The Afar Guide to
San Francisco

San Francisco is 49 square miles of good times. A youthful place with a mellow vibe, this small, friendly City by the Bay is all about its neighborhoods—from the Mission’s trendsetter tech entrepreneurs to Russian Hill’s old-money set to the Sunset and Richmond’s Asian and Russian immigrants. Visitors will find the city welcoming and temperate (unless it’s during the fog-bound summer!) and full of activities for active travelers, bookworms, shoppers, foodies, and cultural mavens. A word to the wise: getting into those hot Mission restaurants requires some planning ahead.

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Davina BaumSan Francisco Local Expert

Davina Baum has been in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1996. She has lived and worked in Oakland, the North Bay, the South Bay, and San Francisco, and relishes exploring each region and neighborhood. She works at AFAR, where she gets to indulge her love of San Francisco every day.
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Andi FisherSan Francisco Local Expert

Andi Fisher blogs at Misadventures with Andi.
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Kristin ZibellSan Francisco Local Expert

Kristin Zibell blogs at Take Your Big Trip