City Spotlight: 24 Hours in San Francisco

At Hipmunk, we’re proud to call San Francisco home. Here’s our guide to exploring our beautiful City by the Bay, all in 24 hours: it’s a jam-packed day, but you’ll love every minute!

5:30 AM: Sunrise in Twin Peaks

To make the most of a 24-hour stay, rise early to see the sunrise from an elevation of over 920 feet. Twin Peaks is the second-highest point in the city, offering incredible 180-degree views of the Bay Area, including the Golden Gate Bridge and other major city landmarks. It’s a beautiful spot to see skyline views, and there’s no better time than sunrise. Stop by to relax, snap photos, and take in the beauty of the City by the Bay. Just don’t forget a jacket—Twin Peaks gets windy!

10:00 AM: Brunch in Noe Valley

After taking your time to explore Twin Peaks, walk slightly east to nearby Noe Valley. A laid-back and family-friendly neighborhood in central San Francisco, Noe Valley is a great place to score a delicious brunch. Walking the area’s main street reveals a great selection of cafes, bistros and coffee shops nestled alongside fun clothing boutiques and bookstores. Try Chloe’s Cafe at 1399 Church Street or Griddle Fresh at 4007 24th Street for a delicious morning wake-up call.

1:00 PM: Hiking in the Presidio

The Presidio, particularly its Pacific coast side, is a can’t-miss destination for some of the most beautiful hiking the city has to offer. Miles of hiking trails cross through woods, over hills, and even under the Golden Gate bridge, while numerous scenic overlooks offer incredible views of the Presidio scenery and the city itself. We recommend ending a hike at Crissy Field, a beautiful park on the waterfront with views of the Golden Gate and the Marin Headlands.

4:00 PM: Shopping on Union Street

Take a stroll down Union Street to browse block after block of local boutiques and shops. With its high concentration of independent and locally owned stores, this is the place to find unique items away from chain retailers. When you’ve exhausted the area’s dozens of shops, stop for a cup of coffee or a drink in one of the numerous coffee shops and bars lining the street. The area’s architecture is a sightseeing bonus!

7:00 PM: Dinner in the Mission

Grab a quick BART detour to The Mission, home of hipster vibes and trendy restaurants galore. There’s something for every taste and preference here—a walk up Valencia Street reveals everything from Indian buffets to Mediterranean-inspired tapas. Check out Delfina at 3621 18th Street for incredible Italian, or stop by Foreign Cinema at 2534 Mission Street for innovative American fare. If you’re in the mood for something cheap and filling, there’s always the Mission’s legendary burritos: Try El Farolito at 2779 Mission Street.

9:00 PM: Live Music

After dark, San Francisco is home to a thriving nightlife scene that deserves a post-dinner stop! Walk a few quick blocks to The Chapel, a new live music venue and neighborhood bar located at 777 Valencia Street. The venue occupies a newly renovated 1914 building that’s a destination in and of itself. To check out a legendary performance space, head up to The Fillmore at 1805 Geary Street. A San Francisco destination for decades, The Fillmore has hosted music legends the likes of James Brown, Tina Turner and The Grateful Dead.

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