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San Francisco.

San Francisco Facts & Information

Location Northern Coastal California
Climate Mild winters, hot summers, raining
Land Area 47 square miles
Population 751,682
Persons Over 65 13.7%
Female Persons 49.2%
Ethnic Groups 49.7% white, 7.8% black, 0.5% american indian, 30.8% asian
Housing Units 346,527
Median Household Income $55,221
Description of Flag The flag of California consists of a white base with a red horizontal stripe along the bottom of it. In the center of the flag is a brown grizzly bear on a patch of green grass with the words California Republic written below. A red, five pointed star is in the top left corner.
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More Information
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San Francisco Culture

The people of San Francisco are an eclectic mix living in a city with a long history of “anything-goes.” While San Francisco is a gay-friendly city as a whole, lesbians and gays enjoy the festive Castro Street. The city also celebrates every June with a Freedom Day Parade and festivities. And neo-hippies and artists abound in the Haight-Ashbury disctrict.

San Francisco is also credited with being about

as close as one can get to Asia in the continental US in terms of geography and culture and while their presence is felt throughout the city, Chinatown still remains the foundation. And of course in a city known for its high rent and close proximity to Silicon Valley, San Francisco is chock full of millionaires and business men looking to strike it rich.

Despite the mix of ethnicities and varying degrees of economic, political, social and sexual preferences, San Franciscans revel in this diversity and its neighborhoods still uphold the flavor of many of these groups.

An insider’s tip, don’t refer to the city as “Frisco.” Locals hate to have their beloved San Francisco reduced to a nickname akin to Vegas. And keep in mind that visitors find the summer fog more charming than the residents do.

More Information:
 www.state.gov

 

San Francisco Culture

The people of San Francisco are an eclectic mix living in a city with a long history of “anything-goes.” While San Francisco is a gay-friendly city as a whole, lesbians and gays enjoy the festive Castro Street. The city also celebrates every June with a Freedom Day Parade and festivities. And neo-hippies and artists abound in the Haight-Ashbury disctrict.

San Francisco is also credited with being about

as close as one can get to Asia in the continental US in terms of geography and culture and while their presence is felt throughout the city, Chinatown still remains the foundation. And of course in a city known for its high rent and close proximity to Silicon Valley, San Francisco is chock full of millionaires and business men looking to strike it rich.

Despite the mix of ethnicities and varying degrees of economic, political, social and sexual preferences, San Franciscans revel in this diversity and its neighborhoods still uphold the flavor of many of these groups.

An insider’s tip, don’t refer to the city as “Frisco.” Locals hate to have their beloved San Francisco reduced to a nickname akin to Vegas. And keep in mind that visitors find the summer fog more charming than the residents do.

More Information:
 www.state.gov

 

San Francisco Shopping

San Francisco’s diverse collection of stores and boutiques stand independently throughout the city rather than in large shopping malls. Each neighborhood offers its own shopping features, but here are some spots not to be missed.

The most popular and highly-trafficked area, Union Square is home to many large department stores and

high-end specialty shops. Chinatown is a great place to buy knockoff items like Gucci handbags and Prada wallets. Be sure to wander down the side streets to discover the small, often one-person shops selling original Chinese artwork, tea and herbs at reasonable prices. As one may guess, the six blocks of upper Haight Street are populated with dozens of little shops selling vintage and alternative clothing, furnishings, incense and candles.

Bargain shoppers will enjoy the factory outlet stores in the SoMa (South of Market Street) district, which include Esprit Outlet Store, The North Face, and Burlington Coat Factory. Do not pass Jeremy’s on South Park and 2nd Street without going in. You will find top designer clothing and accessories, including shoes, at super low prices.

Don’t forget that the city has an 8.25% sales tax on all items.

 

San Francisco Shopping

San Francisco’s diverse collection of stores and boutiques stand independently throughout the city rather than in large shopping malls. Each neighborhood offers its own shopping features, but here are some spots not to be missed.

The most popular and highly-trafficked area, Union Square is home to many large department stores and

high-end specialty shops. Chinatown is a great place to buy knockoff items like Gucci handbags and Prada wallets. Be sure to wander down the side streets to discover the small, often one-person shops selling original Chinese artwork, tea and herbs at reasonable prices. As one may guess, the six blocks of upper Haight Street are populated with dozens of little shops selling vintage and alternative clothing, furnishings, incense and candles.

Bargain shoppers will enjoy the factory outlet stores in the SoMa (South of Market Street) district, which include Esprit Outlet Store, The North Face, and Burlington Coat Factory. Do not pass Jeremy’s on South Park and 2nd Street without going in. You will find top designer clothing and accessories, including shoes, at super low prices.

Don’t forget that the city has an 8.25% sales tax on all items.

 

San Francisco Restaurants
   
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in San Francisco. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.
Name Address Phone Cuisine
 The Ramp 855 China Basin (415) 621-2378 American
 Jakarta Restaurant 615 Balboa St (415) 387-5225 Indonesian
 Ebisu Restaurant 1283 9th Ave (415) 566-1770 Sushi
 Shanghai 1930 133 Steuart Street (415) 896-5600 Chinese
 La'zeez 25 Mason Street (415) 771-5503 Asian
 Zingari Ristorante 501 Post St. (415) 885-8850 Italian
 Tita's Hale Aina 3870 17th St. (415) 626-2477 Hawaiian
 Yet Wah Restaurant 5238 Diamond Heights (415) 282-0788 Chinese
 Acquerello 1722 Sacramento St. (415) 567-5432 Italian
 Bella Trattoria 3854 Geary Blvd (415) 221-0305 Italian
 Rotee 400 Haight St. (415) 552-8309 Indian
 All You Knead 1466 Haight St (415) 552-4550 American
 Suppenkuche 525 Laguna Street (415) 252-9289 German
 Enrico's 504 Broadway (415) 982-6223 Mediterranean
 Buca-Giovanni 800 Greenwich St (415) 776-7766 Italian
 11 11 Lounge 1330 Polk St (415) 885-2652 Vegetarian
 Buca di Beppo 855 Howard Street (415) 543-7673 Italian
 A . Sabella's Restaurant 2766 Taylor St 3rd Floor (415) 771-6775 Seafood
 2223 Restaurant and Bar 2223 Market St. (415) 431-0692 American
 Chez Mama 1453 18th St. (415) 824-7166 French
 AsiaSF 201 Ninth St. (415) 255-2742 Asian
 Thanh Long 4101 Judah St. (415) 665-1146 Vietnamese
 Postrio 545 Post St (415) 776-7825 Californian
 Kokkari Estiatorio 200 Jackson Street (415) 981-0983 Greek
 Cafe Arguello 7 Claude Ln. (415) 392-3515 Spanish
 Catch 2362 Market St (415) 431-5000 Seafood
 Bombay Feast 2034 Chestnut St (415) 567-8124 Indian
 Ristorante Milano 1448 Pacific Ave (415) 673-2961 Italian
 Habana 2080 Van Ness Ave (415) 441-2822 Cuban
 Cajun Pacific 4542 Irving St. (415) 504-6652 Cajun
 ANZU 222 Mason St. (415) 394-1100 Fine Dining
 Vivande Porta Via 2125 Fillmore St. (415) 346-4430 Italian
 Crustacean 1475 Polk Street (415) 776-2722 European
 Cafe Claude 7 Claude Ln. (415) 392-3515 French
 Acme Chophouse 24 Willie Mays Plaza (415) 644-0240 Steak

 

San Francisco Restaurants
   
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in San Francisco. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.
Name Address Phone Cuisine
 The Ramp 855 China Basin (415) 621-2378 American
 Jakarta Restaurant 615 Balboa St (415) 387-5225 Indonesian
 Ebisu Restaurant 1283 9th Ave (415) 566-1770 Sushi
 Shanghai 1930 133 Steuart Street (415) 896-5600 Chinese
 La'zeez 25 Mason Street (415) 771-5503 Asian
 Zingari Ristorante 501 Post St. (415) 885-8850 Italian
 Tita's Hale Aina 3870 17th St. (415) 626-2477 Hawaiian
 Yet Wah Restaurant 5238 Diamond Heights (415) 282-0788 Chinese
 Acquerello 1722 Sacramento St. (415) 567-5432 Italian
 Bella Trattoria 3854 Geary Blvd (415) 221-0305 Italian
 Rotee 400 Haight St. (415) 552-8309 Indian
 All You Knead 1466 Haight St (415) 552-4550 American
 Suppenkuche 525 Laguna Street (415) 252-9289 German
 Enrico's 504 Broadway (415) 982-6223 Mediterranean
 Buca-Giovanni 800 Greenwich St (415) 776-7766 Italian
 11 11 Lounge 1330 Polk St (415) 885-2652 Vegetarian
 Buca di Beppo 855 Howard Street (415) 543-7673 Italian
 A . Sabella's Restaurant 2766 Taylor St 3rd Floor (415) 771-6775 Seafood
 2223 Restaurant and Bar 2223 Market St. (415) 431-0692 American
 Chez Mama 1453 18th St. (415) 824-7166 French
 AsiaSF 201 Ninth St. (415) 255-2742 Asian
 Thanh Long 4101 Judah St. (415) 665-1146 Vietnamese
 Postrio 545 Post St (415) 776-7825 Californian
 Kokkari Estiatorio 200 Jackson Street (415) 981-0983 Greek
 Cafe Arguello 7 Claude Ln. (415) 392-3515 Spanish
 Catch 2362 Market St (415) 431-5000 Seafood
 Bombay Feast 2034 Chestnut St (415) 567-8124 Indian
 Ristorante Milano 1448 Pacific Ave (415) 673-2961 Italian
 Habana 2080 Van Ness Ave (415) 441-2822 Cuban
 Cajun Pacific 4542 Irving St. (415) 504-6652 Cajun
 ANZU 222 Mason St. (415) 394-1100 Fine Dining
 Vivande Porta Via 2125 Fillmore St. (415) 346-4430 Italian
 Crustacean 1475 Polk Street (415) 776-2722 European
 Cafe Claude 7 Claude Ln. (415) 392-3515 French
 Acme Chophouse 24 Willie Mays Plaza (415) 644-0240 Steak

 


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