Updated: Aug 9, 2019
On your first day, I always recommend heading out to see some of SF's top attractions. This day takes you to the Golden Gate Bridge in the morning to see this amazing structure. You will get the chance to walk across the bridge, get some great views, and visit its mini-museum.
Your day continues with a walk along Crissy Field. This lovely walk offers you sweeping views of the SF Bay and Alcatraz.
The path along Crissy Field ends at one of my favorite spots in SF, the Palace of Fine Arts. This free attraction will only take a few minutes to admire, but it's worth a visit.
You will then head to Fort Mason and Ghirardelli Square, where you can enjoy the Hyde St Pier and some ice cream at the old chocolate factory.
Fisherman's Wharf to check out its museums, restaurants, and shopping.
Your day continues with a casual dinner in North Beach, where you can have some amazing pizza at Tony's Pizza in Washington Square. In addition to pizza, they also offer sandwiches and salads. You can then enjoy your meal outside in the mini-park right in front of the restaurant. Or you can also go for the more american version of dinner and have a Cheesesteak at Buster's in Columbus Av.
You can start your morning with a cable car ride to the top of Lombard Street in Russian Hill. Taking the Powell/Hyde cable car is the easiest way to get here from either Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square.
Once you arrive at Lombard Street, spend a little time at the top soaking in the views. You can then walk down the stairways and sidewalk to the bottom for the best view of this crooked street. It's best to visit this attraction in the morning as this is when the sun is shining on it.
Your next stop today is at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company, in Chinatown. This small attraction is one of the only places where fortune cookies are still handmade.
The owners allow you to step inside for a peek at their process. You can take a picture ($1 each). If you want, you can also buy a bag of cookies made in this factory.
The Fortune Cookie Company is at 56 Ross Alley.
By this time, I'm sure you will be ready for a fun lunch. I recommend grabbing some Dim Sum in Chinatown. There are a number of great places to eat and most are very inexpensive.
Dim Sum is small quantities of Chinese food. This allows you to order a large variety of items so you can sample quite a few traditional Chinese dishes. A couple of very recommendable places to try would be Little Szechuan at 501 Broadway St or China Live at 644 Broadway St.
Starting the afternoon I recommend walking all Grant street towards Union Square and get buses 21 or 5 at Market street all the way to Alamo Square to visit the famous Painted Ladies.
I would end the day having a nice evening stroll in Hayes valley and going for an ice cream at the most famous ice cream shop in San Francisco: Salt & Straw