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Suzanne

Guidebook for San Francisco

Food Scene
friendly, decidedly unchained atmosphere. Good coffee.
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locals recommend
Beanery
1307 9th Avenue
11
locals recommend
friendly, decidedly unchained atmosphere. Good coffee.
tiny, off the beaten path coffee place with a cool store next door. Hipster - lite.
18
locals recommend
Hollow
1435 Irving Street
18
locals recommend
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.
104
locals recommend
Arizmendi Bakery
1331 9th Avenue
104
locals recommend
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.
10
locals recommend
King of Noodles
1639 Irving Street
10
locals recommend
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.
Noplito elevates latin food to a new level of freshness and purity. This is not a place for huge portions and heavy food. Their caldo is perfect for a cold day. I've never had a better Pozole. I like the tamales too. The decor is beautiful and they have patio seating.
58
locals recommend
Nopalito
1224 9th Avenue
58
locals recommend
Noplito elevates latin food to a new level of freshness and purity. This is not a place for huge portions and heavy food. Their caldo is perfect for a cold day. I've never had a better Pozole. I like the tamales too. The decor is beautiful and they have patio seating.
The mexican food here is not as heavy as traditional ameri-mex but the offerings are what you'd expect - just fresher and cleaner. It's a sports bar setting with a big bar and picnic tables and multiple TV's. Good for families until about 6. They are experts at selling drinks, so after 6 it's more inebriated in there. We prefer takeout.
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locals recommend
The Taco Shop at Underdogs
1824 Irving Street
38
locals recommend
The mexican food here is not as heavy as traditional ameri-mex but the offerings are what you'd expect - just fresher and cleaner. It's a sports bar setting with a big bar and picnic tables and multiple TV's. Good for families until about 6. They are experts at selling drinks, so after 6 it's more inebriated in there. We prefer takeout.
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.
9
locals recommend
Yumma's Mediterranean Grill
721 Irving Street
9
locals recommend
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.
33
locals recommend
Pacific Catch
1200 9th Avenue
33
locals recommend
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.
8
locals recommend
Lime Tree
450 Irving Street
8
locals recommend
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.
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.
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.
11
locals recommend
Pomelo
92 Judah Street
11
locals recommend
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.
9
locals recommend
Masala Dosa
1375 9th Avenue
9
locals recommend
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.
If you like hawaian poke, this place is busy everytime I walk by. I don't eat raw fish so can't vouch, but try it out and let me know!
Poki Time
549 Irving Street
If you like hawaian poke, this place is busy everytime I walk by. I don't eat raw fish so can't vouch, but try it out and let me know!
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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locals recommend
Andytown Coffee Roasters
3655 Lawton St
41
locals recommend
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.
14
locals recommend
Gordo Taqueria
1239 9th Avenue
14
locals recommend
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.
10
locals recommend
Peasant Pies Cafe & Catering, Inner Sunset
4108 24th Street
10
locals recommend
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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locals recommend
Hook Fish Co
4542 Irving St
27
locals recommend
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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locals recommend
Outerlands
4001 Judah St
189
locals recommend
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.
60
locals recommend
Souvla
517 Hayes Street
60
locals recommend
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.
Second (new) location on Gough and Grove - go there. NOW. 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.
14
locals recommend
Johnny Doughnuts
1617 4th Street
14
locals recommend
Second (new) location on Gough and Grove - go there. NOW. 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.
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.
12
locals recommend
Beloved Natural Cafe & Organic Juicery
3338 24th St
12
locals recommend
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.
12
locals recommend
China Live
644 Broadway
12
locals recommend
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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locals recommend
Gott's Roadside
9
locals recommend
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.
85
locals recommend
Ragazza
311 Divisadero Street
85
locals recommend
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.
23
locals recommend
Lers Ros - Hayes
307 Hayes Street
23
locals recommend
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.
If you haven't tried South Indian cuisine, Dosa serves tasty "dosa" (filled crepes) along with a nice wine list in a luxurious environ. It's really delicious and expensive.
64
locals recommend
DOSA on Fillmore
1700 Fillmore Street
64
locals recommend
If you haven't tried South Indian cuisine, Dosa serves tasty "dosa" (filled crepes) along with a nice wine list in a luxurious environ. It's really delicious and expensive.
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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locals recommend
Roam Artisan Burgers
1923 Fillmore Street
46
locals recommend
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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locals recommend
Dandelion Chocolate
740 Valencia St
101
locals recommend
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.
25
locals recommend
All Good Pizza
1605 Jerrold Avenue
25
locals recommend
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).
Tartine Inner Sunset
1226 9th Ave
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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locals recommend
Ferry Building
1 San Francisco Bay Trail
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locals recommend
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.
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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locals recommend
Mount Sutro
14
locals recommend
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.
728
locals recommend
Golden Gate Park
728
locals recommend
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
174
locals recommend
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
261
locals recommend
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
353
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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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locals recommend
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. The owner has a code for the gate 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. The owner has a code for the gate 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.
download NEXTBUS app for arrival and trip times. closest stop is Funston and Judah. $2.75/adults, $1.35, Seniors and children 5-17. Under 5, free. Tourist pass info available at SFMUNI.com or MUNImobile app.
SF Muni Flynn Division
download NEXTBUS app for arrival and trip times. closest stop is Funston and Judah. $2.75/adults, $1.35, Seniors and children 5-17. Under 5, free. Tourist pass info available at SFMUNI.com or MUNImobile app.
There are Ford Go Bike stations all over San Francisco. 30 minute rides from station to station are an easy and fun way to get around. Sign up and get the app. Unfortunately, there aren't any out this way yet, so you'll have to take transit to Civic Center to take your first ride.
Bay Wheels
1199 The Embarcadero
There are Ford Go Bike stations all over San Francisco. 30 minute rides from station to station are an easy and fun way to get around. Sign up and get the app. Unfortunately, there aren't any out this way yet, so you'll have to take transit to Civic Center to take your first ride.
Much like the Ford Go Bikes, these are located around town and are now available through the UBER app.
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JUMP Bikes
2200 Jerrold Ave
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Much like the Ford Go Bikes, these are located around town and are now available through the UBER app.
Sightseeing
kitsch and color. Looks and smells like a festival.
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Chinatown
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kitsch and color. Looks and smells like a festival.
perche no?
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North Beach
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perche no?
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(SFMOMA or Exploratorium), Alcatraz, Cable Car ride, aquarium of the bay, Bay cruise for $89 - a good deal if you use it all.
San Francisco CityPASS
900 Market Street
this pass bundles museums(SFMOMA or Exploratorium), Alcatraz, Cable Car ride, aquarium of the bay, Bay cruise for $89 - 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.
the authentic San Francisco is still here in this tiny enclave of artists, surfers and rebels. On Irving street and Judah street from 43rd to 47th you'll find great food, good coffee, a natural foods grocery, jewelry, art, surf gear and yoga all washed in a mellow vibe that is beach life.
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Outer Sunset
8
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the authentic San Francisco is still here in this tiny enclave of artists, surfers and rebels. On Irving street and Judah street from 43rd to 47th you'll find great food, good coffee, a natural foods grocery, jewelry, art, surf gear and yoga all washed in a mellow vibe that is beach life.
Shopping
beautifully curated gifts and homeware in a tiny hutch of a shop.
Whistle
1311 16th Ave
beautifully curated gifts and homeware in a tiny hutch of a shop.
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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locals recommend
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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Mission Bowling Club
3176 17th Street
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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.