The San Francisco Bay Area offers unlimited charms — from beaches and bays to restaurants, museums and street murals. Among its most beautiful attributes are the many perches from which you can take in amazing views. Here, we highlight four camera-friendly locales and nearby restaurants where you can grab a bite after snapping a few frameworthy shots:
- Sandwiches in the middle of San Francisco’s Noe Valley, Castro Valley and Cole Valley neighbourhoods sit Twin Peaks, two adjacent peaks 992 feet above sea level. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the East Bay.
- Saddle Up to a table less tan a mile away at Zazie, a quaint French Bistro with a leafy back patio. Don’t leave without trying the mussels and cheesecake.
- The Marin Headlands, the 2,100-acre gem of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, offers perhaps the most breathtaking views of San Francisco. Just north of the city, you can drive, bike or hike a day away, all with vistas you’ll never forget.
- Snag a table on the back patio at Bar Bocce, a casual pizza spot in Sausalito. Sit next to the outdoor fire pit and take breaks between drinks to play bocce ball while watching the sun set on the San Francisco Bay.
- Drive north over the Golden Gate Bridge and the 2,571 -foot- high Mount Tamalpais („Mt. Tam” to locals) will be among one of the first things you see. Hike or drive to the top for wrap-around views of the region.
- El Paseo, a cozy restaurant owned by Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar (a local), serves rave-worthy pork chops, red snapper crudo and shortbread cookies.
- The overlooks peppered along the 5.7 nukes if Grizzly Peak Boulevard in Berkeley are ideal for travelers wanting panoramic views from the comfort of their vehicles. Get there early for sunset viewing.
- Opt for a high-end meal at Chez Panisse, Alice Waters’ flagship restaurant, a local institution and one of the best places to taste California cuisine.