Sourdough and Storytelling in San Francisco

Posted February 12, 2009 by Kate Hamman

Gocars Fresh seafood and a great location draw visitors to Fisherman's Wharf. Easily reachable by cable car, the wharf stands minutes from popular attractions like Coit Tower, and a few splashes across the bay from Alcatraz. The boardwalk can't be beat as a jumping off point for popular city tours.

Boudin Bakery: It's doubtful that the Boudin family could have guessed in 1849 that the yeast in the salty San Francisco air would give rise to such a popular bread. However, fast-forward more than 150 years, and people are still addicted to the tart flavor of Boudin's serendipitous sourdough. At the flagship store on the wharf, you can tour the museum and bakery, watch the masters in action, grab a full course meal at the bistro, or enjoy clam chowder in a bread bowl for about $6.

GoCar GPS-Guided Tours: Take the wheel and be in control of your own tour with these nifty yellow convertibles. They may not look like much, but they're equipped with a talking GPS system that helps you navigate through the city streets, and tells stories about the sights along the way. With several guided tours to choose from, and the option to stop for a picnic or to explore the area, there's no better way to get to know San Francisco. The vehicle seats two people and costs $46 for the first hour. Pick up your GoCar at Fisherman's Wharf, but be sure to make reservations in advance.

Golden Gate Hotel: Some hotels are simply a place to rest your head, while others are so comfortable you'll never want to leave. The Golden Gate Hotel makes each guest feel like he or she is in a fairytale, with plush mattresses, hypoallergenic down pillows and comforters, and homemade cookies at tea time. A short cable-car ride from Fisherman's Wharf, this 1913 Edwardian inn has been kept in tip-top shape for 25 years by third-generation innkeepers. Rooms with a shared bath start at $95 per night, and include continental breakfast and afternoon tea.

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(Photo: GoCar Tours)

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Reader Comments

The GoCars are so fun! And it's nice that they tell you where to go. Then you can just hang out and enjoy the scenery and not have to worry about knowing exactly where you're going.

Posted on February 12, 2009 at 10:34 AM by HaveForkWillTravel

Oooh, one more thing. Boudin is great for sourdough and those chowder bread bowls, but for some serious eating, take the F line muni streetcar down the wharf towards the Bay Bridge (away from the Golden Gate Bridge) and head to the Ferry Building. There you'll find, among many others, Acme bread company (one of my all-time favorites), Cowgirl Creamery (delicious local cheeses), a caviar place specializing in sustainable California options, Miette bakery and confectioner, Ciao Bella Gelato, a chocolatier (can't remember the name), a really yummy deli, and a bunch of restaurants including Slanted Door and Taylor's Refresher. Mmmmmm...

Posted on February 12, 2009 at 10:40 AM by HaveForkWillTravel

If you love to eat, then San Francisco is definitely the place to be. I live on the East Coast, and I have yet to find sourdough as rich and full of that tangy flavor as I did at the Boudin Bakery, especially when it's warm with just a dab of butter. Pure heaven.

Posted on February 12, 2009 at 11:40 AM by snomad

They are in Barcelona too. We rented for 2 hours (booked via the web) but when we got in it we loved it so much we kept it the whole day.

Posted on February 12, 2009 at 02:25 PM by guy

Ditto, snomad, there is nowhere with bread comparable to Boudin's here on the East Coast!

Posted on February 13, 2009 at 03:37 PM by Erin

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