San Francisco

The Painted Ladies Of San Francisco, California, Usa.

If you’re going to San Francisco be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. If you’re going to San Francisco You’re gonna meet some gentle people there….

Scott McKenzie’s classic 1967 song about the counter-culture movement in San Francisco still rings true today. 

We spent four (yes 4!) months living in SF and found that the people were absolutely the best. But the City offers so much more than nice people – SF is a true leader in culture, food, sites, vibes, opportunities and fun.

SF is considered the hub of the greater Bay Area which features San Jose, Oakland, and Silicon Valley. Each city has its own unique culture and vibe – but we chose SF as our WanderLawyer location in the Bay considering its the most beautiful, cosmopolitan and accessible location. 

SF features more international students and workers than any other city on the west coast, and counts at least three major universities in the City and nearly fifteen in the greater Bay Area. This collegiate and cosmopolitan culture gives SF a young European vibe.   

As far as work location neighborhoods, we found the Financial District a great option to work in for those who need to feel a more corporate atmosphere during the week. If you like to surround yourself with a more anti-establishment, artistic energy – check out the Mission or Haight and Ashbury. 

The City offers amazing scenery to take in while typing on a laptop during the day. Some of our favorite spots were the co-working spots near the Ferry Building and the Mariana which allows for majestic views of the San Francisco Bay. 

The City also leads our list because of its variety of engaging festivals, sporting events, concerts, and museums. Fort Mason, Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park, the Presido, and Twin Peaks – not to mention the 100 or so other parks and open spaces – also offer WanderLawyers an opportunity to unplug in the concrete jungle. 

Whatever you’re looking for, SF has it. 

Here is our WanderLawyer rating for San Francisco, California: 

Accessibility 5/5 stars. 

Delicious food 5/5 stars. 

Affordability 2/5 stars. 

Work remote locations & internet access 5/5 stars. 

Weather 4/5 stars 

Friendliness 5/5 stars

Nightlife 5/5 stars

Vibe: 5/5 stars

Overall Score – 4.5/5 Stars 

Recommendations:

We found it difficult to narrow down recommendations to activities, so instead these are the districts we enjoyed. Start out with Japantown for delicious food, great karaoke bars, and a cute shopping mall. Of course, no trip to SF is complete without visiting Chinatown and North Beach. Chinatown has authentic Chinese history, architecture and food, while the Italian Mafia cultivated the neighborhood north of Broadway into what has become North Beach which still boast the best Italian food in the City. Although a little far from the center of town, we love both the Richmond and the Sunset for hole-in-the-walls, dive bars, and a more neighborhood vibe. 

Food

We loved Sam Wo‘s hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, and Goldenboy Pizza in North Beach. If you’re near Golden Gate park, hop on over to Yummy Yummy pho restaurant for a big bowl of noodle soup. And you cant go wrong with any of the Ramen spots in Japantown. Again, its challenging to narrow down the recommendations to a handful of spots so don’t just take our word for it. 

Lodging

Airbnbs are generally too expensive and accessible, so stick with hotels. Our absolute favorite spot was the Citizen M near Union Square. Citizen M is an international leader in catering to digital nomads and this is one of their best locations. 

Nightlife/bars

Its hard to miss when choosing a spot to go out in SF. SoMa is a great vibe with Raven Nightclub our pick. If you’re looking for a more dive-y feel, check out Kozy Kar in Polk Gulch or Pagoda in Japantown 

Remote working locations

Simply put, they’re everywhereAt least 10 different companies compete for remote workers attention. We spent most of our time at the WeWorks, but there may be better options for you depending upon your home base. 

Transportation

Transportation is easy and affordable. The BART will take you around the Bay, while the Metro gets you around the City. Street cars and buses are everywhere so buy a Muni Pass. Don’t forget to check out the historic cable cars which are still used as a means of transit for commuters. 

VERDICT

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better place for WanderLawyers then SF. Its literally got everything you need, which makes it a no-brainer to spend a month or two and our winner for WanderLawyer destinations in the USA. -WL

Authors

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat is a digital nomad attorney and WanderLawyer co-founder. Anthony believes travel unlocks potential and opens minds. He’s been wandering and lawyering since 2014.