Jet Destination

Check off San Francisco from your bucket list.人生必去之处——旧金山。

Jet Asia Pacific - - Contents - Text by Joyce Yip

When speaking of San Francisco, its descriptions almost always precede with extremes: most expensive city in the States; most popular American destination among international visitors; heart of the US movie industry loved by blockbuster gurus like Alfred Hitchcock, Clint Eastwood and Francis Ford Coppola; and home to the most crooked street in the world – Lombard.

It’s not hard to see why The Golden City has a big following. With bearable annual precipitation, an eclectic mix of cultures and Napa Valley located just two hours away, it has the perfect mix of art, food, wine, fashion, and Silicone-valley wit.

Shopaholics of all appetites can find their calling here: whether it’s Vogue-worthy style on Market Street; 1920s vintage glasses at Hayes Valley; independent bookstores and vinyl shops around the Haight-ashbury block; or down Valencia Street for a good mix of thrift goods, home-grown brands and boutiques that sell designer labels alongside US$5 homemade masala chai teas in brown paper cups.

For food, most restaurants live up to their expectation provided that you’ve done your research, but don’t leave Fog City without living through the authentic Cali-mex experience in The Mission District – a graffiti-plastered neighbourhood buzzing with hipster vibes. Tacos and quesadillas are absolutely scrumptious and for a nominal price so long as you can direct your focus onto the cute jukebox against the wall and away from grease-stained glass, sticky metal trays and clouds of napkins around the garbage bin. But hey, anything for authentic grub, right foodies?

Craft beer-junkies are also in luck, with the Danish Mikkeller Bar smacked right in the city centre. Or unleash your inner child a few blocks down in Brewcade, which serves 25 craft beers on draft and almost the equal number of arcade games so you can finally blame your night of inebriation on something aside from college-grade debaucheries like flip cup and beer pong.

Lonely Planet will tell you to cycle to The Golden Gate Bridge, head to Fisherman’s Wharf for clam chowder then to the Farmers’ Market at Ferry Building, and book a day out to Alcatraz. Those feeling cultured can even mix up their schedules with art exhibitions ranging from Picasso at the SFMOMA to Mickey Mouse at the Walt Disney Family Museum.

But before you dive into your itinerary, start off with a trek up the 210ft Coit Tower not just for a panorama of the city – because that’s what rooftop bars are for – but to meet the local guide up top. No fret, an elevator does most of the climbing, so you can use that effort to pray you’ll meet a chatty guide, who may tell you why Lombard Street was designed with eight hairpin turns, point out the spires of Saints Peter and Paul Church where Marilyn Monroe and Joe Dimaggio got hitched, or simply offer a personal list of best coffee joints.

With shop, sup and sightseeing settled, the challenge while travelling to the State’s most expensive city is stay. This year, San Francisco saw a number of exciting openings and equally captivating renovations: here are a few of our favourites.


Located in the Haslett Warehouse in Fisherman’s Wharf, the Argonaut tips the hat to San Francisco’s gold-rush days with nautical elements like Douglas Fir beams and exposed brick. Rooms are awash in varying shades of blue and are decked in seafaring décor like life rings and wooden anchors. A stone’s throw from chocolate factory Ghirardelli Square and the waterfront, the hotel offers two-hour complimentary electric scooter or bicycle rental and, on weekends, guided historic waterfront tours with a National Park Ranger.

Skip the lines at Fisherman’s Wharf and opt for one of three clam chowders at Argonaut’s newly renovated in-house restaurant Blue Mermaid, which also doubles as a bar with big screen TVS ideal for game nights. For a more eventful evening, head next door to The Cannery where live bands play throughout. Those travelling with kids can also look out for the San Francisco Fire Engine Tour there, which, for twice a day, takes visitors through the Presido and across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito on an open-air vintage fire truck.






《Lonely Planet》旅行指南会介绍您骑自行车游览金门大桥,到渔人码头喝蛤蜊浓汤,然后参观渡轮大厦的农夫市场,再预留一天登上恶魔岛。想感受文化气息的游客,甚至可以在行程上加上一些文化节目,比如到旧金山现代艺术博物馆欣赏毕加索的艺术展览,以至到华特迪士尼家族博物馆探访米老鼠,体验旧金山的各种不同魅力。





避开渔人码头长长的人龙,在淘金者酒店新装修的酒店餐厅Blue Mermaid品尝三款蛤蜊浓汤。餐厅晚上会化身成为酒吧,设有大屏幕电视,最适合观赏晚间球赛。想享受更丰富精彩的晚上活动,可以前往隔壁的The Cannery欣赏现场乐队演奏。带孩子旅行的游客,也可以参加每天举行两次的旧金山消防车冒险之旅,游客可以乘坐复古开篷消防车,经过要塞公园,驶越金门大桥,前往索萨利托小镇。

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