There are so many superlatives for San Francisco, they can’t all fit in 1 post. So here is the continuation from Part 1 of the 2016 Best of San Francisco By Billy Awards!
If there’s any city known for its views, it’s San Francisco.
Best at Making Me Feel Like I’m Back in Europe
It’s no surprise that North Beach, San Francisco’s Italian district, has the most European flavor.
Best at Making Me Feel Like I’m Back in Asia
It’s no surprise where the place in San Francisco most reminiscent of Asia is.
I couldn’t get a picture of one other spot that made me feel like I was back in Asia. That’s the giant Buddha inside Gump’s, a high-end department store near Union Square that specializes in Asian furnishings. I stopped by there on Day 3.
Best at Making Me Feel Like I’m Somewhere I Haven’t Really Explored Yet
I spent most of Day 4 is the Mission, San Francisco’s Latino district. One place in particular transported to Latin America.
Best Secrets and Hidden Treasures
These are the spots that are off the beaten tourist path. There are a lot of these. I had to whittle them down to several. (In chronological order.)
San Francisco’s Whackiest
And in San Francisco, that’s saying a lot. In other words, only in San Francisco! (In chronological order.)
Biggest Tourist Traps
Lots of people go here. You don’t have to.
Best Ice Cream
Best Ice Cream: Humphrey Slocombe. Weird and wonderful! (Day 4)
Runner-Up: Mitchell’s Ice Cream. A VERY close 2nd. (Day 7)
Honorable Mention: Joe’s Ice Cream. Who knew there was such good ice cream in San Francisco’s western wilds? (Day 5)
Honorable Mention: Gelateria Naio. When American-style ice cream just isn’t what you’re looking for and only gelato will do. (Day 2)
Best Shopping: Gump’s. This classic San Francisco establishment off Union Square was founded in 1861 to provide high-end goods to Gold Rush millionaires. Gump’s specializes in goods imported from East Asia. (Day 3)
Runner-Up: Alexander Book Company. Get lost here for a while. Just off Market Street in SoMa. (Day 3)
San Francisco. Do you love it or what!