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Guidebook for San Francisco

Food Scene
An SF favorite, this is the second location for Brenda's French Soul Food. Shrimp and grits, fried chicken, cream biscuits, everything is fantastic. Great for brunch, lunch, or dinner.
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locals recommend
Brenda's Meat & Three
919 Divisadero Street
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An SF favorite, this is the second location for Brenda's French Soul Food. Shrimp and grits, fried chicken, cream biscuits, everything is fantastic. Great for brunch, lunch, or dinner.
Quintessential neighborhood breakfast cafe. Huge assortment of entertaining coffee mugs : )
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Eddie's Cafe
800 Divisadero Street
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locals recommend
Quintessential neighborhood breakfast cafe. Huge assortment of entertaining coffee mugs : )
Second location of this well loved SF grocery store. Local, organic, artisanal, housemade, etc… everything is fresh and expertly crafted or selected. Great deli and wine & beer selection too. Don't miss getting an ice cream cone on the way out!
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locals recommend
Bi-Rite Market
550 Divisadero St
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Second location of this well loved SF grocery store. Local, organic, artisanal, housemade, etc… everything is fresh and expertly crafted or selected. Great deli and wine & beer selection too. Don't miss getting an ice cream cone on the way out!
"A vibrant San Francisco neighborhood Mexican kitchen, celebrating the traditional cookery of Mexico and utilizing local, organic and sustainable ingredients." We get the totopos every time, and then choose a couple small plates to share. It's always busy and always good.
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Nopalito
306 Broderick Street
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"A vibrant San Francisco neighborhood Mexican kitchen, celebrating the traditional cookery of Mexico and utilizing local, organic and sustainable ingredients." We get the totopos every time, and then choose a couple small plates to share. It's always busy and always good.
This great dive bar also happens to sport the best Ethiopian food you'll find almost anywhere in SF.
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locals recommend
Club Waziema
543 Divisadero Street
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This great dive bar also happens to sport the best Ethiopian food you'll find almost anywhere in SF.
One of the best known and loved restaurants in SF. It's not cheap, and the wait is always long… but their perfect cocktails and classic dishes like pork chops or roast chicken more than make up for it.
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locals recommend
Nopa
560 Divisadero Street
358
locals recommend
One of the best known and loved restaurants in SF. It's not cheap, and the wait is always long… but their perfect cocktails and classic dishes like pork chops or roast chicken more than make up for it.
Best pho in SF.
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locals recommend
Turtle Tower Restaurant
645 Larkin Street
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locals recommend
Best pho in SF.
Unparalleled Parisian & Viennese-style pastries. Although well known for their kouign amann, you pretty much can't miss here.
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b. patisserie
2821 California St
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Unparalleled Parisian & Viennese-style pastries. Although well known for their kouign amann, you pretty much can't miss here.
Claire and I met here! This great hole in the wall coffee spot originated the $4 toast trend with their "Build Your Own Damn House" special ($10 for a coffee, whole coconut, and thick slice of cinnamon sugar toast). Get a coffee and then walk to the beach!
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locals recommend
Trouble Coffee
4033 Judah Street
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Claire and I met here! This great hole in the wall coffee spot originated the $4 toast trend with their "Build Your Own Damn House" special ($10 for a coffee, whole coconut, and thick slice of cinnamon sugar toast). Get a coffee and then walk to the beach!
Deliciously glamorous! This might be Claire's favorite place in the city. Great bagels, Eastern-European influenced food, delicious cakes and pastries, and some of the best decor and ambiance around! (make sure to get the honey cake!)
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locals recommend
20th Century Cafe
198 Gough Street
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Deliciously glamorous! This might be Claire's favorite place in the city. Great bagels, Eastern-European influenced food, delicious cakes and pastries, and some of the best decor and ambiance around! (make sure to get the honey cake!)
Drinks & Nightlife
My favorite neighborhood bar in SF. Go early and avoid the crowds. Live music during Happy Hour on Wednesdays!
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locals recommend
The Page
298 Divisadero Street
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My favorite neighborhood bar in SF. Go early and avoid the crowds. Live music during Happy Hour on Wednesdays!
One of the best beer bars in the country.
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Toronado
547 Haight St
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locals recommend
One of the best beer bars in the country.
My favorite bar in SF, and likely one of the most unique. It sports a horse-shoe shaped bar, a fantastic non-digital juke box, and straight up classic martinis.
22
locals recommend
Zam Zam
1633 Haight Street
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My favorite bar in SF, and likely one of the most unique. It sports a horse-shoe shaped bar, a fantastic non-digital juke box, and straight up classic martinis.
Parks & Nature
Another amazing park that is only a few blocks from our home. This park has sharp hills, winding trails, giant trees, and fantastic city views.
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Buena Vista Park
Buena Vista
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Another amazing park that is only a few blocks from our home. This park has sharp hills, winding trails, giant trees, and fantastic city views.
Iconic SF park with the famous view of the "Painted Ladies". It's in the midst of a major renovation, but it should be fully reopening soon.
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Alamo Square
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locals recommend
Iconic SF park with the famous view of the "Painted Ladies". It's in the midst of a major renovation, but it should be fully reopening soon.
I doubt that you need an introduction to this beautiful and famous park. It starts just under a mile from our home, and stretches all the way out to Ocean Beach. Some of our favorite spots include the Conservatory of Flowers, the Botanical Gardens, the running trails in the woods, the buffalo, and the James Turrell SkySpace in the De Young Museum Sculpture Garden (free!). Picnic spots, tennis courts, paddle boats, bike trails, this park is amazing.
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Golden Gate Park
728
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I doubt that you need an introduction to this beautiful and famous park. It starts just under a mile from our home, and stretches all the way out to Ocean Beach. Some of our favorite spots include the Conservatory of Flowers, the Botanical Gardens, the running trails in the woods, the buffalo, and the James Turrell SkySpace in the De Young Museum Sculpture Garden (free!). Picnic spots, tennis courts, paddle boats, bike trails, this park is amazing.
Truly a hidden gem! These breathtaking hiking trails wind around the Mount Sutro green space through giant blue eucalyptus trees. Come here when it's foggy for the full "Ferngully" effect.
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Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve
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Truly a hidden gem! These breathtaking hiking trails wind around the Mount Sutro green space through giant blue eucalyptus trees. Come here when it's foggy for the full "Ferngully" effect.
It's only a block away! One of the best things about our home is it's proximity to the Panhandle. This long, block-wide park is perfect for a morning stroll, an afternoon run, or when the sun is out, lunch on a park blanket! This park also plays a large part in the history of San Francisco in the 1960/70's, with its free food programs, concerts, and other events organized by The Diggers, as well as others.
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The Panhandle
Stanyan St
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It's only a block away! One of the best things about our home is it's proximity to the Panhandle. This long, block-wide park is perfect for a morning stroll, an afternoon run, or when the sun is out, lunch on a park blanket! This park also plays a large part in the history of San Francisco in the 1960/70's, with its free food programs, concerts, and other events organized by The Diggers, as well as others.
Shopping
Well loved and iconic record store. I could (and do!) spend hours here, digging for new and used records.
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locals recommend
Amoeba Music
1855 Haight Street
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Well loved and iconic record store. I could (and do!) spend hours here, digging for new and used records.
A modern general store, featuring new and vintage clothing, books, home and kitchen goods, nic-nacs, as well as a custom hatmaker.
15
locals recommend
The Perish Trust
728 Divisadero Street
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locals recommend
A modern general store, featuring new and vintage clothing, books, home and kitchen goods, nic-nacs, as well as a custom hatmaker.
Only the best, off-kilter, punk rock, and random vintage shop in SF. Take a look before or after getting a bowl of pho at Turtle Tower next door.
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Vacation
6
locals recommend
Only the best, off-kilter, punk rock, and random vintage shop in SF. Take a look before or after getting a bowl of pho at Turtle Tower next door.
Great new and used bookstore. An institution!
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Green Apple Books
506 Clement St
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Great new and used bookstore. An institution!
World class destination for high end books on architecture, design, and art.
William Stout Architectural Books
804 Montgomery St
World class destination for high end books on architecture, design, and art.
Arts & Culture
A new arts hub in SF, the Minnesota Street Project hosts over a dozen of the best art galleries in San Francisco.
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Minnesota Street Project
1275 Minnesota St
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A new arts hub in SF, the Minnesota Street Project hosts over a dozen of the best art galleries in San Francisco.
One of the foremost photography galleries in the country. Representing artists like Lee Friedlander, Alec Soth, Christian Marclay, and Garry Winogrand. Make sure to wander and browse the other great galleries in the 49 Geary building.
Fraenkel Gallery
49 Geary Street
One of the foremost photography galleries in the country. Representing artists like Lee Friedlander, Alec Soth, Christian Marclay, and Garry Winogrand. Make sure to wander and browse the other great galleries in the 49 Geary building.
My favorite contemporary art gallery in the city.
Jessica Silverman Gallery
488 Ellis St
My favorite contemporary art gallery in the city.
Since it's recent expansion, SFMOMA has doubled down on it's position as a world class institution with a hugely expanded building and collection, as well as an renewed focus on photography. It doesn't hurt that its restaurant, In Situ, has also been consistently chosen as one of the best new (and most interesting) restaurants in America.
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 3rd St
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Since it's recent expansion, SFMOMA has doubled down on it's position as a world class institution with a hugely expanded building and collection, as well as an renewed focus on photography. It doesn't hurt that its restaurant, In Situ, has also been consistently chosen as one of the best new (and most interesting) restaurants in America.
This is truly a one of a kind music theatre, pioneering the experience of space with sound. Featuring a reputed 169 speakers playing experimental music—in the dark—this is a singular and wonderful experience. Shows are every Friday and Saturday at 8pm.
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Audium
1616 Bush Street
11
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This is truly a one of a kind music theatre, pioneering the experience of space with sound. Featuring a reputed 169 speakers playing experimental music—in the dark—this is a singular and wonderful experience. Shows are every Friday and Saturday at 8pm.
Make sure to book an appointment ahead of time! This is the pre-eminent photography museum in the US, and although it's free, they only let in 60 people per day, by appointment only.
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Pier 24 Photography
24 Pier
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Make sure to book an appointment ahead of time! This is the pre-eminent photography museum in the US, and although it's free, they only let in 60 people per day, by appointment only.
Essentials
A great grocery store with friendly staff—and it's literally across the street! Skip Peet's and get coffee and croissants from Delessio at the South West corner of the store.
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Falletti Foods
308 Broderick Street
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A great grocery store with friendly staff—and it's literally across the street! Skip Peet's and get coffee and croissants from Delessio at the South West corner of the store.
Sightseeing
In addition to the museum, the De Young also has a terrific observation tower that is free and open to the public during regular hours. Great, sweeping 360 views.
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de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
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In addition to the museum, the De Young also has a terrific observation tower that is free and open to the public during regular hours. Great, sweeping 360 views.
When it opened in 1896, the Sutro Baths were the largest indoor swimming facility in the world. Today, it's just the site of ruins next to the ocean; which makes for wonderful wandering and ocean side views. Start here and hike the Lands End trail to the north for great views of Marin and the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Sutro Baths
1004 Point Lobos Ave
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When it opened in 1896, the Sutro Baths were the largest indoor swimming facility in the world. Today, it's just the site of ruins next to the ocean; which makes for wonderful wandering and ocean side views. Start here and hike the Lands End trail to the north for great views of Marin and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Amazing views of the Presidio and Alcatraz. Hike in the opposite direction to see Andy Goldsworthy's 100ft tall Spire sculpture made from 37 Monterey cypress trunks from trees felled at the site and meticulously fastened together.
Inspiration Point
Amazing views of the Presidio and Alcatraz. Hike in the opposite direction to see Andy Goldsworthy's 100ft tall Spire sculpture made from 37 Monterey cypress trunks from trees felled at the site and meticulously fastened together.
This iconic intersection is now home to a Ben & Jerry's : ) and it's walking distance from our home.
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Haight-Ashbury
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This iconic intersection is now home to a Ben & Jerry's : ) and it's walking distance from our home.
Up near Sutro Tower, Twin Peaks is a famous landmark for iconic views of the city.
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Twin Peaks
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Up near Sutro Tower, Twin Peaks is a famous landmark for iconic views of the city.