There is a special air in the environment; might come from some toxic emissions countless hybrid cars parading through the streets or perhaps the echo from the bells of trams, are still perform its romantic city tours. It could even be that the undulating topography issues a special vibe, which puts this city as one of the most visits on the west coast and across the United States.
Despite the steep climbs and descents, San Francisco is a city designed for pedestrians and cyclists; even the iconic Golden Gate Bridge can be best seen from ground level.
Know it on foot is not a solution, but it is one of the only ways to really know. Lost in Chinatown, shortly after to find, a few meters, the Japantown (the largest and oldest of all United States) is a fun way to find a restaurant to taste a dish purely Asian without any artifice Western gastronomic.
From the posters in Korean, to televisions that tuned MTV-K, all can be difficult to find a way to communicate what you want to eat; while in grocery stores can be achieved Giant squid or strange beverages in more exotic packaging.
A couple of blocks away, there is one of the most interesting avenues and areas to roam. The area framed by the Fillmore district can be considered a small Californian Soho, ie a much lighter than New York, where the clash of different cultures leads to an area full of restaurants, bars and boutiques, which are developed to along this avenue of irregular topography. For a decade, the district has worked to rescue the jazz culture of the ’40s, when the Fillmore Center attracted the likes of Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. In echoes of the jazz festival -which is held every summer- still manage to hear the trumpets and saxophones in the past put this revitalized area on the map bound San Francisco.
A CITY OF ADVANCED
It’s hard not to fall in comparison with New York, at least in the sense that San Francisco is the cultural mecca of the western side of the country, which suggests that it is no coincidence that the headquarters of technology companies in the world, that, certainly makes it an economic center of astronomical proportions. To keep the resonance, San Francisco also has its prominent Museum of Modern Art, SFMoMA, which like its namesake in Manhattan has an amazing collection of art in a building no less impressive, designed by Mario Botta.
The SFMoMA spill is part of a cultural, located in Yerbabuena Gardens, which is also the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the MoCFA (Museum of Craft and Folk Art) and the monument of Martin Luther King.
Other neighborhood that cannot go unnoticed is the Castro, where the activist was originally immortalized by Sean Penn, Harvey Milk. Full of folklore, Castro is no longer a neighborhood for the middle class, but the home of diversity in which everything can be seen.
A walk through the beautiful Golden Gate Park concludes the obvious comparisons with the East. There was Kezar Stadium, home of the 49ers and the Raiders, in the 60, but it was demolished for a new smaller stadium.
One of the icons of this park is the Japanese Tea Garden, no doubt, this is one of the most spiritual. Museums, lakes and lots of people running around are other attractions that make it a must stop.
In business district is the only area in the city where skyscrapers can be found, that while a little break with the aesthetic, industrial architecture shows that it is not forgotten here.
Market Street is local shelters of the leading brands in the world as a destination for shopping lovers.
Finally, sites like Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square are part of the tourist sites cliche that if there is not enough time, can be forgotten and exchanged for a couple of days, for touring the mountainous and irregular cityscape Bay.