So where to start? For a sense of context, visit the original
hippy commune of Haight-Ashbury (now, ironically, full of chic
boutiques that would have produced mutters of 'commercialism, man'
back in the 60s). Next stop might be The Mission, a neighbourhood
that's become home to hipsters, and consequently craft beer
breweries and achingly cool restaurants.
You can work off the over-eating by walking up the extremely
steep (and winding) Lombard Street in the Russian Hill district
made famous by Steve McQueen's epic car chase in Bullitt before
hitting the waterfront to meet those iconic sea lions or browse the
stalls at the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market. Finally, there's a
strong chance of bumping into a twentysomething tech billionaire in
Mid-Market, home to Instagram and Twitter and now a major rival to
Silicon Valley as the city reinvents itself once again.