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Nicholas Kontis

About Me
My name is Nicholas Kontis, and I am a travel journalist, analyst, author, industry insider . I love living in San Francisco, California because we change the world. My city also just happens to be perhaps the most European city in the U.S., with 43 hills, one of the world's great more/less
You have to go to
Too many to name. Surely, the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower and Lombard Street.
Here's one fun activity you can do
Walking through Pacific Heights, marveling at the 10 million plus dollar mansions, coffee in hand, to the Lyon Street steps, where the sweeping views of SF Bay onward to Sausalito and Marin Country are breathtaking. Continue on to Union Street to meet the vibrant locals.
Don't forget to check out one of my favorite places
Telegraph Hill and the steps leading down to the Embarcadero. This is where the famous parrots of Telegraph Hill reside. While not large as Golden Gate Park, Buena Vista Park in the Haight is a special spot. Climb to the top of the park and view San Francisco from downtown to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Enjoy a meal at my favorite restaurant
You're talking about perhaps the most foodie city on the planet. Steak Rossini at Harris' - now that Foie Gras is again legal. This is a must. Lobster Thermidor at Tadich Grill, Burger at Joe's, burrito at La Taqueria, Pizza at Golden Boy. Give me an hour, and I'll name a 100 places not to miss a meal in my city by the bay.
Here's a doable bucket list for you to do in one day
If on a Saturday...

1. Head to the Farmer's Market at the Ferry Building. I still say that our farmer's market rivals any U.S. city, then enjoy Dum Sum at Yang Sing.

2. Then make your way to Golden Gate Park (bike to it if you can). In my opinion, our Golden Gate Park beats out Central Park as the best city park of all US cities. End up on the beach and have a bite at the Beach Chalet, the patio dining area is actually in the park. The DeYoung Museum and Aquarium is located in the park, too. The historic Cliff House is also on the beach (a great venue for a cocktail).

3. Work your way around the perimeter of the city, which is easily managed by bike, traversing another gem, the Presidio to the Golden Gate Bridge, eventually stopping for cocktails in the Marina/Cow Hollow Districts.

4. Travel back along the Embarcadero and consider dinner in North Beach. Try Original Joe's, an old locals' favorite. If in Chinatown, Human Homes is an excellent choice. If downtown, Boulevard and Perbecco or Kokkari for Greek treats with a touch a French fusion. For the hipsters, head to the Mission. 16th & Valencia has some of the best bars in the city, and a vibrant crowd is guaranteed, even on a Monday. Try the Peruvian fare at Limon Restaurant, or grab a burrito from La Taqueria, 26th and Mission.
My extra insider tip for you is
Watch the sun rise high on top of the city at Twin Peaks lookout point. Watch the sun set over the Golden Gate Bridge at Crissy Field or at Fort Point, where you can surf the bay, or at least watch the surfers. For excellent Chinese cuisine try Clement Street. Some may call Clement Street our lesser known, second Chinatown. Catch a view of the city from the Top of Mark in Nob Hill, where crooner Tony Bennett used to hang out.
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