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San Francisco, CA, USA
There are so many fabulous places in the city that you can go to see and photograph San Francisco and the entire bay area. Some of these are open for the public while others may only be available to guests staying at that particular hotel. So if...
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525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
For traditional German food in a cozy setting reminiscent of a traditional Bavarian Wirsthaus, you can’t beat Suppenküche in Hayes Valley. Owner Fabrizio Wiest, who was born and raised in Germany, worked as a graphic designer before he moved to ...
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3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
It's no wonder that on any given weekday afternoon, the line for ice cream at this legendary San Francisco establishment goes out the door and wraps around the block. Once you try it for yourself, you'll understand: it's just that good. With...
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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA
Not crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco would be like skipping the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It’s a rite of passage every visitor should experience. The best way to traverse this iconic symbol of the city is either on foot or two wheels....
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I discovered this Marin Headlands view of the Golden Gate Bridge on one of my very first trips to San Francisco. In my three-plus years living in the Bay Area, I still haven’t found a view to top it. My favorite time to visit is just after sunset,...
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One, Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
If Chinatown is one of San Francisco’s most historic neighborhoods, continue walking for another ten minutes and you’ll arrive at one of its newest attractions, the Ferry Building. Actually, the building itself is not new, having been completed in...
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Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, USA
Golden Gate Park was formed out of an expanse of sand dunes to the west of the city in the nineteenth century—a history that is still discernible in the rolling topography of much of the park’s more than 1,000 acres. Over 13 million...
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8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
In a city renowned for its "gastro-this" and "fusion-that," it was a surprise that my decadent waterfront meal at the Americano ended with a simple dessert. Simple, I soon learned, only at first glance. What looks like a standard ice cream...
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2821 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
You'll have a hard time ever leaving B. Patisserie, and you'll know why it's been an over night sensation in lower Pac Heights. The open, modern space feels like something you'd find in the Marais in Paris, and the fact that you can view the...
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Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA, USA
Treasure Island is still technically located in the city of San Francisco, but you probably wouldn't venture to the island unless you're making a trip over to Oakland and the east bay. I have often noticed the great views of SF from the bay...
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San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
Once a U.S. Army airfield, Crissy Field has undergone an amazing transformation over the past 20 years and is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. A popular spot for dog walkers, bikers, runners, and families, the 1.5-mile...
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Stockton St Tunnel, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
San Francisco lays claim to the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. A walk through the busy neighborhood bombards the senses with vibrant colors, fragrant smells, and loud chattering. Start your tour at the imposing Chinatown gates guarded by a...
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600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
With no sign above its unassuming storefront, Tartine is most easily recognized by the line that snakes out its door and down Guerrero Street. People patiently wait for flaky pains au chocolat (the best outside Paris, in my opinion), decadent...
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San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Alcatraz—the very name conjures dark images of impregnable prisons, infamous criminals, and daring escape attempts. But the island is not all murder and mayhem. “The Rock,” set a few kilometers offshore in the San Francisco...
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16th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project in the Inner Sunset is a reflection of the city’s creative spirit. Artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher led the initiative to cover a stairway in mosaics inspired by the Santa Teresa Steps in Rio de...
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600 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
What the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, the Transamerica building at the end of Columbus Avenue defines the San Francisco Skyline. North Beach lies at its feet.
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57 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA
It doesn't matter how well you think you know a place—there's always somewhere new worth exploring. San Francisco is packed with secret hideouts. One of my all-time favorites has to be the Mechanics Institute Library and Chess Room—and the rather...
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55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA

The California Academy of Sciences is an unfortunately stuffy name for an institution that is anything but staid. The country's largest natural-history museum includes an aquarium, a planetarium, an enormous rain-forest exhibit under a...

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Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Fisherman's Wharf, really a section of the waterfront running from Ghirardelli Square to Pier 35 and not just one pier, is one of San Francisco's oldest attractions. This is definitely a very tourist-friendly version of the old maritime life of...

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Clarion Alley, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Walk down this narrow alley connecting Valencia and Mission Streets and you’ll be surrounded by dozens of colorful murals by local artists depicting environmental and social justice, artistic freedom, and community collaboration. Funded by the...
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449 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Miette describes themselves as San Francisco’s most charming pastry shop, and it would be hard to disagree. Bright, colorful, and cheerful, these American takes on classic pastries are some of the best you’ll find in the city. Miette (which means...
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Presidio, San Francisco, CA, USA
A few blocks east of Goldsworthy's more prominent Spire is this installation of fallen trees snaking through the still standing ones. Wood Line is located within the cypress grove near the intersection of Presidio Boulevard and West Pacific...
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736 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
You couldn't find a union more perfect if you tried. Bread wizard Josey Baker, who mastered the art of crafting whole wheat flour into complex, delicious loaves of bread, joins Jeremy Tooker of Four Barrel Coffee, one of the city's infamous third...
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Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Sometimes all it take to make a road famous are eight, tight hairpin turns. This one way street was designed in this manner to compensate for the steep incline (27 degrees) of the hill it’s on. Traffic on the hairpin area is reserved for eastbound...
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Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Consistently ranked in Top 5/10 lists for the best San Francisco Bay Area Food Truck list, Mama's Empanadas is a food truck with a seemingly strange food combination: empanadas and pasta. But Mama—born in Chile and raised in Italy—makes it work....
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75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
Visit the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco for a calming escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It's located beside the De Young and Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, and offers a variety of snacks to nibble on while enjoying...
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652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
You'll get a taste of Lousiana in Brenda's cladenstine location which lies in the heart of the Tenderloin District. Worry not, you'll see hungry brunchers congregating outside. Once in, it's all about those beignets (including a crawfish flavour!)...
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Twin Peaks, San Francisco, CA, USA
The best views of San Francisco are from the top of Twin Peaks, the two hills that are located in the geographic center of the city. Only from Twin Peaks can you get a 360-degree view of the entire city. If you are lucky, on a clear day you can...
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56 Ross Alley, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
In the largest Chinatown outside Asia, the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory glows in the somewhat dark Ross Alley. A group of writers from a Trafalgar Guided Vacation enter the building and see the fortune cookies being made. The untainted, non...
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3301 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA
Standing out in San Francisco's Marina District, this historic landmark is a leftover from the 1915 Pan-Pacific International Expo and was designed by Bernard R. Maybeck, a student of the École des Beaux-Arts. His vision was to...
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50 Balmy St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
The colorful murals in Balmy Alley are the lower Mission’s own version of the better-known Clarion Alley murals. Stroll through the small, pedestrian-friendly alleyway to see public work by local artists, a tradition that began in the mid-1980s in...
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495 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
My idea of experiencing a city and acquiring a sample of its flavor is to try its food. Food is unique to a city, and San Francisco is one of a kind. My first morning in the city was chilly for my island bones, so naturally the first stop was a...
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Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
If you want to discover Haight Ashbury from a true "insider," then consider the Flower Power Tour created and given by the ebullient Izu Interlandi. Izu is not a native to the hippie district of Haights Ashbury in San Francisco, but she could very...
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Pier 39, P-3, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Everyone loves the San Francisco cable cars. The classic trolley are cute relic of a time before buses and cars – and they give a great retro-style tour of the city's hills, and neighbourhoods: Union Square, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf and...
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Lower Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA, USA
Bourbon and Branch is a traditional speakeasy. Their 8 house rules—hushed voices and no cell phones among them—encourage neighborly conversation in a very relaxed setting. It's a great way to meet people if you're traveling alone as...
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Ferry Building, One San Francisco Bay Trail #8, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Blueberry Boy Bait may sound like a B-side song from an alternative band, but it's actually just an ice cream flavor offered by Humphry Slocombe, a small shop in the Mission District. Owner and former pastry chef Jake Godby has made the name...
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740 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
When you think of a chocolate factory, a hip and airy space in the heart of one of the city's hottest neighborhoods may not spring to mind. But therein lies the surprise that is Dandelion Chocolate: part factory, part café, part...
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355 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
If their New American–style brunch and dinner menus don’t tempt you to Bar Agricole, in SOMA, maybe their recent James Beard Award nomination for Outstanding Bar Program will. Cocktails run at $11 across the board, and head bartenders Thad Vogler...
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100 34th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA

San Francisco's Legion of Honor, in Lincoln Park in the northwest corner of the city, has stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The building is a replica of the French pavilion constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition,...

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Tenderloin, San Francisco, CA, USA
The artist is unknown, but the Tenderloin National Forest is a wonderful place to visit. Behind a big steel door, and open to the public off and on, the walls of this little alley that has been turned into a park, are covered with murals, and...
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Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
As you walk towards the Bay down California Street, Chinatown sits to your left. Take a right; instead, on Powell and within a few minutes you’ll be at Union Square. This small, one-block plaza’s name comes from the fact that rallies in support of...
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50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
The de Young Museum, with its perforated copper facade and spiraling tower in the center of Golden Gate Park, is as dramatic outside as it is inside. Follow the widening crack in the sidewalk into the atrium. It's an Andy Goldsworthy–created...
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430 Davis Ct, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
What's a restless explorer with a 9-5 job in San Francisco's Financial District to do? Make use of the lunch hour with minor acts of trespass, naturally. From the top of any FiDi office or apartment building are stunning views of the Embarcadero,...
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442 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
Despite its tongue-in-cheek name, this sweets shop and cafe located in the gritty Tenderloin district is one of my favorite finds in San Francisco. The salted caramels here melt in your mouth. They also have a good variety of coffees from...
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100 John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
The Victorian-era glass and wood structure, which looks like a sugar-coated castle atop a grassy slope, is Golden Gate Park's oldest building. It's also one of San Francisco's most splendid historic sites. Wander through five different galleries...
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437 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
While in line at Chantal Guillon, I overheard a patron say, "There are too many." Yes, there are many macarons in pastel colors lining the glass case and cafe. And, thankfully, you can buy a box of one of each flavor: Persian rose, salted caramel,...
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104 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
This museum does so much more than tell you about Walt Disney's life—it reminds you of the struggles that all creatives face throughout their careers. The experience is unexpected, interactive, and current for kids and adults alike. The view onto...
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370 Linden St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
The Streets of San Francisco Bike Tour company is not only a must for any visitor to the city, it's also an ideal way for locals to soak up something special about their own backyard. Founded by former international bicycle tour guides that have...
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1 Telegraph Hill Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Since it was constructed at the top of Telegraph Hill in 1933, Coit Tower has been an integral part of San Francisco’s downtown skyline. Named after a 1920s patron to the city’s firefighters—but not designed to resemble a firehose, as the urban...
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40 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
When the sky is clear in San Francisco, the place to see the city's skyline and bridges is from a bay cruise. There are many bay cruises, charters and yachts, but I preferred the sailboat. We were out on the bay, maneuvering through the waves, and...
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1801 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Wondering where to have a delicious Burger in a super local spot? Definitely check this out. Quentin Tarantino came here already three times. What are you waiting for?
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San Francisco, CA, USA
Garden Creamery serves small batch (vegan) sorbets and ice creams sweetened with agave nectar. Sounds healthy? Doesn't impact the taste! They travel the usual food truck circuit, you can find them at Off The Grid and out and about. A great way to...
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833 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Delicious sweet treat with perfectly ripe fruit and slightly sweetened cheese. Take your treats and sit on a bench to watch the locals stroll by or head up to the top of Bernall Hill with a view of San Francisco to the East Bay.
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8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Hotel Vitale is right at the corner of Mission and the Embarcadero. Most of the rooms have nice views, particularly the corner rooms. But some of the the rooms on higher floors have decks with amazing views, like this one from 808. And this is...
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747 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
I attended my first creative happy hour few weeks ago and was blown away by the concept! Every Thursday, Club Six invites anyone who feels artistically inspired to come paint. They provide the space, paint, brushes, music, drinks and most...
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24th St, San Francisco, CA, USA
24th Street in San Francisco (not to be confused with 24th Avenue!) is one of my favorite walks in the city. Hop off BART at the 24th Street - Mission station, and walk the 1-mile length of the street to see what cultural commentators mean when...
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815 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
You can never go wrong with ice cream, especially when it's a decadent brownie sundae with a scoop of mint chip and a scoop of banana pudding ice cream, caramel sauce, whipped cream, cherries, and toasted pecans. The Ice Cream Bar is a your...
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75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA CA 94118, USA

While Japanese gardens have come to be an expected feature of many botanical parks around the world, the Japanese Tea Garden, which opened in 1894, was the first public tea garden in the United States. The original plot consisted of less than half...

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3071 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
I HEART Mexican Food, it's a cuisine with some truly great flavours and accompanied with an ice cold Modelo cerveza what more could you want from a good meal. In an area of the Mission District saturated with Latin food options Pancho Villa...
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Long Ave & Marine Dr, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
The Golden Gate Bridge is probably the most photographed site in California, but this vantage point never gets old. Explore the hollowed out fort, learn some history, and marvel at the view from the top floor.
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1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Cheese fan? Love the childhood favorite grilled cheese sandwich, but want something a little more sophisticated? The Melt is your answer. With several locations in the city as well as a food truck to boot, this restaurant has an interesting...
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Presidio, San Francisco, CA, USA
From Native American home to Mexican frontier to U.S. military post, San Francisco’s Presidio has seen many changes throughout the centuries. For the past 30 years, the land at the northwestern end of the city has been a part of the Golden Gate...
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1500 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
The butterfly lounge the hotel majestic has a great happy hour and a drink menu full of prohibition era cocktails. The original 1907 dinner menu is framed on the wall, apparently a lamb dinner for 2 used to cost 80 cents.
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608 Commercial St, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
A great little hidden spot to bring your lunch in downtown San Francisco. If you have a few minutes, check out the pacific heritage museum next door. (Free Admission)
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The Embarcadero & Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
From the soaring copper tower of the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum to the pillars of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco celebrates the artistic and architectural. Public sculptures line the waterfront and spike out of...
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1441 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Italian cafés abound in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, but few match the quality of A. Cavalli & Co. Tucked away on Stockton Street, the former Italian bookstore serves a short list of housemade desserts: tiramisu, panna cotta,...
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1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
The Alembic’s pink quail eggs are pickled overnight in coriander, allspice, and clove. They’re tangy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and beg for a Sazerac or bitter beer. For more drinking tips, check out our feature "How to...
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One Ferry Building, #5, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Imagine my child-like glee at discovering these yummy sugar sprinkled sticky buns on a cart, inside the Ferry Building one warm Saturday morning! Available any Saturday until 1pm when they are likely to run out - these buns come in chocolate,...
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Jackson Square, San Francisco, CA, USA
Not far from the waterfront sights of San Francisco's Embarcadero is a park with an photo-op for your visit to the city where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars. Pick up a sandwich at the grocery store across the street, be amused by the...
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1335 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
The mother restaurant of this San Francisco food truck was San Francisco's first dessert lounge - focused solely on the sweet things in life, so you know the treats served in the mobile version on darn good. Whether it is one of the many cakes or...
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826 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Brimming with everything from eyepatches to pirate manuals, 826 Valencia is San Francisco's "only independent pirate supply store." Much like a playground, proprietors encourage you to explore the secret compartments, treasure chests, trap doors,...
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570 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA
On Market Street - that main thoroughfare of downtown San Francisco - there's a Japanese store that has everything for your traveler needs. Cheap. Most of the items sell for less than 5 bucks, but don't let that dissuade you. It's pastel colors,...
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San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Went to Alcatraz which was a great experience. It is amazing to be there and see the history of the place on the tour.
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San Francisco, CA 94128, USA
When the airline industry began to thrive in the 1930's, San Francisco Airport's passenger lobby was one of the most luxurious centers to take off from. The classic space has been adapted into the free Aviation Library and Museum—used as a...
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555 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
I recently signed up for a drawing class with a few fellow AFARians, and I came to this art supply store—near Jackson Square in the Financial District—to stock up on materials. Sporting wall-to-wall color and two floors of pencils, paints,...
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1192 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
While waiting for the Sunday matinee performance of the Monty Python musical "Spamalot" at the Orpheum Theatre, we were spontaneously serenaded with rousing four-part harmony gospel by these street performers.
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353 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Located in the heart of North Beach in San Francisco, you'll not only be served authentic Italian cuisine in a fun location, but you could also eat your dinner in the classic Fiat parked out front, with a little planning! Give them a call and have...
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50 Balmy St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
There are plenty of murals in San Francisco's Mission district. Don't limit yourself to a few well traveled places but wander the side streets to find lesser known murals. Balmy Alley is the most well known location but I prefer the murals on...
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101 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Located in historic Rincon Center, this little spot has a great offering of Southern African food, which is fairly hard to find in San Francisco. Amawele means twins and the two sisters who created this lunch spot have designed a great menu of...
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1001 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Deluxe may be in the name at Pearl's Deluxe Burgers but they have burgers in all sizes including a popular mini burger. Every meat you can think of too! After you make your burger decision you'll struggle with the fries as they offer a full fry...
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24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
Attending a playoff game at AT&T Park during the San Francisco Giants' 2012 championship season remains one of the most thrilling experiences I've had as a sports fan. But whether it's a post-season contest or regular season game, being here is a...
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579 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Inspired by the real-life adventures of two Northern Californian sisters in Krakow, Vienna, Paris, and Brooklyn, Two Sister Bar and Books is a coffee bar, restaurant, and community space in Hayes Valley. The cozy interior and good food makes for...
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San Francisco, CA, USA
San Francisco has had a long love affair with chocolate. Known for the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company stores that dot the city, it’s also home to a number of artisan chocolate makers. You can run the gamut of cacao confections during the three-hour...
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1331 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
If you’re heading to Golden Gate Park, pick up picnic provisions first at Arizmendi Bakery in the Inner Sunset. This worker-owned cooperative, which also runs Berkeley’s famous Cheese Board Collective, offers homemade vegetarian pizzas, pastries,...
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641 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Sister restaurant to Tony’s Pizza Neapoletana, Capo’s Chicago Pizza specializes in just that. Try chef Tony Gemignani’s classic Chicago styles four ways: deep dish, cast iron pan, stuffed crust, or thin crust. Half the fun of heading to Capo’s is...
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746 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
You might have caught wind of some recent buzz about this contemporary patisserie with its unveiling of the haute dog, Craftsman and Wolves Chef William Werner’s upscale version of the classic American food (think better meat and a flaky, buttery...
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15 Romolo Pl, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
If the walls of North Beach’s 15 Romolo could talk, they’d certainly have quite a few stories to tell. Over the last century, this building has been home to a speakeasy, a brothel, and the Basque Hotel, which still operates today along...
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1634 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
I will always remember the first time I visited Underdog, a place where you can get brats on gluten-free buns, vegan dogs, and tater tots in what's called MidI - middle Irving Street - in the avenues of the Sunset neighborhood. A vegetarian friend...
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12 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
I've always loved trams. Vintage trams bring a whole new level of loving. This vintage tram car plies the main Market Street in San Francisco and is a sight to behold. Everything about it appeals to me - the colour, the shape, the sound it makes...