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I Heart San Fran Part 3

  |   By Roseanne Dela Rosa

If you're looking for a modern suite with a California twist, you'll love W Hotel San Francisco–I know I did! I'm partially bias to this funky hotel because they carry Bliss products AND they've got a Bliss Spa on one of their floors. But spa aside, their rooms are ultra-relaxing, comfy and definitely carry a spunk of personality. The instant you roll in, you'll find yourself oohing and aahing over their hip decor, and for all you gamers, there's an old school pacman game just waiting to be played in their lounge.

After a long day in Napa, we decided to keep our third day a little more relaxing. First up on our itinerary was Chinatown. It's said to be amongst one of the biggest in North America–and I believe it. Whether you're looking for Chinese food or dim sum, it's not hard to find a restaurant, as there are tons on every corner. Following a delicious meal, we set out to find The Golden Gate Cookie Fortune Factory, which is tucked away in an alley. You can't miss this stop though, as you can smell the delicious aroma of fortune cookies from far away, not to mention the tons of tourists who flock to this tiny shop and cram themselves in just to see how fortune cookies are made. If you are in Chinatown, and have a few minutes (that's all you really need), I would definitely stop by this place.

Following our fun adventure, we headed back to Fisherman's Wharf for a cruise that led us directly under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz. If you don't plan on biking through the bridge or walking (there are tons of adventures you can book from a booth at Fisherman's Wharf), then the cruise is the next best thing!

Because the Aquarium of the Bay is situated on the wharf, we decided to check it out (you also get free entrance with a CityPass). I loved looking at all the fishes, stingrays, etc.. But my favourite was this yoda look-alike creature. So cute!

To end the evening, we went back to the Ferry Building (just hop onto a trolley from the wharf that says F and it will lead you to the market area in a jiffy) for dinner at Hog Island Oyster. Make sure you head there EARLY, this place gets packed (especially on Monday and Thursday's between 5pm and 7pm when oysters are only $1).

This article was originally published on Aug 09, 2010
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