San Francisco

San Francisco

The city of San Francisco "leans against the hill" as French singer Maxime Le Forestier once sang.

5 good reasons to go to San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
This legendary bridge, inaugurated with great ceremony in 1937, crosses the Bay of San Francisco and connects the city with Marin County. It is the highlight of Highway 1, which runs down the Californian coast for 882 km and symbolizes the entire city with its impressive red cables.
Cable car
Board a cable car
These old trams pulled by cables buried under the road are typical of San Francisco. The local residents fought to keep these old cars, some of which are more than 140 years old. With their tinkling bells and shimmering colours, they still travel cheerfully up and down the slopes of the old city at a constant speed of 15 km/h.
Victorian houses
Victorian houses
Between 1850 and 1915, during the city's great economic boom, nearly 50,000 wooden houses were built in San Francisco. The are characteristic of the Victorian style with their bay windows and abundant carved wooden decoration. Sometimes very steep, the streets were built with bends to allow cars to circulate, and the corners are covered with hydrangeas.
progressive spirit
A libertarian and progressive spirit
Tolerant and engaged, San Francisco is a centre of liberal ideas in the United States, welcoming immigrants, intellectuals, hippies and people of different sexual orientations with dignity and respect. California continues to move things forward by enacting laws that promote individual freedoms and sustainable development.
Golden Gate Park
Stroll along the paths in Golden Gate Park

To see / do

Culture and History



The largest Chinese community outside Asia lives in San Francisco. After passing under the jade green gate (which keeps away evil spirits), you will enter a world of lanterns, pagoda roofs, signs written in calligraphy and temples that will transport you instantaneously to another continent. After immigrating during the gold rush, the Chinese community would seem to be well settled here now. You can even try out your luck with a fortune cookie!

Union Square

This square is the beating heart of the city, located near banks, department stores and Market Street, a major thoroughfare. It is bordered by busy streets such as Powell and Geary, Post and Stockton. You are sure to pass through during your stay.

Haight district

Haight disctric

Home to the hippie movement and counter-culture, this district still retains a bohemian, festive and artistic spirit. It contains numerous bars, record shops, bookstores and thrift stores, curiosity cabinets and colourful characters, and the legacies of Flower Power and psychedelic rock can still be felt.

Alcatraz Prison

Built on a small island in the Bay of San Francisco, the famous Alcatraz high security prison can now be freely visited. It certainly has many legends and stories to tell, as a prison that held the greatest criminals of its time including the famous Al Capone during his period of operation between 1934 and 1963. It was later given to the Indians for a time, who used it as a base for the recognition of their rights.

The bohemian district of Sausalito


The hippies who settled in this small industrial district in the 1960s and 1970s indelibly transformed the appearance of the area. They built a floating village of colourful dwellings where they could live peacefully on the water. Although the hippies have mainly moved on, 400 houseboats are still moored at the docks.


Pier 39

It was here, at the end of this wooden jetty with its fairground-like appearance, that an amusing colony of sea lions settled in 1990 on floating platforms which kept them a short distance from the onlookers. Ferries to Alcatraz can also be boarded here, and you can also taste seafood specialities.

Shopping at the Ferry Building

Ferry Building

With the opening of the Golden Bridge and the arrival of car traffic, this terminal, which was once one of the most important in the world, has been gradually converted from its original function. The new idea was to transform this huge public building into a market hall. You will find the best regional produce here, and it is where the city’s greatest chefs now get their supplies.

Wine tourism in Napa Valley

California is also America’s leading wine-growing region, with its century-old oak forests (for making barrels) and temperate oceanic climate that is well suited to growing vines planted on the sunny slopes. From a tourist point of view, various wineries fight to attract wine lovers to their tasting rooms with ever more impressive architectural designs.


A region of abundance

Region of abundance

San Francisco has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the United States, primarily due to the incredible agricultural region that surrounds it which supplies organic fruit and vegetables, fine meat, farm poultry, fresh cheeses and the best wines in the country. The sea is also very generous.

Dungeness crab

Dungeness crab is the iconic San Francisco dish. Restaurants at Fisherman's Wharf and elsewhere throughout the city offer many variations on this tasty shellfish. There are also plenty of other seafood products from the shores of the Pacific Ocean, traditionally served with delicious rye bread.



Cioppino is a fish or seafood soup simmered in a tomato sauce that was invented by the fishermen who arrived here from Genoa. Of course, there are also many Italian restaurants in the city that are a tribute to their country.

Hangtown Fry

This oyster and bacon omelette speciality dates back to the gold rush. Although the combination may seem surprising, it is not for nothing that the recipe has been passed down to us today. The best thing is to form your own opinion.

Irish coffee

Irish Coffee

This famous cocktail will warm and invigorate you and is particularly suited to the misty climate of San Francisco. It was imported soon after its invention in Ireland by Jack Koeppler, owner of the Buena Vista which currently serves nearly 2000 a day. It is a warm smooth blend of coffee, sugar, whisky and whipped cream.

Practical information


Dollar américain

Spoken languages


Time difference

-9h GMT


9131 Km

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