Visiting San Francisco this weekend - should we go to Sunday Streets, and if not, what should we do? (Bonus: safety question and bar recommendation)
My best friend and I (both women, mid-20s) will be spending Friday, Saturday and Sunday (starting Thursday night) around San Francisco. We’re staying at a hotel near SFO that is a 20 minute walk from the South San Francisco CalTrain station and we plan to take that in each morning. We’ve got a pretty good idea of things to do and places to eat (thanks in large part to the plethora of previous questions here) but we do have a few additional questions. Please feel free to answer just one of the questions and omit links and whatnot. I’m happy to do my homework and I know bonus questions are sort of cheating.
A few notes: We don’t have much money. We’re interested in a mix of touristy things and non-touristy things. We’ll probably start and finish relatively early each day. We’re aware that it’s supposed to be chilly and rainy, but we’re prepared (with many layers!) and won’t let it stop us from most things, even if they’d be much better with nice weather. We’ll be getting a 3-day Muni Passport. I've read manymanymany previous questions and tried to avoid repetition, so please forgive me if I failed.
To the questions…
Is Sunday Streets worth checking out? I’m tempted by the free bike rentals, and it seems like it might make a trip to Fisherman’s Wharf not seem so godawful touristy (I’d kinda like to see the seals…).
If not, should we check out Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower or something else? We’d prefer to stay close-ish to the CalTrain station at 4th & King St (not more than 30 minutes by public transportation – not including walking).
Is it safe for two women to walk from the South San Francisco CalTrain station down Grand Ave -> Gateway Blvd to S. Airport Blvd (map here
) in the evening/early night? If not, is it possible to get a taxi around there?
Any ridiculously awesome Muni-accessible Sunday happy hours or cheap bars we should know about? Our preference is for a laid back bar with delicious, cheap beer where we can carry on a conversation without shouting.
If you’re curious, here’s a rough idea of what we plan to do/eat, sort of in order: Golden Gate Bridge; Golden Gate Promenade; stop for a picnic; Palace of Fine Arts (just to look around outside); Jejune Institute; fortune cookie factory; dinner in Chinatown (Hunan Homes, Restaurant.com gift certificate); Blue Bottle coffee; Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (just to grab a couple things); Twin Peaks (with a picnic); Seward St Slides (weather permitting); relax in Mission Dolores park; explore the Mission (Pirate Store, Clarion Alley, & Balmy Alley+Humphry Slocombe, time permitting); Mission style burrito from Taqueria Can-cun; either ice cream from Bi-Rite or a pastry from Tartine (if no Humphry Slocombe). Sunday is up in the air based on a) answers to this question and b) whether we actually manage both GGB and Chinatown on Friday.
If any of this is an absolutely terrible idea, we’d love to benefit from your wisdom.