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Guidebook for San Francisco

Deborah

Guidebook for San Francisco

Food Scene
closest coffee shop, the people that work there are really kind and service is quick.
Cumaica
200 Clement Street
closest coffee shop, the people that work there are really kind and service is quick.
The owner's of Burma Superstar have a second location that takes reservations! So if you don't want to wait in line this is a great option.
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B Star
127 Clement Street
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The owner's of Burma Superstar have a second location that takes reservations! So if you don't want to wait in line this is a great option.
Often considered the best Burmese food in SF but there is almost always a super long line! The place is definitely a hot-spot so if you don't mind the wait the food is delicious and the atmosphere is fun. Order the tea leaf salad.
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Burma Superstar
309 Clement Street
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Often considered the best Burmese food in SF but there is almost always a super long line! The place is definitely a hot-spot so if you don't mind the wait the food is delicious and the atmosphere is fun. Order the tea leaf salad.
Great place for a casual meal with a glass of wine. It's a little expensive for what it is, but if you are going to the theater or ballet it is a quick spot to grab a bite.
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The Grove - Hayes
301 Hayes St
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Great place for a casual meal with a glass of wine. It's a little expensive for what it is, but if you are going to the theater or ballet it is a quick spot to grab a bite.
One of my favorite spots for breakfast and to read the newspaper. You must wear your yoga clothes if you are there before 11am (not really, but you get what I mean.)
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The Grove - Fillmore
2016 Fillmore Street
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One of my favorite spots for breakfast and to read the newspaper. You must wear your yoga clothes if you are there before 11am (not really, but you get what I mean.)
If you love Starbucks (don't tell anyone but I do) this is the closest and they are open 24 hours.
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Starbucks
3595 California Street
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If you love Starbucks (don't tell anyone but I do) this is the closest and they are open 24 hours.
If it is a sunny afternoon this is a super San Francisco spot to spend the afternoon with a beer.
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Biergarten
424 Octavia St
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If it is a sunny afternoon this is a super San Francisco spot to spend the afternoon with a beer.
This is a local chain of breakfast spots and it is always good (the chain was bought by Starbucks but then sold back to the original owner).
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Perry's on Union
1909 Union Street
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This is a local chain of breakfast spots and it is always good (the chain was bought by Starbucks but then sold back to the original owner).
Yes we have three Burmese places to eat within 3 blocks of our house but this strangely is not at all a Burmese neighborhood. This place is much less hip than B Star or Burma Superstar on Clement but the food is still great.
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Mandalay Restaurant
4348 California Street
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Yes we have three Burmese places to eat within 3 blocks of our house but this strangely is not at all a Burmese neighborhood. This place is much less hip than B Star or Burma Superstar on Clement but the food is still great.
Our go-to spot for not very expensive thai food. Good either to eat in or take to go.
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King's Thai Cuisine #2
346 Clement Street
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Our go-to spot for not very expensive thai food. Good either to eat in or take to go.
Another great place for California inspired Mexican Food and margaritas.
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Padrecito
901 Cole St
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Another great place for California inspired Mexican Food and margaritas.
go when it is cold or a strange time of day to avoid the lines. There is also a second location on Devisadero that is less crowded. Super yummy ice cream. Take it and wander around the newly re-done Mission Dolores Park.
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Bi-Rite Creamery
3692 18th Street
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go when it is cold or a strange time of day to avoid the lines. There is also a second location on Devisadero that is less crowded. Super yummy ice cream. Take it and wander around the newly re-done Mission Dolores Park.
Great local spot for Yakitori and Ramen. You won't find any tourists here and the food is delicious.
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Halu Restaurant
312 8th Avenue
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Great local spot for Yakitori and Ramen. You won't find any tourists here and the food is delicious.
We used to live right across the street from the coffee shop and we went there every day for years. It is full of regulars and is a great place to stop in.
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Central Coffee Tea & Spice
1696 Hayes Street
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We used to live right across the street from the coffee shop and we went there every day for years. It is full of regulars and is a great place to stop in.
This place has been around forever and has consistently great food and cocktails. It is a little bit fancy for SF so if you are dressed to go to the theater or ballet it is a good spot. You need reservations.
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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
398 Hayes Street
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This place has been around forever and has consistently great food and cocktails. It is a little bit fancy for SF so if you are dressed to go to the theater or ballet it is a good spot. You need reservations.
Great places for muscles and traditional french food (though they also have mexican food on the menu). They don't take reservations so if you are stuck on a weekend at 7pm with no place to eat put your name down here.
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Chez Maman West
401 Gough St
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Great places for muscles and traditional french food (though they also have mexican food on the menu). They don't take reservations so if you are stuck on a weekend at 7pm with no place to eat put your name down here.
Probably the best brunch in the city. You are going to need to wait a long time but it is worth it. Sit on the patio if it's a nice day.
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Zazie
941 Cole Street
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Probably the best brunch in the city. You are going to need to wait a long time but it is worth it. Sit on the patio if it's a nice day.
Probably the most San Francisco of San Francisco coffee shops. They popularized $4 toast. (It is worth it.)
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The Mill
736 Divisadero St
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Probably the most San Francisco of San Francisco coffee shops. They popularized $4 toast. (It is worth it.)
This place is fairly fancy, but the food is excellent. It caters to an older (and richer) clientele then most SF restaurants so if you are looking for something a bit more grown-up feeling this is a great place to go. They have a bar where you can get their famous burger (about $20) and sit in big leather chairs which is a lovely way to spend a night.
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Spruce
3640 Sacramento St
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This place is fairly fancy, but the food is excellent. It caters to an older (and richer) clientele then most SF restaurants so if you are looking for something a bit more grown-up feeling this is a great place to go. They have a bar where you can get their famous burger (about $20) and sit in big leather chairs which is a lovely way to spend a night.
If you are on Chestnut Street for breakfast or lunch this place is great. I love the beet salad and the burger is often ranked one of the best in the city.
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Causwells
2346 Chestnut Street
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If you are on Chestnut Street for breakfast or lunch this place is great. I love the beet salad and the burger is often ranked one of the best in the city.
Super SF experience. Wait in the long line for breakfast or lunch or bread. You won't regret it. If you get it to go you can walk around mission dolores park.
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Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero Street
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Super SF experience. Wait in the long line for breakfast or lunch or bread. You won't regret it. If you get it to go you can walk around mission dolores park.
If you even moderately like food, this place is a MUST. Bike to sausalito and take the ferry back and land here for the perfect SF day. I assure you, you will not be disappointed.
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Ferry Building
1 San Francisco Bay Trail
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If you even moderately like food, this place is a MUST. Bike to sausalito and take the ferry back and land here for the perfect SF day. I assure you, you will not be disappointed.
Great place for fancy mexican tacos and to get a view of the Mission hipster scene.
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Loló
974 Valencia St
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Great place for fancy mexican tacos and to get a view of the Mission hipster scene.
The lines are LONG! Like really long! If it is the off-season or you have a newspaper and aren't particularly hungry it is worth it. But sadly I think you should probably go elsewhere in the summer. There are lots of other great spots! Like eats on our corner which is seriously almost as good.
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Mama's On Washington Square
1701 Stockton Street
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The lines are LONG! Like really long! If it is the off-season or you have a newspaper and aren't particularly hungry it is worth it. But sadly I think you should probably go elsewhere in the summer. There are lots of other great spots! Like eats on our corner which is seriously almost as good.
This place recently won the "best new bakery in the US" In Bon Appetit! http://www.bonappetit.com/story/best-bakeries-2016. Go on a weekday, as the line on the weekend is LONG. Also go early (they open at 7) as they run our pretty early.
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Arsicault Bakery
397 Arguello Boulevard
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This place recently won the "best new bakery in the US" In Bon Appetit! http://www.bonappetit.com/story/best-bakeries-2016. Go on a weekday, as the line on the weekend is LONG. Also go early (they open at 7) as they run our pretty early.
Drinks & Nightlife
Great dive-y bar only steps from our house. The sometimes have live music.
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The Plough and the Stars
116 Clement Street
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Great dive-y bar only steps from our house. The sometimes have live music.
This is my favorite spot to get "California inspired" Mexican food in the marina. They are moving down the block this summer so if you get there and they are closed they have moved two blocks west.)
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Tacolicious
2250 Chestnut Street
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This is my favorite spot to get "California inspired" Mexican food in the marina. They are moving down the block this summer so if you get there and they are closed they have moved two blocks west.)
There isn't a lot of good food on Haight Street. Either go here or walk to Cole Valley.
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Sparrow Bar and Kitchen
1640 Haight Street
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There isn't a lot of good food on Haight Street. Either go here or walk to Cole Valley.
One of our long time favorite spots for burgers and cocktails. Great casual date-night spot.
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Kezar Bar & Restaurant
900 Cole Street
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One of our long time favorite spots for burgers and cocktails. Great casual date-night spot.
Everything Else
Yes it is true that mostly only tourists go here, but with the right attitude it is a fun place to visit. Even for locals (though most of them won't admit it.)
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Fisherman's Wharf
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Yes it is true that mostly only tourists go here, but with the right attitude it is a fun place to visit. Even for locals (though most of them won't admit it.)
If you love art this is the place for you...
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M.H. de Young Memorial Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
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If you love art this is the place for you...
A MUST for families.
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California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr
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A MUST for families.
A very lively local bookshop. They have new and used titles and it's a great place to spend an afternoon. They also have a great selection of kids books.
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Green Apple Books
506 Clement St
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A very lively local bookshop. They have new and used titles and it's a great place to spend an afternoon. They also have a great selection of kids books.
This is the center of the high-end shopping on fillmore street.
rag & bone
2060 Fillmore Street
This is the center of the high-end shopping on fillmore street.
This is a local chain of breakfast spots and it is always good (the chain was bought by Starbucks but then sold back to the original owner.)
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La Boulangerie de San Francisco, Hayes
500 Hayes Street
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This is a local chain of breakfast spots and it is always good (the chain was bought by Starbucks but then sold back to the original owner.)
This is an event on Sunday that is San Francisco at its best. There are food trucks set up on a huge grassy lawn with views of the bay where you can picnic. Bloody Marys and Mimosas are a must! Bring a blanket and it can get crowded so go early.
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Off the Grid: Civic Center
355 Polk Street
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This is an event on Sunday that is San Francisco at its best. There are food trucks set up on a huge grassy lawn with views of the bay where you can picnic. Bloody Marys and Mimosas are a must! Bring a blanket and it can get crowded so go early.
Best local outdoor shop. If you are looking for new running shoes, a tent or anything else that is needed for an outdoor activity this space is 80,000 square feet (huge!) and can have amazing deals. They also rent bikes so pick up your bike here to go across the bridge. (Make a reservation online).
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Sports Basement Presidio
610 Mason Street
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Best local outdoor shop. If you are looking for new running shoes, a tent or anything else that is needed for an outdoor activity this space is 80,000 square feet (huge!) and can have amazing deals. They also rent bikes so pick up your bike here to go across the bridge. (Make a reservation online).
Higher-end men's and women's boutique. Did you forget your $200 jeans? Pick up a pair before you head out on the town. This is a super cozy and lovely place to shop with amazing customer service.
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Seedstore
212 Clement Street
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Higher-end men's and women's boutique. Did you forget your $200 jeans? Pick up a pair before you head out on the town. This is a super cozy and lovely place to shop with amazing customer service.
Sacramento Street has some of the cities best high end shopping, and Luna is a great place to pick up cozy cashmere sweaters and jeans.
Luna Boutique
3490 Sacramento Street
Sacramento Street has some of the cities best high end shopping, and Luna is a great place to pick up cozy cashmere sweaters and jeans.
ONLY GO HERE IF YOU HAVE KIDS! it is super noisy with tons of kids running around (particularly before 7) but if you do have kids its a great kid friendly place to eat.
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Giorgio's Pizzeria
151 Clement Street
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ONLY GO HERE IF YOU HAVE KIDS! it is super noisy with tons of kids running around (particularly before 7) but if you do have kids its a great kid friendly place to eat.
It's REALLY expensive but good if you need an incredibly delicious desert, fish or meat or if you don't have time to go to Trader Joe's or Safeway.
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Cal-Mart
3585 California Street
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It's REALLY expensive but good if you need an incredibly delicious desert, fish or meat or if you don't have time to go to Trader Joe's or Safeway.
Buy your grocery staples here. You can walk there and Uber back for about $6.
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Trader Joe's
3 Masonic Avenue
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Buy your grocery staples here. You can walk there and Uber back for about $6.
If you are in the Haight it is a good spot to stop for groceries.
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Whole Foods Market
690 Stanyan Street
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If you are in the Haight it is a good spot to stop for groceries.
It's worth the visit to get a brownie sundae.
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The Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop at Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point Street
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It's worth the visit to get a brownie sundae.
Cozy, hip and moderately priced hair salon. If you need a last minute color or blow out you can book an appointment online.
Kinship Salon & Barber
253 Clement St
Cozy, hip and moderately priced hair salon. If you need a last minute color or blow out you can book an appointment online.
Go to a Giants Game!
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Oracle Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
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Go to a Giants Game!
Essentials
If you haven't been to Soul Cycle but like spin classes you should check it out.
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SoulCycle
2095 Union Street
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If you haven't been to Soul Cycle but like spin classes you should check it out.
Amazing bootcamp/treadmill classes!
Barry's Bootcamp
2246 Lombard St
Amazing bootcamp/treadmill classes!
Closest large affordable grocery store.
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Safeway
735 7th Avenue
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Closest large affordable grocery store.
Shopping
After getting your beers next door an ice cream is a must.
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Smitten Ice Cream
432 Octavia Street
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After getting your beers next door an ice cream is a must.
If you need new glasses or sunglasses you must stop in. The shopping experience is amazing and the prices can't be beat!
Warby Parker
357 Hayes St
If you need new glasses or sunglasses you must stop in. The shopping experience is amazing and the prices can't be beat!
This is where our department stores are located. There are options for couture and clothes for the rest of us.
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Union Square
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This is where our department stores are located. There are options for couture and clothes for the rest of us.
This is much more than a mall... Nordstroms and Bloomingdales are here, and go downstairs to check out the only in SF food court. Everything is in this mall... Madewell, J Crew, Banana, H&M, Lulu etc.
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Westfield San Francisco Centre
865 Market Street
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This is much more than a mall... Nordstroms and Bloomingdales are here, and go downstairs to check out the only in SF food court. Everything is in this mall... Madewell, J Crew, Banana, H&M, Lulu etc.
Sightseeing
Walking or biking across it is actually more fun than it sounds.
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Golden Gate-bron
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Walking or biking across it is actually more fun than it sounds.
Make your reservations early! Tickets do sell out. This is one of the touristy things that is actually worth doing.
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Alcatraz
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Make your reservations early! Tickets do sell out. This is one of the touristy things that is actually worth doing.
Parks & Nature
Golden Gate Park isn't visited by visitors as often as it should be. Two incredible museums (Academy of Sciences and the de Young) and beautiful trails, gardens and open spaces. In many ways it is similar to Central Park, but less crowded.
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Golden Gate Park
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Golden Gate Park isn't visited by visitors as often as it should be. Two incredible museums (Academy of Sciences and the de Young) and beautiful trails, gardens and open spaces. In many ways it is similar to Central Park, but less crowded.
Close and easy park for families. Also, if you are a swimmer they have an indoor pool here.
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Angelo J. Rossi Playground
600 Arguello Boulevard
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Close and easy park for families. Also, if you are a swimmer they have an indoor pool here.
This short hiking trail has absolutely gorgeous views of the bridge and the ocean. Absolutely worth the walk. I'd Uber to the end (just above the Clif House) and then walk all the way back.
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Lands End Trail
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This short hiking trail has absolutely gorgeous views of the bridge and the ocean. Absolutely worth the walk. I'd Uber to the end (just above the Clif House) and then walk all the way back.
San Francisco has a Zoo! It isn't exactly the San Diego Zoo but if you have animal loving kids, it is a nice way to spend the day. It is right at the ocean so if it is foggy it may be really cold so bring a jacket.
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San Francisco Zoo
Sloat Boulevard
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San Francisco has a Zoo! It isn't exactly the San Diego Zoo but if you have animal loving kids, it is a nice way to spend the day. It is right at the ocean so if it is foggy it may be really cold so bring a jacket.