Guidebook for San Francisco

Cindy

Guidebook for San Francisco

Food Scene
Just down the street, fabulous, fresh Thai food
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Basil
1175 Folsom Street
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Just down the street, fabulous, fresh Thai food
Just down the street and really good Japanese food for a reasonable price
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Kama Sushi Soma
294 9th Street
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Just down the street and really good Japanese food for a reasonable price
It is in every guide book, and is walking distance. Get there early for a great breakfast
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Dottie's True Blue Cafe
28 6th St
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It is in every guide book, and is walking distance. Get there early for a great breakfast
This is in Chinatown, but my favorite spot for Dim Sum in all of the city. Commercial street is one of the oldest streets in San Francisco
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City View Restaurant
662 Commercial Street
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This is in Chinatown, but my favorite spot for Dim Sum in all of the city. Commercial street is one of the oldest streets in San Francisco
If you are craving authentic Indian food, this is the spot to head for. Near Moscone center, good, fresh and affordable.
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Amber
25 Yerba Buena Ln
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If you are craving authentic Indian food, this is the spot to head for. Near Moscone center, good, fresh and affordable.
I LOVE their pizzas.
Pazzia Ristorante Italiano
337 3rd Street
I LOVE their pizzas.
This is the place to go for fresh fish. Beautifully presented, and always unique.
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Skool
1725 Alameda Street
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This is the place to go for fresh fish. Beautifully presented, and always unique.
Serves a great breakfast!
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The Cavalier
360 Jessie Street
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Serves a great breakfast!
You could not ask for a better place for oysters and fresh fish. Sit at the bar and watch your food being prepared
Anchor & Hope
83 Minna Street
You could not ask for a better place for oysters and fresh fish. Sit at the bar and watch your food being prepared
In the ferry building, the best oysters anywhere. Be prepared for a line, unless you indulge with a glass of champagne during the deader times of most restaurants.
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Hog Island Oyster Co.
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In the ferry building, the best oysters anywhere. Be prepared for a line, unless you indulge with a glass of champagne during the deader times of most restaurants.
This has been a fixture for over 25 years, and it is well deserved. Despite sounding plebeian, the chicken and roasted potatoes are fabulous.
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Zuni Café
1658 Market St
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This has been a fixture for over 25 years, and it is well deserved. Despite sounding plebeian, the chicken and roasted potatoes are fabulous.
A beautiful spot to sit outside and look at the bay. Good food, cheap drinks.
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Kelly's Mission Rock
817 Terry A Francois Boulevard
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A beautiful spot to sit outside and look at the bay. Good food, cheap drinks.
A funky spot that has been around for 40 years. Good burgers, cheap drinks and music on Sundays
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The Ramp
855 Terry A Francois Boulevard
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A funky spot that has been around for 40 years. Good burgers, cheap drinks and music on Sundays
Up a bit on the hill above The Ramp and Kelly's sits STEM, the outside garden is gorgeous and the drinks, while not cheap are fascinating. Locally grown organic food on the menu
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STEM Kitchen & Garden
499 Illinois Street
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Up a bit on the hill above The Ramp and Kelly's sits STEM, the outside garden is gorgeous and the drinks, while not cheap are fascinating. Locally grown organic food on the menu
This is almost next door, but I really don't recommend it. The food is basic, and cheap, but not on my list of places to dine.
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Rocco's Cafe
1131 Folsom Street
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This is almost next door, but I really don't recommend it. The food is basic, and cheap, but not on my list of places to dine.
They have a sausage and a cheese fondue, basically snacks to eat at the bar. The place is cool, but pricey.
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Fondue Cowboy Restaurant
1052 Folsom Street
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They have a sausage and a cheese fondue, basically snacks to eat at the bar. The place is cool, but pricey.
Discussing Burritos in San Francisco can start an all out war, so I hesitate to suggest just one. However, the policy of no rice in these burritos make them my favorites.
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La Taqueria
2889 Mission St
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Discussing Burritos in San Francisco can start an all out war, so I hesitate to suggest just one. However, the policy of no rice in these burritos make them my favorites.
Great Beer - Great Food - it is PACKED on game days so be aware.
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21st Amendment Brewery & Restaurant
563 2nd Street
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Great Beer - Great Food - it is PACKED on game days so be aware.
One of the better places to grab coffee and a pastry. OK it is expensive, it is an investment by a bunch of Twitter execs & it is full of people that are full of themselves, but still good coffee
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Sightglass Coffee
270 7th Street
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One of the better places to grab coffee and a pastry. OK it is expensive, it is an investment by a bunch of Twitter execs & it is full of people that are full of themselves, but still good coffee
This is so authentic and such a fun scene. The food is incredible and watching the restaurant fill with steam as the night goes on is an incredible site.
Happy Lamb Hot Pot, San Francisco
405 Mason Street
This is so authentic and such a fun scene. The food is incredible and watching the restaurant fill with steam as the night goes on is an incredible site.
Good burritos and good cheap Mexican Food all around
El Capitan Taqueria
1198 Folsom St
Good burritos and good cheap Mexican Food all around
The only breakfast place in the area closed at the end of 2017. This is a good substitute and is fairly close by.
K-Oz
121 7th St
The only breakfast place in the area closed at the end of 2017. This is a good substitute and is fairly close by.
A quick place to drop in and catch a small breakfast or lunch. Their name says it all
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Vive la tarte
1160 Howard St
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A quick place to drop in and catch a small breakfast or lunch. Their name says it all
Drinks & Nightlife
Despite its name, a fabulous place to grab a flight of beer and learn more about our local brews.
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Jamber Wine Pub
858 Folsom Street
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Despite its name, a fabulous place to grab a flight of beer and learn more about our local brews.
If you want to experience the SOMA nightlife, this is the spot to do it! Burgers at the restaurant are great, but the place is usually too packed to get one.
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Box Kitchen
431 Natoma Street
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If you want to experience the SOMA nightlife, this is the spot to do it! Burgers at the restaurant are great, but the place is usually too packed to get one.
If you are wandering the mission, this is worth a stop. The margaritas are cheap and STRONG. The decor will keep you laughing for hours.
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Latin American Club
3286 22nd Street
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If you are wandering the mission, this is worth a stop. The margaritas are cheap and STRONG. The decor will keep you laughing for hours.
Great drinks, great crowd, and it is across the street
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Bloodhound
1145 Folsom Street
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Great drinks, great crowd, and it is across the street
Very trendy, they only take cash and have tables in the backyard under the stars.
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Zeitgeist
199 Valencia St
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Very trendy, they only take cash and have tables in the backyard under the stars.
An ultimate San Francisco restaurant. Who doesn't love Tiki bars and drinks with umbrellas. The food is nothing to write home about, but the atmosphere is a blast. Reservations highly recommended if you are hoping to dine.
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Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
950 Mason Street
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An ultimate San Francisco restaurant. Who doesn't love Tiki bars and drinks with umbrellas. The food is nothing to write home about, but the atmosphere is a blast. Reservations highly recommended if you are hoping to dine.
Everything Else
This is just one of several alleys in the Mission district filled with murals. Clarion has hit all the guide books, and is the best maintained, but there are other hidden gems out there too.
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Clarion Alley
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This is just one of several alleys in the Mission district filled with murals. Clarion has hit all the guide books, and is the best maintained, but there are other hidden gems out there too.
This is one of the mural alleys that most do not find, it is not as clean, but much edgier in its art than Clarion
Lilac Street
Lilac Street
This is one of the mural alleys that most do not find, it is not as clean, but much edgier in its art than Clarion
Near Clarion Alley, this is another of the more well known mural alleys in the Mission District
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Balmy Alley
50 Balmy St
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Near Clarion Alley, this is another of the more well known mural alleys in the Mission District
The Ferry Building is a must for everyone, but don't miss the Farmer's Market. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting at 10:00
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Ferry Bldg Marketplace
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The Ferry Building is a must for everyone, but don't miss the Farmer's Market. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting at 10:00
If you are clever enough to read this BEFORE you come to San Francisco. MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW. The Alcatraz tours sell out, sometimes, months in advance.
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Alcatraz Cruises
The Embarcadero
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If you are clever enough to read this BEFORE you come to San Francisco. MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW. The Alcatraz tours sell out, sometimes, months in advance.
There is not much parking in our neighborhood, but if you are bringing a car, these guys are a block and 1/2 away. It is covered and manned. http://www.turquoiseparking.com/parking-locations
Turquoise Parking
234 7th St
There is not much parking in our neighborhood, but if you are bringing a car, these guys are a block and 1/2 away. It is covered and manned. http://www.turquoiseparking.com/parking-locations
An interesting spot to buy and discuss wines from around the world. Very knowledgeable folks.
The Wine Club
953 Harrison Street
An interesting spot to buy and discuss wines from around the world. Very knowledgeable folks.
Fun to ride around town, and especially across the Golden Gate Bridge
Bike & View San Francisco Bike Rentals & Tours
1772 Lombard St
Fun to ride around town, and especially across the Golden Gate Bridge
There are lots of bike rental places in SF, so don't limit yourself to the two that AirBnB has listed, get out and explore, ride around Golden Gate Park, Ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, great way to see the city!
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San Francisco Bicycle Rentals
425 Jefferson Street
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There are lots of bike rental places in SF, so don't limit yourself to the two that AirBnB has listed, get out and explore, ride around Golden Gate Park, Ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, great way to see the city!
Essentials
It is a hike, and much smaller than most, but if you need a Trader Joe's fix, you know where it is
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Trader Joe's
555 9th Street
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It is a hike, and much smaller than most, but if you need a Trader Joe's fix, you know where it is
If you find yourself in North Beach, make sure you stop in and try XOX truffles, bet you can't eat just one.
XOX Truffles
754 Columbus Avenue
If you find yourself in North Beach, make sure you stop in and try XOX truffles, bet you can't eat just one.
Arts & Culture
Seriously who doesn't love a cartoon museum? Sadly it is temporarily closed, I will update when they have re-opened
Cartoon Art Museum
781 Beach Street
Seriously who doesn't love a cartoon museum? Sadly it is temporarily closed, I will update when they have re-opened
A unique find in San Francisco
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Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission Street
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A unique find in San Francisco
There is more than meets the eye in this large park. Look for the MLK Fountain, the Indian Oche Wat Te Ou Reflection area, and some splendid Public Art.
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Yerba Buena Gardens
750 Howard Street
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There is more than meets the eye in this large park. Look for the MLK Fountain, the Indian Oche Wat Te Ou Reflection area, and some splendid Public Art.
This is one of the larger parks in San Francisco, and will be fuller than comfortable on sunny days, but if you are in the Mission District, check it out.
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Helen Diller Playground
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This is one of the larger parks in San Francisco, and will be fuller than comfortable on sunny days, but if you are in the Mission District, check it out.
The Quintessential San Francisco experience.
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Beach Blanket Babylon
678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard
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The Quintessential San Francisco experience.
The largest contemporary art museum in the United States, built in two stages by two starchitects. Advance tickets are recommended and at least one to two hours as well.
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 3rd St
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The largest contemporary art museum in the United States, built in two stages by two starchitects. Advance tickets are recommended and at least one to two hours as well.
Sightseeing
San Francisco was a beer haven before the '06 quake and then prohibition, and we are fast getting there again. Speakeasy brews my favorites, but there are lots of breweries to explore.
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Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
1195 Evans Avenue
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San Francisco was a beer haven before the '06 quake and then prohibition, and we are fast getting there again. Speakeasy brews my favorites, but there are lots of breweries to explore.
If you like hoppy beers like I do - you will enjoy this spot, and the bonus is, it is just around the block.
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Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
1150 Howard Street
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If you like hoppy beers like I do - you will enjoy this spot, and the bonus is, it is just around the block.
Yep, we have a winery in San Francisco, actually we once had over 100. They make their own wine, enjoy telling you about it, and if you are here during crush, you can join in.
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Bluxome Street Winery
53 Bluxome Street
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Yep, we have a winery in San Francisco, actually we once had over 100. They make their own wine, enjoy telling you about it, and if you are here during crush, you can join in.
This neighborhood was based on an old English street and goes back to the beginning of San Francisco. There are lots of great restaurants, a beautiful park, and a great place to people watch.
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South Park
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This neighborhood was based on an old English street and goes back to the beginning of San Francisco. There are lots of great restaurants, a beautiful park, and a great place to people watch.
Missions are very unique to the west and especially California. This is where San Francisco began. It is worth the price of admission to stroll the small chapel and the cemetery.
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Misión San Francisco de Asís
3321 16th St
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Missions are very unique to the west and especially California. This is where San Francisco began. It is worth the price of admission to stroll the small chapel and the cemetery.
If you have the time, walk the three miles over to Sausalito and back. If not, the landing has great education vignettes and some shopping.
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Golden Gate-bron
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If you have the time, walk the three miles over to Sausalito and back. If not, the landing has great education vignettes and some shopping.
Larger than Central Park and full of things to do. You could spend a week there and not see it all. Ask me about my favorite things.
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Golden Gate Park
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Larger than Central Park and full of things to do. You could spend a week there and not see it all. Ask me about my favorite things.
Without a doubt, one of my all time favorite places in San Francisco!!!!!
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Japanese Tea Garden
75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
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Without a doubt, one of my all time favorite places in San Francisco!!!!!
Start at the ball park and simply walk along Mission Creek, a great way to take in some of the wildlife
Mission Creek Park
451 Berry Street
Start at the ball park and simply walk along Mission Creek, a great way to take in some of the wildlife
Terrific Walking Tours, downloadable to your phone. A great way to learn about the history, the art and the Architecture of San Francisco.
Art and Architecture Tours
33 Hallam St
Terrific Walking Tours, downloadable to your phone. A great way to learn about the history, the art and the Architecture of San Francisco.
Entertainment & Activities
Smack in the middle of the most touristy spot of all San Francisco is this divine little ode to the old time carnival. The games are fun and don't you dare miss Laughing Sal, say hi to her for me.
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Musée Mécanique
Sausalito - San Francisco Pier 41
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Smack in the middle of the most touristy spot of all San Francisco is this divine little ode to the old time carnival. The games are fun and don't you dare miss Laughing Sal, say hi to her for me.