SFO Area for Solo-travelers
Collected by John Sandstone
A short distance from the airport, South San Francisco offers unique ways to get out and soak up the California sun. Stroll in the small town of Burlingame, visit the Pacifica coastline, and enjoy panoramic views from Bernal Heights. Even on a layover you'll be able to get feel for the bay area.
San Francisco, CA 94128, USA
When the airline industry began to thrive in the 1930's, San Francisco Airport's passenger lobby was one of the most luxurious centers to take off from. The classic space has been adapted into the free Aviation Library and Museum—used as a...
International Terminal, Main Hall, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, CA 94128, USA
Few airports put as much thought into traveler's well-being as San Francisco International. The Berman Reflection Room, one of many unique spaces, provides, "A center for quiet self-reflection and meditation." Free from distractions—technology,...
Bernal Heights, San Francisco, CA, USA
I was flying from the US to China on this day, and I had a six-hour layover in San Francisco. My childhood best friend had just moved to the city, so I took a cab from the airport and met up with her in her new neighborhood. After catching up over...
1399 Broadway, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
'Where organic comes first' is the motto at Earthbeam Natural Foods, a petite local market in downtown Burlingame. With a great selection of local produce, deli items, and herbal remedies it fits the town—in size and taste. Supporting this...
301 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401, USA
With some time to kill near SFO, I found myself in B Street Books. While it's not exhaustive, the shop's collection of vintage, rare and used books will draw you in. There are a few small towns in the area perfect for meandering, and if you're...
347 Primrose Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
Barracuda offers an American take on sushi, catering to regional tastes and experimenting with local flavors. For a light combination try a roll with fresh fruit and fish. The best part is their menu changes with the seasonal produce and catch. On...
1111 Howard Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
Active in local events and staffed by passionate runners, the community-focused shop strikes a chord with locals, visitors, athletes, and casual walkers alike. Best of all, they keep a calendar of all local running events and even hold their own...
1316 Broadway, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
There's no better way to enjoy a cool breeze and the California sun than on a neighborhood stroll. Outside of South San Francisco you'll see some cozy homes and majestic, old trees in idyllic American neighborhoods. On a walk off Broadway in...
Broadway, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
Broadway in Burlingame isn't exactly broad, but in this small American town it feels like the center of things. With little local shops to browse and a few places to snack, it's a good place to spend an hour or two. Take your time because it won't...
86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA 94062, USA
Tucked away in the hills south of San Francisco you'll find Filoli—16 acres of English Renaissance gardens, nature preserves and a fabulous mansion—a true hidden gem. The hundred-year-old property takes on new life with each season and a stroll...
333 California Dr, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
A West Coast original, Steelhead is the place to go near the San Francisco Airport for an American brewpub experience. Their local brewmaster has crafted a selection of 10 beers on draft. Exposed bricks and high ceilings make the space perfect for...
1400 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
David's tea is an unexpected gem—even if it is a Canadian chain, I’d rank it among my favorites. Unlike predictably cluttered tearooms, David’s color-coded canisters, high ceilings and white walls make the shop modern. With genuine enthusiasm and...
121 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030, USA
It's hard to choose from Champagne's 32 flavors of congee, a versatile rice porridge, but I go for the lobster. Their unique menu items includes some variations on the dish I have rarely seen, if ever, at other restaurants in the Bay Area: like...
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