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1529 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
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Nicole Krasinski describes the novel concept of her restaurant State Bird Provisions as “dim sum and a great hors d’oeuvre party morphed into one experience.” She and her husband, chef Stuart Brioza, prepare beautifully executed...
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4035 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
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An artist and an architect curate a cool mix of practical things here. You’ll find books on furniture and design, and interesting items like wooden radios and pencil sets. Lots of it is handmade. The store also sells chairs and tables that Luke...
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101 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
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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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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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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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Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, CA, USA
Stairs, hidden gardens, shady trees and a view of San Francisco that is awesome. Climb up one set of stairs and down the other. You'll be happy you did.
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Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA, USA
Ocean Beach is a massive, four-mile-long stretch of sand. Surfers talk about it in terms of the block they surf. I surf Pacheco or Moraga Street. This story appeared in the January/February 2012 issue.
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3431 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Can't beat a buck for an Oyster! Hogs and Rocks is a great happy hour haunt in the mission. Super lively and fun. I shouldn't be telling you all this!
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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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620 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
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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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2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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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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291 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
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Chef Nicolaus Balla of Bar Tartine says: "Go to Spices I or II in the Richmond District and order everything in the appetizer section. The chili oil pig ear is a great small salad with scallions, crunchy ears, and spicy oil." Check out Chefs Feed...
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20 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Crown Point Press, housed in an beautiful brick building just south of Market street, is a printing press, gallery, and bookstore, specializing in etching. Some of the greatest artists of the last century have worked at the press, including...
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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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One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Outdoor markets always tell a story about their city: what goods are for sale, what foods are locally grown and how the residents interact with one another as they buy and sell their wares. San Francisco's Saturday Market at the Ferry Terminal...
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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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150 Stockton St, Level Four, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
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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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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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Pier 45, Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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Musée Mécanique, at Pier 45 in Fisherman’s Wharf, is one of the largest privately held collections of vintage mechanical arcade machines in the world. Displaying some 200 pieces from the more than 300 acquired by Edward G....
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3979B 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
Forget the trolley keychains, SF fleeces, and any other tchotchke you're tempted to buy in Chinatown or Fisherman's Wharf. Save your SF souvenir shopping for Local Take. Located near the street car turn around in the Castro, Local Take is stocked...
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1090 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
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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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600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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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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Filbert St, San Francisco, CA, USA
In a city as steep and hilly as San Francisco, it’s no surprise there are some noteworthy stairways. On the east side of Telegraph Hill, the Filbert Steps reign as some of the most popular in the city. They wend their way up to the iconic Coit...
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1075 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
True to its name, the Scarlet Huntington makes use of sumptuous reds throughout the hotel, from its brick facade to its Passion Suite decorated in shades of ruby. Formerly the illustrious Huntington Hotel, the Nob Hill property became the stomping...
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Beach St & The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
The sea lions are great to look at but beware of the smell. If you have a weak stomach you might want to stay away.
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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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355 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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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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1634 Jerrold Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124, USA
Even the blackest of thumbs can find inspiration at Flora Grubb’s eponymous nursery—or at least a good cup of coffee. Grubb runs the enormous space (complete with Ritual Coffee Roasters bar) with a gallery-like ethos, rotating in new displays...
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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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579 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
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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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3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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There's nothing more San Fransisco (or hipster) than buying a margharita (with pepperoni) and taking it to Dolores Park for some prime people watching. It may be easier than getting a seat in the restaurant. Don't forget the chilli flakes! How I...
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500 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
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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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4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
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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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22 Peace Plz #510, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
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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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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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3639 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Pickup the best local food products the bay area has to offer at Bi-Rite Market. The Mission was not always the pantheon of San Francisco nouveau cuisine that it is today. Now, the area—especially the block of 18th Street between Guerrero and...
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Buena Vista & Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Just above the infamous Haight Street, known for it's hippies and smoke shops, lies Buena Vista Park. The park is a maze of trails that all lead you up toward the highest point affording you a breathtaking panorama of San Francisco. On a clear...
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1299 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
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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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3010 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Trick Dog is the local spot where fancy bartenders drink and eat. While it sounds crazy, order the salad—a massive mound of shareable kale that’s topped with yolk dressing.
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Lover's Ln, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
If you are looking for a great walk in San Francisco, try the Presidio National Park. Lover's Lane is a nice one to start with. If you drive, just after entering the southeastern gate (Presidio Blvd. Gate), you can make a left and park your car in...
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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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1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
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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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1890 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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With beans sourced from Mr. Espresso, another Bay Area coffee institution, Coffee Bar makes sure to keep its business local. Coffee Bar’s open, modern spaces—two downtown and one in the Mission—are ideal for spending a morning working remotely or...
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2401 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Some of the best pasta outside of Italy done with that San Francisco farm-to-table vibe drizzled on top...almost impossible to book, best bet is to show up early and hope for space at the bar while you enjoy a glass of wine and chat with other...
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56 Gold St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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After a glass of wine at Barrique, we stumbled on this dark alley with a blinking neon sign. Behind the doors is a 1930s inspired supper club with nightly live jazz. Get there at 5:30pm and order a Manhattan at the bar.
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San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
Most people driving through San Francisco's Sunset District head to Sutro Baths, the Cliff House, and Ocean Beach. However, if you take a subtle right turn at Fort Miley you will find a beautiful coastal trail that offers unbelievable views of the...
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2900 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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While Heath Ceramics is over 60 years old, having been founded in 1948 in Sausalito, their colorful bud vases, dinnerware and tiles have enjoyed a boom in recent years. Straddling the line between a rough, hand-crafted aesthetic and an elegant,...

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561 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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A sister restaurant to the insanely popular Tartine Bakery, Bar Tartine starts off on the right foot, with incredible varieties of Tartine bread delivered to the table. It's chewy and complex and nutty, and goes well with butter, as bread should....
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Mile Rock, San Francisco, CA, USA
I discovered Mile rock beach a couple months ago while I was on the Lands end trail and it is now one of my favorite spots ever. Every time a friend is visiting I make sure to take them to the labyrinth . The view is amazing, you can see the...
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728 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
If you’re in the market for rustic homeware, vintage goods, and artisan, handmade products—and really, in San Francisco who isn't?—then the Perish Trust should be your first stop. Opened in 2008 by art director Rod Hipskind and photographer Kelly...
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1727 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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In the space formerly occupied for twenty years by the iconic Red Vic Movie House and founded by the same owners, Jack and Betsy Rix, Second Act is also committed to the idea of bringing the neighborhood together in this marketplace and event...
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950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
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This 70-year-old Polynesian-inspired bar at the Fairmont Hotel is part Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean and part theme party with potent drinks. The bartenders mix rum cocktails of their own creation and showcase...
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140 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
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We generally go to the newly opened Trou Normand for pre-dinner drinks—and then skip a proper dinner because its rare charcuterie list is so epic (most nights they have 20-25 offerings). Many options are made in-house and the pork they use is from...