Top Spots to Experience Views & Food in San Francisco

Fall may mean apple picking, pumpkin patches and breezy air across the country; however, in Northern California the turn from September to October symbolizes a few weeks of sunshine, warm temperatures and the opportunity to go outside and explore without fear of Karl the Fog. Take advantage of the sunshine and work up an appetite with one of San Francisco’s many city hikes and then check-out nearby restaurants and watering holes. Lace up your hiking shoes and charge your phone because you’re about to get some Insta-worthy views and food in San Francisco.
Views from San Francisco from twin-peaksTwin Peaks
It’s classic for a reason. One of the most beloved hikes in the city, Twin Peaks is favored amongst tourists and locals. It’s sweeping views and relatively easy climb means it can get pretty crowded. However, follow an insiders tip and skip the Christmas Tree Point entrance and climb up Eureka Peak to take in stunning views without the fanny pack clad tourists.
Where to eat and drink nearby:
Head to the tiny Pomelo Restaurant in the Inner Sunset on Judah St. featuring an eclectic menu of Asian and European dishes. Try the Koh Samui – a spicy coconut curry with long beans and chicken over Jasmin rice, it’s especially comforting on a foggy evening. If you’re looking for an award-winning Bloody Mary and a nice table outside, head to Finnegan’s Wake in Cole Valley.
Views of San Francisco from the bayside-trail
Bayside Trail
From the Batteries to the Bluffs, the Bayside Trail is less than a mile but you’ll still get your sweat on since it’s jammed pack with tons of stairs. Not to worry, roundtrip this hike offers countless views from the Golden Gate Bridge to sea lions hanging around the coast. We’d be remiss not to mention the history of the Bayside Trail. The hike kicks off at an old lighthouse that used to be a searchlight shelter during World War I and II. Keep your eyes open for rabbits, hummingbirds and the occasional gray fox!
Where to eat and drink nearby:
Louis’ Restaurant is a classic diner that has great views of the ocean and a good breakfast and burger option, the fish n’ chips are also pretty tasty. It’s not flashy like the Cliff House next door, but the views are just as nice and price tag is a little easier on the wallet. If you’re looking to enjoy your post hike on the lawn with a cold beer and some snacks, go to Park Chalet adjacent to the Windmill at Golden Gate Park.
Views of San Francisco from Kirby Cove
Kirby Cove
As we swing into fall, we must mention Kirby Cove. Best known for its swing above the bay, Kirby Cove remains one of the ultimate hiking destinations just north of the city. Autumn is the ideal time to visit Kirby Cove, take a look up and scan the skies for migrating hawks, falcons and other birds. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, trek the steep trail directly to the cove and explore a grove of cypress, eucalyptus and pine trees. The views of San Francisco from the swing are gorgeous.
Where to eat and drink nearby:
Balboa Cafe Mill Valley (BCMV) is the next town over just a short distance from Sausalito located in the bucolic town of Mill Valley at the base of Mt. Tamalpais. Chef Howard Ko brings the fresh flavors of California to its modern American Bistro menu. BCMV offers the most exciting wine and cocktail experience in Mill Valley with unrivaled selections of premium spirits and an extensive collection of wine that is selected to complement Chef Howard Ko’s menu. View Menu

Views of San Francisco from Coit Tower

Coit Tower
You can’t talk about views in San Francisco without featuring the iconic Coit Tower perched above North Beach/Telegraph Hill neighborhood. Some may it’s a tourist trap but if you avoid the actual tower and find a perch along the edge of the hill, you’ll get to experience some of the most scenic views of the Bay and the Financial District.
Where to eat and drink nearby:
Grab a square slice at Golden Boy Pizza (the clam and the combo are favorites) on Green St. between Columbus and Grant and take it to go for a nice picnic while you enjoy the view at Coit Tower or saddle up to the bar and get a glimpse of old San Francisco with a dash of punk.  If you’re looking to rest your aching feet after a day of walking, pop into Orginal Joe’s for a full Italian-American meal featuring reasonably priced cocktails, wines on tap and big comfy booths. We recommend sitting in the bar to experience some local flavor.


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