5 Unspoken Rules about San Francisco

Updated: Jan 17, 2020

Did you know these unspoken rules about San Francisco?


Post written by Grace Kim (@gracefkim). Check out her travel blog www.gracefkim.com!


California. Also known as the city of dreams. But wait, which part of California?


California, the second largest state in the United States, not only holds some of the most scenic beaches along the west coast, but also notable cities that encapsulates the city for what it’s known for. San Francisco, the most known city within California, stretches only 7 miles long and wide as it holds unique, established neighborhoods and districts.

Montara Beach

San Francisco, also part of the Bay Area, holds some of the country’s most authentic

food, iconic bridges, beaches, and neighborhoods that will have you exploring weeks at a time as you will always find something different to do. The number of scenic walks will make you need to catch your breath because of how different each neighborhood is, as you will constantly catch yourself taking your phone or camera out to capture these moments.

View from Twin Peaks

If you’re debating on how long you should visit the city for, let me tell you that it all

depends. What’s great about San Francisco is that it has a little bit of everything – nature, city, food, hikes, etc. So before making the jump, let me tell you that there is no one definite answer as to how long you should visit the city for. I’ve lived in the Bay for about a month and wish I had more time to explore. Every district within San Francisco presents different pockets and personalities to them that it’s hard to give a holistic answer on what to expect. But as an outsider, let me share five rules that I’ve picked up that you should keep in mind when visiting San Francisco.

Cypress Tree Tunnel

1. When you are in the Bay, the city is only referred to as SF, or obviously, the city

When I first arrived in San Francisco, I had no idea that people referred to the city as SF. There are different pockets of the ‘Bay’ that people live in, such as South Bay, East Bay and North Bay. But if you live in the city, refer the city to as SF, or obviously, the city. Note: there is no such thing as the West Bay either. I questioned that out loud and was looked at like an idiot!

Golden Gate Bridge

2. Leave your nicer shoes at home and get ready to walk up killer hills

You better get your legs pumped and rocking before visiting the city. Stretch as often as you can before and after the day is over because you’re going to be walking up and down hills just to visit some of the most beautiful, iconic spots within the city. Want to go visit the Painted Ladies from Hayes Valley? A quarter of a mile is nothing, but once you realize that it’s a quarter mile uphill, that changes up the story.

Painted Ladies

3. Never leave your stuff in your car

If you’re planning on renting a car, please get in the habit of bringing your bags around with you everywhere you go. If you don’t want to pay your car rental a broken window fee, please do me the favor and carry your bags around with you. I don’t care if it’s five pounds or fifty pounds, there are people on the streets who shamelessly break into cars all the time to see if there are things they can potentially take. Even if you feel like you’re in a safe area and don’t think that you’re going to get your car b