Why Everybody Loves San Francisco

San Francisco. It's an American icon for many reasons: it's the city that gave birth to gay rights with Harvey Milk, it's a Hollywood favorite for shooting urban style films, SF is the hometown of many a great comedians, it's a flagship of American history for housing the famous gold rush, it's the meeting place for many politically active Latin-Americans, and now it's the dream destination of every techie in the world. Of course, there are many more reasons for the city's popularity, but these are just the few that come to mind to me, a girl who spent much of her teenage years in the East Bay Area.

This summer, Tomy and I spent three weeks in San Francisco. It was a trip that as a couple working in tech, needed to make together. Although I warned Tomy of the viciously high prices of basically everything, he didn't get it till we got there. We spent three weeks in a room in the Fillmore/Japantown area with a friendly couple and their cat. Although neither of them grew up in the Bay Area, they definitely had embraces the city's vibe. I mean, I'm from the Bay Area and didn't even know people called the fog "Karl!"

Over the course of those few weeks, we had a good time exploring much of what the city has to offer in terms of food, parks, coworking-style cafes, and more. And although we don't see ourselves moving there anytime soon, I think it's fair to say that it's very obvious why anybody else would want to. Keep scrolling to see what some of the greatest icons of our time have to say about California's foggy city.

Sometimes it's about mystery...

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San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality.
— Paul Kantner
One day if I go to heaven... I’ll look around say, ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.’
— Herb Caen
It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attraction of the next world.
— Oscar Wilde
San Francisco itself is art.... every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal.
— William Saroyan

For some, it's about feelings...

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To a traveler paying his first visit, it has the interest of a new planet. It ignores the meteorological laws which govern the rest of the world.
— Fritz Hugh Ludlow
You can go one block to the next in San Francisco and get a completely different opinion of what the issue is.
— Don Johnson
If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair, if you’re going to San Francisco, you’re gonna meet some gentle people there.
— John Phillips
Anyone who doesn’t have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me.
— Anthony Bourdain
San Francisco has only one drawback, ‘tis hard to leave.
— Rudyard Kipling

It's almost always about love...

Photo by local photographer Louis Raphael
San Francisco cable car scene by local photographer David Yu

San Francisco cable car scene by local photographer David Yu

I left my heart in San Francisco.
— Frank Sinatra
Every man should be allowed to love two cities, his own and San Francisco.
— Gene Fowler
Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart. You want to linger as long as possible.
— Walter Kronkite
The Golden Gate Bridge’s daily strip tease from enveloping stoles of mist to full frontal glory is still the most provocative show in town.
— Mary Moore Mason
I’m just mad for San Francisco. It is like London and Paris stacked on top of each other.
— Twiggy
The cool, gray city of love.
— George Sterling

But really, everybody loves San Francisco for it's beauty...

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Of all cities in the United States I have seen, San Francisco is the most beautiful.
— Nikita Kruschev
San Franciscans are very proud of their city, and they should be. It’s the most beautiful place in the world.
— Robert Redford
San Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the world…I would probably rank it at the top or near the top. It’s small but photogenic and has layers…You never have problems finding great angles that people have never done.
— Ang Lee
God took the beauty of the Bay of Naples, the Valley of the Nile, the Swiss Alps, the Hudson River Valley, rolled them into one and made San Francisco Bay.
— Fiorello La Guardia
San Francisco is the only city I can think of that can survive all the things you people are doing to it and still look beautiful.
— Frank Lloyd Wright
San Francisco is a breathtakingly beautiful city, with lots of great contrasts between dark and light, often overlapping each other. It’s a great setting for a horror story.
— Christopher Moore
You wouldn’t think such a place as San Francisco could exist. The wonderful sunlight here, the hills, the great bridges, the Pacific at your shoes. Beautiful Chinatown. Every race in the world. The sardine fleets sailing out. The little cable-cars whizzing down The City hills….And all the people are open and friendly.
— Dylan Thomas