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The Red Panda from San Francisco Zoo, Best Place to Visit in the City

Below is a list of the best places I would visit on a trip to this location. My picks fit my personality and interest. Everyone has a different interest so you may not like everything I listed which is fine.  If you like a place, I recommend saving it to Google Maps for a future trip down the road. I made sure to include the address or GPS to make it easier to find.  You can find out more about me in the "About Me" section to see if we share common interests.


The Classic Breakfast from Plow Located in San Francisco California


1299 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes: Blueberry Compote, House Made Ricotta, Butter, & Pure Maple Syrup  $19.00

Custard French Toast (3pc): Peach-Lemon Verbena Compote, Vanilla Mascarpone Cream, & Pure Maple Syrup $19.00

Fried Egg Sandwich: Two Eggs Fried Soft, Sharp Cheddar, Aioli, Frisee, Acme Bun, & Plow Potatoes $16 + Bacon $5.50

The Plow: Two Eggs, Two Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Plow Potatoes, Choice of House Made Pork Sausage Patties, Bacon, or Chicken Apple Sausage $24.75

Hours (1.6.24):

Daily 7 am - 2 pm

Order Online: Yes

The Chocolate Rose Donut at Dynamo Donut & Coffee Located in San Francisco California

Dynamo Donut & Coffee

2760 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Sample of the Donut Flavors (12.13.22)

Santa's Cookie: Chocolate shortbread crumbs folded into our base dough. Dipped in a tres leches glaze. Rolled in chocolate cookie crumbs and topped off with a Dynamo cookie.

Chocolate Peppermint: Chocolate base dough dIpped in peppermint-dark chocolate glaze. Rolled in white chocolate and peppermint nibs.

Guinness: A winter spiced dough filled with poached pears, raisins, and candied ginger bites. Dunked in a Guinness stout glaze.

Chocolate Star Anise: Chocolate Base Glazed with Chocolate, Star Anise, and Sprinkle with Cacao Nibs

Spice Chocolate: Chocolate Base Tossed in Cinnamon-Chipotle Sugar


Mon to Sat: 7 am - 5 pm

Sunday: 9 am - 4 pm

Jan. Highlight: Try the Cinnamon Apple Donut, Fresh Apple Bits in their Vegan Dough, & Tossed in Cinnamon Sugar.


San Francisco Zoo

At any given time, approximately 1000 animals call the 100-acre San Francisco Zoo home. The Jones Family Gorilla Preserve is one of the largest and most exceptional habitats for western lowland gorillas in the country.

My List of Favorite Animals Would Like To See

African Lion


Chilean Rose Tarantula

Green Anaconda

Magellanic Penguins

Red Kangaroo

Grizzly Bear

Western Lowland Gorillas

Admission Online Rates:

Adult (12+): $29.00

Seniors (65+): $24.00

Child (2-11): $20.00

Parking Weekdays: $11.00

Parking Weekends: $13.00

One of the Animals from the San Francisco Zoo, One of the Best Zoos in the Country

Sloat Blvd &, Upper Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA 94132


Daily 10 am - 5 pm

Alcatraz City Cruises

Alcatraz City Cruises is the official tour ticket to Alcatraz Island

Tour Options (cost below is estimated for adult in Jan)

Alcatraz Day Tour: Three-Hour Alcatraz Island Tour - $45.25

Alcatraz Night Tour: $56.30

Alcatraz Behind The Scenes Tour: Over Four Hour Tour of Alcatraz Island including Non-Public Areas - $101.30

The Prison Cells at Alcatraz Island, Use Alcatraz City Cruise to Get to the Island

31 San Francisco Pier 33 - Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA 94124

Check Their Website For Tour Times

Need to Book Tours In Advance They Often Sell Out

de Young Museum

The Key Areas of the Museum

American Art Gallery: Saxe Collection & Rockefeller Collection

African Art Gallery: Benin Bronzes

Oceanic Art Gallery: The Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art

Arts of the Americas: Lewis K. and Elizabeth M. Land Collection

Costume and Textile Arts: The European Tapestry Collection

Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts: Crown Point Press Archive

Photography: Arnold Genthe, John Gutmann, & Eadweard Muybridge

Admission Rates:

Adult (12+): $20.00

Senior (65+): $17.00

Youth (17-under): FREE

One of the Famous Paintings at de Young Museum Located in San Francisco California

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118


Tues to Sunday 9:30 am - 5:15 pm

California Academy of Sciences

The Key Areas of the California Academy of Sciences

Steinhart Aquarium:  African Penguin, Osher Rainforest, Philippine Coral Reef, California Coast, The Swamp, Water Planet, and Deep Reefs

Morrison Planetarium: 75-foot dome will immerse you inside cutting-edge visualizations and hyper-realistic virtual environments

Kimball Natural History Museum: Giants of Land and Sea, Living Roof, Tusher African Hall, & Gems and Minerals Unearthed

Admission Rates (Jan. estimate):

Adult:  $39

Claude, the American Alligator, Makes the California Academy of Sciences Home, Located in San Francisco

55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118


Monday to Saturday 9:30 am - 5 pm

Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

Nightlife (21+)  Thurs 6 pm - 10 pm

NightLife VIP Experience (21+): Behind-the-Scenes Tour, Two Cocktails & Snacks, & Reservation for Planetarium Show - $72.25 (when I checked, could change)


The "Must Have" Fried Chicken from Brenda's Meat & Three Located in San Francisco California

Brenda's Meat & Three

919 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94115


Daily 8 am - 9 pm

Order Online: Yes

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Crawfish Beignets (starter): Spiced with Cayenne, Scallions, & Cheddar $15.00

Brenda's Fried Chicken: Breast, Wing, and Biscuit $13.00

Big Mama's Spicy Chicken Sandwich: Spicy Fried Chicken on a Toasted Bun with Mayo, Dill Pickles, Lettuce & Tomato. Choice of Fries, Cole Slaw or Green Salad $17.50

Brenda's Fried Seafood Po' Boy: Choose from Cornmeal-Fried Shrimp or Catfish, with Lettuce, Tomato & Chipotle Rémoulade $19.50

Granny Smith Apple Beignets (dessert): Sweetened with Cinnamon Honey Butter $12.00

The Fried Chicken is a Winner Here

The Coal-Fired Gotham Pie at Tony's Pizza Napoletana Located in San Francisco California

Tony's Pizza Napoletana

1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Meatball Gigante (only make 25 per day): Marinara, Pecorino, & Parsley $18.00

Cal Italia Pizza: Asiago, Mozzarella, Italian Gorgonzola, Croatian Sweet Fig Preserve, Prosciutto di Parma,  Parmigiano, Balsamic Reduction, No Sauce $30.00

Margherita Pizza: Dough Finished by Hand Using Caputo Blue Flour then Proofed in Napoletana Wood Boxes, San Marzano Tomatoes D.O.P., Sea Salt, Mozzarella Fior di Latte, Fresh Basil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil $26.00

Pizza Porto: Portuguese Chorizo, Nduja, Micro Greens, Mozzarella, Topo São Jorge Cheese, Port Reduction,  Crema di Port, Smoked Sea Salt $29.00

Coal Fired New Yorker Pizza: Avorio Mozzarella, Hand Crushed Tomato Sauce, Cup & Char Pepperoni, Sliced Italian Fennel Sausage, Calabrese Sausage, Ricotta, Chopped Garlic & Oregano $35.00


Mon & Tues: Noon - 9:30 pm

Weds, Thurs: Noon - 10 pm

Fri & Sat: Noon - 11 pm

Sunday: Noon - 10:30 pm

The Blueberry Morning Ice Cream from Bi-Rite Creamery Located in San Francisco California

Bi-Rite Creamery

3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Sample of the Ice Cream Flavors (12.13.22)

  • Meyer Lemon Rosemary Crumble

  • Roasted Banana

  • Salted Caramel (most popular)

  • Birthday Cake

  • Caramel Chocolate Crunch

  • Honey Lavender


Daily: Noon - 9 pm

Places to Stay

FYI: The hotel prices are estimated and will most likely fluctuate since I looked them up on their website.  I will keep them updated the best I can every three months.  I look for the cheapest available room, usually a queen bed. I typically look at book rates two months in advance and in the middle of the month to get average rates. Reminder: It is an ESTIMATE

Fairmont San Francisco

  • Located at the Top of Nob Hill and Offers the Best View of San Francisco and the Bay

  • Food/Drink Options: Laurel Court (California Coastal Menu), Afternoon Tea (delicate pastries & tea), and Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar (world-famous tiki venue)

  • Who is this for: People that Like a Classy Stay, Business Travelers, Bee Lovers, Wine Experts, Wedding Planners, and People who want a View of San Francisco

The Exterior of Fairmont San Francisco Hote

950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)

Queen Room in Nov 22' - $399

Queen Room in Feb 24' - $244

Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco

  • Located within Walking Distance of Oracle Park, Chinatown, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

  • History: Established in 1875, the Palace was San Francisco's First Premier Luxury Hotel and the Largest in the World

  • Food/Drinks Options: Pied Piper (Famous Whiskey/Burger Combo) and Garden Court (afternoon tea & lunch)

  • Who is this for: People that Like Hotels that Win a Bunch of Awards, Baseball Fans with Big Wallets, People that Like to Stay in Classy Historic Buildings, San Francisco Explorers, Wedding Planners, and Foodies

The View of the Room at Palace Hotel Located in San Francisco California

2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)

King Room in Nov 22' - $312

King Room in Feb 23' - $299

King Room in Feb 24' - $275

21 and up fun

The Cryo Chemistry Brew from Barebottle Brewing Company Located in San Francisco California

Barebottle Brewing Company

1525 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110


Galaxy Dust: IPA - Tropical/Peach | 6.5% ABV

Royale with Nelson: IPA - Hazy | 6.4% ABV

Unicorn Dust: Hazy IPA - Peach, Blueberry, & Tangerine | 6.7% ABV

Citra Powered Jetpack: IPA - Imperial/Double | 8.9% ABV

Scurvy Fighter: Pale Ale | 5.6% ABV

Shred Detective: Hazy IPA | 6.7% ABV

Hours (1.6.24):

Mon to Thurs Noon - 10 pm

Fri & Sat Noon - 11 pm

Sunday Noon - 9 pm

Jan. Highlight: Try the Very Best Bad Things, Hazy Double IPA

Food Menu: Food Trucks

The Flight Test, Hazy IPA from Black Hammer Brewing Located in San Francisco California

Black Hammer Brewing

544 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94107


Sparkle Pony: Belgian Blonde | 6.9% ABV | 24 IBU

Nectar of Life: Kolsch | 5.0% ABV | 27 IBU

Cuddle Puddle: Hazy IPA | 6.1% ABV | 17 IBU

Pastel Pink: Cherry Vanilla Berliner-Weisse | 5.6% ABV | 15 IBU

Puck Futin: Ukrainian Anti-Imperial Stout | 9.0% ABV | 45 IBU

Hella Sexy: Helles Lager | 5.0% ABV | 19 IBU


Mon to Thurs Noon - 10 pm

Fri & Sat Noon - 11 pm

Sunday Noon - 9 pm

Food Menu: ?

 Again these are just few of my picks that fit my personality and interest. If you feel that I left one-off that may interest me or other people, message me on Facebook about the location.  I value a person's opinion and never just discard the information.  Always looking forward to learning about new places to add to my Google Map. ~ Shawn

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