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941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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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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560 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
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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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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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817 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
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On a lazy Saturday morning head to Caffe 817 in Old Oakland (downtown) for a breakfast of poached eggs, olive tapenade and toasted levain. Add a latte bowl or cappuccino for the perfect start to your day! After breakfast explore the neighborhood...
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649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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This is the restaurant that Obama eats at when he is in San Francisco. Über good.
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3935, 460 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
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Located in historical part of oakland and close to the metro, Trappist is considered one of the best bars in the country to get Belgian style beers. Lets just say if you are a beer lover, making a pilgrimage to this place is a must. They also...
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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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2730 Peralta St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
A group of artists has transformed a previously vacant lot in West Oakland into Peralta Junction - steampunk-style carnival with art, food trucks, performances, people & pumpkins. October 4th to December 15th, 2012.
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20063 Cabrillo Hwy S, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
San Francisco is a great starting point for a road trip. Drive north or south on the HWY 1 and you're bound to find fun towns, beautiful winding roads and gorgeous coastal scenery. This cave is about an hour drive south of San Francisco, and then...
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Ferry Building, One San Francisco Bay Trail #8, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
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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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691 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
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Make your way to Market Street and head to the Hearst Building, where downstairs you’ll find Local Edition. This cocktail bar takes its inspiration from the thriving San Francisco newspaper business of the 50s and 60s, and it shows—you’ll sip on...
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525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
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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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30 El Portal, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA
Spending a night in Inn above water, Sausalito is truly memorable. Each room comes with private balcony to fully enjoy the harbour view.
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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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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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2170 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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San Francisco gets a lot of great seafood and there are a ton of sushi restaurants, but when it comes to rolls there aren't that many places that knock your socks off. Blowfish Sushi to Die For in the Mission District will blow your mind with...
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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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495 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
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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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948 Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA
Just outside San Francisco, and stones throw ( albeit a good arm), from Golden gate Bridge is Kirby Cove Campground. This is such a gem that hardly anyone knows about, which affords spectacular views of SF, the bridge and bay... This shot is from...
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12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
This is a great addition to Tomales Bay (one of my most beloved areas just an hour north of San Francisco). Owner Luc Chamberland raises his own shellfish at his Pickleweed Point Community Shellfish Farm nearby. Local fishermen are encouraged to...
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798 Arguello Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
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This cozy, community minded, all-things-bicycle-inspired cafe on Arguello (and a block from Golden Gate Park) is the perfect place to meet cycling buddies for your pre-ride fuel spot. You'll see the red, ceramic decorated bicycle hanging above the...
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1725 Alameda St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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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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1489 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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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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1327 Broadway, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
This is the place to play a game, watch a sport and drink a beer. Behan's is expectedly low-key and surprisingly social. I'm a sucker for shuffle board and darts so naturally I stopped in for a pint but stayed for the games!
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1111 Howard Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
Active in local events and staffed by passionate runners, the community-focused shop strikes a chord with locals, visitors, athletes, and casual walkers alike. Best of all, they keep a calendar of all local running events and even hold their own...
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Presidio Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
Artist Andy Goldsworthy's Wooden Line meanders its way through a grove of Eucalyptus in the Presidio, inviting all to take off shoes and balance beam through the forest. The sculpture, formed from the trunks of eucalyptus, gently curves its way...
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360 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA
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By far one of my favorite dining experiences in San Francisco, Credo gets its name from the Latin phrase "I believe". The restaurant's mantra is brought to life by dozens of colorful quotes from 'believers' ranging from Mae West to Steve Jobs that...
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1300 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
It was by accident that I found Al's, while trying to find parking for an event in North Beach. It immediately stole my heart with their window display of vintage inspired, hand made shoes and clothing and I'm so glad that I went in. The fact that...
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353 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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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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400 Gate 5 Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA
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Heath Ceramics was founded in 1948 by Edith Heath. Today it is one of the most lasting examples of midcentury American design. Heath is famous for its tableware collections, as well as its tile. The colors are amazing, and their bud vases make for...
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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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1044 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Walls of tea and a tea tasting experience mean an immersive tea experience in the heart of Chinatown, San Francisco.
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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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557 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Locanda’s reputation for authentic Roman food and fresh, local ingredients was already established long before it opened in 2005; this is, after all, a part of the small group of renowned restaurants opened by Craig and Annie Stoll of Delfina,...
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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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801 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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Roka Akor, the newest restaurant to bring robata to San Francisco, recently opened in Jackson Square. There are other locations in Scottsdale and London. The San Francisco space—built out in beautiful wood and concrete—revolves around an open...
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2311 Magnolia St A, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
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I'm one of those people that falls in love with a song and plays it on repeat until I'm sick of it. I do the same thing with dishes, but I'm nowhere near tired of FuseBox's chicken wings yet. This is a Korean "fusion" restaurant on a quiet street...
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2080 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
When you're in Berkeley, exploring the famous Fourth Street shopping area, make sure you make your way down to Sketch Ice Cream! They make their ice cream fresh, every morning- hence the name 'sketch'. They use Straus organic milk and join it with...
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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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3187 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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Bell Jar is a great shop near 16th and Mission, selling a range of vintage and new designer clothing as well as accessories, notebooks, and bath products. The selection and display show a very considered approach, reflecting the lifestyle of an...
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359 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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Vinyl is a coffee shop and wine bar on Divisadero Street in the NOPA neighborhood. On a sunny day, sit by the large windows along the periphery; if the fog is closing in, cozy up at the bar. No matter where you decide to settle down, you can pop...
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2601 Monarch St, Alameda, CA 94501, USA
It's immediately obvious that a tour of St. George's distillery is not a typical tour. Participants enter the former Navy hangar under a sign that reads, "Emotional Support Begins Here." The lines typically aren't running full of mechanic pulse on...
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2015 Greenwich St, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA
Vantigo tours is a brand new touring company that offers a more unique and personalized to those hop on hop off tours and the very dull Big Bus tours. Erik, owner of Vantigo, your designated driver and tour guide offers city tours, oyster lunches...
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3111 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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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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680 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
San Francisco is not only a beautiful city, but it is also home to some exquisite natural landscapes, such as Lands End. I will never forget the first time I hiked the main Coastal Trail: I couldn't believe I was still in a city because of the...
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2711, 1550 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA 94707, USA
With such a plentiful, diverse bounty of produce available in Northern California, and such a healthy offering of outlets to buy from, its no wonder that you might not search off the beaten path for a green grocer. But, then you might miss this...
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3100 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA
Satisfy your chocolate cravings with a tour of San Francisco’s TCHO New American Chocolate at Pier 17 along the Embarcadero. Knowledgeable chocolate experts will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about TCHO, from chocolate’s history to...
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Fort Funston Rd, San Francisco, CA 94132, USA
Our dog loves the beach. I mean LOVES the beach. We've lived all over, and had many beaches to call home, but not a single one of them holds a candle to Fort Funston in San Francisco. This beach is THE PLACE for dogs, is one of the cleanest, best...
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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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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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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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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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390 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
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It may be a little cold and foggy on the the patio at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. And certainly a pint or two of their microbrew will refresh more than heat your insides. But don't worry, there are heat lamps over the picnic table or a few...
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Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
Every summer Oakland's Jack London Square hosts free outdoor movies. Movies are shown outside on the lawn area so bring blankets, a picnic dinner, family & friends and enjoy the movies! Great community event that everyone enjoys. Can get chilly so...
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Mission District, San Francisco, CA, USA
If you and your friends are looking to eat a little food in the Mission, do a little shopping, and learn a lot about the neighborhood you’re in, both past and present, then take one of Explore San Francisco’s Mission walking tours. These fun,...
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8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
In true San Franciscan fashion, the Vitale’s petite top-floor spa exudes boutique comfort with warm hospitality—with a focus on natural experiences. Come in the evening, sink into a bath on the terrace, and enjoy a massage with a view of the Bay...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...