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3663 Park Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7J 3G3, Canada
The Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, in northern Vancouver, is one of Lynn Valley's best-kept secrets. The 50 meter high bridge stretches across a beautiful canyon with waterfalls and deep pools below. The best part is, it's free of charge. Crossing...
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800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8, Canada
Nearly a century ago, Jennie Butchart, wife of cement manufacturer Robert Butchart, transformed a depleted limestone quarry into these stunning, world-renowned show gardens. Allow ample time to enjoy the 22 hectares (55 acres) of floral displays,...
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1001 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B7, Canada
I shouldn't eat ice cream, yet I do. Being lactose intolerant, naturally I was born addicted to ice cream, sorbet, and gelato. I will be bold and say that it is the best gelato in Vancouver if not the country. After all, the owner went to school...
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Lions Gate Bridge Rd, Vancouver, BC, Canada
One of my favorite things about Vancouver is the Lions Gate bridge, the three-lane thoroughfare that links the downtown core to that nature lover's paradise known to locals as the "North Shore." It's no Golden Gate, but the Lions Gate Bridge has a...
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7501 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
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A true highlight of a visit to Vancouver is, of course, Stanley Park. A bonus is the Teahouse Restaurant at Ferguson Point. The view from the outdoor patio is stunning and the food is wonderful. I had this delicious seafood chowder that was made...
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6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9, Canada
Part of the North Shore mountain range, this 4,039-foot peak offers jaw-dropping views of the city. It’s busiest in the winter, when four chairlifts service 33 ski runs, but remains popular in the summer thanks to the steep, 1.8-mile Grouse...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Vancouver’s most famous urban space, the thousand-acre Stanley Park, epitomizes everything that locals here love about the outdoors, and visitors have many ways to explore the expansive grounds. Hiking trails weave around totem poles and hemlock...
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909 Burrard St #100, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2N2, Canada
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Le Crocodile has been in Vancouver for an impressive 26 years and is the result of chef Michel Jacob wanting to create a memorable dining experience for foodies such as myself. The traditional plates in this small bistro call 1930s Paris to mind,...
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578 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2, Canada
Amid the bustle of Chinatown stands this lovely 15th-century-style garden, named for the father of modern China. Even though it was built in 1986, artisans from Suzhou constructed the entire property without nails, screws, or power tools. The...
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Looking for a cheap eat or quick snack? Bun Me Baguette's food cart located at Robson and Hornby does the trick. For around $5, you can get a sandwich that can easily be split between two! I had chicken, but there's a tofu option as well. The...
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Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada
The Gastown neighborhood dates back to the Victorian era when “Gassy Jack” Deighton opened a saloon in a burgeoning sawmilling settlement. Now its grand heritage buildings—in Romanesque, Edwardian and Victorian Italianate styles—and brick-paved...
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750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada
Western Canada’s largest public art museum weighs in at almost 12,000 works. The collection here is strong on Emily Carr, a modernist compatriot of the Group of Seven (Canadian landscape painters from the 1920s who were deeply...
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123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver, BC V7M 3K7, Canada
When in Vancouver, one must take the classic trip across the Burrard Inlet, by Seabus, to Lonsdale Quay. Not only is the food at Lonsdale Quay delicious, there are many cute shops, and the view, as you can see, just can't be beat. Climb up the...
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6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada
Part of the University of British Columbia, this museum houses one of the finest collections of Northwest Coast Aboriginal art, including bentwood boxes, feast dishes, totem poles, and canoes from the Haida and Coast Salish people. Some of...
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The Vancouver area is home to many parks. The city is super green and designed for outdoor activities, from just hanging out on a bench to working out and playing with the kids. No matter where you go, you'll find art installations. They're such a...
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616 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2G5, Canada
Yamato Sushi doesn't have a big space but if you're looking for one of the best cheap eats in Vancouver, it's worth it. You may have to wait, but it won’t be for long. The value here was phenomenal: over nineteen rolls plus gyoza and green tea...
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630 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6, Canada
I love the lights, the carols, the colors, and the food of Christmas. I have always wanted to take in the famed German and Austrian markets, but I have yet to make the trip. If you are on the West Coast of North America, the Vancouver German...
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1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
The market community at the Public Market really makes Granville Island a must-visit in Vancouver. The vibrant colors of the fruits and vegetables that aren't on the East Coast really stand out, especially on farmers market days. The market goes...
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62 E Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1K2, Canada
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I'm a lover of fancy pizza, and Nicli Antica did not disappoint. Their pizzas are fresh and covered in delicious and creative toppings. Pies run about $10 and two pizzas would feed three people. They even have a brunch pizza with toppings like...
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4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
Whistler Blackcomb receives lots of press about its big-mountain features, but the resort offers plenty of terrain for every family member and skill level. The Whistler Blackcomb Snow School, among the best in North America, is...
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Whistler, BC V0N, Canada
The Peak 2 Peak Gondola that connects Whistler and Blackcomb mountains was considered a glitzy and expensive PR move when it opened in 2007. Today the 1.9-mile span, the longest unsupported span in the world, ferries hikers, bikers, and...
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Garibaldi Lake, Squamish-Lillooet D, BC V0N, Canada
With aqua blue lakes, it is hard not to be tempted to hike into Garibaldi Lake Campground and explore the area of Panorama Ridge and Black Tusk. With phenomenal views, it is worth the work of getting there. Even though a day hike to Panorama Ridge...
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4232 Village Stroll, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
Swing by Hot Buns Bakery on Sunrise Alley, just off of the Village Stroll in Whistler, for a low-key breakfast and down-to-earth service. Frequented often by those that live and work on the mountain, you’re sure to find good food at a good price....
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4355 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
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The next time you're tired of the mountains and looking for a place to imbibe, check out Brew House, starting with the clever draft board (green means go!) and the choo-choo train that whips around the restaurant. Brew House has a fantastic...
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110 - 4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
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Araxi is an internationally known farm-to-table restaurant based in the heart of Whistler Village. The food is fantastic and the menu changes according to what is in season. The inner dining space is casual, yet refined, making it a great place...
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8010 Mons Rd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B8, Canada
Scandinave Spa, at the edge of the forest beside Lost Lake, is a Nordic–inspired spa that recommends alternating dips in the hot and cold pools, steam rooms, and brisk waterfall rinses. There are myriad ways to stitch together...
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Mount Currie Coffee Company is my preferred place to grab a coffee and pastry on morning walks through the Village. They brew Intelligentsia coffee and make awesome lattes as well as other espresso drinks. One of the best parts of the coffee shop...
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4320 Sundial Crescent #170, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
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This rocking Irish pub in the heart of Whistler Village could, on any given Saturday night, be bumping with Canadian punk, Dublin standards, or American rock. The food is classic Irish fare: stop in Sunday for the prime rib roast and perhaps a...
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4369 Main St, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
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Splitz Grill has been home to the best burger in Whistler since 1997. Each burger is made fresh to order and to your liking. You can try the eternally delicious Classic Splitz Burger or create your own customized burger, for which there are...
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Alta Lake, Whistler, BC V0N, Canada
There are a few ways to paddle Alta Lake—you can head to Wayside Park and rent a kayak or you can head to Lakeside Park and rent a canoe or a stand-up paddleboard. Either way, drifting around amid this scenery makes a...
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4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
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Fifty Two 80 styles itself as the perfect après-ski (and après-bike) hangout, but you may find you have trouble getting out on the mountain in the first place—especially once you've polished off a hearty mountain breakfast, here. After breakfast,...
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Whistler, BC V0N, Canada
Already a world class ski town, Whistler was completely revamped to prepare for the Winter Games in 2010. But don't think it's just a winter town, it is now a year round destination. The ski runs become a world class mountain biker's haven, there...
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4340 Sundial Crescent, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
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Sushi Village is a worthy restaurant for a casual group meal before a night out in the Village, or a fun family dinner. The sake margaritas are deadly and their signature “super-hiro rolls” are reason enough to visit this lively sushi joint. The...
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4359 Main St, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
Sachi is a gem of a sushi restaurant in Whistler Village. They have an expansive menu that includes excellent vegetarian options, as well as a number of unusual rolls—if you're feeling a bit adventurous, try the "cupcake roll" (a delicious mix of...
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Valley Trail, Whistler, BC V0N, Canada
The 25-mile Valley Trail provides an optimal circuit for anyone wanting to get in a daily run while on vacation or traveling. The locals' preferred route starts at the entrance of the Valley Trail beside Whistler Golf Club and...
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4340 Sundial Crescent, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
The best place to indulge in a fast food fix after an exhausting day on the ski hill is definitely Zog’s Dogs. Renowned for their poutine and fried onion laden smokies, Zog’s is located at the base of the Whistler Gondola and has been a local ski...
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8104 Mckeevers Pl, Whistler, BC V0N 1B8, Canada
Alpine Cafe is a hidden brunch spot beloved by Whistler locals. The charming space is warm, inviting, and the food is simple, but wonderful. The café’s menu features the usual brunch items like eggs benedict and French toast, but the care and...
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1040 Millar Creek Rd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B1, Canada
After your first bite of a morning glory or pecan-sticky bun, it will become very clear to you that Mark and Paul Lamming, the founders of Purebread, infuse love and care in to everything they bake. All items sold at the bakery are hand-made on a...
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4205 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
Armchair Books, the ultimate hangout for book nerds and literary fiends, is a small and well-stocked bookstore located in the south end of Whistler Village. Here you can find both new and ripened books, as well as a selection of magazines on...
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1-1030 Millar Creek Rd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B1, Canada
This quiet little antique shop is nestled just a short drive south of Whistler in Function Junction. If thrift shops and hunting garage sales for one-of-a-kind treasures is your cup of tea, then look to Daily Planet for some lazy weekend shopping....
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Cheakamus Lake, Squamish-Lillooet D, BC V0N 0A0, Canada
Hiking is an accessible and popular activity to partake in during the warmer seasons of Whistler. Many of the hikes are family-friendly and all are outstandingly beautiful. Some notable routes are the High Note Trail, the Cheekamus Lake Trail and...
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4355 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
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Walking through the first set of double doors offered warmth from the cold and snow outside. Walking through the second set, we were smacked in the face by the glorious smells coming from the wood fired ovens and the pizzas baking within....
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100 Mountain Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B2, Canada
This is another fun adventure that's not strenuous in Banff. Take a gondola up Mt. Sulphur. That building in the photo is where the gondola comes in. Then you can walk along a boardwalk up to the summit, from where you have panoramic views of the...
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134 Hereford Ave, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2T4, Canada
Some of the coolest house boats I've ever laid eyes on.
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Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada
The Vancouver Seawall is the most popular recreation location in the entire city, if not in all of Canada, and it's for good reason. This stunning 22-km long trail leads from downtown along the shoreline of Stanley Park and offers some of the most...
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This has got to be the funkiest sushi experience I ever had. It's bonkers. The entire place is decorated with papier mache-esque sharks, sea creatures, and multitudes of miscellaneous beings. It's completely eight-bit, neon, vintage, iconic '80s...
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12240 Second Ave #210, Richmond, BC V7E 3L8, Canada
Minkes, humpbacks, and gray whales often frisk in B.C.’s wild coastal waters. The scene stealers, however, are the orcas, especially the gentle resident pods that eat fish rather than other marine mammals. These “killer whales”...
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1181 Melville St, Vancouver, BC V6E 0A3, Canada
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Fresh local produce combined with classic cooking techniques gives this traditional French bistro a West Coast Canadian edge. Just a few blocks from Coal Harbor, the location can't be beat. For something light, fresh, and French, try the endive...
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450 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 3J1, Canada
You won't just drop a line and twiddle your thumbs while on a fishing charter in Vancouver– island hopping, spotting sea life and taking in incredible views are all part of the adventure. My favorite charter company, Bites-On, lets you: fish for...
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1505 W 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1E8, Canada
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Go Fish is a fish shack serving just-caught seafood right near Granville Island. From old-school classic fish and chips to their version of a fish taco called a Tacones, seafood lovers will love this place. I am personally a huge fan of the...
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370 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7, Canada
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Like the name says: just braised or slow-roasted meats, served on ciabatta buns. They are known for their hand-carved porchetta, but I order the daily special—that is, if I can get there before 2 p.m. The restaurant is first come, first served, so...
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Robson St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Robson Street is a well known and well loved shopping district in the heart of Vancouver's West End, where both locals and visitors can make the most of any trip downtown. Sift your way through unique finds at boutiques, sip a coffee on the...
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1467 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E3, Canada
We had a delicious breakfast of liege waffles and coffee at Waffles & Berries, a small cafe in Coal Harbour. I love anywhere that serves authentic liege waffles, and this cafe makes them to perfection, right down to the big chunks of caramelized...
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Coal Harbour, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Coal Harbour is bordered by Burrard Street, West Georgia, and Pender (where Pender and Georgia pinch together toward Stanley Park). Much of Coal Harbour consists of seawall pathways and the only hustle and bustle you’ll find here is from cyclists,...
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1017 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1A9, Canada
Quaint but extensively stocked mecca for chocolate lovers! I was extremely impressed by their selection of sweet covered apples - the toffee ones sent my heart racing for all the right reasons - oh how I wished I was one of those people who bring...
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104-4319 Main St, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
Every time I visit Alta Bistro I am thoroughly impressed by the food, as well as the restaurant's passionate and knowledgeable staff. Alta boasts an exciting and ever-changing set menu, which features local produce, meat, fish and artisanal...
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530 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2B7, Canada
Japadog is one of those odd and wacky combinations of a hot dog with Japanese toppings, but it works! I had the Terimayo, a teriyaki-drenched dog topped with seaweed. Not substantial for the $5 price tag, but a good snack. The location on Robson...
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845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada
Presiding over Stanley Park, Canada’s largest aquarium houses more than 50,000 creatures, from penguins to sea otters to three-toed sloths. Don’t miss the star turns from the rescued Steller sea lions Izzy and Rogue, who swoop...
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1124 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N1, Canada
Greek cuisine is my favorite! My family and I started going to Stepho's when our favorite place in Vancouver, Kalaypso, went out of business. The prices can't be beat, and the calamari is great, and in big proportions! Served with potatoes, rice,...
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1050 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L5, Canada
Once a month this Vancouver sports bar shifts is focus from hockey and football to a much different kind of contest - live competitive painting. Six artists gather round their easels with 20 minutes to create an original painting while a hundred...
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2329 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
This photo was taken on an evening walk down to wreck beach on the University of British Columbia campus.
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837 E Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6A 3R2, Canada
Hawkers Market is a roving event featuring food trucks, local producers selling artisanal food and drinks, all accompanied by DJs and live music. We liked the Mac & Cheese truck and Electric Jelly donuts. Check their website for upcoming events...
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1100 Comox St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1K5, Canada
This laid-back event takes over Vancouver’s bustling West End on Saturdays from late May to late October. Expect the usual array of crafts, artisanal delicacies, sustainable seafood, and local seasonal products like summer’s...
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845 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1V1, Canada
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For a delicious lunch in a cozy setting that could easily be mistaken for a London tea room, don't miss Bacchus Lounge at the Wedgewood Hotel. The BC salmon is perfectly seared & served over toasted quinoa.
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1305 Arbutus St, Vancouver, BC V6J 5N2, Canada
The Boathouse overlooks Kits Beach at the end of Arbutus Street and every table has an amazing view of the beach and the bay (see Kits Beach Highlight: http://www.afar.com/highlights/best-beach-spot?context=user&context_id=lori-lee-emshey)....
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2304 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
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The name delivers. With local meats like Niman beef Petaluma chickens as well as Strauss cream, the burgers, fries and shakes (and soft-serve cones) are fast-food but deliciously decadent. They are well known for their garlic fries - but make sure...
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916 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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Director Francis Ford Coppola's Italian heritage is seen in more than his movies. Named after the auteur's production company, Cafe Zoetrope is an Italian restaurant and cafe in the heart of San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood.
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Gough St & Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
After a $10 million renovation in 2013, this park has everything you could want in a picture-perfect picnic spot - views of the Bay, playgrounds, tennis courts, new public restrooms and an off-leash dog park.
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3119 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
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El Mansour is a destination kind of place! It's really fun for big groups and special occasions. Not only is the food delicious, but the atmosphere is lively. The inside looks like a big Moroccan tent...And! There's belly dancers!