How to Spend 50 Perfect Hours in Daly City & South San Francisco

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Less than ten miles from San Francisco's center, head to Daly City for a relaxed, suburban experience with plenty of things to do—from hiking to eating in delicious restaurants. 


DAY 1

8:30 a.m. – Wake up at The Inn at Oyster Point, an adorably decorated, 30-room boutique hotel in South San Francisco. (Local trivia: South San Francisco doesn’t touch the border of San Francisco; it is south of Brisbane.) Depending on the temperature outside, turn on your fireplace and relax with a cup of coffee before preparing for the day. When you’re ready, throw on a casual/workout-ready outfit that is breathable but warm (a light jacket is recommended). Grab your hat and some sunscreen and then head out.

9:30 a.m. – Set your GPS for 1131 El Camino Real and head to JoAnn’s Café, an old-fashioned diner that is a favorite among locals. Order a helping of the Goldie Lox (eggs, smoked salmon, onion and cream cheese), a muffin and a hot cup of coffee or glass of orange juice. Mingle with locals at the bar.

10:00 a.m. – Take CA-82 until you get to 160 Beacon Street in South San Francisco and walk into K1 Speed, a go-kart course for drivers that don’t mess around. Racing is available for adults and children, as long as they are taller than 48 inches. You are required to attend a mandatory briefing session before getting in your vehicle. From there, take to the track and ride like the wind!

12:00 p.m. – Head back to the area where you had breakfast and stroll into Little Lucca Specialty Sandwich Shop. Yes, this place may look like a hole in the wall, but don’t let its appearance deceive you—the food they serve is fantastic. Place a to-go order for the crab cake sandwich, Lucca’s Hot Bird (turkey, roasted green pepper and pepper jack cheese) and the chicken Santa-Fe sandwich (grilled chicken breast, melted cheddar and raspberry chipotle sauce). Grab a bottle of water at the register and then skedaddle.

1:00 p.m. – Three miles down the road, get out at Oyster Point Marina Park. Set up your picnic and relax next to the water as you watch people fishing and boats going by. Spend the next few hours going for a walk on the paved path or playing catch or Frisbee with your family. This 33-acre park gives visitors a unique vantage point in which to enjoy the San Francisco Bay.

3:00 p.m. – Next up is a visit to See’s Candies, based in South San Francisco. Drive over to 210 El Camino Real and walk into a shop where your chocolate dreams are sure to come true. This shop is connected to the factory and, although tours are not permitted, it is still fun to enjoy the energy of standing in the place where world famous treats are made.

4:30 p.m. – Head back to The Inn at Oyster Point to relax and take a nap. Then shower and change into some casual evening clothes.

6:00 p.m. – Starving and ready for some yummy food? Drive to 713 Linden Avenue in downtown South San Francisco and belly up to a table at Amoura, a delicious Mediterranean restaurant (advance reservations are recommended). Start your meal with the Bottarga flatbread (broccolini, goat cheese and garlic), and then move on to the avocado and roasted carrot dish and finally the lamb and beef burger. If you want to stay veggie tonight, try the chickpea stew. End your experience with a helping of the warm date cake; you will want seconds.

DAY 2

9:30 a.m. – Sleep in a little later today and then call down to the front desk and ask for your complementary breakfast to be delivered to your room. After downing some pastries, fruit and coffee, change into some comfortable clothes (wear shoes with ample support), and then head out to Daly City.

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11:00 a.m. – Drive until you reach Thornton State Beach. There are several trails here and a gorgeous beach where you and your family can spend the morning roaming and snapping group photos. Enjoy the California sunshine and be sure to look to the sky for hang gliders.

12:30 p.m. – You will find the ideal lunch spot at Boulevard Café. Once you settle in, order the steamed mussels and clams and then move on to the shrimp Louie salad and the Tuscan sandwich (grilled eggplant, roasted red peppers and goat cheese). Walk off your calories next door at the Westlake Shopping Center.

3:00 p.m. – Time for some action! Drive to 2995 Junipero Serra Blvd in Daly City and walk into Pacifica Archery, an archery shop that has been around since 1998. Call ahead to make a reservation with an instructor and then enjoy a lesson on how to use a bow and arrow. Just in case you really get hooked, there are plenty of goods to purchase after you learn.

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5:30 p.m. – Run back to the hotel to change, or just drive over to Burma Café for dinner. Everything here is divine; you can’t go wrong with any order. If you need a recommendation, go for the Oh Noh Kauswer (coconut chicken noodle soup with onions, cilantro, lemon and eggs), the pork curry or Nan Pya Dok (flat wheat noodles with coconut curry chicken sauce, eggs, yellow pea powder and fried onion).

8:30 p.m. – End your evening with a few games of bowling at Classic Bowling Center. In addition to lanes, this place also has an arcade and a full-service café.

DAY 3

9:30 a.m. – Wake up, order breakfast to be delivered to your room again (so decadent!), then pack up and check out of The Inn at Oyster Point. Remember to slather on your sunscreen and bring a hat, then drive over to Mussel Rock Beach Park, a haven for birdwatching, paragliding, and hiking. Enjoy gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean as you round out your trip.

This article comes to us courtesy of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee. Each week the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee features a #Perfect50 Hours series detailing how to spend 50 hours in a different San Francisco Bay Area city. See more here

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