Fog City on Film: Striking Videos of San Francisco

By: Katie Manning

January 11, 2013

From busy, bustling Chinatown to the steep city streets of its quieter neighbourhoods, San Francisco offers up enough diversity to keep us well and truly on our toes. Whether you’re after a late-night drinking den or a daytime retreat, there’s plenty on offer in this city. Check out our selection of San Francisco videos for an insight into why we keep coming back.

“The City” by WTK Photography

This incredible time-lapse video, shot over a year in San Francisco, captures the weird and the wonderful of this city – our favourite shots are of its famously steep hills and the Golden Gate Bridge.

“My Life in a Day; San Francisco” by Scott Hammel

Just a day in the life of a San Franciscan, yet it captures the simple, yet striking sights that make up this city. We love that it’s a local viewpoint rather than from a tourist’s perspective – it’s an honest portrayal of Fog City if we ever saw one.

“Fisherman’s Wharf” by Andrew Setiawan

In his debut video, Andrew Setiawan captures the hustle and bustle of the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 and the surrounding areas. We love the rapid shots of the city that punctuate the sequence.

San Francisco Chinatown Adventure” by Dream Machine Creative

We can’t get enough of San Francisco’s Chinatown –  famous for being the oldest in North America and the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. This video beautifully captures the numerous Chinese lanterns, pagoda roves and the many, many tourists who explore this vibrant part of the city.

“San Francisco’s Mission District” by News21

The Mission District of San Francisco remains to this day the epicentre of the city’s Hispanic community and this lively video captures some of the sights and sounds of this very diverse neighbourhood. Shots of the murals and dancing are especially good to see.


Katie Manning

Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning

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