Rob’s San Francisco guidebook

Rob
Rob’s San Francisco guidebook

Neighborhoods

You’re staying in Nopa, a great neighborhood in its own right as well as a central location for exploring San Francisco. Some neighborhoods & sights like Hayes Valley, Golden Gate Park, the Haight Ashbury, and Alamo Square are only short walks from here. Ubers, Lyfts, and taxis are plentiful so nothing is very far away.
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North of the Panhandle
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You’re staying in Nopa, a great neighborhood in its own right as well as a central location for exploring San Francisco. Some neighborhoods & sights like Hayes Valley, Golden Gate Park, the Haight Ashbury, and Alamo Square are only short walks from here. Ubers, Lyfts, and taxis are plentiful so nothing is very far away.

Food scene

Single origin coffees & fancy lattes by Four Barrel. Try their toast! They’ve got great pizza available on most evenings, too.
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The Mill
736 Divisadero St
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Single origin coffees & fancy lattes by Four Barrel. Try their toast! They’ve got great pizza available on most evenings, too.
Your closest source for caffeine and a good option for the weekends when the Mill’s line goes out the door. Great ambiance & outdoor tables for sunny days. Popular weekday spot to work because of their wifi.
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Matching Half
1799 McAllister Street
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Your closest source for caffeine and a good option for the weekends when the Mill’s line goes out the door. Great ambiance & outdoor tables for sunny days. Popular weekday spot to work because of their wifi.
The neighborhood’s best casual fine dining spot. Incredible burger & pork chop. Great cocktails and they serve food until 1 am, too. Reservations are hard to come by but if you can get there by 5 pm and put your name on the list they’ll usually be able to get you a table during prime hours.
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The neighborhood’s best casual fine dining spot. Incredible burger & pork chop. Great cocktails and they serve food until 1 am, too. Reservations are hard to come by but if you can get there by 5 pm and put your name on the list they’ll usually be able to get you a table during prime hours.
Excellent Southern food. Popular brunch spot and only three blocks away.
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Brenda's Meat & Three
919 Divisadero Street
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Excellent Southern food. Popular brunch spot and only three blocks away.
Good taqueria close by. Try their mole
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Papalote Mexican Grill
1777 Fulton Street
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Good taqueria close by. Try their mole
Another popular Nopa taqueria. Great high-quality ingredients and a fun atmosphere.
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The Little Chihuahua
292 Divisadero Street
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Another popular Nopa taqueria. Great high-quality ingredients and a fun atmosphere.
High-quality regional Mexican restaurant that serves dishes you won’t find at taquerias. Totopos con chili, carnitas, and mole are not to be missed.
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Nopalito
306 Broderick Street
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High-quality regional Mexican restaurant that serves dishes you won’t find at taquerias. Totopos con chili, carnitas, and mole are not to be missed.
Tasty thin-crust Neapolitan pizzas and Italian fare.
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Ragazza
311 Divisadero Street
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Tasty thin-crust Neapolitan pizzas and Italian fare.
Excellent seafood. Catch their dollar oyster happy hour between 5-6:30 Monday-Saturday.
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Bar Crudo
655 Divisadero Street
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Excellent seafood. Catch their dollar oyster happy hour between 5-6:30 Monday-Saturday.
A popular local "fine casual" chain that serves up delicious salads, pita wraps, fries, and greek yogurt.
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Souvla
531 Divisadero Street
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A popular local "fine casual" chain that serves up delicious salads, pita wraps, fries, and greek yogurt.
Popular Spanish tapas restaurant on Divisadero. Great for grabbing a drinks and small bites.
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barvale
661 Divisadero St
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Popular Spanish tapas restaurant on Divisadero. Great for grabbing a drinks and small bites.
Popular craft cocktail bar with a heated outdoor space. Good food options, too. Try a Sun Country and their burger.
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Horsefeather
528 Divisadero St
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Popular craft cocktail bar with a heated outdoor space. Good food options, too. Try a Sun Country and their burger.
Gastropub where they brew their beer on site.
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Barrel Head Brewhouse
1785 Fulton Street
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Gastropub where they brew their beer on site.
Casual local bar with lots of seating. Popular late on weekends and they serve Ethiopian food.
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Club Waziema
543 Divisadero Street
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Casual local bar with lots of seating. Popular late on weekends and they serve Ethiopian food.
Casual bar on divis with lots of local art on the wall. Popular with locals.
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Mini Bar
837 Divisadero Street
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Casual bar on divis with lots of local art on the wall. Popular with locals.
Cool bar with rotating art installations. Check out Monday Night Motown!
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Madrone Art Bar
500 Divisadero St
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Cool bar with rotating art installations. Check out Monday Night Motown!
High-end market. Like a smaller version of Whole Foods with local products. Their ice-cream is a can’t-miss. Good deli, too. Grab some snacks and head up to Alamo Square for a picnic.
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Bi-Rite Market
550 Divisadero St
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High-end market. Like a smaller version of Whole Foods with local products. Their ice-cream is a can’t-miss. Good deli, too. Grab some snacks and head up to Alamo Square for a picnic.
Ritual and Blue Bottle Coffee Roasters are great cafes and there are several of each throughout the city. Patricia’s Green in nearby Hayes Valley houses both in a garage & shipping container.
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Ritual Coffee Roasters
432b Octavia Street
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Ritual and Blue Bottle Coffee Roasters are great cafes and there are several of each throughout the city. Patricia’s Green in nearby Hayes Valley houses both in a garage & shipping container.
Excellent coffee in a beautiful setting. They roast their beans on-site. Their flagship location on 7th St is worth checking out but there’s also one closer by on Divisadero St.
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Sightglass Coffee
270 7th Street
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Excellent coffee in a beautiful setting. They roast their beans on-site. Their flagship location on 7th St is worth checking out but there’s also one closer by on Divisadero St.
Fantastic breakfast & lunch in a beautiful space out by the ocean. Check out charming shops, cafes, and the ocean nearby while waiting for a table.
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Outerlands
4001 Judah St
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Fantastic breakfast & lunch in a beautiful space out by the ocean. Check out charming shops, cafes, and the ocean nearby while waiting for a table.
Best dim sum in the city. Koi Palace and Asian Pearl are also great south of San Francisco.
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Hong Kong Lounge
5322 Geary Boulevard
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Best dim sum in the city. Koi Palace and Asian Pearl are also great south of San Francisco.
A cross between Indian & Thai. Try the tea leaf salad and sumusa soup. Save some time and check in for the waitlist on Yelp.
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Burma Superstar
309 Clement Street
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A cross between Indian & Thai. Try the tea leaf salad and sumusa soup. Save some time and check in for the waitlist on Yelp.
Best Pho ga (chicken) in San Francisco.
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Turtle Tower Restaurant
645 Larkin Street
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Best Pho ga (chicken) in San Francisco.
Great Vietnamese spot in Duboce Triangle area. The Bun Bo Hue (spicy pho), pho dac biet (beef pho), pho chay (vegetarian pho), and imperial rolls are all favorites.
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Jasmine Garden
708 14th Street
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Great Vietnamese spot in Duboce Triangle area. The Bun Bo Hue (spicy pho), pho dac biet (beef pho), pho chay (vegetarian pho), and imperial rolls are all favorites.
Delicious tofu stew that's perfect on a rainy day. Crack a raw egg directly into the soup and the heat cooks it for you while you snack on some ban chan.
My Tofu House
4627 Geary Boulevard
Delicious tofu stew that's perfect on a rainy day. Crack a raw egg directly into the soup and the heat cooks it for you while you snack on some ban chan.
Excellent Neapolitan-style pizza
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Pizzeria Delfina
2406 California St
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Excellent Neapolitan-style pizza
Creative craft cocktails in the Haight Ashbury. Further down the street, try Maven for cocktails and Toronado’s impressive beer selection.
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The Alembic
1725 Haight Street
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Creative craft cocktails in the Haight Ashbury. Further down the street, try Maven for cocktails and Toronado’s impressive beer selection.
Great local dive with an impressive beer selection.
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Toronado
547 Haight St
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Great local dive with an impressive beer selection.
SF’s most acclaimed cocktail bar with a rotating menu in a stylish space. There are a lot of other options in the Mission, too.
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Trick Dog
3010 20th St
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SF’s most acclaimed cocktail bar with a rotating menu in a stylish space. There are a lot of other options in the Mission, too.
A bar that serves an impressive number of gins and gin-based cocktails. Looks like an establishment from Victorian England.
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Whitechapel
600 Polk St
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A bar that serves an impressive number of gins and gin-based cocktails. Looks like an establishment from Victorian England.
A ridiculous experience! A tiki bar designed to look like a giant pirate ship. Try to go when a band is playing on the floating stage and the simulated rain shower is happening.
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Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
950 Mason Street
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A ridiculous experience! A tiki bar designed to look like a giant pirate ship. Try to go when a band is playing on the floating stage and the simulated rain shower is happening.
Hidden gem with lots of character in North Beach across from City Lights Books Bookstore. The bar also doubles as a kind of museum for the random items the owner has been collecting since it opened in the 60s
Specs Cafe
270 Columbus Ave
Hidden gem with lots of character in North Beach across from City Lights Books Bookstore. The bar also doubles as a kind of museum for the random items the owner has been collecting since it opened in the 60s
Good cocktails & food in the Mission.
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ABV
3174 16th Street
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Good cocktails & food in the Mission.
Fun beer garden in the Mission that's popular with locals.
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Zeitgeist
199 Valencia St
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Fun beer garden in the Mission that's popular with locals.
Reclaimed shipping containers repurposed into a modern German Biergarten. Grab a stein on a hot day!
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Biergarten
424 Octavia St
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Reclaimed shipping containers repurposed into a modern German Biergarten. Grab a stein on a hot day!

Sightseeing

The famous park with the postcard view of Downtown San Francisco and the house from Full House. Great place for people watching on sunny days. Bring a blanket and some snacks & drinks from Bi-Rite!
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Alamo Square
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The famous park with the postcard view of Downtown San Francisco and the house from Full House. Great place for people watching on sunny days. Bring a blanket and some snacks & drinks from Bi-Rite!
A small neighborhood music venue that plays host to lots of high profile artists. Catch a show and grab some late-night food after at Nopa next door. The Fillmore & The Chapel are also great local venues to see a concert.
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The Independent
628 Divisadero St
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A small neighborhood music venue that plays host to lots of high profile artists. Catch a show and grab some late-night food after at Nopa next door. The Fillmore & The Chapel are also great local venues to see a concert.
Rotating mural alley in the Mission.
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Clarion Alley
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Rotating mural alley in the Mission.
A beautiful hiking trail that starts at a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and ends at the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Lands End Trail
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A beautiful hiking trail that starts at a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and ends at the Golden Gate Bridge.
A roller disco housed inside an old church. Fun way to spend a Saturday night.
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Church Of 8 Wheels
554 Fillmore St
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A roller disco housed inside an old church. Fun way to spend a Saturday night.

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Getting Around

The closest Muni is the #5 on McCallister & Lyon St, which runs along Fulton & Market Streets, taking you to the Pacific Ocean, Civic Center Bart Station, Union Square, Financial District, & Embarcadero. Try and catch the 5R line one street up on McCallister & Baker, which will move faster since it skips less popular stops. For many locals their primary means of transportation is a bike. With the city’s compact size and numerous bike lanes, riders are able to quickly commute between neighborhoods with ease. There's a bike share kiosk around the corner on Baker & McCallister St.
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Airport

Taking a taxi from the San Francisco Airport to this apartment should cost somewhere between $40-60, depending on traffic conditions. Ridesharing companies like Uber & Lyft are more prevalent and cost effective. A Lyft Line or Uber Pool will run you between $20-$30, while a private one will be $30-$40. It’ll take a little more time but the most cost-effective way of getting to SFO and Oakland is through BART. Take the 5 Bus or car down to Mid-Market and go to the Civic Center Station. Fares are about $7 and can take you to SFO and Oakland Airport.