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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.

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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Park
“Perfect for an early morning or afternoon stroll. Sweeping views of the Bay and city, similar to Twin Peaks. After walking around the park, you can drop down onto Cortland Ave in Bernal Heights for lunch or a coffee. Great neighborhood (where we used to live!) Uber up to the park, or get a great workout in by doing the walk up from Mission Street. ”
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Zoo
“Amazing animals, gardens, kids play areas and carousel. There is also a cute little steam engine that circles part of the zoo.”
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Breakfast Spot
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“Great for brunch (gets crowded on weekends) and nice back garden for dinner. French style food.”
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Neighborhood
“The Castro speaks for itself...check it out. BOLO for the local nudists who frequent the area! ”
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Shopping Plaza
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“If you are in Fisherman's Wharf in SF, you'll need to visit Ghirardelli. It is famous for their Excellent ice cream and chocolate.”
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Italian Restaurant
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“Great bar mixologists serving some original cocktails, awesome small plates”
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Neighborhood
“Named for the 1776-built Mission Dolores, the Mission District is an exuberant, evolving neighborhood with Latino roots and a hipster vibe. Old-school taquerias and eclectic live-music clubs mix with chef-driven eateries and craft cocktail lounges. There are also tattoo parlors, gourmet ice cream shops and Dolores Park, a popular weekend hangout with skyline views. Vibrant murals line streets such as Clarion Alley.”
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Neighborhood
“This whole neighborhood is a blast to explore. Tea to ramen to local shops. ”
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Point of Interest
“Coit Tower has been standing at the top of Telegraph Hill since 1933. At the top of the tower is a viewing deck that gives 360 degree views of the city and the surrounding bay. The tower was named after Lillie Hitchcock Coit, she was a little eccentric and very wealthy. When she passed aways she left a substantial sum of money to the city and so this tower was built to honor her. You can go up the tower by elevator all year round and tickets can be bought from the nearby ticket shop.”
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Art Museum
“The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of art from Asia in the world today. There are more than 18,000 pieces of art in the museum, including some pieces that are more than 6,000 years old. The museum was founded when Avery Brundage donated a large sum of money to the city to found the museum.”
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Neighborhood
“Very cute and body little Italy. Hungry for some authentic Italian food or gourmet coffee little Italy is the perfect spot. ”
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Italian Restaurant
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“Hard to get into but well worth, get there 10 minutes before they open and you’ll get in!”
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Coffee Shop
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“A San Francisco institution, this coffee joint does it a little differently - no espresso drinks, only pour-over, and they specialized in flavored drinks. Our personal fave is the Mocha Tesora. Take your coffee to-go and head to Noe Valley Park across the street.”
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Movie Theater
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“Best place to see a movie in SF. What could be better than delicious cocktails and food delivered right to your seat?”
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