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Best things to do in San Francisco

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

New American Restaurant
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“For late-night dining in SF, it doesn't get much better than Nopa. Serves dinner until midnight (1 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays). Great brunch on weekends too.”
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Park
“From the sky high buildings to the small particles of sand, the Presidio had endless adventure for all kinds! Don't forget to visit the Walt Disney Museum!”
170local recommendations
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.”
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Monument / Landmark
“Lombard Street (8.2 miles) is famous worldwide and many visitors enjoy walking, driving or seeing the cars carefully winding down the eight, hairpin turns among the beautiful flower beds. It's also known as the zig zag road.”
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Neighborhood
“If you love old Victorians, this neighborhood has some of the best "Painted Ladies" ”
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Shopping Mall
“Pier 39 or Fishermans Warf - come out for a walk, food and fun activities. ”
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Pizza Place
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“INSPIRED BY THE BEST PIZZA OF NEW YORK CITY AND NAPLES, ITALY. Very popular.”
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Park
“Great place to go for a stroll or bike ride, throw a Frisbee or have a picnic. Can walk to the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, and Fort Point from Crissy Field. ”
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Garden
“San Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden is the oldest public Japanese garden in the country. The garden was created for an exhibition in 1894, when the exhibition closed a gentleman’s agreement was reached and the garden remained. As time went by the garden expanded to the size it is today, approximately 5 acres. Today the gardens are hugely popular with tourists who come to see the pagodas, stepping stones, arched bridges and native Japanese plants. There is also a koi pond and Zen garden. If you are hungry or thirsty on your visit you can stop for some traditional Japanese refreshments.”
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Burrito Place
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“Won the prestigious 2017 James Beard award as "America's Classic", their wall cannot fit all the other awards that they've won throughout the years. Try the Carne Asada Burrito.”
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New American Restaurant
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“Crowds eat Californian-Mediterranean fare (& a popular brunch) in an outdoor space screening films. ”
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Neighborhood
“Birthplace of the 1960s counterculture movement, Haight-Ashbury draws a lively, diverse crowd looking to soak up the historic hippie vibe. Upper Haight Street is a hodgepodge of vintage clothing boutiques, record shops, bookstores, dive bars and casual, eclectic restaurants. Bordering Golden Gate Park, the neighborhood features many colorful, well-preserved Victorian homes, including the storied Grateful Dead House”
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Historic Site
“Full house houses, short stroll and beautiful park, dog park and kids playground. Walk on Divisadero afterwards for food and drink options.”
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Indie Movie Theater
“This old-school movie palace has been a fixture in the Castro neighborhood since 1922. The grand interior and signature pre-show organ music are worth the price of admission alone — but stick around for their ever-changing roster of classic films, spirited sing-alongs, and rotating film festivals. Absolutely one of our favorite destinations in SF!”
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American Restaurant
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“Great bar to watch the sunset over the ocean, Upscale and delicious​ food for lunch or dinner.”
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Premise
“Coit Tower, a slender white concrete column rising from the top of Telegraph Hill, has been an emblem of San Francisco’s skyline since its completion in 1933, a welcoming beacon to visitors and residents alike.”
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