Nobody who loves San Francisco defines the city the same way. But all are likely to agree on this: Enjoying the moment is more important than seeing the well-known sights.
That's what comes through in readers' responses to last Sunday's article in which The Chronicle retraced the 1961 steps of guidebook writer Jack Shelton and his "One Perfect Day in San Francisco."
A number of readers were inspired to offer their own itinerary for a perfect day. Their routes reflect a city geared to neighborhood life more than it was in Shelton's day, when Golden Gate Park was seen as the only attraction outside the city's northeast corner.
9 a.m. J's Pots of Soul (Octavia and Page streets). The warm attention from the owner makes it wonderful.
10 a.m. Amoeba Music in the Haight (Haight Street near Stanyan Street); I recently got a used CD of Verve jazz masters, $1.95.
11:30 a.m. San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park to wander.
1:30 p.m. Dim Sum at Ton Kiang (Geary Boulevard between 22nd and 23rd avenues). Then, Crissy Field to inhale the view of the Bay, Alcatraz and the bridge. Walk to Fort Point; remember "Vertigo."
4 p.m. Coffee and opera at Café Puccini (Columbus Avenue).
5 p.m. Go to Ferry Building. Take the F-line streetcar up Market to Valencia Street.
7:30 p.m. After strolling and shopping, and maybe a tattoo, dinner at Valencia Pizza and Pasta (Valencia and 19th streets) or Pancho Villa Taqueria (16th Street between Caledonia Street and Julian Avenue).
9 p.m. Movie at the Castro Theatre.
11 p.m. F-line back to Ferry Building. Walk to end of Pier 7. Waves lap against the piers. Misty air and silence. The end to a perfect day.
- Lynn Valente, San Francisco
Sounds good to me. Read the whole article by John King in the San Francisco Chronicle, along with more reader itineraries.
What would your perfect day in San Francisco be?