There were several television shows set in San Francisco. One cult favorite was Charmed, a show about three sisters who discovered they were witches with magical powers. The show aired from 1998 to 2006 and had storylines that were relatable, especially for young women at the time. In addition to the strong female leads, the show featured many of San Francisco’s iconic sights and attractions. Its depiction of life in San Francisco, albeit somewhat unrealistic, sparked my desire to create a Charmed San Francisco travel itinerary. Here are places to begin your magical trip to the City by the Bay.
Charmed San Francisco Travel Itinerary
North Beach and Telegraph Hill
The “Quake” restaurant that the middle sister Piper worked at was located in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. This area is steep with Italian heritage and is one of the city’s hippest and most popular dining spots. If ever you’re in the area, stop by Mama’s on Washington Square, a local favorite. It’s famous for their breakfast menu that includes pancakes, French toast, and “M’Omelette’s” or omelets. After a nice breakfast at the restaurant, take a leisurely walk through Washington Square Park; or challenge yourself and walk off your morning meal by tackling the Filbert Steps towards Coit Tower. There are 600 steps overall, divided into three sections. The first set is the most challenging but the views of the Bay Bridge at the pinnacle are not to be missed.
Arts and Culture
The eldest sister Prue worked as an exhibit curator for the fictional Buckland’s Auction House, then later became a freelance photographer. Her love of history, culture, and architecture allowed the television show to feature different artwork, museums, and famous architecture around the city. The Prue aspect of this Charmed San Francisco travel would not be complete without a stop at some of San Francisco’s incredible museums. First on this list is the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Travel guidebook Fodor ranks it among the 20 must-see art museums in the country. Admire works by American greats like Rothko, Warhol and Pollack. Another museum worth visiting is the de Young Museum, located within San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. It features various artwork made by American artists from 17th to the 21st century.
Parks and Recreation
Lastly a visit to the San Francisco would not be complete without catching a glimpse of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. One of the best spots is at Baker Beach, located at the edge of the Presidio. This public beach offers stunning views of the San Francisco Bay and the Marin Headlands. Time permitting, stop by the Embarcadero, a foodie delight. Famous for its weekly farmer’s market, it’s also where you can catch the ferry to visit Alcatraz. A tour of the famous jail where Al Capone once resided is a must for your Charmed San Francisco travel itinerary.
If it’s your first time staying in San Francisco, allot at least four full days to get most of the highlights of the city. Do you have other Charmed San Francisco attractions to add on this list? Share your suggestions below.
Written by Rita Roberts and edited by Iris A.