San Francisco Embarcadero Area Walking Tour

I did this route when some friends came to visit in May and I thought I’d share it. Funny enough I hadn’t been to some of these famous landmarks in the three years I lived in the Bay. Be forewarned that this is about 2.5-3 miles of walking and contains lots of steep ups and downs. 

Raclette from Cowgirl Creamery
Raclette from Cowgirl Creamery

Starting at the Embarcadero BART, walk down towards the water to the ferry building. If you go on a Saturday there’s one of the best farmers’ markets in the Bay. Inside the building are a bunch of shops and vendors. Go to Cowgirl Creamery and get one of these plates of melted, toasted cheese deliciousness from the cart outside the shop and you will not regret it.  

Coit Tower
Coit Tower

After exiting the farmer’s market, take a right and walk down past the Exploratorium (see this post) and cross the street at Pier 23. Walk through the park and towards the hill up Greenwich St. and be prepared for a bit of a climb. This leads you to the majestic Coit Tower and yields awesome views of the Bay! You can’t really see the Golden Gate from here but it’s a nice workout. The tower was closed for maintenance when we went but you can go up it too. 

Lombard Street
Lombard Street

While walking back down the hill on the Bay side from Coit Tower, you’ll come across Lombard Street. Walk straight down the street and you’ll come across the famous crooked road. This place is packed with tourists so I’d really recommend walking instead of driving this thing. There’s stairs on the side where you can observe rental cars slowly inching down the hill in zig zag fashion.  

Boudin at Fisherman's Wharf
Boudin at Fisherman’s Wharf

At the top of the street, take a right and that leads you back to Ghiradelli and Fisherman’s Wharf. This street is a pretty steep downhill and follows the cable car track as well. You can either stop for a sundae or do what we did and get a clam chowder in a bread bowl at the Boudin Factory. There’s also an In n’ Out but due to it always being super crowded with tourists the quality is pretty lacking compared to most other locations. 

You can either walk the two or so miles back or take the F street car (looks like a tin can) from the stop on Beach St. and Jones St. near Walgreens. This will take you all the way back to the BART and Union Square. It tends to get really crowded so catching it from that first stop is your best bet for getting a seat. 

Happy travels!

Sunny Days in San Francisco

Science museums are still fun as an adult and the piers in SF can still be enjoyed when they’re filled with tourists. My friend came and visited me in March and we took a lot of pictures and had a lot of fun!

Salted caramel sundae at Ghiradelli <3
Salted caramel sundae at Ghiradelli ❤
Fog bridge at the Exploratorium
Fog bridge at the Exploratorium
selfies galore!
selfies galore!
Toothpick marble track of SF landmarks!
Toothpick marble track of SF landmarks!