Discover San Francisco with Florent, our AirFrance pilot!

A popular tourist destination, San Francisco is known for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, and landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, the former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, Fisherman’s Wharf, and its Chinatown district. Let’s hear more about San Francisco from one of our colleagues this time.


“Hello, I’m Florent and here are a few things about me: I am a first officer at Air France since 2012. I live in Paris and I am always looking for new places to discover. I am interested in mostly everything; from famous monuments, crowded bars and restaurants to wild and remote landscapes…So far I had a chance to visit most of the capitals of Europe cities and I’m planning my second round-the-world trip for next winter! My backpack always ready to go!
Writing an article about SFO is not an easy thing to do. There are so many things to do and see that I really don’t know where to start. Probably some of you would know many other addresses which deserve to be seen also, but here are a few ones that I chose.


“Once you are there, you have many things to do but first you have to enjoy an Irish coffee. It’s always a good time for an Irish coffee!”


First of all, it’s impossible to talk about SFO without mentioning the famous “Cable Cars”. I would suggest to take the “Powell-Hyde” line from Powell and take the ride to the very end at Hyde & Beach St station near Fisherman’s Wharf. Once you are there, you have many things to do but first, you have to enjoy an Irish coffee. It’s always a good time for an Irish coffee! Many Irish people settled in this neighbourhood in the early 1950 and the place became famous for its Irish coffees. The best one is definitely at Buena Vista (corner of Hyde and Beach streets) and the show behind the bar is really worth a stop. It’s so famous that people don’t even bother to say the place’s full name. “Meet me at the BV” is enough! Back to Fisherman’s Wharf, enjoy a walk in its street full of souvenir shops, bars, restaurants, coffee shop etc… You can find delicious ice creams at Ghirardelli or Norman’s Ice Cream & Freezes, but you may have to wait 30 min to get one. Another interesting part around is the Pier 39; a colony of seals decided to settle in 1989 and forced boat owners to move to another pier. Now it’s a preserved place for seals and you can see them just from 10 meters away.


“You can really imagine how hard life must have been in those war machines…”


Another very interesting place to visit in this area is the USS PAMPANITO. A true World War 2 submarine dropped anchor at Fisherman’s Wharf. You can really imagine how hard life must have been in those war machines… Claustrophobics have to stay out! From the missiles rooms to the kitchen and the command post, you will see everything! Great experience! Just next to that stands, there is the Arcade Games Museum with free entrance. A hangar full of cold, wooden, weird, funny games! They are still working, so just for a few coins, you can have some fun!

Finally, another place that really worth a stop is the Haight Ashbury and the Painted Ladies. Two close neighbourhoods where you can enjoy a walk, stop at some bars and coffee shops and do shopping in the weird thrift shops. It is a very nice place to chill with many colourful houses, just nearby one of the biggest park in the city (Golden Gate Park). The Haight Street is where 1967 summer of love took place. Thousands of young people coming from all over the country to have a taste of this new drug-love culture. You can still see the clock is permanently set to 4:20 at the corner of Haight and Ashbury streets.”

As you can see, there are many things to do in SFO whether you like museums, culture, nature, bars, restaurants or anything else… You’ll find it there! So take a flight and enjoy!


And if you want another destination, you can always read the travel guide we wrote about Amsterdam



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