The birthplace of denim jeans, slot machines, and the first ever fortune cookie, San Francisco always has new things up its sleeve for repeat travellers. By Rama Ahuja


While most tourists throng popular attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the plush Union Square, and the expansive Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco really unwraps its most intimate layers for repeat travellers. Here’s a list of fun things to help you see the Fog City in new light.


Dine At Chef’s Table


An experience so unique that it is often suggested you book your travel dates to SFO after you have a confirmed reservation at The Bimini Twist with Chef Don. You are seated at a common table in an apartment overlooking the AT&T stadium, where you are not only treated to an elaborate meal cooked by the famous chef, but also find the company of some like-minded, fun people from across the globe.


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Chef Don at The Bimini Twist.


Belt A Drink Down


With a conveyor-belt bar and a seven-page cocktail menu, Oddjob, located at SoMa, serves interesting concoctions such as ‘The Thief,’ ‘His Wife and Her Lover,’ and ‘The Story Behind My Wooden Hand,’ to name a few. Using offbeat ingredients like bee pollen, mushroom rye, and Chinese Licorice Bourbon, the bar manager, Joey Picchi, is sure to bring you original tipples.


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Try an unusual cocktail at Oddjob.


Catch Of The Day


Indulge in clam chowder and Cioppino—an Italian-American dish that originated in the city. The tradition of making this dish with the catch of the day is followed here as the fish you are served is freshly sourced from the Pacific Ocean. The Sotto Mare restaurant, located at the heart of North Beach, serves delicious local sourdough bread to go with it. Make note: A bib is essential if you want to prevent the rich tomato and wine sauce from splattering all over your clothes.


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Sotto Mare Restaurant.


Go Cruising


At night, San Francisco is a beaming beacon that guides travellers from across the globe to its city centre. What’s extraordinary is the evening cruise that lets you watch all of this from a distance. A vibrant store on Haight-Ashbury District, San Francisco. Hornblower Cruises offers a variety of experiences like the ‘Keep Alive After Five’ and the ‘Fourth of July’ cruises that promise on-board entertainment and gourmet meals prepared by local chefs. It’s an SFO favourite, so tickets book out fast.


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Book a Fourth of July cruise with Hornblower Cruises.


A Walk To Remember


Discover some unique pubs and clubs with Pub Crawl San Francisco’s guided walks. For the brave hearted, the Haunted SF Ghost Tour with Wild SF Tours packs a punch with visits to the haunted St Francis Hotel and Tenderloin District, which is the underbelly of SF crime.Expect to get spooked by tales of scandalous murders, ghost stories, and mysterious deaths.


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Tenderloin District