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San Francisco isn’t an expensive city if you’re visiting from London and New York – but if you don’t live in an über expensive city already, there can be some wide eyed gasping at the prices. Good thing No Onions Extra Pickles is here to help!
While I’ll leave it to you to figure out the cheap flights and hotels for your trip to San Francisco, here are three tips on keeping your wallet happy while you’re exploring San Francisco.
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San Francisco is hilly but it is also very pedestrian friendly. The city is only 7 miles by 7 miles – making it easy peasy to walk wherever you need to be. Plus walking is absolutely the best way to understand and experience a city!
Also consider one of the many free walking tours in San Francisco. One, it’s free (nothing is worse than being disappointed in a tour that you paid good money for) and two, it’s a great opportunity to get to know and feel comfortable in a new part of the city.
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Street food isn’t always the cheapest option.
Sure, food trucks are all the rage (and there are some fantastic ones in San Francisco) but they’re not always a thrifty option. There’s been a number of times I’ve walked away from one wondering how I just spent $15-20 on lunch…?
There a many restaurants in San Francisco where you can get a delightfully delicious meal easily for less than $10 per person. Cheap Indian and Mexican food are my personal favorites – there was a point in time when the guys working at Na’an and Curry saw me at least once a week.
And I have to mention my favorite Vietnamese sandwich shop – Saigon Sandwich. Dirt cheap prices for the most delicious banh mi. It’s a must if you’re visiting sites around the Civic Center.
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Become BFF’s with museum free days.
Yeah, I know every guide out there says to pay attention to free days at museums…but it’s because it is great advice. So do it! Most of the free days at San Francisco museums happen at the beginning of the month – the first Tuesday is a popular one – though there are also plenty of museums that are free all the time. Consider checking out the San Francisco Cable Car Museum or the Museo ItaloAmericano.
Since I want to make your visit to San Francisco as easy as possible, I’ve already compiled a list of free days at museum in San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area for you to check out…top of the page…you can’t miss it.
Do you have any other tips for doing San Francisco on the cheap?
Disclaimer: This is a recommended post BUT all the thoughts are my own!