GOLDEN CITY; CALIFORNIA ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE; Visit San Francisco and You Can't Fail to Fall for Its Charms. Even Just Getting around Is a Charming Adventure

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GOLDEN CITY; CALIFORNIA ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE; Visit San Francisco and You Can't Fail to Fall for Its Charms. Even Just Getting around Is a Charming Adventure


Are you ready to leave your heart in San Francisco? When Tony Bennett recorded his signature hit almost 50 years ago, San Francisco was quickly emerging as one of the world's great cities.

The city had been slightly overshadowed by the Hollywood glitz of Los Angeles for a number of years, but the 1960s saw San Francisco begin to grow in stature. Whether it was the huge success of the wines of Napa Valley, the computer revolution ushered in by Silicon Valley or establishing a home for West Coast hippie counterculture in Haight Ashbury and Berkeley, San Francisco has scarcely been out of the limelight ever since.

More recently the city has led the way in cuisine, theatre and fashion (it is the home of Levi's jeans).

But what makes San Francisco so appealing to visitors is that everything is extremely accessible. This is a place waiting to be discovered on foot, by bike, boat, bus - or, of course, by cable car (can there ever have been a more joyous form of public transport?).

The city may be famously hilly - look out for the stunning views over the bay towards Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge - but it is surprisingly compact.

Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square - all on the waterfront - are among the best known tourist sites. Here you will find an intriguing mix of good places to eat, tourist shops and street performers. From here you can stroll off and discover the rest of this fascinating city. Better still, take a cable car and cling on as you are pulled up the steep streets lined with exquisite 19th-century townhouses. Around Union Square, for example, you can find fabulous shopping - Market Street has the excellent San Francisco Center shopping mall.

For a real touch of the exotic, head for Chinatown and find a restaurant for an unforgettable meal (and see what the future holds with your after-meal fortune cookie). …

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