Lifestyle, Travel

Hidden Gems in San Francisco

June 13, 2016
Happy weekend beautiful people. As you guys know from the previous post, I’m still in Northern California visiting my family. I must say I was lucky enough to live in San Francisco for seven years, and still get to go there at least every two months to visit my parents. Even though, SF is geographically only 49 square miles, it is such a “huge” city in terms of attraction and amenities. My family and friends who are not from California always ask me where to go when they visit San Francisco. I always try to write down the common places they can visit when they go there like Golden Gate and Bay Bridge, Union Square, China Town, Financial District, Golden Gate Park, Pier 39, Alcatraz, North Beach, and Lombard Street. Since these places are very common to visit, I will not mention them in this post, but instead I would like to recommend some of the hidden places in the city that I’m obsessed with. Keep that in mind these places are not all the attractions, so that means there are lot more places to go in the city beside the ones I’m mentioning here.
Okay, now let’s jump in to it:
  • The 16th Ave Stair Case

16th ave staircase San Francisco

This staircase is 163 steps of mosaic tiles, hidden in the sunset district of San Francisco.
  • Defenestration 


Furnitures have crawled out of the vacant Hugo Hotel at Sixth and Howard.
  • Land’s End 


It has the most amazing view of the pacific ocean.
  • Camera Obscura & Holograph Collection 

Camera obscura san francisco

Based on 15th century design by Leonardo da Vinci, which produces 360 degrees of spectacular live Images of the Seal Rock area.
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

San Francisco carnivorous plants Nepenthes pitcher plants- beautiful killers

SF Consevatory of flowers

This greenhouse and botanical garden was built in 1878. It houses a collection of rare and exotic plants.
  • Albion Castle 

Albion Castle

A 140 year old Castle with underground caves.
  • Garden of Fragrance

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Designed in 1965 for handicapped people and the visually impaired. The garden is designed to allow a full experience through smell and touch.
  • 450 Shutter Street 



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It is a 26 floor building nested in financial district of San Francisco, which is bright like a jewel in the city.
  • The Parrots of Telegraph Hill 

    the parrots of telegraph hill
    Staircase winds down the side of telegraph hill through gardens, wild parrots flying overhead.
  • Yoda Fountain 

Yoda-FountainThe Star Wars fountain with the bronze topping was installed in 2005.
  • Forbes Island 

Forbes Island Forbes Island 2

In 1975, a millionaire houseboat designer created floating man-made island and upscale restaurant in the San Francisco Bay in Sausalito. The island is a massive creation which was even featured on “ Lifestyles of the rich and famous.” The underwater dining room is decorated in Victorian style with aperture windows gazing in the murky water.
  • Japanese Tea Garden 

Japanese Tea Graden Japanese_Tea_Garden,_San_Francisco

The 1894 Midwinter Exposition continues to delight visitors today. It is the oldest garden in the USA.
  • Wood Line

wood line

It is a man-made eucalyptus grove. The woods that cover San Francisco’s Presidio are only a little over century old, planted in the late 19th century by the U.S. Army.
  • San Francisco’s Cable Car Museum

Sf cable car musuem

It is a whirring powerhouse that offers a subterranean peek into the heart and soul of cable car operations.
  • Place of Fine Arts

Palace of fine art

It is the last remaining relic of San Francisco’s dazzling 1915 Panama Pacific Exhibition.
  • Lotta’s Fountain

Lotta's Fountain

It is San Francisco’s oldest surviving monument for 1906 survivors. The fountain is a twenty-four-foot cast iron sculpture.
  • Hotel Vertigo

Hotel Vertigo hotel vertigo sf

It is a historic hotel that was once used in a Hitchcock film.
  • Treasure Island

Treasure IslandIt is a man-made island that originally constructed as an airport for “flying boats”.
  • The “Full house” House

Full-House The full houseThis private residence was the template for one of the most beloved television homes ever. Also, now it is on market for about 4 million dollars if you are interested to buy. 🙂
  • Hotaling Whiskey Warehouse

Hotaling Whiskey Warehouse

hotaling whiskey sfThe largest whiskey stash on the West Coast survived the 1906 fires. One important building survived the 1906 earthquake, the one holding all the whiskey.
  • Murphy Windmill

murphy windmill The WindmillOnce the largest windmill outside of Holland, with enormous 114 foot sails.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post.
Until Then,




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