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Tips For Seeing San Francisco On A Budget

San Francisco is a city that might be small but is packed to the brim with beautiful sights and it offers its tourists as many wonderful experiences as one can have. San Francisco has a lot to offer its tourists.

Book your trip to the Alcatraz, explore the Ferry Building and enjoy the beautiful show of the Bay Lights over the San Francisco- Oakland Bridge, at sunset. But finding an affordable hotel, or being able to book a proper tour might prove to be difficult.

However, this does not mean that San Francisco cannot be toured on a budget. You definitely can have a great holiday and see the best of the city on a budget but when you do visit, you will need to be careful so as to not spend more than necessary and the following points tell you how to do just that.

  • Book a bus tour

San Francisco bus tours are affordable and most tours allow the tourists to choose the spots they want to visit, which also allows them to decide how much they would like to spend on the tour.

  • Chinatown

The Chinatown in San Francisco is the oldest in the city and boasts of a rich heritage and offers a major part of the city’s multi-layered history. Walk around this downtown district and soak up an ancient culture that is still vibrant and throbbing with life.

As you tour this part of San Francisco, you can head into any local shop and collect a couple of souvenirs or explore the streets that will immediately mesmerize you with the charms of the east.

  • Waterfront

The waterfront itself has many stories to tell but the Fisherman’s Wharf is one part of that locality that has the most interesting tales. A walking tour around this part of town will allow you to know the history behind how the most decadent chocolate was found accidentally. Or how it took almost 200 years to finally navigate the San Francisco Bay and you will be able to see exactly how the fishermen do their jobs.

Another very popular tourist destination is Pier 39 where you can hang around the Sea Lion Viewing Area.

  • Little Italy

North Beach in San Francisco is the Italian neighborhood in the city. In the early 20th century, a community of Italian fishermen who worked around the waterfront (Fisherman’s Wharf area) found a home in this part of downtown San Francisco.

You will also find quaint literary dens and few of them date back to the 50s Beat Generation. If you are someone who appreciates modern, ground-breaking art, then keep your eyes open for an original Banksy!

On 766 Vallejo Street, in between the police station and a garage, a staircase leads to an open-air terrace which will offer you a breath-taking view of the Bay Area and Alcatraz.

  • Use public transport

Public transport is effective and quite affordable in San Francisco. Thus it’s very convenient when you are on a budget. You can also use cabs like Uber or Lyft which have reasonable fares for short distances.

You can use the public transport to get to places like the Golden Gate Park which has the intricate and tranquil Japanese Tea Garden, the de Young Museum, and the Conservancy of Flowers, and you can also avail a cab and go visit the Musee Mecanique that has a fascinating range of arcade games.

  • Avoid fancy restaurants and taste some delicious local food

While San Francisco is home to a few of the world’s best restaurants, several of them are quite expensive. If you are on a budget tour, it will not be very wise to visit these. However, that does not mean you will lose out on some amazing food because every neighborhood has local delis and amazing street food to satisfy your taste buds.

Chinatown offers the most authentic Chinese dishes and you will always want to go back to some more dumplings and a second helping of fried rice.

Little Italy has several cafes, bars, and eateries that offer an authentic Italian Culinary experience. Enjoy pizzas at Tony’s, pasta or risotto at Mona Lisa or gelato at the Gelateria Naia.

At Pier 30, you can visit one of the oldest seafood shacks, Red’s Java House which dates back to the 1930s. Red’s Java House has the most amazing hamburgers and hot dogs.

The Golden Gate Bakery is legendary for its egg tarts. But the shop is not always open. If the bakery is open, you might see a long queue outside, but because they have a good serving system, you will get your egg tart in no time.

Enjoy lunch at The Codmother which is famous for its sourdough, lobster and fish and chips.

Wrapping Up

Just keep the above mentioned tips in mind, and you can easily explore San Francisco on a budget!

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