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.

Locals’ favorite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

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1. Mission Dolores Park
671local recommendations
Kathy
Kathy says “Want to have a glorious time people watching on a sunny day? Pack a picnic and a 6-pack and walk on...” ·
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2. Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero St
437local recommendations
Ste & Juan
Ste & Juan says “Coffee and pastries! Real cream, rich pastries, done the old-fashioned way. For a decadent experienc...” ·
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3. Ferry Bldg Marketplace
1 Ferry Building
437local recommendations
Cathie
Cathie says “Visit the huge foodie farmers market, stroll through the shops, sample artisan cheese and chocolate,...” ·
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4. de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
439local recommendations
Vi
Vi says “Great exhibits mostly of contemporary arts. Current exhibit has Oscar De La Renta's fashion design ...” ·
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5. Golden Gate Park
592local recommendations
Judith
Judith says “Absolutely gorgeous park! Home to the DeYoung museum, the Botanical garden, the Academy of Science,...” ·
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6. California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr
402local recommendations
Chip & Angela
Chip & Angela says “The California Academy of Sciences is a natural history museum in San Francisco, California, that is...” ·
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7. AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
344local recommendations
Jason
Jason says “AT&T Park is home to the San Francisco Giants, and can seat over 40,000 people. The Giants have one ...” ·
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8. Nopa
560 Divisadero St
325local recommendations
Jeffrey
Jeffrey says “Very popular spot in the bustling Alamo Square NOPA part of town. Known for terrific urban rustic fo...” ·
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9. Bi-Rite Creamery
3692 18th St
322local recommendations
Jefferson+Gary
Jefferson+Gary says “It's the Ice cream place around the corner from us that always has lines when the weather is good (a...” ·
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10. Lands End Trail
Lands End Trail
272local recommendations
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11. Four Barrel Coffee
375 Valencia St
232local recommendations
Jaime
Jaime says “Strong brew that draws a fanatical following of coffee snobs. Definitely hits the spot if you need a...” ·
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12. Delfina
3621 18th St
229local recommendations
Alex
Alex says “This is a great Italian place. The restaurant is divided into two sections, the pizzeria and the ma...” ·
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13. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 3rd St
234local recommendations
Erika
Erika says “The newly reopened SFMOMA is absolutely incredible, from the architecture of the new space, to the a...” ·
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14. Ocean Beach
205local recommendations
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15. Union Square
338local recommendations
Jennifer & David
Jennifer & David says “Union Square is a 2.6-acre public plaza bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Streets in San ...” ·
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16. Coit Tower
1 Telegraph Hill Blvd
224local recommendations
Laurie
Laurie says “Coit Tower sits atop Telegraph Hill, looming over the eastern side of San Francisco with its almost ...” ·
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17. Philz Coffee
3101 24th St
187local recommendations
Saana & Matt
Saana & Matt says “Phil is the father of SF drip coffee by the cup. The original 24th St location is full of funky cha...” ·
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18. The Castro Theatre
429 Castro St
186local recommendations
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19. The Mill
736 Divisadero St
181local recommendations
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20. Fisherman's Wharf
264local recommendations
Melanie
Melanie says “Iconic and historic San Francisco! Take the old trolly from Powell Street/Market and ride it all the...” ·
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21. Plow
1299 18th St
149local recommendations
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22. La Taqueria
2889 Mission St
176local recommendations
Gregg
Gregg says “In a town full of Taquerias this is a standout. Try the carnitas tacos, the best! And if you like st...” ·
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23. Nopalito
306 Broderick St
141local recommendations
Anka
Anka says “A vibrant neighborhood Mexican kitchen celebrating the traditional cookery of Mexico and utilizing o...” ·
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24. Trick Dog
3010 20th St
163local recommendations
Lisa
Lisa says “One of the most creative cocktail menus in the city which rotates ever 3-4 months outdoing the last ...” ·
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25. Zazie
941 Cole St
162local recommendations
Margaret
Margaret says “Casual french bistro. VERY popular for weekend brunch (long lines). Good egg dishes and pancakes by...” ·
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26. Beretta
1199 Valencia St
162local recommendations
Laura
Laura says “Great cocktails, food is consistent, and lots of small bites make it less expensive than you would t...” ·
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27. Flour + Water
2401 Harrison St
158local recommendations
Jason
Jason says “Flour + Water is one of the top restaurants in the country. If you're thinking about coming here, yo...” ·
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28. Westfield San Francisco Centre
865 Market St
157local recommendations
Deborah
Deborah says “This is much more than a mall... Nordstroms and Bloomingdales are here, and go downstairs to check o...” ·
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29. Exploratorium
Pier 15 The Embarcadero
173local recommendations
Ken
Ken says “Another great science museum in San Francisco! New amazing location on the piers of SF Bay. Exhibits...” ·
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30. Outerlands
4001 Judah St
138local recommendations