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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.

Park
“Iconic San Francisco Park a 25-30 minute walk or short drive. Parking can be a challenge, especially on weekends”
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Park
“Packed on weekends, great for people watching, picnicking, meeting up with friends, etc. Very sunny area of the city, just like Bernal, so perfect for lounging all day long.”
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Art Museum
“Located in Golden Gate Park. Beautiful grounds and always an interest exhibit being shown”
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Bakery
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“This place makes the best sourdough and pastries in the city. They don't always have them, but when they do, make sure to try a fresh cannele! It's also walking distance to beautiful Dolores park! For a full sit down experience, checkout their larger location on 9th Ave”
599local recommendations
Farmers Market
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“Market inside Ferry Building with a diverse selection of famous SF eateries: Hog Island Oyster Co, Acme Bread, Cowgirl Creamery, Blue Bottle, Miette and more.”
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Science Museum
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“Incredible Science Museum great for ALL ages!! Expect to spend some $$ on your ticket and leave feeling like it was very well spent. Watch fish, a movie at the Planetarium and so much more!”
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Trail
“Beautiful (and easy) hiking trail overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Pick a sunny day for the views although I also love the misty fog or as we call him, Karl the Fog! He even has his own instagram @KarlTheFog ”
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Neighborhood
“In the heart of SF's shopping/tourist area. Right along the Cable Car line. Plenty of people watching, high-end stores and food”
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Art Museum
“SFMOMA holds an internationally recognized collection of modern and contemporary art, and was the first museum on the West Coast devoted solely to 20th-century art.”
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New American Restaurant
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“Excellent California cuisine. Reservations are impossible to get, but walk in around 5p and put your name on the list and grab a drink nearby and you'll certainly get a table. Sometimes they'll let you do this by phone if you say live nearby and will walk over if a table becomes available.”
418local recommendations
Science Museum
“The Exploratorium is a fantastic science and human perception museum that allows kids and adults to discover how things work through several hands-on exhibits. This is one of the few kids museums in San Francisco that cover a wide range of topics, everything from cells to weather to sound and vision.”
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Baseball Stadium
“Now known as Oracle Park and home to the San Francisco Giants. If you cannot make a game, check out the stadium tour and grab lunch and a brew at the Public House after. Right on the Muni Metro Line.”
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Pizza Place
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“High end Italian with the best Italian style pizza in the area. Great place to sit on the sidewalk and people watch. Not too uncomfortable to chill alone. ”
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Ice Cream Shop
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“Best ice cream in the city. The Salty Caramel is my favorite. But don't miss the soft serve which is a separate window with a shorter line. ”
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Neighborhood
“On a clear day you can see the entire Bay Area and Pacific Ocean. It can get crowded, especially at night, but is worth the wait”
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Neighborhood
“Fisherman’s Wharf, on the northern waterfront, is one of the city's busiest tourist areas. Souvenir shops and stalls selling crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls appear at every turn, as do postcard views of the bay, Golden Gate and Alcatraz. There’s also a colony of sea lions to see and historic ships to tour. At Ghirardelli Square, boutiques and eateries reside in the famed former chocolate factory.”
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