Guidebook for San Francisco

Suzanne

Guidebook for San Francisco

Food Scene
friendly, decidedly unchained atmosphere. Good coffee.
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Beanery
1307 9th Avenue
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locals recommend
friendly, decidedly unchained atmosphere. Good coffee.
tiny, off the beaten path coffee place with a cool store next door. Hipster - lite.
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Hollow
1435 Irving Street
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tiny, off the beaten path coffee place with a cool store next door. Hipster - lite.
what's not to love about this worker owned bakery CO-OP? They feed the masses everyday but Monday with their amazing pastry and Pizza(after 11). Coffee too. Outdoor seating.
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Arizmendi Bakery
1331 9th Avenue
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what's not to love about this worker owned bakery CO-OP? They feed the masses everyday but Monday with their amazing pastry and Pizza(after 11). Coffee too. Outdoor seating.
Soupy noodles with fresh veggies, fresh-made onion cakes and the best tasting green beans I've ever had make it easier for me to overlook the questionable hygiene, non-organic ingredients, and slow service. Cheap. Closed Wednesday.
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King of Noodles
1639 Irving Street
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Soupy noodles with fresh veggies, fresh-made onion cakes and the best tasting green beans I've ever had make it easier for me to overlook the questionable hygiene, non-organic ingredients, and slow service. Cheap. Closed Wednesday.
this small family run felafel place is my favorite. Schwarma, wraps, felafel, pita sandwiches. Eat in or take out. Charming little patio in the back.
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Yumma's Mediterranean Grill
721 Irving Street
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this small family run felafel place is my favorite. Schwarma, wraps, felafel, pita sandwiches. Eat in or take out. Charming little patio in the back.
right across from Golden Gate Park, this is a nice place to stop for a drink and appetizers after a day of touring. Modern comfortable atmosphere, small heated outdoor seating area. Expensive if you stay for dinner, but the food is good.
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Pacific Catch
1200 9th Avenue
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right across from Golden Gate Park, this is a nice place to stop for a drink and appetizers after a day of touring. Modern comfortable atmosphere, small heated outdoor seating area. Expensive if you stay for dinner, but the food is good.
Don't be put off by the fluorescent lights and basement location. The southeast asian food is super tasty. Skewers, potatoes, and noodle dishes are worth ordering. I think it's BYOB.
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Lime Tree
450 Irving Street
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Don't be put off by the fluorescent lights and basement location. The southeast asian food is super tasty. Skewers, potatoes, and noodle dishes are worth ordering. I think it's BYOB.
In the UCSF student union. I don't think there is a better view than this in San Francisco. Have a sandwich, glass of wine and espresso and sit on the deck overlooking Golden Gate Park, the Presidio and beyond to Marin. Spectacular. Don't expect much from the food. It's just OK.
Palio Cafe UCSF
500 Parnassus Ave
In the UCSF student union. I don't think there is a better view than this in San Francisco. Have a sandwich, glass of wine and espresso and sit on the deck overlooking Golden Gate Park, the Presidio and beyond to Marin. Spectacular. Don't expect much from the food. It's just OK.
We have been going to this spot since it opened 20 years ago. It's tiny so go early or call ahead for wait time. It's an eclectic menu of salads, grains and noodles from around the world. The Koh Samui and Manila are my favorites. Sit at the bar and watch him cook.
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Pomelo
92 Judah Street
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We have been going to this spot since it opened 20 years ago. It's tiny so go early or call ahead for wait time. It's an eclectic menu of salads, grains and noodles from around the world. The Koh Samui and Manila are my favorites. Sit at the bar and watch him cook.
This is the only indian restaurant I can recommend for eating in in the neighborhood. It's good enough and serves both south and north indian favorites. Pleasant atmosphere, indifferent service. Hearty portions.
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Masala Dosa
1375 9th Avenue
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This is the only indian restaurant I can recommend for eating in in the neighborhood. It's good enough and serves both south and north indian favorites. Pleasant atmosphere, indifferent service. Hearty portions.
Make this your first stop on a visit to the outerlands of San Francisco and Ocean Beach. A Snowy Plover or Lyon's tea au lait will not disappoint, nor will the housemade savory scones and breads.
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Andytown Coffee Roasters
3655 Lawton St
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Make this your first stop on a visit to the outerlands of San Francisco and Ocean Beach. A Snowy Plover or Lyon's tea au lait will not disappoint, nor will the housemade savory scones and breads.
we like the food at Taco Shop better, but if you are near the park, you can get a basic burrito, taco, quesadilla in a hurry here and you will be happy.
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Gordo Taqueria
1239 9th Avenue
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we like the food at Taco Shop better, but if you are near the park, you can get a basic burrito, taco, quesadilla in a hurry here and you will be happy.
if you've never had a hand pie, this bakery is just down the street and makes tiny savory pies that will fill you up for breakfast or a snack. Good for food on the run too.
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Peasant Pies Cafe & Catering, Inner Sunset
4108 24th Street
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if you've never had a hand pie, this bakery is just down the street and makes tiny savory pies that will fill you up for breakfast or a snack. Good for food on the run too.
If you are near the ocean, you might as well eat fish - they have it in taco form, with chips or in a salad. Casual but tasteful setting.
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Hook Fish Co
4542 Irving St
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If you are near the ocean, you might as well eat fish - they have it in taco form, with chips or in a salad. Casual but tasteful setting.
The best thing to eat at outer lands that is the Tartine stye bread which they offer in limited quantity to the first 5-10 people who ask after 5PM. By 5:30 it's gone, unless of course you eat a meal there. Dinner and brunch.
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Outerlands
4001 Judah St
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The best thing to eat at outer lands that is the Tartine stye bread which they offer in limited quantity to the first 5-10 people who ask after 5PM. By 5:30 it's gone, unless of course you eat a meal there. Dinner and brunch.
go for the flavors. It's a very short menu and you'll have time in line to decide. It's our favorite take out. You can eat there inside or out. Very casual.
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Souvla
517 Hayes Street
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go for the flavors. It's a very short menu and you'll have time in line to decide. It's our favorite take out. You can eat there inside or out. Very casual.
If you like Teriyaki and a quick, casual atmosphere, this is your place. Simple menu of teriyaki'd proteins or veggies paired with rice(s) and salad. That's it. A few staple sides like gyoza(skip these, nothin' special)cucumber salad and edamame. Simple food at a fair price in a comfortable atmosphere. Also on Fillmore St.
Glaze Teriyaki
2095 Chestnut St
If you like Teriyaki and a quick, casual atmosphere, this is your place. Simple menu of teriyaki'd proteins or veggies paired with rice(s) and salad. That's it. A few staple sides like gyoza(skip these, nothin' special)cucumber salad and edamame. Simple food at a fair price in a comfortable atmosphere. Also on Fillmore St.
Deep in the Mission, steps from 24th street BART, this place has big bowls and cups of yummy goodness in a compact, inspiring, friendly, funky-boho space. Juices, teas, smoothies, smoothie or savory bowls with fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, nuts in inventive and delicious combinations. You will feel full and healthy afterwards.
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Beloved Natural Cafe & Organic Juicery
3338 24th St
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Deep in the Mission, steps from 24th street BART, this place has big bowls and cups of yummy goodness in a compact, inspiring, friendly, funky-boho space. Juices, teas, smoothies, smoothie or savory bowls with fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, nuts in inventive and delicious combinations. You will feel full and healthy afterwards.
Where to start...OK, first, this place is huge so showing up without a reservation at 7 on a Saturday night is no problem. Several different seating areas in a super cool, modern space - dumpling bar, communal table, main hall - so it doesn't feel cavernous, even though it is. Second, this is not your normal goopy, gloppy, pour over white rice, MSG laced chinese food. This is fresh, beautifully presented(but not pretentious) and thoughtfully paced food so you can enjoy each dish on it's own. Food for the adventurous along with favorites you'd expect. Third, it's not terribly expensive. I've spent half this much on burritos and this was WAY better. ~$30/per person with a drink.
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China Live
644 Broadway
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Where to start...OK, first, this place is huge so showing up without a reservation at 7 on a Saturday night is no problem. Several different seating areas in a super cool, modern space - dumpling bar, communal table, main hall - so it doesn't feel cavernous, even though it is. Second, this is not your normal goopy, gloppy, pour over white rice, MSG laced chinese food. This is fresh, beautifully presented(but not pretentious) and thoughtfully paced food so you can enjoy each dish on it's own. Food for the adventurous along with favorites you'd expect. Third, it's not terribly expensive. I've spent half this much on burritos and this was WAY better. ~$30/per person with a drink.
You are on the waterfront anyway AND you are hungry. Classic diner goes modern and fresh with burgers, fries and shakes. Not a must go, but a good stand - in with little or no wait.
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Gott's Roadside
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You are on the waterfront anyway AND you are hungry. Classic diner goes modern and fresh with burgers, fries and shakes. Not a must go, but a good stand - in with little or no wait.
Mangia bene qui. Ragazza and it's sister cafe, Gialina in Glen Park are our go to italians. Amazing crust with inventive toppings (nettle!) and fresh pastas. Seasonal and fresh menu. In nice weather, there's a charming patio out back. Go early, or expect to wait as there are no reservations accepted.
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Ragazza
311 Divisadero Street
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Mangia bene qui. Ragazza and it's sister cafe, Gialina in Glen Park are our go to italians. Amazing crust with inventive toppings (nettle!) and fresh pastas. Seasonal and fresh menu. In nice weather, there's a charming patio out back. Go early, or expect to wait as there are no reservations accepted.
Lers Ros does a reasonably good job with thai food. I find so often thai gets too sweet for my palate. This spot manages to have a variety of flavors - spicy, sweet, savory and tangy. Upscale surroundings in ultra-hopping Hayes Valley. The service is super efficient so best to have somewhere to go after as they turn tables quickly. Also in The Mission on 16th near Guerrero.
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Lers Ros - Hayes
307 Hayes Street
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Lers Ros does a reasonably good job with thai food. I find so often thai gets too sweet for my palate. This spot manages to have a variety of flavors - spicy, sweet, savory and tangy. Upscale surroundings in ultra-hopping Hayes Valley. The service is super efficient so best to have somewhere to go after as they turn tables quickly. Also in The Mission on 16th near Guerrero.
We find our selves here at least twice a month when we tire of veggie fare and NEED a burger. Burgers are what they do - bison, beef, turkey, veggie - many different ways. The haystack is a must - onion, zucchini, sweet potato and potato fries. The salads and sides are ever-changing and always fantastic. Beer and wine. The decor is modern rustic. Order at the counter and find a seat. At busiest times you may have to wait just a few minutes for a table, but they will time your food to arrive hot.
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Roam Artisan Burgers
1923 Fillmore Street
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We find our selves here at least twice a month when we tire of veggie fare and NEED a burger. Burgers are what they do - bison, beef, turkey, veggie - many different ways. The haystack is a must - onion, zucchini, sweet potato and potato fries. The salads and sides are ever-changing and always fantastic. Beer and wine. The decor is modern rustic. Order at the counter and find a seat. At busiest times you may have to wait just a few minutes for a table, but they will time your food to arrive hot.
small, intimate place for sushi that's nearby. Open 5-10 except Tuesdays.
Goemon Japanese Restaurant
1524 Irving St
small, intimate place for sushi that's nearby. Open 5-10 except Tuesdays.
Originally from Japan, Dandelion chocolate is hands down the most complex and interesting chocolate on the planet. If you think chocolate is art, you will find a full gallery here. Tours and classes also available. Also in the Ferry Building.
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Dandelion Chocolate
740 Valencia St
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Originally from Japan, Dandelion chocolate is hands down the most complex and interesting chocolate on the planet. If you think chocolate is art, you will find a full gallery here. Tours and classes also available. Also in the Ferry Building.
This is completely off the tourist path but if you like a perfect thin crust pizza or house made sausage in an outdoor setting, this place is great! It's just a trailer where there used to be a gas station, but they've converted it to a garden setting with picnic tables that is simply charming. The salads are just as amazing as the pizza. Good food takes time, so order and head across the street to Flora Grubb Gardens to check out the exquisite gifts and a horticultural display like no other. The T line serves the 3rd street corridor and will take you there. Closed Saturday.
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All Good Pizza
1605 Jerrold Avenue
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This is completely off the tourist path but if you like a perfect thin crust pizza or house made sausage in an outdoor setting, this place is great! It's just a trailer where there used to be a gas station, but they've converted it to a garden setting with picnic tables that is simply charming. The salads are just as amazing as the pizza. Good food takes time, so order and head across the street to Flora Grubb Gardens to check out the exquisite gifts and a horticultural display like no other. The T line serves the 3rd street corridor and will take you there. Closed Saturday.
Our go-to for indian take out(or free delivery). The food is better than the atmosphere and the price is reasonable. Beware the heat - even their "mild" can sometimes make your eyes water and your nose run.
Noori Pakistani & Indian Cuisine - SF
1924 Irving Street
Our go-to for indian take out(or free delivery). The food is better than the atmosphere and the price is reasonable. Beware the heat - even their "mild" can sometimes make your eyes water and your nose run.
tiny pace that will serve you a delicious and fresh Banh Mi and a sweetened to taste Boba. It's close by!
b&b - Banh Mi & Boba
1634 Irving St
tiny pace that will serve you a delicious and fresh Banh Mi and a sweetened to taste Boba. It's close by!
One would think the Inner Sunset doesn't need another bakery, but this isn't just any bakery - it's Tartine who's exquisite fresh and wholesome breads and sandwiches and bright and fresh aesthetic makes this a must try(before 3PM).
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Tartine Inner Sunset
1226 9th Ave
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One would think the Inner Sunset doesn't need another bakery, but this isn't just any bakery - it's Tartine who's exquisite fresh and wholesome breads and sandwiches and bright and fresh aesthetic makes this a must try(before 3PM).
There's a lot going on at the Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street. This iconic building underwent a stunning renovation in the early 00's so is worth a visit just for that. It houses a foodie paradise along with adjunct business like Heath Ceramics and the Gardener. On Saturdays and Thursdays there is a traditional Farmers Market surrounding the building from 8-2(Sat) and 9-1(Th). My favorite place to rest after taking it all in(and it's a lot!) is Boulet's Larder.
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Ferry Building
1 San Francisco Bay Trail
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There's a lot going on at the Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street. This iconic building underwent a stunning renovation in the early 00's so is worth a visit just for that. It houses a foodie paradise along with adjunct business like Heath Ceramics and the Gardener. On Saturdays and Thursdays there is a traditional Farmers Market surrounding the building from 8-2(Sat) and 9-1(Th). My favorite place to rest after taking it all in(and it's a lot!) is Boulet's Larder.
finally a good korean eatery with fresh decor in the inner sunset.
um.ma
1220 9th Ave
finally a good korean eatery with fresh decor in the inner sunset.
french bakery heaven. Breakfast or lunch. Classic decor int he french cafe style with out door seating on the sidewalk.
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b. patisserie
2821 California St
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french bakery heaven. Breakfast or lunch. Classic decor int he french cafe style with out door seating on the sidewalk.
super tasty snacks with a Portuguese influence. Pastry, best avacado toast ever. Benches to sit socially distanced on the sidewalk.
BOAVIDA
3560 Taraval St
super tasty snacks with a Portuguese influence. Pastry, best avacado toast ever. Benches to sit socially distanced on the sidewalk.
The food here never disappoints. Great flavors, fresh ingredients. Tea leaf salad is what they are known for.
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B Star
127 Clement Street
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The food here never disappoints. Great flavors, fresh ingredients. Tea leaf salad is what they are known for.
When Coffee, fresh toast and a chill vibe are what you see, this is the place
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The Mill
736 Divisadero St
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When Coffee, fresh toast and a chill vibe are what you see, this is the place
great neighborhood spot for a happy hour glass of wine and small plates.
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InoVino
108-B Carl Street
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great neighborhood spot for a happy hour glass of wine and small plates.
This is our go to burrito spot. The input quality is just a bit cleaner than that of the also delish Gordo's across the street. The atmosphere is urban rustic with a nice garden patio.
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The Taco Shop at Underdogs
1824 Irving Street
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This is our go to burrito spot. The input quality is just a bit cleaner than that of the also delish Gordo's across the street. The atmosphere is urban rustic with a nice garden patio.
Our friends either love or hate this place. We love it for it's amazing meats and inventive latin inspired dishes. This is NOT the place for a burrito. The Paleta's (popsicles)are a must. The patio is enclosed and heated.
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Nopalito
306 Broderick Street
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Our friends either love or hate this place. We love it for it's amazing meats and inventive latin inspired dishes. This is NOT the place for a burrito. The Paleta's (popsicles)are a must. The patio is enclosed and heated.
These donuts will knock your socks off. Classic cake donuts in inventive(but not hipster silly) flavors, remarkable raised donuts and my favorite - the GF blueberry fritter. I eat gluten, but this one is a such a flavor treat! And, if you like Dwell-like interiors, all the better because this place has style. And it's on the edge of Hayes Valley so you can walk it off while you window shop $500 shoes and $5 macarons.
Johnny Doughnuts
392 Fulton St
These donuts will knock your socks off. Classic cake donuts in inventive(but not hipster silly) flavors, remarkable raised donuts and my favorite - the GF blueberry fritter. I eat gluten, but this one is a such a flavor treat! And, if you like Dwell-like interiors, all the better because this place has style. And it's on the edge of Hayes Valley so you can walk it off while you window shop $500 shoes and $5 macarons.
Empress is on our list to try because it's buzz has reached fever pitch as SF re-opens and it's in Chinatown, one of our most unique neighborhoods.
Empress by Boon
838 Grant Avenue
Empress is on our list to try because it's buzz has reached fever pitch as SF re-opens and it's in Chinatown, one of our most unique neighborhoods.
Parks & Nature
you will be transported to wild nature 5 minutes from a bustling university campus. It's possible to hike on trails from the Golden Gate Bridge to Glen Park. Mt Sutro Trails are only part of this epic hike. Ask me.
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Mount Sutro
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you will be transported to wild nature 5 minutes from a bustling university campus. It's possible to hike on trails from the Golden Gate Bridge to Glen Park. Mt Sutro Trails are only part of this epic hike. Ask me.
Check out the Japanese Teagarden (free hours M-W-F before 10a) where you can sit and have an expensive cup of tea overlooking tranquil gardens. The Botanical Gardens across the street are a beautiful place to wander. Admission charged. Dirt trails run along the south and north sides of the park all the way to the beach. Go explore.
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Golden Gate Park
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Check out the Japanese Teagarden (free hours M-W-F before 10a) where you can sit and have an expensive cup of tea overlooking tranquil gardens. The Botanical Gardens across the street are a beautiful place to wander. Admission charged. Dirt trails run along the south and north sides of the park all the way to the beach. Go explore.
The ocean is a force that deserves respect, and you can look at ours for hours from this beach. On weekend nights it will be dotted with bonfires. There is a dangerous riptide, so best to just look at the water unless you are a strong swimmer.
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Ocean Beach
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The ocean is a force that deserves respect, and you can look at ours for hours from this beach. On weekend nights it will be dotted with bonfires. There is a dangerous riptide, so best to just look at the water unless you are a strong swimmer.
There is everything here - golf, running trails, views, beach, restaurants, art, music, museums. Presidio.gov
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Presidio of San Francisco
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There is everything here - golf, running trails, views, beach, restaurants, art, music, museums. Presidio.gov
great beach for the kids and running. Plenty of parking at east beach. Limited parking at east beach near the warming hut. restrooms at both. Shower at east beach. Dogs allowed.
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Crissy Field
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great beach for the kids and running. Plenty of parking at east beach. Limited parking at east beach near the warming hut. restrooms at both. Shower at east beach. Dogs allowed.
go before 10a or be prepared for hordes. Stunning views golden gate and pacific views along an historic roadbed. Parking and restrooms at the west end. Legion of Honor Museum near the east end. Clement bus will return you to the start. Check out the labyrinth off the main trail.
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Lands End Trail
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go before 10a or be prepared for hordes. Stunning views golden gate and pacific views along an historic roadbed. Parking and restrooms at the west end. Legion of Honor Museum near the east end. Clement bus will return you to the start. Check out the labyrinth off the main trail.
Essentials
This is a full service grocery with butcher, coffee kiosk, prepared food, floral, deli. Expensive on par with Whole Foods. It's transitioning to a Safeway(chain grocer).
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Andronico's
1200 Irving Street
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This is a full service grocery with butcher, coffee kiosk, prepared food, floral, deli. Expensive on par with Whole Foods. It's transitioning to a Safeway(chain grocer).
If you prefer organics and a small co-op atmosphere, this is a great little market in the artsy, surfer neighborhood 40 blocks west of here, by the beach. Make a morning of it and go to Trouble Coffee, AndyTown, ThreeFish Studio, Mollusk Surf shop and the beach.
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Other Avenues Grocery Cooperative
3930 Judah Street
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If you prefer organics and a small co-op atmosphere, this is a great little market in the artsy, surfer neighborhood 40 blocks west of here, by the beach. Make a morning of it and go to Trouble Coffee, AndyTown, ThreeFish Studio, Mollusk Surf shop and the beach.
Roxy serves the expat community with British imports of tea, crisps, biscuits, booze, pudding - so if you need a taste of home, this is your store. They also have most of the regular 'merican staples too. Known for their sandwiches.
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Roxie Market & Deli
500 Kirkham Street
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Roxy serves the expat community with British imports of tea, crisps, biscuits, booze, pudding - so if you need a taste of home, this is your store. They also have most of the regular 'merican staples too. Known for their sandwiches.
SF wash will pick up your dirty laundry or dry cleaning, clean and return same day for a reasonable fee. You may give the them your gate code and leave laundry on the porch so you needn't be here for pick up or drop off.
sfwash
3377 Mission Street
SF wash will pick up your dirty laundry or dry cleaning, clean and return same day for a reasonable fee. You may give the them your gate code and leave laundry on the porch so you needn't be here for pick up or drop off.
Getting Around
download the app and join and then use one of the 4 get around cars in the two blocks around us to, well, get around. $8/hour plus fuel.
Getaround
1177 Harrison St
download the app and join and then use one of the 4 get around cars in the two blocks around us to, well, get around. $8/hour plus fuel.
Sightseeing
because it's right around the corner and the view from Grand view park is one of the best in San Francisco. Take a jacket, it's windy.
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16th Avenue Tiled Steps
16th Avenue
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because it's right around the corner and the view from Grand view park is one of the best in San Francisco. Take a jacket, it's windy.
this pass bundles museums, a bay cruise, bike rental or the zoo, $76 - a good deal if you use it all.
San Francisco CityPASS
900 Market Street
this pass bundles museums, a bay cruise, bike rental or the zoo, $76 - a good deal if you use it all.
Of course, a sunny day is best, but whatever the weather, you must walk or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge to take in the iconic city view. If you are feeling particularly energetic, keep going down and under the bridge to Cavallo Point to sit on the porch with a coffee or a beer. Take the ferry back from Sausalito to make a interesting outing.
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Golden Gate Bridge
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Of course, a sunny day is best, but whatever the weather, you must walk or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge to take in the iconic city view. If you are feeling particularly energetic, keep going down and under the bridge to Cavallo Point to sit on the porch with a coffee or a beer. Take the ferry back from Sausalito to make a interesting outing.
Shopping
Because you want a locally made, San Francisco focused gift for your best friend. This is not a junky shop. The curation is well done.
Local Take
1371 9th Ave
Because you want a locally made, San Francisco focused gift for your best friend. This is not a junky shop. The curation is well done.
Because you forgot to bring a jacket and it's cold in San Francisco! Crossroads is very budget- friendly because it's almost all second hand, well edited for style and condition. Men's and women's.
Crossroads Trading
630 Irving Street
Because you forgot to bring a jacket and it's cold in San Francisco! Crossroads is very budget- friendly because it's almost all second hand, well edited for style and condition. Men's and women's.
It's a working printmaking studio, art gallery and neighborhood gathering spot. We love the prints of many iconic San Francisco scenes.
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3 Fish Studios
4541 Irving Street
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It's a working printmaking studio, art gallery and neighborhood gathering spot. We love the prints of many iconic San Francisco scenes.
when traveling you probably aren't thinking about plants for your home or garden, but if you are fond of either, this place is a must see for inspiration. You have never seen anything like these gardens. There is a coffee kiosk inside and heated benches outside where you can just sit and take it all in. Bonus of All Good Pizza across the street if you are hungry after being so utterly inspired(and caffeinated).
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Flora Grubb Gardens
1634 Jerrold Ave
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when traveling you probably aren't thinking about plants for your home or garden, but if you are fond of either, this place is a must see for inspiration. You have never seen anything like these gardens. There is a coffee kiosk inside and heated benches outside where you can just sit and take it all in. Bonus of All Good Pizza across the street if you are hungry after being so utterly inspired(and caffeinated).
Entertainment & Activities
Because you've never done this before. Your group will be locked in a themed room and have an hour to free yourselves from a series of rooms with only the clues and your problem solving skills to rely on. Themes include "art heist" and "Alcatraz". Great fun and close to Chinatown and North beach for a meal before or after. Not appropriate for kids under 12.
EscapeSF
602 Kearny St
Because you've never done this before. Your group will be locked in a themed room and have an hour to free yourselves from a series of rooms with only the clues and your problem solving skills to rely on. Themes include "art heist" and "Alcatraz". Great fun and close to Chinatown and North beach for a meal before or after. Not appropriate for kids under 12.
Even on a cloudy day, as long as it isn't windy, it's a perfect diversion and unusual way to see the bay - from a standup paddle board(SUP) or kayak. No experience needed to enjoy and no wetsuit or swimsuit required(you aren't likely to get wet). About $20/generous hour. Afterwards, stop for a meal nearby at Le Garage, Bar Bocce or Fish.
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Sea Trek Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board Center
2100 Bridgeway
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Even on a cloudy day, as long as it isn't windy, it's a perfect diversion and unusual way to see the bay - from a standup paddle board(SUP) or kayak. No experience needed to enjoy and no wetsuit or swimsuit required(you aren't likely to get wet). About $20/generous hour. Afterwards, stop for a meal nearby at Le Garage, Bar Bocce or Fish.
it's sightseeing, bar scene and mini-golf all in one. Have a drink at the bar while you wait for your tee time, then putt your way around a miniature San Francisco.
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Urban Putt
1096 South Van Ness Avenue
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it's sightseeing, bar scene and mini-golf all in one. Have a drink at the bar while you wait for your tee time, then putt your way around a miniature San Francisco.
Because you want a swanky place with good food and drinks to fuel your quest to bowl 300.
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locals recommend
Mission Bowling Club
3176 17th Street
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locals recommend
Because you want a swanky place with good food and drinks to fuel your quest to bowl 300.
release your inner child on these giant trampoline filled rooms with a view of San Francisco Bay. By the hour. Snack Bar too.
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House of Air Trampoline Park
926 Old Mason St
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release your inner child on these giant trampoline filled rooms with a view of San Francisco Bay. By the hour. Snack Bar too.
Indoor climbing gym with walls that open up to Crissy field and the Bay on nice days. It's a scene and an entertaining one at that as climbers of all ability strut around checking each other out. You can book someone to belay you if you don't have a partner or take a quick belay test with your partner and climb on. If you've never climbed - no problem - they will teach you. There's also a gym, yoga and small gear shop.
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Planet Granite San Francisco
924 Mason Street
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Indoor climbing gym with walls that open up to Crissy field and the Bay on nice days. It's a scene and an entertaining one at that as climbers of all ability strut around checking each other out. You can book someone to belay you if you don't have a partner or take a quick belay test with your partner and climb on. If you've never climbed - no problem - they will teach you. There's also a gym, yoga and small gear shop.
Just two blocks away, Game Parlor offers a huge selection of board games to play for a small fee per visit. They also serve sweet or savory Japanese waffles to fuel your Monopoly marathon. Weekends and holidays get busy so call ahead to reserve.
The Game Parlour
1342 Irving St
Just two blocks away, Game Parlor offers a huge selection of board games to play for a small fee per visit. They also serve sweet or savory Japanese waffles to fuel your Monopoly marathon. Weekends and holidays get busy so call ahead to reserve.
Outdoor mini golf, food and drink on the warm and sunny side of town.
Stagecoach Greens
1379 4th St
Outdoor mini golf, food and drink on the warm and sunny side of town.
It's a church, yes, but not for worship of anything but roller disco! Skate rentals available.
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Church Of 8 Wheels
554 Fillmore St
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It's a church, yes, but not for worship of anything but roller disco! Skate rentals available.