Minutes Away from San Francisco's Best Things to Do
Enjoy a range of things to do in San Francisco during your stay at Hotel Bijou. Featuring modern hotel accommodations and luxury amenities in the heart of Union Square, SF, Hotel Bijou also boasts a location convenient to Powell Street and the best San Francisco attractions.
Explore the most famous activities in the city, including Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Park, Chinatown, Lombard Street and Fisherman’s Wharf. Experience famous counterculture in the streets of Haight-Ashbury or shop in Union Square and then jump on a cable car for a historical ride through the city—they’ve been operating since the 19th century. Our hotel near Westfield San Francisco Centre also gives you access to the best shopping in the Bay.
Sports more your speed? Visit the Oracle Arena to cheer the Oakland A's baseball team, or San Francisco's Chase Center for the Golden State Warriors basketball and Oracle Park to watch San Francisco Giants baseball. Win or lose, you’ll enjoy exceptional water views. We are also conveniently close to the Bay to Breakers race, San Francisco Pride and we’re one of the top hotels near the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
San Francisco Attractions Near Our Union Square, SF Hotel Include:
• Alcatraz Island
• Golden Gate Park
• Aquarium of the Bay
• Moscone Center
• Fisherman's Wharf
• Oracle Park
• Pier 39
• Chase Center
• Castro Theater
• San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
• Asian Art Museum San Francisco
• Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
• Coit Tower
• Ghirardelli Square
Our Staff's Top 10 Things to do in San Francisco:
1. Ride a cable car
Our boutique hotel is located just steps from the BART station on Powell Street, giving you access to the famous cable cars. What’s more quintessentially San Francisco than jumping on one of these “moving landmarks”? A cable car does sightseeing double duty, allowing you to see an integral piece of San Francisco history (running since the 19th century) while bringing you to other things to do in San Francisco.
2. Visit Chinatown
Though it’s only three blocks wide and eight blocks long, San Francisco’s Chinatown is among the largest in the world (outside of China). Stroll down the main avenues and take a picture at “Dragon’s Gate” for a true tourist experience, but duck into alleyways (like the locals do) for a more authentic Chinatown trip.
3. Golden Gate Park
Larger than New York City’s Central Park (measuring three miles wide by a half-mile wide), Golden Gate Park is the perfect place to picnic, stroll or drive a remote-controlled boat. Take advantage of early-afternoon rays of sunshine before the afternoon fog rolls in.
4. Catch a game
Arguably the finest stadium in baseball, catch a San Francisco Giants game at AT&T Park, noted for exceptional bay views. Here during the off-season? Don't fret because AT&T Park is open for stadium tours.
This notorious former prison known as “The Rock” is only accessible by ferry from Pier 43. Once you’re there, grab a recorded cell-house tour and learn about the history of the prison as you explore the grounds.
6. Union Square
Located just blocks from Hotel Bijou, Union Square is a place for serious shoppers, full of major department stores, exclusive designer shops and luxury boutiques. Spend an afternoon and drop off your shopping bags before dinner!
7. Go Shopping
Experience the unique character of San Francisco’s one-of-a-kind marble stronghold of commercialism, the Westfield San Francisco Centre. Once guarded by police barricades during the peace protests before the Iraq war, this mall is home to a five-story Nordstrom.
8. Eat at Gibson!
San Francisco is known as the best restaurant city in the country so you’d be remiss to not visit our own culinary gem in the city, Gibson!
9. Walk among the flowers
The San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum spans 55 impressive acres and boasts over 8,000 species of flora from around the world.
10. Fisherman’s Wharf
One of the city’s most popular attractions, tourists flock to the wharf (and Pier 39) for a glimpse at the sea lions, expansive water views and fresh seafood. Grab a bite of crab or shrimp cocktail from the famous vendors and stroll the pier. We are one of the most unique San Francisco hotels near Fisherman's Wharf.
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