San Francisco Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in San Francisco - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Union Square and Chinatown 20

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Chinatown 13

Union Square 7

SoMa and Civic Center 19

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Civic Center 7

Hayes Valley 1

SoMa 10

Tenderloin 1

On the Waterfront 19

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Embarcadero 5

Financial District 4

Fisherman's Wharf 10

Nob Hill and Russian Hill 15

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Nob Hill 8

Polk Gulch 1

Russian Hill 6

Pacific Heights and Japantown 14

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Japantown 4

Pacific Heights 10

The Haight, the Castro, and Noe Valley 14

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Castro 6

Haight 5

Noe Valley 3

North Beach 13

Mission District 12

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Dogpatch 1

The Marina and the Presidio 11

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Cow Hollow 3

Marina 3

Presidio 5

Golden Gate Park 10

Western Shoreline 6

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Sunset District 1

The Richmond 5

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Restaurant–Sight 4

Spa–Sight 1

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Windmill 1

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Buchanan Mall

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The shops lining this open-air mall are geared more toward locals—travel agencies, electronics shops—but there are some fun Japanese-goods...

Chinatown Kite Shop

  • Store/Shop/Mall

This family-run shop has been selling bright, fun-shaped kites—dragons, butterflies, sharks—since the 1960s. ...

City Lights Bookstore

  • Store/Shop/Mall

Take a look at the exterior of the store: the replica of a revolutionary mural destroyed in Chiapas, Mexico, by military forces; the...

Dragon House

  • Store/Shop/Mall

A veritable museum, the store sells authentic, centuries-old antiques like ivory carvings and jade figures (including a naughty statue...

Ghirardelli Square

  • Store/Shop/Mall

Most of the redbrick buildings in this early-20th-century complex were once part of the Ghirardelli factory. Now tourists come here to...

Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory

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Follow your nose down Ross Alley to this tiny but fragrant cookie factory. Two workers sit at circular motorized griddles and wait for...

Japan Center

  • Store/Shop/Mall

Cool and curious trinkets, noodle houses and sushi joints, a destination bookstore, and a peek at Japanese culture high and low await...

New People

  • Arts/Performance Venue

The kids' counterpart to the Japan Center, this fresh shopping center combines a cinema, a tea parlor, and shops with a successful synergy.

Old Shanghai

  • Store/Shop/Mall

Hand-painted robes, formal dresses, and jackets are sold here, along with chic Asian-inspired gifts and smaller items that make great...

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