The entrance to Pier 39 – the ultimate tourist trap in San Francisco. But go behind the back to see the sea lions that occupied the most expensive pier in the city.
Still waiting at Fisherman’s Wharf before riding back downtown on the Powel & Hyde Line. The two places are worlds apart and you seem to travel through yet a third world on the way. Hyde Street is a personal favorite of mine as I have friends living there – with a guest room! I recommend actually getting off the cable car and explore Hyde Street and Polk Street to experience where real people live. You won’t find much about this neighbourhood in the guide books though officially it’s part of Nob Hill. But there are lots of cafés, retaurants and cute shops – from a few blocks north of California and for about 10 blocks.