San Francisco – Cable car ride and Pier 39

When you think of San Francisco, you think of its iconic cable car. Apparently it’s the world’s last manually operated cable car and that explains the throngs of tourists queuing to get a ride on it.

The first thing that you need to do, is to get a ticket near the ticketing booth (beside AT&T) for a one-way ticket. We didn’t realise it and were queuing to board the cable car until we see some of them holding the tickets.

So excited when it’s finally our turn! We were rewarded with awesome views and still amazed by how the locals can drive and park their cars on these bumpy and uneven roads.

We alighted at the final destination which was fisherman’s wharf. We took a leisure stroll all the way to Pier 39.

Pier 39 was bustling with crowd and there’s abundant restaurants and eateries to choose from. Pier 39 is a shopping center and is one of the tourist attractions in Sam Francisco. It exudes this old school vibes which we find it refreshing; something different from the usual city hustle life.

One of the highlights was the sea lions. They started to appear at K-Dock but the number increased after 1989 Lima Prieta Earthquake. Maybe the sea lions feel safer here.

We had to try Chowder soup and fish and chips while we were here. We waited quite a while before we were seated at Pier Market. We got a good seat and soaked in the atmosphere. I couldn’t remember if this was our lunch or dinner!

The oysters were beyond fresh and nothing to complain about the chowder bowl. We then had this awesome cookie dough named Doughp. The texture was so soft and delightfully sinful!

I would say this is a perfect half day sightseeing experience in San Francisco that wouldn’t take too much of your time. In fact we did some shopping beforehand and went Golden Gate after this. But if you’d like to explore their Maritime Museum or Aquarium of the Bay, then a full day would be recommended.