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Things to do in San Francisco

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Science Museum
“For older kids, teens and really any age... team bonding for your start-up. For a fun, experiential day!”
  • 230 locals recommend
Park
“This is one my favorite areas to bike to, or have a picnic at. Spending a few hours by the beach, watching people outside, dogs running by and people exercising while taking in the views of the bay. Get there around noon and relax for a couple hours before making your way to lunch.”
  • 261 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“One of our favorite pizzeria! The line may be long so go during non peak dinning time, or put your name there and walk around have a drink!”
  • 217 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“TIP: go to the west side, it’s where the locals prefer. Much nicer than the painted ladies if you look closely at the architecture and flora. ”
  • 247 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“In central SF - and near SF MOMA, Metreon and Yerba Buena park so you can split up and do a variety of things and come back together for lunch and dinner.”
  • 144 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The most famous street in downtown San Francisco. Great place for photos and to walk up + down. If you have a car, definitely drive down for a fun experience!”
  • 137 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco, California, is a monumental structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented there. One of only a few surviving structures from the Exposition, it is still situated on its original site. It was rebuilt in 1965, and renovation of the lagoon, walkways, and a seismic retrofit were completed in early 2009. In addition to hosting art exhibitions, it remains a popular attraction for tourists and locals and is a favorite location for weddings and wedding party photographs for couples throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and such an icon that a miniature replica of it was built in Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim.[3]”
  • 171 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Great coffee roaster. You can book classes on how to roast as well as tasting classes! ”
  • 202 locals recommend
Park
“This is another park with great city views, perfect to watch the sunset and take in the landscape that surrounds bernal hill. There is a swing that makes for great pictures! However, remember to dress in layers cause it tends to get chilly as the sun goes down.”
  • 208 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“Grand 1920s movie palace! This is the place to catch vintage films, sing-a-longs (super popular!), film festivals, and the occasional live show/speaker.”
  • 218 locals recommend
Park
“THE PRESIDIO: The Lyon Street Steps also are right next to our beautiful park, “The Presidio”. You can walk there, or catch the #43 “Masonic” bus on Masonic Street, right at the entrance to the park. It will take you into the Presidio. They have a big picnic day there on Sundays with lots of food trucks.”
  • 174 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Enjoy the sites and shops along the San Francisco Bay. Stop along the walkway and grab some crab, shimp, or fries oysters to eat while you continue walking. ”
  • 128 locals recommend
Burrito Place
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“The famous La Taqueria is the birthplace of the Mission-style Burrito. Also named the best Burrito in America! A must visit. Lines may be long, but moves quickly. Only a 5 minute walk away. ”
  • 208 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Another one of my absolute favorites. This one is a bit more upscale, but worth the price. Be sure to reserve in advance. ”
  • 190 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“If you reminisce about the Summer of Love, there are still remnants of those days right here. There are lots of sights to see including nearby Golden Gate Park.”
  • 192 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“The photo is out of date as remodeled. Historic ocean view restaurant with Lands End parking lots uphill. Do not leave anything of value inside car if driving as car breakins occur all over the city, especially in tourist spots.”
  • 202 locals recommend