Anthony Bourdain's San Francisco Travel Tips

The City That Drinks, Eats and Drinks Some More

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Tony walking in a park
Caleb Zigas and Anthony Bourdain walk through Dolores Park.
Anthony Bourdain has less than 48 hours to eat, drink … and drink … his way through San Francisco. We picked a selection of Tony’s best tips from The Layover: San Francisco episode -- be sure to check them out before your next trip.

Arriving/Departing
“There are 2 airports: San Francisco International and Oakland International Airport. They’re both around 30 minutes out from the center of the city.” A cab ride from Oakland International will cost $62 for a 30-minute cab ride and from San Francisco International, $44. “You can take the BART, Bay Area Rapid Transit, if you want. Fast, easy and inexpensive.”

Rest Up to Drink Up
”Maybe one of the country’s best drinking towns.”

Tourist Attractions
If Tony were a tourist, he'd "go to the Zam Zam Room, House of Prime Rib and (of course) Swan Oyster Depot.”

Zam Zam Room: 1633 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
House of Prime Rib: 1906 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109
Swan Oyster Depot: 1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

For the Bookworms
City Lights Bookstore 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-4586
“One of the great independent bookstores in America.”

Take the Cable Car
“Kind of have to do it, right? Looks bogus and touristy, but no, it’s kind of cool. A wonderful institution preserved in all its dysfunctional glory.”

Final Thoughts
“Good food. Good bars, everywhere. It defies expectations at every turn. It’s my kind of ‘dirty old town.’ See you at the tiki bar.”

Want more information on Tony's trip to San Francisco? Check out our episode guide.