After exploring the market in the Ferry Building, we retrieved our car from the meter where we had parked it at Washington and Davis Streets. Driving past Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf, headed further into the city.
Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf are great places to visit. The only reason we did not stop was that we have been before and did not want to run out of time. Don’t miss the sea lions at both locations - and Pier 39 is also where you need to go if you want to take boat tours or go out to Alcatraz. You can also wander through lots of very interesting streets along the Embarcadero area - there are shops and restaurants galore, as well as a very interesting fish market. You can pick up a cable car at Hyde and Beach, not all that far from Fisherman’s Wharf.
We drove further into the city, seeing lots of wonderful sights along the way. The architecture of this hilly city is fascinating and many of the houses are so beautiful. Before long we were at Union Square, and just past there at Grant and Bush Streets is the Chinatown Gate.
It was lunchtime, so we decided to park up and wander round Chinatown in search of a restaurant. It didn’t take us long to find one! Cathay House at 718 California Street was a great place for lunch. We had a very nice meal, with tea and fortune cookies, all for only $8 each.
After lunch, we carried on with the 49 mile drive. It really is a super way to see the city as it takes you through loads of little residential streets (many closed to tour buses) and gives you a taste of the real San Francisco - the one where people actually live and work - not just the one for tourists! And every once in a while you come upon a real treasure. I really was not expecting to see anything like this in San Francisco.
I’ll tell you more about it in tomorrow's post...