Skip to content

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.
Coffee Shop
$$
“Customized blends, it is one of the favorite coffee houses founded in the Mission District. ”
  • 201 locals recommend
Beach
“Great place for viewing the Golden Gate Bridge! It is quiet and usually not crowded. ”
  • 163 locals recommend
Historic Site
“One of the most photographed locations in San Francisco, Alamo Square's famous "postcard row" at Hayes and Steiner Streets is indeed a visual treat. A tight, escalating formation of Victorian houses is back-dropped by downtown skyscrapers, providing a stunning contrast. The grassy square itself is an ideal midday break. One of 11 historic districts designated by the Department of City Planning, the area includes several bed and breakfast inns.”
  • 131 locals recommend
Garden
“If you love flowers and tea and/ or are looking for a romantic date idea, this is place is lovely!”
  • 139 locals recommend
Zoo
“The mission of San Francisco Zoo & Gardens is to Connect people with wildlife, inspire Caring for nature and advance Conservation action. Open 365 days a year, San Francisco Zoo is home to more than 2,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals in 100 acres of majestic and peaceful gardens located directly on the Pacific Coast.”
  • 98 locals recommend
Thin-crust pizzas and cocktails in a neighborhood spot
$$
“Delicious California fare and pizza for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Great cocktails + outdoor seating!”
  • 180 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Asian Art Museum houses one of the most comprehensive Asian art collections in the world, with more than 18,000 works of art in its permanent collection, some as much as 6,000 years old.”
  • 97 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
$$
“The menu changes constantly, with hilarious themes. Great drinks, cool space, can get a bit loud and crowded, but very fun!”
  • 178 locals recommend
Bakery
$$
“Many come for the four barrel coffee, but this place is all about the bread. Josey Baker is a bread genius. Buy it by the slice or by the loaf. The line can get long, but it moves quickly.”
  • 191 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
$$
“- Further out in Cole Valley - Extremely high quality French style restaurant”
  • 180 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
$$$
“Well known pasta restaurant with hand made, fresh pasta. Will likely need a reservation.”
  • 163 locals recommend
American Restaurant
$$
“Great spot if you can get a reservation. Lunch is usually fairly easy to walk in. Their fresh baked bread is great, and the seasonal menu is very tasty. ”
  • 189 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
$$
“Fabulous breakfast and lunch. Go early or be prepared to wait. it is worth it.”
  • 151 locals recommend
Landmark
“Fun location from which to visit North Beach, a classic San Francisco Italian neighborhood with great cafes and restaurants, iconic views, interesting old architecture.”
  • 103 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Generally our hipster district, the Mission is really a mish-mash of culture ranging from immigrants, long term residents, hipsters and yuppies are living side-by-side. It's known for it's wide range of food, ranging from high-end restaurants to authentic taquerias. Spend your time tasting coffee, exploring fancy cocktails, to enjoying all the colorful street art and murals in the area.”
  • 153 locals recommend
Landmark
“The height of the Coit Tower is 210 feet. It has amazing views of the city in a clear day. However, if you don't want to pay to go up all the way to the tower, you can arrive at the bottom of the tower and you will also find very nice views. Stroll around the neighborhood, since there are nice restaurants in that area.”
  • 125 locals recommend