The best $20 I've ever spent in...

The best $20 I've ever spent in... San Francisco

  • Famous for its fog, cable cars, bridges and jails (Alcatraz and San Quentin), San Fransciso is also a city renowned for its restaurants, buzzing nightlife and eclectic neighbourhoods. Only 49 square miles wide, you’ll be able to pack a lot into your San Francisco visit. And to help you get the most for your money while in town, Mozo’s money savvy travellers share where in SanFran they left their heart.

  • Dolores Park

    "My tummy is rumbling"

    I can’t think of a better place to spend $20 than at Tartine bakery in Dolores Park. It is a SF must for any sweet tooth or foodie. It has seriously delicious pastries, cakes and pies and breads. I love their banana cream pie, morning buns, bread and butter pudding and the lemon bars are the perfect combination of yummy sweet and tarty sour. My tummy is rumbling as i write…definitely a SanFran haunt not to be missed.
    Author: Alastair Martin

  • Hire a bike for a day

    “Best way to see the city”

    The best way to see a city and get around is to hire a bike for the day! It costs about $20 for the whole day and will save you lots of money on public transport (which can be up to $80). I had the best experience hiring a bike in San Fran and riding around to see the sights!
    Author: Muroa Zorah

  • Sutter Street

    "Brand name bargains!"

    If you’re into brand names, make sure you put down Loehmann on your itinerary to San Francisco. 30-65% off is the norm in this mega boutique discount chain. I even saw a Valentino jacket discounted from $770 to $70! As someone who needs corporate wear, I had a helluva time on the second floor, finding great bargains for work gear. If you’re lucky, you might find sample items designed by the likes of Chanel and Versace in the Back Room. The store is relatively understaffed and you’ll have to rummage through a lot of unorganised racks, but if you have a particular item in mind, you will do well here. If your hubby or boyfriend gets bored, send him off to Loehmann’s specialty men’s store which is further down the road on Sutter Street.
    Author: Sarah Vaughn

  • Golden Gate Bridge

    "Great way to spend an afternoon"

    If the famous SanFran fog rolls in while you’re out and about sightseeing, head for the Warming Hut in Crissy Field, just underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. They do a seriously good hot chocolate and buttermilk scone combo. Walk out along the pier and check out the people crabbing with big crab pots. Also be sure to go into Fort Mason at the far end of Crissy Field just below the bridge. Bring your coat, summer or winter, as it gets cold. Great way to spend an afternoon.
    Author: Julie Gardnier

  • Caffe Trieste

    "Sip a latte with the Godfathers"

    Caffe Trieste in North Beach is the only place in San Fran that I was able to get a flat white. Maybe it’s because the barista was Australian but it does seriously good coffee. I think part of the godfather was filmed there and judging by the squeaky wooden planked floors and classic portraits hanging off the walls, the decor definitely suits the part.
    Author: Elly Morcom

  • Haight Ashbury

    "Don't judge a cafe by its name!"

    Don’t judge a cafe by its name! The Pork Store cafe not only does BIG American breakfasts but also had a tonne of veggie options too! There probably will be a short wait before you get a table but the great vibe and service makes up for it. The bill for my hubby and I was under US$20 so it’s amazing value considering the amount of food that they give you. The Pork Store Cafe is located in the Haight Ashbury area so you’ll be able to knock off two birds with one stone – the big american breakfast and a visit to the birthplace of the hippy movement.
    Author: Beverly Dawson

  • Bike ride from Fisherman’s wharf to Sausalito

    “Great way to see the SF Bay!”

    The bike ride to Sausalito from Fisherman’s Wharf is a great way to see the SF Bay - it takes you across the Golden Gate bridge, over to Sausalito where you can spend the morning/ afternoon looking around the art shops. Don’t forget to try some Salt Water Taffy Candy at Munchin Candy’s.
    If you’re feeling lazy on the way back, you can catch the SF Ferry to the Ferry Terminal. But that will take you over the $20 budget (1 way about $11). Bike hire is around $8 an hour and there are plenty of places that offer discounts and day rates, so shop around!
    Author: Kylie Moss

  • Cowgirl Creamery

    "Best Northern Californian produce"

    Head to the farmers market at the ferry terminal building on a Saturday morning to sample some of the best organic and locally grown Northern Californian produce around. Start with some Blue Bottle coffee and a scone from Acme bakery, work your way through the organic fruit and veg stalls outside, try some of the great cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, finish off with some Hog Island Oysters and a thirst quenching cerveza – the perfect day in SanFran! 
    Author: Mandy Glasson