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1801 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
Whenever I stumble into these refreshingly curated shops, my brain goes a-tingling. Mixtapes on actual cassettes? Check. Geometric shapes galore? Check. Teepee changing room? Check. Southwestern rug? Check. Succulents? Check. I'm beginning to...
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754 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
This place is tiny, but it's one of my favorite places in my neighborhood. The menu is small so there are only a few choices, but no matter what you get, you'll be happy. Make sure to try the iced coffee. It's made with chicory, the way it's done...
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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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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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601 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Caffe Trieste, in the heart of North Beach just off Columbus, is an authentic San Francisco experience where little has changed since Kerouac's day. The North Beach location, which opened in 1956, is a great place to sit down, enjoy a coffee, and...
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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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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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101 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Most dim sum places in the San Francisco Bay Area are pretty typical of what you can find in Asia, culture and all. And while I love authentic as much as the next person, there is a place that has elevated the art of the dumpling. I am not alone...
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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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Alamo Square, San Francisco, CA, USA
Alamo Square is home of the "Painted Ladies," eclectic musicians, and some of the most incredible views of San Fransisco. The trolleys won't take you all the way there, but cabs are easy to catch. We couldn't have chosen a better way to burn the...
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490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Cotogna is dangerously close to the AFAR Media offices. This rustic sister restaurant to Quince opened last year, and the roomy bar is a cozy place to sit mid-day with a double espresso served neat in a Heath Ceramics cup. The pastas are all...
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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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1170 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94158, USA
Casey's Pizza serves New York-style, locally-sourced, and mostly organic pizzas from a truck. The owner, a East Coaster, spent a lot of time trying to replicate the pizza of his youth and has added the West Coast mandates of local and organic...
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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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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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San Francisco, CA, USA
Even if you live here, exploring San Francisco's eclectic neighborhoods makes a fun day out, and with City Guides, it's also free. Founded in 1978, the nonprofit organization has more than 200 trained volunteers who lead history and...
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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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3674 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Looking for a community workspace, gallery, and meeting, classes, and event venue all in one space? Check out 18 Reasons, an independent nonprofit organization that’s part of the BiRite Market family in the Mission. What used to be several...
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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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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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730 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Overlooking Yerba Buena Gardens is a wonderful tea café called Samovar. This is the place for tea connoisseurs as they offer tea varieties from all over the world as well as limited edition teas. Samovar also offers tea and food pairings...
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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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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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San Francisco, CA, USA
Consistently rated one of the best food trucks in San Francisco, The Chairman is a culinary delight! They have a small menu of steamed and baked buns with exotic fillings (including a great vegetarian offering), but everything is unique,...
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Polk Gulch, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
ArKi is short for The Architect’s Kitchen since the owner, Tim Setiawan, used to be an architect before he got into the business of serving divine beignet-style donuts, fried to order, served piping hot and delicious. The truck offers several...
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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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2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
The date-night dinner-and-a-movie standard has been taken to a new stylish height at this acclaimed restaurant in the Mission District. Grab a table on the patio under the strings of lights to dine on seasonal California cuisine while...
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1398 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Head to Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery on any night of the week and you’ll find nothing but Haight locals. For the past 16 years, Magnolia has been brewing their beers in a small space directly below the restaurant, but they’ve recently expanded to...
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500 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
Located in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco, Marlowe's is a great little neighborhood spot with delicious burgers and a wide beer selection. But one treat they are known for are their Brussels sprout chips—they'll turn any veggie hater into...
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22 Peace Plz #510, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
I'm a self-proclaimed sushi snob on a mission to discover the best sushi in San Francisco. You know, the kind that melts in your mouth like butter. The bar of excellence: An airport sushi restaurant in Tokyo. I want my sushi to taste like THAT...
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560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
At the restaurant Nopa in San Francisco's Western Addition, the long bar and communal tables are perfect places to perch on a weeknight. Go early, order an elderflower gimlet or a sparkling, minty Old Cuban (both off-menu). Don't miss the Mission...
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620 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
This is Jones—home of the best place to sit outside for happy hour in the city! They have excellent food and even better drink specials. Make sure you sit outside or on the second level deck.
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856 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
There is always time for a cheese plate, especially at Say Cheese. Sample away at cheeses with ingredients like "triple cream" and "made with the finest goat's milk in France." Say Cheese has a cheese cooler packed with all shades of cheese—they...
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Russian Hill, San Francisco, CA, USA
Roam Artisan Burgers on Union Street in San Francisco is not your typical burger joint. The interiors are an artsy blend of wood, glass, and recycled fixtures and burgers can be made with a beef, turkey, veggie, bison, or elk patty. I can vouch...
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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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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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Fillmore St & Waller St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Another world famous artist, primarily known for his portraiture work. This is on Filmore between Haight and Waller in San Francisco
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600 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
The tall white walls are the perfect easel for the bibelots on sale at Rare Device. Whether functional or decorative, each item looks like a work of art that you'll really want in your home. You'll find things like Scandinavian-designed coffee...
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801 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
I love the experimental name, Chocolate Lab, that brings to mind two mad chocolate makers (the Recchiuitis) dueling over creations, beakers bubbling over with—you guessed it—chocolate. This cozy café is known not just for its dessert, and the...
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941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
You know you are near Zazie's in the Cole Valley neighborhood by the crowd out front. It is big. There is a sign up sheet on the door, put your name on it, and head to the Irish bar next door to wait the hour it'll take to get seated. But when you...
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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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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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601 Murray Cir, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA
Located on the grounds of Fort Baker, a former Army post, Cavallo Point Lodge has taken great pains to preserve its historic roots. Half of the rooms and suites are meticulously restored officers’ residences with views of the hillside...
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Polk Gulch, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
This San Francisco food truck specializes in sliders, making miniature pieces of heaven! You can buy them individually or in combos which gives you a chance to pick from five and try them all! There is beek, 2 pork varieties, fried chicken and a...
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1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
With over 1300 reviews on Yelp, an appearance on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, and a line that often snakes down the block, I won’t try to argue that Swan Oyster Depot is one of San Francisco’s best kept secrets. But I will...
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225 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA
With a coffee shop on every corner in San Francisco's Financial District, how do you choose? Well you do want them to have good coffee, after that it is all about the people and the story. Coffee Cultures has it all. Located in a historic...
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Landmark Building C, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA
Off the Grid is an organization that hosts food trucks stops at various points throughout San Francisco as well in spots in the greater Bay Area. At any given time you can have 5-10 trucks in this downtown spot at 5th and Minna on Wednesdays and...
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1754 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
Ok, not everyone is French. But everyone has an accent of some sort. And most of the waiters are good-looking, major plus. Other than that, this place has an amazing wine list and delicious food, not to mention that their happy hour is one of the...
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919 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
This is all you need to know about the House of Nanking: If you've never been, the owner will take your menus and just start serving you food. It's an experience I'll never forget! The food is plentiful and delicious! Bonus: it's right around the...
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797 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
This creative collective founded by Ann Hatch, is a brilliant example of encouraging, supporting and showcasing artistic talent. In the heart of the cool Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, you'll know you're in the right spot immediately-...
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3870 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
Named after Chef Melissa Perello’s grandmother, Frances is a neighborhood fine-dining restaurant where the focus is on simple but elegant cuisine that lets the Northern California ingredients shine. The restaurant is only open for dinner and...
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1001 Minnesota St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
They had me at the yellow building. I love wandering the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco and both Piccino restaurant and separate coffee bar, are lovely places to gather. The coffee bar on 22nd Street serves carefully crafted Sightglass...
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150 Stockton St, Level Four, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
For a chic stop on a San Francisco tour, take the Neiman Marcus elevator to the fourth floor and dine at The Rotunda. The lunch menu is varied and contains "light" options for the ladies who lunch. Travelers can revel in a quiet respite just off...
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563 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
Kick back, relax, and enjoy their rotating beers on tap. Great atmosphere to catch games - especially when the Giants are playing. And the thing to get here - Watermelon Beer. It is indeed as good as it sounds (pictures on the right).
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6439 California St, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
I had driven by Tal-y-Tara many times taking notice of the horse statue out front and knowing I would have to stop there for tea one day. By now I have been there multiple times. They have an extensive and wonderful tea list to please ever tea...
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Vallejo & Taylor, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
"What do you think?", asked the stranger standing at the top of the stairs, looking ahead at the vast expanse of water, sky, buildings and flowers. The truth flew away from my lips: "Amazing!". Adding to the beauty is the fact that you can walk...
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3176 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Six bowling lanes, a full bar, and delicious "technique-driven comfort food" await you at Mission Bowling Club in San Francisco. Thoughtfully designed, this 21-and-up venue champions local artists by displaying their works on the wall. With indoor...
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200 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Stop by Reveille Coffee Co and your morning will be instantly better. The light, airy space in North Beach serves up coffee, pastries, and some of the best avocado and egg toast you’ll find in the city. Founded by Christopher and Tommy Newbury,...
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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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2049 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
For a spicy, Southern brunch, check out the Elite Cafe in San Francisco's Pacific Heights. The fans move slow, the eggs benedict is covered in ham hocks, and there are 5 different types of Tabasco sauce on the table.
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Pier 7, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Pier 7 is a secret. I have found myself there many times and never understand why there are rarely any crowds. At sunrise or sunset with your back to the city you can get gorgeous photos of the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island. The beautiful wooden...
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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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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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540 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Crazy for Kerouac? Mad for Ginsberg? Head to the Beat Museum in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, where many of the writers, artists, and thinkers you’ll be learning about spent their time drinking and carousing in the 1950s...
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644 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Gott's is your standard roadside diner, except your burgers can be accompanied by Sauvignon Blanc and a blueberry milkshake. Ahi tuna might appear in that bun. Fries and onion rings are highly recommended, as are the fish tacos. Plenty of outdoor...
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1004 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
While hiking through the Lands End area of San Francisco I came across this gem. Built in the late 19th century as the world's largest indoor swimming pool complex, visitors could take a dip in one of the seven pools or take a stroll through a...
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3406 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Yamo could be a restaurant but it's more a rectangular area with about 10 bar stool seats at the counter...and that's about it. At the counter you are face to face with the open stove that can host anything from curry noodle to chicken to rice...
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San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
A vital civic and cultural space within Golden Gate Park, the Bandshell, known as the Spreckles Temple of Music, hosts free concerts on Sundays during the summer and serves as a picnic spot year-round for visitors to the nearby cultural facilities...
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736 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
While wandering around San Francisco's vibrant Mission district I came upon a small restaurant called Mission Cheese which celebrates artisan American cheeses. I ordered the gruyere and salami sandwich with a nice spicy mustard and crunchy...
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Anza Vista, San Francisco, CA, USA
On the National Register of Historic Places in the Western Addition
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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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1489 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Even if the food wasn't exceptional—and it is—I would come to Basil Canteen. The restaurant in San Francisco's SOMA area is gorgeous. Located in the historical Jackson Brewery building, they have kept the original architectural details of the...
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1299 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
This is an excellent place for brunch in Potrero Hill and more than worth the wait for a table, that you may find on a weekend morning. The two founders not only have a passion for food, as you can see from the cool exterior seating, they also...
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505 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
The cheeky moniker of its city namesake, San Franpsycho, is a quintessentially local shop. On top of the variety of merchandise, the store holds events, which seems like a great way to meet locals. They sell locally created tanks, toques, sweaters...
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1090 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
San Francisco's seven hills and extensive coastline offer plenty of impressive views; why not enjoy them with a delicious meal or bubbly drink? The Burger Bar on the top floor of Macy’s and the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus overlook Union Square....
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1026 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Another key player in San Francisco’s "third wave" coffee revolution, Ritual Coffee is dedicated to making the best cup of coffee you’ll find in the city. Since opening its flagship store in the Mission in 2005, Ritual has worked to...
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1530 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
The Haight Street Market is the local grocery store for residents of Haight Ashbury neighborhood (which they actually call "Upper Haight"). Along the register area is one of the best places to grab lunch in said neighborhood - the Haight Street...
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327 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Inside The Other Shop you'll find antique displays of barware laid out stylishly for the treasure-hunting mixologist. The vintage shoes are fanned in a circular display while the sunglasses and jewelry behind department store style displays. The...
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824 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Stepping into Paxton Gate is like entering a wonderland. What began as a small store in an alley off Market Street in 1992 has since grown into their location on Valencia Street, a mecca for those interested in the oddities of the natural world....
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South Beach, San Francisco, CA, USA
You can't really call Le Truc a food truck (although technically it is!) because it is in a bus! This spot that hangs at near 4th and Brannan every week day is dishing out some gourmet grub including very inventive sandwiches and salads. There are...
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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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560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
As an SF local, I visit this farmer's market on Sunday morning to gather provisions for upcoming dinners and lunches. I'm joined by my neighbors, who are also carrying their cloth totes to store a week's worth of organic, local veggies. Open 10 to...
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1665 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Peach signs, anarchist books, and art installations surround a quiet cafe area. The menu is typical coffee house, but the walls and vibe echo the 'Summer of Love' and are pure Haight Ashbury.
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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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542 A, Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
God, I love this place. Like, I seriously LOVE it. Its central location and hip ambiance make it a great destination kind of spot. Grab drinks during happy hour then hit this place up...then grab more drinks! There are plenty of bars in the area...
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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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795 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
I have a love/hate relationship with The Mission. That said, I have nothing but LOVE for Etcetera Wine Bar. They have a massive wine list that can be quite daunting, so just get a recommendation if you're confused. The food is excellent. This is...
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649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
This is the restaurant that Obama eats at when he is in San Francisco. Über good.
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521 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
The daily spread at this beloved bakery is the stuff of sugar-coated fantasies. Located in the Richmond District, Schubert's has been serving up a sumptuous selection of cookies and pastries for more than a century. The array of elegantly...
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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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1725 Alameda St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Skool restaurant in San Francisco is a double entendre. It serves mainly fish (which swim in schools) and there is a classroom theme to their menus and other touches. Located in the furniture district and owned by two married couples, one French...
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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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3814 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
This Korean restaurant is hidden behind a garage. My impression was that it was some underground nightclub that had Korean food. It’s actually just a Korean restaurant that’s open late. The restaurant isn’t even behind the garage – the kitchen is!...
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We definitely left our hearts in San Francisco with this view!
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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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8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
With its waterfront location across from the San Francisco Ferry Building on the edge of downtown, the Hotel Vitale is an ideal launchpad to explore San Francisco. Rooms have expansive views of the Bay or the city, and travelers can step out onto...
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1652 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
There were seven of us having a fly-in family dinner at the Park Tavern in North Beach on the edge of Washington Square Park. Greg, who lives within walking distance, said it was one of his favorite restaurants. I now see why. All the food was...
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431 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
I may move to San Francisco, for the sole reason of being close to Sushi Bistro. Just a few blocks from Golden Gate Park on Balboa Street, the restaurant looks unassuming from the outside. But, once you open the menu, you'll enter a world of...
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660 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
What struck me funny was how this is smack-dab in the middle of Chinatown.
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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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318 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
This tiny, unassuming deli-like place is right next to our office and is a lunch-time favorite. The owners are super sweet. We are addicted to the $4 udon-to-go, green tea gingerale and Bugles here. Cash only. Fun fact: the chefs at nearby Quince...
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730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
I thought this dish would taste exotic and borderline strange, maybe even a bit slimy, but the Garlic Frog really did taste like chicken. This Fall we had our first AFAR Supper Club event at Lers Ros Thai and of course the group was up for trying...
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450 Sutter St #7, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
Chef Bridget Batson, formerly of Gitane, says: "These shredded chicken tamales with black olives are delicious. The hot sauce is a must (you have to ask for it)." Check out Chefs Feed to get more dining recs from nearly 1000 of the nation's best...
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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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537 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
This is Julia waiting outside Tekka, a tiny Japanese restaurant that is Joe's favorite. 10 rules out front, including wait till after 9:30. Problem: it was 8:00. So it will have to wait till next time.
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Do know that this beautiful showroom is available to visit only by appointment. I'd been wanting to make arrangements to see there work for quite some time when I noticed they were hosting an 'open house' one Sunday afternoon and knew I had to get...
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772 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
A trip to San Francisco isn't complete without a stop in Chinatown and that usually means a dim sum lunch. We headed to New Asia after tastings of tea as suggested by the tea shop owner who lived in the area. New Asia certainly isn't your average...
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360 Ritch St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
I am a big fan of fried chicken so I am always on the hunt for the good stuff. In San Francisco one of those spots is Farmer Brown's Little Skillet in SoMa. This tiny little spot in an alley attracts long lines for their fried chicken and waffles...
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720 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
It is quite an amazing sight to discover a Banksy stencil where you expect it the least: San Francisco Chinatown. It is at the corner of Commercial Street and Grant Avenue and is protected by a glass panel. Good thing because there are graffitis...
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Golden Gate Heights, San Francisco, CA, USA
Located in Golden Gate Heights, the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project transformed a once-ordinary neighborhood feature into a stunning public work of art. Climb them and you'll find (surprise!) more stairs. Breathe in through your nose, out through...
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1946 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
The former home to the iconic Johnny Rockets on Fillmore Street has a new resident—the hipper, healthier Glaze Teriyaki Grill. While natives may be sad to part with their go-to for late night grease and ice cream, Glaze more than makes up for the...
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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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558 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Wayfare Tavern offers American dishes inspired by local cuisine at the turn of the century—pub food at its best! Located in San Francisco's Financial District, this spot is covered from wall to wall with business suits at lunch, so get there...
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1414 Grant Avenue., 513 green st, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
A repository of the musical past. Find used instruments, record players, CDs, vinyl records, memorabilia, and barely recalled memories of a misspent youth in the this semi-organized emporium. The records are down stairs. Be aware that items are...
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3150 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
The Wise Sons Deli menu claims that the Matzo Ball soup is "better than your Bubbies" I didn't have a Bubbie, but I did have this soup and it was...delicious. Savory broth with dill and the big ball had the consistency of polenta. My friend has...
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2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
Opened in 2005 by husband and wife duo Annie and Craig Stoll, Pizzeria Delfina’s original Mission location became an instant hit in San Francisco. The pizzeria is an annex to Delfina restaurant, their first James Beard Award–winning venture, and...
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530 North Point St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Hollywood Cafe may be a short stones throw away from tourist filled fisherman's wharf but their meals are good enough to have locals coming back for more. The restaurant is small and the line may be long but I find it is all worth it when I dive...
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4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
Outerlands is an Outer Sunset institution. The small restaurant near Ocean Beach serves local, organic cuisine in a rustic-chic setting. Covered floor-to-ceiling in warm, rough-hewn wood, the interior invites lingering over an artisan cocktail or...
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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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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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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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858 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
This fun, poppy outfit sells kids' clothing and toys, all in one of the most colorful stores in San Francisco. At the back of the store, the large sign reading "TANTRUM" pulls you in like a ringmaster. The carnival-themed letters hang over big-top...
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87 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
In downtown San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center, there is a Swiss chocolate "shoppe" that does chocolate pairings with luxury tea. It is a must try!
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2300 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
The beautiful boutique Nest on Fourth Street in Berkeley, takes me right back to France even before I walk in. The displays of the books, fabrics, gifts, jewelry and artwork through through the glass windows was enough to make my heart leap when I...
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1400 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Complete your Summer of Love/Hippie shopping list with a visit to Jammin' on Haight. The shop's outside is painted in rainbow colors (on the day I visited, the window showcased the world's largest tie-dye shirt) and inside it's as if unicorns...
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San Francisco, CA, USA
Every culture has their fried dough and for the three sisters running the Me Méli food cart its their families Greek version called Loukoumades that reigns supreme. Little balls of dough are fried until they are golden brown and then drizzle with...
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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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427 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
Admittedly, I stopped by Castro Coffee Company for a cuppa when I found out my brunch date was held up the BART. I choose an Ethiopian blend from one of the many choices available along the wall of this snug coffee shop in the heart of San...
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Gibson Rd, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
Every once in a while, the sun shines bright in San Francisco and every city residents flocks to the nearest park or beach to soak up the sun and day drink. Baker Beach, in the confines of SF, seems worlds away from city life. The view of the...
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1000 Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
With killer views of the waves crashing onto Ocean Beach, the Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant is one of the best places to grab a bite and watch the sunset in San Francisco. Before its current incarnation, the 1925 Spanish revival building...
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2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
I can only describe the vegan Mexican food of Gracias Madre as a truly unexpected experience of culinary genius. They transformed a wildly famous cuisine of bold, rich, hearty, and heavy flavors into a selection of healthy, earthy dishes that...
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2609 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA
Tucked behind the orderly bustle of Union Street at the corner of Green and Gough, Allyne Park is a pocket of greenery and pretty spring blooms. The small but lovely park houses numerous trees, a garden and a grassy field where dogs can roam off...
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2356 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
At the corner of Polk and Union Streets in Russian Hill is a quaint little hamlet specializing in gourmet coffee drinks (the Cuban Espresso sounds divine), frozen yogurt and - wait for it - rice pudding! Don't let the line up deter you, the wait...
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306 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Nopalito’s fried garbanzo beans are simply addictive. After frying them in oil, the kitchen spices them with chili dust that’s been roasted and ground in house. For more drinking tips, check out our feature "How to Drink Anywhere in the World" ...
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One, Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Chef Brett Emerson of Contigo says: "The broth is rich, the noodles are hand-made, and the bowl includes tender, pasture-raised heritage pork, fried chicken, and local organic vegetables. It's the perfect remedy to a foggy San Francisco summer...
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550 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Chef Matthew Accarrino of SPQR says: "I love the crunchy, spicy fried chicken that's dressed with chilies here. I pair it with kimchi, OB beer, soju, a little food, and a lot of K-pop on big screens that always keeps me laughing. This is a fun...
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560 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
I crave this caramel-y roasted pork Banh Mi at Saigon Sandwich. The classic Vietnamese sandwich is on a fresh French baguette that is perfectly soft yet crispy, accompanied by fresh carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, and peppers, plus the most...
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298 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
This place is a popular burger and beer place. Hard to find a table if you're with a group because it gets pretty crowded, but there's bar seating for a quick beer.
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North Beach, San Francisco, CA, USA
This secret garden off Union St. in Russian Hill is a perfect spot to enjoy an early morning cup of coffee and the view, while the fog washes you awake.
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19050 Bay St #683, El Verano, CA 95433, USA
One of my favorite things to do in San Francisco is search out the beautiful places that not many tourists would know about. One of those is definitely Kite Hill, hidden in plain sight in the Castro neighborhood of the city. I walked past this...
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Jack Kerouac Alley, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
You may not see it if you don't look beneath your feet in the bustling and bombarding crowd within San Francisco's Chinatown. Once you stumble upon Kerouac Alley past the Vital Tea shop you'll notice you are standing before a plaque dedicated to a...
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600 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
In renovating the interior of this landmark hotel, designers drew inspiration from both the San Francisco Bay and couture fashion. The rooms’ color schemes take cues from the steely blue and grays of the city’s fog, and the...
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2944 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
It's a hole in the wall, sure. It's a grab and go sort of place. Except, really you want to sit down because the authentic Chilean empanadas are so good. Especially the Niman ranch beef one. Ask for a little extra hot sauce for a little heat, pull...
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3111 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
The Mission is one of those places where you don’t hesitate to drink beer from a wine glass. It’s a place where the olive oil served with the focaccia is not just a mindless belly-filling appetizer, but a combination of flavors so simple and rich...
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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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901 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
The artic char tacos were a tough choice, but we had to decide. The waitress had a very patient look on her face as we went back and forth from the the list of eight gourmet and very California-meets-Mexico tacos. The meat choices alone were...
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999 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
Rising up from the top of Nob Hill, the elegant InterContinental Mark Hopkins has a deep history in San Francisco. Mark Hopkins, one of the founders of the Central Pacific Railroad, built his mansion on this site in the 19th century. Most of the...
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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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292 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
If you're craving a delicious lunch before tackling Haight Ashbury or a little Mexican food after drinking all day at the Toronado, I recommend walking a few blocks down Divisadero and stopping at the Little Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant. Long a...
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446 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Famous for their sacripantina, Stella also makes incredible cannoli, Italian cookies and espresso.
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Bernal Heights, San Francisco, CA, USA
I was flying from the US to China on this day, and I had a six-hour layover in San Francisco. My childhood best friend had just moved to the city, so I took a cab from the airport and met up with her in her new neighborhood. After catching up over...
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220 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
For a dose of culture, head to Park Life in the Inner Richmond. The goal of this gallery-cum-retail space is to feature today’s most engaging contemporary art. Located in a 1,400-square-foot former furniture store, Park Life showcases 10 exhibits...
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3150 18th St #105, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Little Paper Planes carries paper goods, housewares, plants, artists' editions & lots of other fun stuff in this tiny shop. Owl Cave Books is a small book shop within LPP. Spend an afternoon and wander along Valencia street checking out the unique...
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2128 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
communal valentine's dinner at Wild Kitchen. We had Truffled Root Veggies, Gleaned Kumquat White Chocolate Pudding with Rose Geranium, and Chili Spiked melted chocolate. Wild Kitchen is a roaming restaurant where each family style course focuses...
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1434 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
This little bright and sunny restaurant in Potrero Hill serves seasonal and local food with an Italian influence. There is a little terrace outside that will give you a wonderful view of the city. Great wine list and daily specials, it's perfect...
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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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2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
There is no better way to begin the grand taco crawl down California’s coast than by visiting one of San Francisco’s most famed taquerias. If you ask a local, chances are that La Taqueria is going to be an honorable mention. Accolades hang on the...
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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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882 North Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
I don't know why the barista gave me my lavender latte in a to go cup, but I still enjoyed it. Chose a breakfast nut cookie to go with it. Lots of yummy looking pastries here.
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3301 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA
One of my favorite things to do in San Francisco is to walk on the Bay Trail from the parking lot by the Beach Hut Cafe west to Torpedo Wharf. The walk is about 3 miles round trip but the views of Alcatraz and the Bridge are with you the entire...
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401 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Okay so it is a little cheesy to have Pinocchio marionettes dangling lifeless from a bar light fixture but after returning from Italy I was in the mood for fresh pasta and people watching and in no mood to judge. Trattoria Pinocchio is reasonably...
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1846 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA
Chronicle Books publishes pretty books. And while I'm never one to outwardly admit judging a book by its cover, I am the type to impulse by Paris by Color published by Chronicle Books at Chronicle Books because it's just so pretty. Chronicle Books...
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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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432 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Wander along Octavia Street in Hayes Valley and you’ll probably notice the open space at its center dotted with renovated shipping containers; though it may sound like it wouldn’t be a retail hot spot, it definitely is. Proxy is a temporary...
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Dolores St & 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
Mission Dolores Park, aka Delores Park, is one of the most popular parks in San Francisco, especially when the sun is out and the mercury is up. On a sunny weekend, you'll be hard pressed to find a patch of green to plant yourself on, but that's...
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Japantown, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
Travel around the world within San Francisco's city limits. Stroll the streets of downtown's Chinatown, starting at Grant Street, for trinkets and windows full of jade jewelry. (Though the outer avenues—in the Richmond and Sunset districts—are the...