City Smackdown: San Francisco vs. Oakland
Each week, Yahoo Travel pits writers from rival cities against each other to determine once and for all which destination is the best.
The Case for San Francisco - by Greg Keraghosian
Zooming through town on a streetcar. (Photo: Christopher Chan)
Sure, San Francisco is insanely expensive to live in, and to its credit, Oakland has come a long way in revitalizing itself. But as big brother/little brother battles go, this is still Jaime Lannister vs. Tyrion with swords. San Francisco’s beauty is second to none. With the exception of barbecue, San Francisco’s restaurants beat Oakland’s in every department. The revamped Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences museums are gleaming modern marvels that even know how to party on Thursday night. And this feels almost like a low blow, but go watch a Giants game, then go see an A’s game and tell me which is more inspiring.
The newly renovated Exploratorium is a great way to spend a few hours in San Francisco. (Courtesy: Exploratorium)
Famous faces: Mark Zuckerberg, Danielle Steele, Joe Montana, Chris Isaak.
Popular way to get around town: Ride-sharing smartphone apps such as Uber and Lyft.
Bread waiting to be put in the oven at Tartine. (Courtesy: Tartine)