before lunch. -Elaine Clancy, Director of Sales and Marketing.
  26. Stop by the TIX Booth in Union Square and take your chances on half price tickets to the latest shows.
  27. Head to North Beach for an afternoon cappuccino and a delicious cannoli.
  28. Hike the trails of Mt. Tam, leading up to the Pelican Inn or German Tourist Club for a savory bite.
  29. Immerse yourself in the vibrant character of Union Square for a night of shopping, dining and theatres.
  30. Enjoy a “free” tour with SF City Guides all over the city; explore the Mission Murals.
  31. See countless treasures and relics from Asia’s storied past at the Asian Art Museum.
  32. Hop on the trolley to explore the stylish shops and popular bars of the Castro.
  33. Take the MUNI to Treasure Island and explore some urban wineries plus the Cooking Academy.
  34. Live like a local and start off your day with a delectable breakfast at Mama’s Restaurant on Washington Square.
  35. Visit the Ferry Building for a unique culinary experience and take in the view of The Bay Lights light sculpture on the San Francisco Bay Bridge. – Glenn Guinto, Concierge.
  36. Strap on your sea legs and take a refreshing dip in the Bay at Aquatic Park Cove.
  37. Savor serenity with a relaxing stroll through the scenic landscape of Chrissy Fields.
  38. Tour Anchor Steam brewery and discover some of the region’s best brews.
  39. If you love seafood don’t miss Hog Island Oyster Company’s fabulous Oyster Stew. – Susan, Jayroe, Executive Assistant General Manager & Hotel Manager
  40. Uncover beautiful, ancient traditions at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.