San Francisco has a lot to offer, from fabulous food to breathtaking views and lots of personality. The downside is it’s pricey. You will probably be better off staying in an Airbnb than a hotel. During the peak tourist summer season even the most run down hotel will cost you a fortune. Gotta love the Bay!

Here are our recommendations of what neighborhoods to stay in, in San Francisco.

North Beach:

There’s a lot happening in North Beach. It borders the bustling Chinatown and it also happens to be home to all of San Francisco’s strip clubs. Don’t let the clubs deter you as they are contained to Broadway street, so it is easy to bypass them all together. North Beach is in between “Downtown” and Fisherman’s Wharf, so it is easy to get to many tourist destinations. There’s lots of dining options like the big Italian area, and some nice bars to hit for a happy hour. It’s fairly loud and busy, so if you are looking for some peace and quiet, this neighborhood is not for you. If you are interested in a central location with some personality and lots to do, North Beach is a good fit.

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Cow Hollow/Marina:

Here in SF we bunch these two neighborhoods into one. In my opinion, this area is the most beautiful in all of San Francisco. You are in the most northern edge of the city, so you get stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge (make sure you check out the views from Crissy Field). Since it’s so far north if you want to get downtown or to the BART (train) you’ll have to  Uber or take a bus. The area is home to small boutique stores and trendy restaurants and bars. Chestnut St. and Union St. are the main drags where you will find all the action. The people who live in the area are fairly fancy and there isn’t much racial diversity. That being said, if you are looking for cute cafes, nightlife, and natural beauty then Cow Hollow or the Marina is your best bet.

Click here for Airbnbs in the Marina.
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Russian Hill:

A neighborhood set on SF’s highest hill! On Polk St. you will find endless cafes, wine bars and amazing desserts (Loving Cup). It’s  a quick Uber to downtown so although you are high on a hill, it is fairly central if you want to take a quick ride to another neighborhood. You may have heard of Lombard Street, “the world’s crookedest street”. If that’s on your bucket list, you’ll be happy to know that it is located in Russian Hill. Once you get off of Polk St. there are small, quiet neighborhood streets. If you are looking for a calm place to stay but still want access to great restaurants and bars, you may want to consider Russian Hill.

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