San Francisco vs. Seattle
The Best of the Northwest – San Francisco or Seattle?
Written by Ellen Honey
Marinalife Magazine Articles
- The Presidio offers an iconic waterfront with spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, hiking trails and museums. Explore this former U.S. Army military fort turned recreation epicenter.
- The historic Pike Place Market (home to the original Starbucks) continues it tradition of year-round farmers market featuring specialty foods, crafts and shopping.
- Salivate over seafood chowder in sourdough bread bowls at Boudin Bakery or savor the city’s eclectic mix of cuisine at stops like La Taqueria and Swan Oyster Depot.
- Encircled by water and loaded with fishermen, restaurants offer fresh and tasty seafood pulled straight from surrounding waters of Puget Sound. Try Elliott’s Oyster House and Ray’s Boathouse.
- Home to the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park is well-known for not having a bad seat in the house. Grab a Crazy Crab’z Dungeness sandwich, or park your kayak at McCovey Cove and watch the game on the water.
- Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, features rotisserie-style hot wings by High Cheese Pizza & Wings and bacon wrapped hot dogs at Edgar’s Tacos. This ballpark is one for the bucket list.
- San Francisco is known for Anchor Brewing Co.’s Anchor Steam Beer. This is the only steamed beer you can buy and is still brewed with the original 1800s method.
- Coffee beans are coddled to their full potential by small-batch roasters like Fonte, Herkimer and Caffe Umbria. Seattle is home to Peet’s, Seattle’s Best and the ubiquitous Starbuck’s.
Tying Up Your Boat
- Pier 39 Marina is centrally located at Fisherman’s Wharf, and San Francisco Marina is located on northern waterfront in the city.
- There are four marinas at the Port of Seattle: Fisherman’s Terminal, Harbor Island Marina, Bell Harbor Marina and Shilshole Bay Marina, the sailing center of the Northwest.