Urbanites and Foodies unite! Savor a San Francisco hike 'n' eat expedition filled with classic views, tasty food, hidden stairways, and easy streets. Start at the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero—grab a coffee to go at Blue Bottle Coffee
and stock up on picnic edibles: Acme
for bread, Cowgirl Creamery
for cheese, and the Wine Merchant
for something to wash it all down with. Walk north along the Embarcadero and pop into TCHO's
Beta Store for "obsessively good chocolate" on Pier 17; taste test Citrus and Chocolatey plus other creative favorites. Cross the street at Pier 23, cutting through Levi's Plaza, where the water fountains and benches seem weekend-lonely. Ascend the concrete and wooden Filbert Steps (at Sansome and Filbert), past quaint cottages tucked among a jungle of gardens and vegetation. Top out at Coit Tower, cross the parking lot and descend the stairs to Greenwich Street. Hungry now? Take a right on Grant and make a beeline for one of San Francisco's tiny but mighty picnic spots: Jack Early Park (just north of Chestnut Street). At the top of the stairs are two seats with views spanning the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands, Alcatraz, and the Bay Bridge. Head back via a right on Stockton, (briefly) through Fisherman's Wharf, and back down the Embarcadero. Delicious day-hike, done.