THINGS TO DO

Do it like a local – we’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to conquer the city of San Francisco. Fortunately, our hotel is a short walk from popular tourist attractions like the Powell and Market Cable Car.

San Francisco Union Square

Union Square

For high-end shopping, you need go no further than Union Square where you can find classic American department stores such as Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Westfield San Francisco Centre. Going shopping in Union ...

Union Square

For high-end shopping, you need go no further than Union Square where you can find classic American department stores such as Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Westfield San Francisco Centre. Going shopping in Union Square is one of the best things to do in San Francisco on cold, foggy days. Union Square is a 5-minute drive or a 15-minute walk from YOTEL San Francisco. 

San Francisco View

Historic cable cars

Cable cars are a historic symbol recognised around the globe and offer real working transportation up the steep hills of San Francisco. Since the 1870’s, the cable cars begin their runs at 6am and continue until midnight. From ...

Historic cable cars

Cable cars are a historic symbol recognised around the globe and offer real working transportation up the steep hills of San Francisco. Since the 1870’s, the cable cars begin their runs at 6am and continue until midnight. From Union Square to the crest of Nob Hill, cable cars offer a thrilling way to move with the City. A ride on San Francisco’s cable cars may be the most iconic and memorable activities of your entire trip to California. The closest stop to catch the Cable Car line is at Powell and Market Street, a 10-minute walk from YOTEL San Francisco. 

Hotel San Francisco Trams

Hayes Valley

The Hayes Valley neighborhood is a unique shopping district with tree lined streets and cozy cafes. The famous Painted Ladies Victorian Houses i...

Hayes Valley

The Hayes Valley neighborhood is a unique shopping district with tree lined streets and cozy cafes. The famous Painted Ladies Victorian Houses in Alamo Square is worth stopping by for a selfie, this park is one of the most photographed spots in the city.  If you are a fan of handmade and vintage jewelry, Ver Unica and Lava 9 offer beautiful pieces to suit everyone. For sports and travel lovers, Marine Layer sells San Francisco-made sportswear, while Flight 001 offers trendy travel items.  Hayes Valley is a 5-minute drive or a 17-minute walk from YOTEL San Francisco. 

San Francisco Painted Ladies Houses

Mission District

The Mission District is known for it’s art and boutique shopping, offering handmade and crafted items along streets decorated with murals and graffiti art. Clarion and Balmy Alley are two epicenters of this style of street art....

Mission District

The Mission District is known for it’s art and boutique shopping, offering handmade and crafted items along streets decorated with murals and graffiti art. Clarion and Balmy Alley are two epicenters of this style of street art.  Valencia Street has a number of independent stores and vintage shops and we'd recommend fashion store Betabrand, nature curiosity shop Paxton Gate, and second-hand bookstore Dog Eared Books. Stop off at La Taqueria, a famed 50-year-old San Francisco eatery that provides all the taco and burrito dishes you could ever want to try. If you are travelling with kids, there is also the Bi-Rite Creamery, a delicious independent ice cream store, to keep them happy. Before you leave, walk over to the Southern end of Mission Dolores Park for some of the best views of the San Francisco skyline in the city.  The Mission District is a 10-minute drive or a 30-minute walk from YOTEL San Francisco.

San Francisco Haight and Ashbury

Haight and Ashbury

Fifty years later, the “Summer of Love” lives on throughout this charming neighborhood.  The Tie-Dyed roots of the Haight and Ashbury District are apparent in it’s many vintage shops and record stores.  This area is known as th...

Haight and Ashbury

Fifty years later, the “Summer of Love” lives on throughout this charming neighborhood.  The Tie-Dyed roots of the Haight and Ashbury District are apparent in it’s many vintage shops and record stores.  This area is known as the origin of hippie counterculture and a popular hangout for musicians like Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and the Grateful Dead in the 1960’s.  The Haight and Ashbury District is a 15-minute drive and 45-minute walk from YOTEL San Francisco. 

San Francisco Ferry Building

Ferry Building

Opened in 1898, the Ferry Building along San Francisco’s Embarcadero provides a distinctive marketplace for bringing together the Bay Area's agriculture wealth and renowned specialty food purveyors under one roof.  This marketp...

Ferry Building

Opened in 1898, the Ferry Building along San Francisco’s Embarcadero provides a distinctive marketplace for bringing together the Bay Area's agriculture wealth and renowned specialty food purveyors under one roof.  This marketplace is open seven days a week with a popular Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 8am – 2pm and on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 10am – 2pm.  The Ferry Building is a 10-minute drive or a 30-minute walk from YOTEL San Francisco.

San Francisco Alcatraz

Alcatraz

This small island is famed for its now-abandoned prison, which once held notable prisoners such as Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelley and Robert "The Birdman" Stroud. See the oldest operating lighthouse on the west coast as...

Alcatraz

This small island is famed for its now-abandoned prison, which once held notable prisoners such as Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelley and Robert "The Birdman" Stroud. See the oldest operating lighthouse on the west coast as well as the prison itself, which can be visited from the city via boat. Pier 33 to catch the ferry to Alcatraz is a 13-minute drive from YOTEL San Francisco.

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, Market street

Golden Gate Bridge

One of the best free things to do in San Francisco is to walk the nearly two-mile length of the Golden Gate Bridge. Suspended 200 feet above the Bay’s shining waters, you will see remarkable views of the city. Remember to take ...

Golden Gate Bridge

One of the best free things to do in San Francisco is to walk the nearly two-mile length of the Golden Gate Bridge. Suspended 200 feet above the Bay’s shining waters, you will see remarkable views of the city. Remember to take a jacket, as the winds can be very strong. The Golden Gate Bridge is a 15-minute drive from YOTEL San Francisco.

San Francisco Neighbourhood

The Presidio

Take a walk through San Francisco's military past at The Presidio, a post that has been in operation over 218 years. See the Letterman Army Hospital, the National Cemetery, the Pet Cemetery and the Officer's Club. There is also...

The Presidio

Take a walk through San Francisco's military past at The Presidio, a post that has been in operation over 218 years. See the Letterman Army Hospital, the National Cemetery, the Pet Cemetery and the Officer's Club. There is also the mile-long Lover's Lane, one of San Francisco’s oldest routes, on which soldiers journeyed to visit their loved ones in the city. The Presidio is a 17-minute drive from YOTEL San Francisco.

San Francisco City

Fisherman's Wharf

This popular tourist attraction covers most of the northern waterfront of San Francisco, spanning Ghirardelli Square to Pier 35. In the 1800s, this area was filled with fishermen selling their wares, and is still home to San Fr...

Fisherman's Wharf

This popular tourist attraction covers most of the northern waterfront of San Francisco, spanning Ghirardelli Square to Pier 35. In the 1800s, this area was filled with fishermen selling their wares, and is still home to San Francisco’s fishing fleet. Try the famed fresh seafood at the local restaurants, see the sea lion colony near Pier 39 and see decommissioned submarines and cargo ships. Fisherman's Wharf is an 11-minute drive from YOTEL San Francisco.

San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco Giants Basketball

This National League Baseball team plays at San Francisco’s AT&T Park regularly from April-September. The Giant’s have won the World Series Championship...

San Francisco Giants Basketball

This National League Baseball team plays at San Francisco’s AT&T Park regularly from April-September. The Giant’s have won the World Series Championship three times since 2010 and has one of the most beautiful ballparks in the country that overlooks the Bay Bridge. AT&T Park is a 10-minute drive or a 30-minute walk from YOTEL San Francisco.

San Francisco Giants Basketball

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Re-opened in 2016 after an extensive renovation, the SFMOMA includes 170,000 square feet of new and renovated galleries, enabling SFMOMA to display more of its outstanding holdings of more than 32,000 modern and contemporary ar...

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Re-opened in 2016 after an extensive renovation, the SFMOMA includes 170,000 square feet of new and renovated galleries, enabling SFMOMA to display more of its outstanding holdings of more than 32,000 modern and contemporary artworks by Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Chuck Close and numerous others. The SFMOMA is a 5-minute drive and 15-minute walk from YOTEL San Francisco.

San Francisco City Hall

City Hall

The City Hall of San Francisco is one of the United States’ most magnificent Beaux-Arts buildings and it is located in the Civic Center of San Francisco. The City Hall stands out for its dome, which is the fifth largest in the ...

City Hall

The City Hall of San Francisco is one of the United States’ most magnificent Beaux-Arts buildings and it is located in the Civic Center of San Francisco. The City Hall stands out for its dome, which is the fifth largest in the world.  Since 2016, the City Hall Dome and its façade are illuminated by a computer controlled LED lighting system with themed colors every night.  San Francisco City Hall is a short 5-minute walk from YOTEL San Francisco.

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Views

Golden Gate City Park

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is over 1,000 acres of land and 20% larger than Central Park in New York City.  This extensive stretch of nature has many gardens and museums to enjoy.  See fine art at the de Young Museum or ma...

Golden Gate City Park

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is over 1,000 acres of land and 20% larger than Central Park in New York City.  This extensive stretch of nature has many gardens and museums to enjoy.  See fine art at the de Young Museum or make a scientific discover at the California Academy of Sciences both located within the park.  Find tranquility at the Japanese Tea Garden or Conservatory of Flowers to escape the urban chaos of the city.  Golden Gate Park is a 15-minute drive from YOTEL San Francisco. 

San Francisco Promenade

War Memorial Opera House

The War Memorial Opera House is a landmark building in San Francisco, built in the beautiful Beaux-Arts style by architect Arthur Brown Jr. and opening in 1932. The opera house is home to the San Francisco Ballet. 

War Memorial Opera House

The War Memorial Opera House is a landmark building in San Francisco, built in the beautiful Beaux-Arts style by architect Arthur Brown Jr. and opening in 1932. The opera house is home to the San Francisco Ballet. The War Memorial Opera House is a 4-minute drive or an 11-minute walk from YOTEL San Francisco.