30 Hours in San Francsisco Travel Guide

Tony Bourdain finds himself in San Francisco, a city known by vegan and vegetarian lovers alike. Tony discovers that San Francisco is a "bare-knuckled, 2-fisted drinking town.


Activities
Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks is the geographic center of San Francisco with an amazing view of the city.
  • 501 Twin Peaks Boulevard
  • San Francisco, CA 94114 US

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks is the geographic center of San Francisco with an amazing view of the city.
501 Twin Peaks Boulevard San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-831-6331
The Castro Theatre
"The Castro Theatre is the most dramatic movie theater in the city, playing revivals, foreign and indie films and occasional sing-along movie musicals."
  • 429 Castro Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94114 US

The Castro Theatre

"The Castro Theatre is the most dramatic movie theater in the city, playing revivals, foreign and indie films and occasional sing-along movie musicals."
429 Castro Street San Francisco, CA, US

Hotels
The Fairmont Hotel
"Hotel whore that I am, I'm fond of the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill. Big. Old. Built in 1907, with lots of history and character. Most importantly, a tiki bar in the cellar."
  • 950 Mason Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94108 US

The Fairmont Hotel

"Hotel whore that I am, I'm fond of the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill. Big. Old. Built in 1907, with lots of history and character. Most importantly, a tiki bar in the cellar."
950 Mason Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-772-5000
Hotel Des Artes
For a cheaper option, visitors can stay at this funky hotel with innovative décor. Rates begin at just $59 a night.
  • 447 Bush Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94108 US

Hotel Des Artes

For a cheaper option, visitors can stay at this funky hotel with innovative décor. Rates begin at just $59 a night.
447 Bush Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-956-3232

Restaurants & Bars
Swan Oyster Depot
One of Tony's "favorite places to eat in America," Swan Oyster Depot is a casual spot that's first-come, first-serve, so breakfast is the best time to come. Tony and chef Roland Passot order crab butter, oysters and sea urchins.
  • 1517 Polk Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94109 US

Swan Oyster Depot

One of Tony's "favorite places to eat in America," Swan Oyster Depot is a casual spot that's first-come, first-serve, so breakfast is the best time to come. Tony and chef Roland Passot order crab butter, oysters and sea urchins.
1517 Polk Street San Francisco, CA, US
Blue Bottle Coffee
Handcrafted artisanal produced coffee and small breakfast options.
  • Various Locations
  • San Francisco, CA 94103 US

Blue Bottle Coffee

Handcrafted artisanal produced coffee and small breakfast options.
Various Locations San Francisco, CA, US
The Toronado Pub
Tony goes for an afternoon drink. "Daytime drinking is a tradition here, as it is in any great city," he says. Toronado is a beer bar with 50-plus microbrews on tap and 100 bottled beers.
  • 547 Haight Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94117 US

The Toronado Pub

Tony goes for an afternoon drink. "Daytime drinking is a tradition here, as it is in any great city," he says. Toronado is a beer bar with 50-plus microbrews on tap and 100 bottled beers.
547 Haight Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-863-2276
Zeitgeist
"Zeitgeist is a beer garden with bikers, a great jukebox with local bands and back patio with picnic tables."
  • 199 Valencia Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94103 US

Zeitgeist

"Zeitgeist is a beer garden with bikers, a great jukebox with local bands and back patio with picnic tables."
199 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA, US
Pier 23 Café
"Great to go to on a beautiful warm day, Pier 23 Café is a local hangout with a great view of the bay." Located on the Embarcadero.
  • On the Embarcadero
  • San Francisco, CA 94111 US

Pier 23 Café

"Great to go to on a beautiful warm day, Pier 23 Café is a local hangout with a great view of the bay." Located on the Embarcadero.
On the Embarcadero San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-362-5125
To Hyang*
Tony meets his friend Chris Cosentino, chef and owner of Incanto restaurant. To Hyang stays open late and serves food with home-grown ingredients. Tony and Chris enjoy fish head curry, ginseng soju and pork belly. *Closed May 2014
  • 3815 Geary Boulevard
  • San Francisco, CA 94118 US

To Hyang*

Tony meets his friend Chris Cosentino, chef and owner of Incanto restaurant. To Hyang stays open late and serves food with home-grown ingredients. Tony and Chris enjoy fish head curry, ginseng soju and pork belly. *Closed May 2014
3815 Geary Boulevard San Francisco, CA, US
King of Noodles
"The thing to eat are the wontons and noodles made fresh in-house."
  • 1639 Irving Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94122 US

King of Noodles

"The thing to eat are the wontons and noodles made fresh in-house."
1639 Irving Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-566-8318
Off the Grid Food Trucks
"These food trucks offer some of the best street food in San Francisco. They notify people of their location via Twitter and are primarily powered by solar panels."
  • Various Locations
  • San Francisco, CA US

Off the Grid Food Trucks

"These food trucks offer some of the best street food in San Francisco. They notify people of their location via Twitter and are primarily powered by solar panels."
Various Locations San Francisco, CA, US
The Tonga Room
"This (place) is completely, completely, awesome." Tony and Chris share a Lava Bowl for 4. Tony later orders a Bora Bora Horror and a Zombie. Chris orders a Singapore Sling.
  • 950 Mason Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94108 US

The Tonga Room

"This (place) is completely, completely, awesome." Tony and Chris share a Lava Bowl for 4. Tony later orders a Bora Bora Horror and a Zombie. Chris orders a Singapore Sling.
950 Mason Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-772-5278
The Alembic Bar
"Alembic Bar is where off-duty or pre-shift bartenders head for a high-quality drink." This bar in Haight Ashbury also has a small menu with interesting choices such as duck hearts and quail eggs.
  • 1725 Haight Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94117 US

The Alembic Bar

"Alembic Bar is where off-duty or pre-shift bartenders head for a high-quality drink." This bar in Haight Ashbury also has a small menu with interesting choices such as duck hearts and quail eggs.
1725 Haight Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-666-0822
Rice Paper Scissors
Tony meets up with Oscar Villalon. The 2 head to a "pop-up restaurant," where people pick a location and take it over for a night or a few days. Rice Paper Scissors recreates street food from Vietnam. Tony has shrimp chips and banh mi sandwiches.
  • 1710 Mission St.
  • San Francisco, CA 94103 US

Rice Paper Scissors

Tony meets up with Oscar Villalon. The 2 head to a "pop-up restaurant," where people pick a location and take it over for a night or a few days. Rice Paper Scissors recreates street food from Vietnam. Tony has shrimp chips and banh mi sandwiches.
1710 Mission St. San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-878-6657
Mission Chinese
Mission Chinese plays on the pop-up idea but is in an actual restaurant -- Lung Shan. It becomes Mission Street Food for most of the week and serves classic Chinese recipes and some of chef Danny’s own creations.
  • 2234 Mission Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94110 US

Mission Chinese

Mission Chinese plays on the pop-up idea but is in an actual restaurant -- Lung Shan. It becomes Mission Street Food for most of the week and serves classic Chinese recipes and some of chef Danny’s own creations.
2234 Mission Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-863-2800
La Folie
For high-end decadence in Russian Hill, this unintimidating, cozy, French restaurant offers one of the city’s best fine-dining experiences without the stereotypical stuffiness. Chef Roland Passot is in the kitchen every night.
  • 2316 Polk Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94109 US

La Folie

For high-end decadence in Russian Hill, this unintimidating, cozy, French restaurant offers one of the city’s best fine-dining experiences without the stereotypical stuffiness. Chef Roland Passot is in the kitchen every night.
2316 Polk Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-776-5577
Li Po in Chinatown
This restaurant is named after Li Po, the famous Chinese poet. "San Francisco's Chinatown is the largest in North America." And its mai tais are notoriously lethal. Tony meets with author and chef Danny Bowien.
  • 916 Grant Avenue
  • San Francisco, CA 94108 US

Li Po in Chinatown

This restaurant is named after Li Po, the famous Chinese poet. "San Francisco's Chinatown is the largest in North America." And its mai tais are notoriously lethal. Tony meets with author and chef Danny Bowien.
916 Grant Avenue San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-982-0072
Benders Bar
"Great place for live rock and roll."
  • 806 S Van Ness Avenue
  • San Francisco, CA 94110 US

Benders Bar

"Great place for live rock and roll."
806 S Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-725-1800
Comstock Saloon
Named after the famous silver miner magnet Henry Comstock. "No-nonsense old-school bar."
  • 155 Columbus Avenue
  • San Francisco, CA 94133 US

Comstock Saloon

Named after the famous silver miner magnet Henry Comstock. "No-nonsense old-school bar."
155 Columbus Avenue San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-617-0071
Mr. Bing's
Tony's bar hop continues at Mr. Bing’s.
  • 201 Columbus Avenue
  • San Francisco, CA 94133 US

Mr. Bing's

Tony's bar hop continues at Mr. Bing’s.
201 Columbus Avenue San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-362-1545
Sam’s Pizza and Hamburgers
Tony craves a burger after his late- night bar-hopping. He and author-chef Danny Bowien satisfy their craving at Sam’s with a double cheeseburger. What does Tony like on his burger? "Maybe some ketchup, maybe some mayonnaise. Never mustard."
  • 618 Broadway Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94133 US

Sam’s Pizza and Hamburgers

Tony craves a burger after his late- night bar-hopping. He and author-chef Danny Bowien satisfy their craving at Sam’s with a double cheeseburger. What does Tony like on his burger? "Maybe some ketchup, maybe some mayonnaise. Never mustard."
618 Broadway Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-391-1539
Yuet Lee
"Most popular after-hours options for 30 years. Open till 3 a.m. Cash only. Salt and pepper prawns are to be recommended."
  • 1300 Stockton Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94133 US

Yuet Lee

"Most popular after-hours options for 30 years. Open till 3 a.m. Cash only. Salt and pepper prawns are to be recommended."
1300 Stockton Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-982-6020
Lucero’s Bacon Hot Dogs
"Delicious and sinister, and worth traveling for."
  • 19th and Mission Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94110 US

Lucero’s Bacon Hot Dogs

"Delicious and sinister, and worth traveling for."
19th and Mission Street San Francisco, CA, US
Chaac Mool*
Tony meets up with Caleb Zigas, executive director of La Cocina, a nonprofit incubator kitchen. The 2 visit Chaac Mool for slow-roasted pork. *Closed

Chaac Mool*

Tony meets up with Caleb Zigas, executive director of La Cocina, a nonprofit incubator kitchen. The 2 visit Chaac Mool for slow-roasted pork. *Closed
San Francisco, CA, US
Boccalone
"Only place to experience the incredible, handmade artisanal-cured meats."
  • 1 Sausalito
  • Ferry Building #21
  • San Francisco, CA 94111 US

Boccalone

"Only place to experience the incredible, handmade artisanal-cured meats."
1 Sausalito San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-433-6500
Rosamunde Sausage Grill
"Small restaurant with a cult following. Grilled meat in tube form on French rolls. Up to 2 free accompaniments like sauerkraut, onions, peppers or spicy beef chili. Hell, yes."
  • Various Locations
  • San Francisco, CA 94110 US

Rosamunde Sausage Grill

"Small restaurant with a cult following. Grilled meat in tube form on French rolls. Up to 2 free accompaniments like sauerkraut, onions, peppers or spicy beef chili. Hell, yes."
Various Locations San Francisco, CA, US
Molinari and Sons
Tony's last stop before leaving San Francisco is Molinari’s to satisfy his "fierce need" for a greasy, meaty, Italian sub. Tony orders the Molinari special with vinegar.
  • 1401 Yosemite Avenue
  • San Francisco, CA 94124 US

Molinari and Sons

Tony's last stop before leaving San Francisco is Molinari’s to satisfy his "fierce need" for a greasy, meaty, Italian sub. Tony orders the Molinari special with vinegar.
1401 Yosemite Avenue San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-822-5555
El Huarache Loco
Run by Veronica Salazar who makes her food to the taste of her hometown, Mexico City.
  • 100 Alemany Boulevard
  • San Francisco, CA 94110 US

El Huarache Loco

Run by Veronica Salazar who makes her food to the taste of her hometown, Mexico City.
100 Alemany Boulevard San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-572-6832
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