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Guidebook for San Francisco

Rob

Guidebook for San Francisco

Food Scene
Great, reasonably priced delicious regional Italian food, delicious pizzas, and a boffo wine list. It's so nice to have an Italian place that doesn't rely on tomato sauce. Go early, late or wait! The host/ess will take your phone number and you can retire to a nearby cocktail lounge for a pre-dinner drink.
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Ragazza
311 Divisadero Street
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Great, reasonably priced delicious regional Italian food, delicious pizzas, and a boffo wine list. It's so nice to have an Italian place that doesn't rely on tomato sauce. Go early, late or wait! The host/ess will take your phone number and you can retire to a nearby cocktail lounge for a pre-dinner drink.
Always bustling, our great taqueria uses organic and sustainable meats and vegetable, and the result is delicious burritos and tacos, and everything else. They also have Negro Modelo on tap!
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The Little Chihuahua
292 Divisadero Street
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Always bustling, our great taqueria uses organic and sustainable meats and vegetable, and the result is delicious burritos and tacos, and everything else. They also have Negro Modelo on tap!
Zuni is still one of the best restaurants in the city. It's the place where chefs eat because the food is always delicious, simple, and well prepared. California/Italian cuisine with the best ingredients has been Zuni's trademark for over 30 years. Everything they fix is delicious, but they are known for their wood-fired oven roasted chicken, oysters, caesar salad, late-night Zuni-burgers, a wine list featuring Zuni-exclusive selections, perfect cocktails, great service, and beautiful, informal surroundings.
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Zuni Café
1658 Market St
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Zuni is still one of the best restaurants in the city. It's the place where chefs eat because the food is always delicious, simple, and well prepared. California/Italian cuisine with the best ingredients has been Zuni's trademark for over 30 years. Everything they fix is delicious, but they are known for their wood-fired oven roasted chicken, oysters, caesar salad, late-night Zuni-burgers, a wine list featuring Zuni-exclusive selections, perfect cocktails, great service, and beautiful, informal surroundings.
Nice Korean soups, stews and rice served in hot stone bowls. They also have many more familiar Korean items like bibimbap and bulgogi. I love all the little bowl of different kim-chi that come with the entree.
Stone Bowl Plus
509 Haight St
Nice Korean soups, stews and rice served in hot stone bowls. They also have many more familiar Korean items like bibimbap and bulgogi. I love all the little bowl of different kim-chi that come with the entree.
So many people in our neighborhood wished for a Chinese restaurant, so we were happy when Wonderland put down stakes. It's also very good Chinese food, for a restaurant in the neighborhood. I've been numerous times. The staff is very nice and friendly, the have Acme Beer on tap, and usually have my favorite sauteed snow pea sprouts. I also like most of their noodle dishes, and the duck. I love duck! Like all Chinese restaurants, the more people you take, the more fun you'll have, and the more dishes you'll get to try.
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YH - BEIJING
500 Haight Street
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So many people in our neighborhood wished for a Chinese restaurant, so we were happy when Wonderland put down stakes. It's also very good Chinese food, for a restaurant in the neighborhood. I've been numerous times. The staff is very nice and friendly, the have Acme Beer on tap, and usually have my favorite sauteed snow pea sprouts. I also like most of their noodle dishes, and the duck. I love duck! Like all Chinese restaurants, the more people you take, the more fun you'll have, and the more dishes you'll get to try.
Just around the corner is one of the best small-plates, communal tables places in the City. It's always crowded, and I guarantee you'll meet new friends at the big tables. I like the food. The ingredients are always the best. Even the french fries are perfect. Don't forget to have a craft cocktail. The bartender here is a master and the drinks are legendary.
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Maven
598 Haight St
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Just around the corner is one of the best small-plates, communal tables places in the City. It's always crowded, and I guarantee you'll meet new friends at the big tables. I like the food. The ingredients are always the best. Even the french fries are perfect. Don't forget to have a craft cocktail. The bartender here is a master and the drinks are legendary.
Call early for reservations! Nopa is always full! Nopa is rather Zuni-like in menu and honest execution. Very good food, a great bar, and a fun scene all around.
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Nopa
560 Divisadero Street
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Call early for reservations! Nopa is always full! Nopa is rather Zuni-like in menu and honest execution. Very good food, a great bar, and a fun scene all around.
The Mill is legendary for their $5.00 slice of toast! Yes, it's a little over-the-top, but the bread is dense, thick, and house made (you can pick up a loaf on your way out) the house coffee is Four Barrell (*****). The interior is peaceful, minimalist modern. There are tables outside in the front as well. It's a great place to hang out.
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The Mill
736 Divisadero St
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The Mill is legendary for their $5.00 slice of toast! Yes, it's a little over-the-top, but the bread is dense, thick, and house made (you can pick up a loaf on your way out) the house coffee is Four Barrell (*****). The interior is peaceful, minimalist modern. There are tables outside in the front as well. It's a great place to hang out.
It's our neighborhood go-to for morning coffee and very good pastries, salads, and magical French Toast. The coffee is from Equator Roasting, and you can buy a pound on your way our. It's good! They sell many well-crafted pastries, baguettes, and did I mention the French Toast? The texture is more like a souffle, and it's served in a pool of raspberry coulis. Swoon!
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Cafe du Soleil
200 Fillmore St
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It's our neighborhood go-to for morning coffee and very good pastries, salads, and magical French Toast. The coffee is from Equator Roasting, and you can buy a pound on your way our. It's good! They sell many well-crafted pastries, baguettes, and did I mention the French Toast? The texture is more like a souffle, and it's served in a pool of raspberry coulis. Swoon!
It's great German food! I love the smoked meats, sausages, and delicious sauces and starches here. You'll share a table, unless you're a party of 6 or more. There will most likely be a wait, and the room is LOUD! Fantastic selection of imported beers. You can even get a boot!
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Suppenküche
525 Laguna Street
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It's great German food! I love the smoked meats, sausages, and delicious sauces and starches here. You'll share a table, unless you're a party of 6 or more. There will most likely be a wait, and the room is LOUD! Fantastic selection of imported beers. You can even get a boot!
They only have 4 flavors of ice cream at a time (pray for salted caramel!) and ingredients are all local and organic. They make each order to order in mad-scientist smoking mixers by dripping a few drops of liquid nitrogen into the mix. My first thought: Gimmicky. My second thought: This is f*cking amazing ice cream! A scoop is around $4., and not big, but this is like eating delicious frozen butter. The texture is dense and silken, the flavors are subtle and not overly sweet. I'm Smitten.
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Smitten Ice Cream
432 Octavia Street
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They only have 4 flavors of ice cream at a time (pray for salted caramel!) and ingredients are all local and organic. They make each order to order in mad-scientist smoking mixers by dripping a few drops of liquid nitrogen into the mix. My first thought: Gimmicky. My second thought: This is f*cking amazing ice cream! A scoop is around $4., and not big, but this is like eating delicious frozen butter. The texture is dense and silken, the flavors are subtle and not overly sweet. I'm Smitten.
I'm always wary of more "upscale" Mexican restaurants. Will they be as satisfying as our neighborhood taqueria? For Nopalito, the answer is a resounding yes. The Mexican cuisine is made using natural ingredients, and the dishes aren't what you might find at evey other restaurant. Dishes are abundant and reasonably price, and everything is delicious. Be sure and try the Carnitas, which is in a class by itself.
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Nopalito
306 Broderick Street
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I'm always wary of more "upscale" Mexican restaurants. Will they be as satisfying as our neighborhood taqueria? For Nopalito, the answer is a resounding yes. The Mexican cuisine is made using natural ingredients, and the dishes aren't what you might find at evey other restaurant. Dishes are abundant and reasonably price, and everything is delicious. Be sure and try the Carnitas, which is in a class by itself.
I always tell guests that they should splurge on one great meal (at least) in the City, which has maybe the best restaurants in the US. One of my favorites is Commonwealth. Beautiful but unfussy dishes of eclectic, intense flavors. Small and larger plates. Creative flavor combinations. Everything is natural and house-made. The cuisine is hard to describe, but I guess they call it "New American," which doesn't do it justice. Combine the food with a fantastic wine list and you'll have an unforgettable meal. The ambiance is modern and casual, so wear your jeans if you like. I love to sit at the counter and watch the cooks at work. The counter is also great if you happen to be dining alone. The staff is friendly and welcoming. You can't go wrong, and this is not a really big spluge, just a medium-sized one. My favorite foodie friend thinks it's a real bargain, with food quality that exceeds those really big ticket joints. Check it out and bon apatite!
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Commonwealth
2224 Mission Street
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I always tell guests that they should splurge on one great meal (at least) in the City, which has maybe the best restaurants in the US. One of my favorites is Commonwealth. Beautiful but unfussy dishes of eclectic, intense flavors. Small and larger plates. Creative flavor combinations. Everything is natural and house-made. The cuisine is hard to describe, but I guess they call it "New American," which doesn't do it justice. Combine the food with a fantastic wine list and you'll have an unforgettable meal. The ambiance is modern and casual, so wear your jeans if you like. I love to sit at the counter and watch the cooks at work. The counter is also great if you happen to be dining alone. The staff is friendly and welcoming. You can't go wrong, and this is not a really big spluge, just a medium-sized one. My favorite foodie friend thinks it's a real bargain, with food quality that exceeds those really big ticket joints. Check it out and bon apatite!
Our good traditional taqueria is as good as the ones in the Mission district, with tasty burritos, tacos, quesadillas, freshly made carrot and orange juices, a variety of salsas and garish yellow walls. You can amp up a regular burrito by requesting fresh avocado or guacamole, and salsa picante, cilantro and onions. My fall back is the carnitas, but everything is good, and they have a couple vegetarian options. Cheap and delicious.
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El Castillito
136 Church Street
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Our good traditional taqueria is as good as the ones in the Mission district, with tasty burritos, tacos, quesadillas, freshly made carrot and orange juices, a variety of salsas and garish yellow walls. You can amp up a regular burrito by requesting fresh avocado or guacamole, and salsa picante, cilantro and onions. My fall back is the carnitas, but everything is good, and they have a couple vegetarian options. Cheap and delicious.
There are long lines and the staff could be friendlier, but the bread and pastries set this place apart from all other San Francisco bakery cafes. Worth a visit.
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Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero Street
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There are long lines and the staff could be friendlier, but the bread and pastries set this place apart from all other San Francisco bakery cafes. Worth a visit.
Because the seafood is good, and it's been operating in the city since the 1850s, it's worth a visit. Everything on the menu is simple, familiar, and approachable, but their seafood continues to shine. The atmosphere is definitely old San Francisco, as much as it is possible to be. You'll have to brave the crowds and visitors to snag a table, but it's worth the wait. You'll feel like you're in a time warp, with great food. The over-priced, mediocre Fisherman's Wharf restaurants should all be this good, but they're not.
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Tadich Grill
240 California St
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Because the seafood is good, and it's been operating in the city since the 1850s, it's worth a visit. Everything on the menu is simple, familiar, and approachable, but their seafood continues to shine. The atmosphere is definitely old San Francisco, as much as it is possible to be. You'll have to brave the crowds and visitors to snag a table, but it's worth the wait. You'll feel like you're in a time warp, with great food. The over-priced, mediocre Fisherman's Wharf restaurants should all be this good, but they're not.
Delicious Italian small plates in a casual downtown space that always feel like there's a party going on. Little brother to legendary Perbacco next door, but I like it better, and you may even leave with cab fare. Go eat well, drink well, and have fun. The negronis are tops.
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Barbacco
220 California Street
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Delicious Italian small plates in a casual downtown space that always feel like there's a party going on. Little brother to legendary Perbacco next door, but I like it better, and you may even leave with cab fare. Go eat well, drink well, and have fun. The negronis are tops.
Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day, go have a bowl of shrimp and grits and poached eggs. They're also open for lunch and dinner, but grits are my favorite breakfast. Except for maybe the hangtown fry. The coffee has chicory, N'awleans style. Nuff said.
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Brenda's Meat & Three
919 Divisadero Street
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Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day, go have a bowl of shrimp and grits and poached eggs. They're also open for lunch and dinner, but grits are my favorite breakfast. Except for maybe the hangtown fry. The coffee has chicory, N'awleans style. Nuff said.
Forget about trying to pick out a good restaurant among the throngs of crazy Chinatown joints. Head out to the Richmond district for really delicious Cantonese food. HKL is my current favorite. Great for dinner, great for Dim Sum brunch. Take a crowd if you can and you'll be able to try more dishes for less dough. Enjoy the splendiforous decor and the tanks full of fish and crustaceans. Soup, art. Art, soup.
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Hong Kong Lounge
5322 Geary Boulevard
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Forget about trying to pick out a good restaurant among the throngs of crazy Chinatown joints. Head out to the Richmond district for really delicious Cantonese food. HKL is my current favorite. Great for dinner, great for Dim Sum brunch. Take a crowd if you can and you'll be able to try more dishes for less dough. Enjoy the splendiforous decor and the tanks full of fish and crustaceans. Soup, art. Art, soup.
Islamic Chinese isn't a cuisine you come by every day. Old Mandarin is a tiny restaurant with big flavors, and giant bubbling hot pots. What is Islamic Chinese? It's sort of similar to other Chinese restaurants, but they just say no to pork, and they say yes yes yes to delicious lamb dishes of all sorts. Take friends and grab a big table (there are only about 8 tables, but there's rarely a long wait) and order a bit of everything you've never had before. Oh, man, this is good!
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Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant
3132 Vicente Street
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Islamic Chinese isn't a cuisine you come by every day. Old Mandarin is a tiny restaurant with big flavors, and giant bubbling hot pots. What is Islamic Chinese? It's sort of similar to other Chinese restaurants, but they just say no to pork, and they say yes yes yes to delicious lamb dishes of all sorts. Take friends and grab a big table (there are only about 8 tables, but there's rarely a long wait) and order a bit of everything you've never had before. Oh, man, this is good!
Do you want to experience a briny umami washing over your senses even if you're not dining on a wharf? This is the neighborhood "secret Sushi bar," but with Yelp and social media buzz, not posting a sign outside makes little difference. Ujji, like most of the other high-end sushi joints now requires that all guests opt for an Omakase menu, so bring a big apatite and a credit card with $300-500 wiggle room. And there are only 16 chairs, so make a reservation!
Ijji Sushi
252 Divisadero Street
Do you want to experience a briny umami washing over your senses even if you're not dining on a wharf? This is the neighborhood "secret Sushi bar," but with Yelp and social media buzz, not posting a sign outside makes little difference. Ujji, like most of the other high-end sushi joints now requires that all guests opt for an Omakase menu, so bring a big apatite and a credit card with $300-500 wiggle room. And there are only 16 chairs, so make a reservation!
Sushi is almost always good. You'll always find satisfaction in a familiar toro nigiri or a wild dragon roll. Then there's the other kind of sushi: the chef hands you something completely new and it's a revelation on your tongue and when you catch your breath, you ask the chef "wow. what was that?" Those revelatory places can easily empty many hundred dollar bills from your wallet and are an amazing special occasion treat. Sushi Raw is more about familiar flavors satisfaction. They have a giant selection of standard and wildly imaginative rolls, udon, donburi, bentos, and ramen in giant bowls that's tastier than the precious hipster ramen joint around the corner.
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Sushiraw
682 Haight Street
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Sushi is almost always good. You'll always find satisfaction in a familiar toro nigiri or a wild dragon roll. Then there's the other kind of sushi: the chef hands you something completely new and it's a revelation on your tongue and when you catch your breath, you ask the chef "wow. what was that?" Those revelatory places can easily empty many hundred dollar bills from your wallet and are an amazing special occasion treat. Sushi Raw is more about familiar flavors satisfaction. They have a giant selection of standard and wildly imaginative rolls, udon, donburi, bentos, and ramen in giant bowls that's tastier than the precious hipster ramen joint around the corner.
Take the great bakery, add sit-down tables and more real food. Delicious brunch, too popular, house-made everything. The smoked salmon is delicious. Pick up a loaf of their wonderful, rustic bread on the way out.
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Tartine Manufactory
595 Alabama St
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Take the great bakery, add sit-down tables and more real food. Delicious brunch, too popular, house-made everything. The smoked salmon is delicious. Pick up a loaf of their wonderful, rustic bread on the way out.
Have you been to a bakery/cafe where you wanted to order one of everything? This is it. Yes, great croissants, but that's just the beginning. I love that they have so many savory things because, even though their pain au chocolate is TDF, the cheesy, bacony, eggy, things are delicious and satisfying. Pick up a loaf of bread on the way out. Note: Outside seating only.
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Neighbor Bakehouse
2343 3rd Street
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Have you been to a bakery/cafe where you wanted to order one of everything? This is it. Yes, great croissants, but that's just the beginning. I love that they have so many savory things because, even though their pain au chocolate is TDF, the cheesy, bacony, eggy, things are delicious and satisfying. Pick up a loaf of bread on the way out. Note: Outside seating only.
Just around the corner is a Syrian spot that serves up amazingly good Middle Eastern food (hummus, baba ganoush, etc) and also juicy rotisserie chicken, kabobs, etc. Prices are pleasantly low, so go crazy.
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Palmyra
700 Haight Street
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Just around the corner is a Syrian spot that serves up amazingly good Middle Eastern food (hummus, baba ganoush, etc) and also juicy rotisserie chicken, kabobs, etc. Prices are pleasantly low, so go crazy.
It's the one spot a few blocks from home that has consistently good breakfast sandwiches and coffee that isn't mobbed on weekend mornings.
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Vinyl Coffee & Wine Bar
359 Divisadero Street
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It's the one spot a few blocks from home that has consistently good breakfast sandwiches and coffee that isn't mobbed on weekend mornings.
Delicious Ethiopian food, low prices, really nice staff, vegetarian-friendly, no flatware needed, right around the corner. What else do you want?
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Axum Cafe
698 Haight Street
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Delicious Ethiopian food, low prices, really nice staff, vegetarian-friendly, no flatware needed, right around the corner. What else do you want?
Shopping
Organic everything, the best coffee beans, meats, wine, farm vegetables, chocolate, cheese, etc. Their ice cream counter generates lines of hungry customers waiting for a scoop or 2 of their buttery, home-made, organic deliciousness. Many guests have proclaimed it "the best ice cream I've ever had!"
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Bi-Rite Market
550 Divisadero St
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Organic everything, the best coffee beans, meats, wine, farm vegetables, chocolate, cheese, etc. Their ice cream counter generates lines of hungry customers waiting for a scoop or 2 of their buttery, home-made, organic deliciousness. Many guests have proclaimed it "the best ice cream I've ever had!"
It's a pleasure to visit Heath Ceramics. They make extraordinarily beautiful tile, dinnerware, vases and accessories. It's not cheap, but it's still all handmade in their Sausalito workshop, just as it has been since the 1950s. The store is airy and modern, and very pleasurable to visit, whether you're buying or not. One of my favorite retail experiences in SF.
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Heath Ceramics
2900 18th St
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It's a pleasure to visit Heath Ceramics. They make extraordinarily beautiful tile, dinnerware, vases and accessories. It's not cheap, but it's still all handmade in their Sausalito workshop, just as it has been since the 1950s. The store is airy and modern, and very pleasurable to visit, whether you're buying or not. One of my favorite retail experiences in SF.
How do they sell this stuff so cheaply? The flagship store covers a few floors and has some good sale racks. If you're in need of a $29 shirt marked down to $10, check it out! They also have a selection of SF and Giants shirts. Go Giants!
Old Navy
801 Market St
How do they sell this stuff so cheaply? The flagship store covers a few floors and has some good sale racks. If you're in need of a $29 shirt marked down to $10, check it out! They also have a selection of SF and Giants shirts. Go Giants!
Arguably the hippest T-shirts in town. Check out their selection of very cool California and San Francisco-themed shirts and hoodies that make great souvenirs and gifts but even the locals wear. Rare!
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Upper Playground
220 Fillmore Street
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Arguably the hippest T-shirts in town. Check out their selection of very cool California and San Francisco-themed shirts and hoodies that make great souvenirs and gifts but even the locals wear. Rare!
Drinks & Nightlife
Always buzzing with people and raucous rock n' roll, Toronado is all about beer. They have a draft beer list beyond compare http://www.toronado.com/draft.htm Go grab a pint and meet the beer-fan neighbors, and make up your mind BEFORE you talk to the busy barkeeps. They often aren't kind to indecisive patrons.
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Toronado
547 Haight St
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Always buzzing with people and raucous rock n' roll, Toronado is all about beer. They have a draft beer list beyond compare http://www.toronado.com/draft.htm Go grab a pint and meet the beer-fan neighbors, and make up your mind BEFORE you talk to the busy barkeeps. They often aren't kind to indecisive patrons.
I've seen so many great shows here. It's a short walk from the house, so no parking hassles or drunken bus rides home! It's the perfect size for live music, and there's not a bad seat or standing spot in the house. The staff is friendly and efficient and you can often meet the artists on the sidewalk after the show. This is a "family-style" nightclub!
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The Independent
628 Divisadero St
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I've seen so many great shows here. It's a short walk from the house, so no parking hassles or drunken bus rides home! It's the perfect size for live music, and there's not a bad seat or standing spot in the house. The staff is friendly and efficient and you can often meet the artists on the sidewalk after the show. This is a "family-style" nightclub!
It's a storefront-size music venue with great acoustics. The setting is intimate, ticket prices are low, and they have an eclectic selection of live bands, DJs, and popular events.
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Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St
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It's a storefront-size music venue with great acoustics. The setting is intimate, ticket prices are low, and they have an eclectic selection of live bands, DJs, and popular events.
It's like having drinks inside a huge primitive-futurist sculpture. The music is almost always unfamiliar, but good. The beer selection is a few clicks below Toronado, but better than most neighborhood bars. There are many nooks and cubbies for sitting, and you'll probably meet people who come to share your little art cave. Come here if Toronado is just too hectic.
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Noc Noc
557 Haight Street
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It's like having drinks inside a huge primitive-futurist sculpture. The music is almost always unfamiliar, but good. The beer selection is a few clicks below Toronado, but better than most neighborhood bars. There are many nooks and cubbies for sitting, and you'll probably meet people who come to share your little art cave. Come here if Toronado is just too hectic.
Three blocks away there is an "art bar" that's plenty hip but isn't at all pretentious, serves great cocktails, has a plethora of taps and bottles, live music some nights, dancing at your descression, and is always busy, usually friendly, and often free. Crowd runs the gamut from millenial to boomer. Motown Mondays is a blast. Just.go.dance. No partner needed. Go early to avoid the lines. Take your ID!
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Madrone Art Bar
500 Divisadero St
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Three blocks away there is an "art bar" that's plenty hip but isn't at all pretentious, serves great cocktails, has a plethora of taps and bottles, live music some nights, dancing at your descression, and is always busy, usually friendly, and often free. Crowd runs the gamut from millenial to boomer. Motown Mondays is a blast. Just.go.dance. No partner needed. Go early to avoid the lines. Take your ID!
It's a gay sportsbar, but you might not realize this untill the scantily-clad go go boys start gyrating on the end of the bar. All the games are on an overwhelming bank of flat-screens and the way the crowd goes nuts when the Giants score is absolutely heterosexual! Excellent tap menu, good cocktails, friendly barpersons, and a (very good) burger joint in the rear. It's probably the funnest (word or not?) bar in the neighborhood.
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Hi Tops
2247 Market St
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It's a gay sportsbar, but you might not realize this untill the scantily-clad go go boys start gyrating on the end of the bar. All the games are on an overwhelming bank of flat-screens and the way the crowd goes nuts when the Giants score is absolutely heterosexual! Excellent tap menu, good cocktails, friendly barpersons, and a (very good) burger joint in the rear. It's probably the funnest (word or not?) bar in the neighborhood.
It's cool, it's hip, and it's jammed. It was originally an artsy-designed quiet gay boite, but now it's full of just about everyone and their mothers. The place still looks good, the cocktails are fine, there's a good list of brews, and, because you can't turn around without rubbing up against someone you didn't come with (yet), you're bound to make new friends who may be open to suggestions. Who needs labels in the 21st century?
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Blackbird
2124 Market Street
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It's cool, it's hip, and it's jammed. It was originally an artsy-designed quiet gay boite, but now it's full of just about everyone and their mothers. The place still looks good, the cocktails are fine, there's a good list of brews, and, because you can't turn around without rubbing up against someone you didn't come with (yet), you're bound to make new friends who may be open to suggestions. Who needs labels in the 21st century?
If you have a hankering to see soccer tournaments in real time on the big screen, this is the place! It can be fun, full, and crazy or casually uncrowded during the day, depending on the game schedule. Food is very good iteration of classic Brit Pub food. Bangers and mash, anyone?
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Mad Dog in the Fog
530 Haight Street
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If you have a hankering to see soccer tournaments in real time on the big screen, this is the place! It can be fun, full, and crazy or casually uncrowded during the day, depending on the game schedule. Food is very good iteration of classic Brit Pub food. Bangers and mash, anyone?
sightseeing
This iconic view is 3 blocks away! It's one you've probably seen in photos, but it's still exhilarating to sit in Alamo Square park and see the many layers of the City unfold before you. Local's advice: Go west! Most of the tourist hordes don't cross the square to gaze over the western part of the city, all the way to the sea, but it's there and lovely. The view north is wonderful as well, and the amazing Westerfield house is across the street at Fulton and Scott. All you need to do is open your eyes and take it all in.
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The Painted Ladies
Steiner Street
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This iconic view is 3 blocks away! It's one you've probably seen in photos, but it's still exhilarating to sit in Alamo Square park and see the many layers of the City unfold before you. Local's advice: Go west! Most of the tourist hordes don't cross the square to gaze over the western part of the city, all the way to the sea, but it's there and lovely. The view north is wonderful as well, and the amazing Westerfield house is across the street at Fulton and Scott. All you need to do is open your eyes and take it all in.
Chinatown is so much more than Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California, USA. There is a warren of 30+ alleys that will let you catch a glimpse of real life in this fascinating part of town on a more intimate scale. https://sf.curbed.com/2017/7/26/16034664/chinatown-alleys-san-francisco-tour And for real Chinatown commerce, walk down Stockton Street as well as Grant. Stockton doesn't have any frivolous souviner shops and overly precious tea emporiums. It has busy-to-the-point-of-chaos shops with ducks in the windows and produce you've never seen, good basic restaurants and dim sum joints, and everything else you need to cook a proper new years banquet.
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Chinatown
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Chinatown is so much more than Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California, USA. There is a warren of 30+ alleys that will let you catch a glimpse of real life in this fascinating part of town on a more intimate scale. https://sf.curbed.com/2017/7/26/16034664/chinatown-alleys-san-francisco-tour And for real Chinatown commerce, walk down Stockton Street as well as Grant. Stockton doesn't have any frivolous souviner shops and overly precious tea emporiums. It has busy-to-the-point-of-chaos shops with ducks in the windows and produce you've never seen, good basic restaurants and dim sum joints, and everything else you need to cook a proper new years banquet.
Because it's 3 blocks away and the views are breathtaking.
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Alamo Square
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Because it's 3 blocks away and the views are breathtaking.
La Maison Bleu, made famous in a popular '70s song by Maxim la Forrestiere, is always a stop necessaire for visitors from France. Ils demandent "où est la maison bleue?" et je réponds "sur la 18ème rue près de Sanchez" Just walk there and look for the gangs of French tourists on the sidewalk. I think it's still blue, even!
Maxime Leforestier's blue house
3841 18th St
La Maison Bleu, made famous in a popular '70s song by Maxim la Forrestiere, is always a stop necessaire for visitors from France. Ils demandent "où est la maison bleue?" et je réponds "sur la 18ème rue près de Sanchez" Just walk there and look for the gangs of French tourists on the sidewalk. I think it's still blue, even!
You've heard about it, now go see it. It's a charming neighborhood with some nice cafes, wine bars (blush) and a few very good restaurants (Francis, Anchor, Besos) and a few more dildo shops than you probably have in your neighborhood. Bars...did I mention bars? All kinds of bars. And an iconic movie theatre, and Cliffs Variety, a hardware/housewares/toy/crafts store that also has some fun souvineers. The neighborhood is not as "gay"as it once was, despite the rainbow crosswalks and flags, but look to the sidewalk plaques for some good historic tidbits.
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The Castro
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You've heard about it, now go see it. It's a charming neighborhood with some nice cafes, wine bars (blush) and a few very good restaurants (Francis, Anchor, Besos) and a few more dildo shops than you probably have in your neighborhood. Bars...did I mention bars? All kinds of bars. And an iconic movie theatre, and Cliffs Variety, a hardware/housewares/toy/crafts store that also has some fun souvineers. The neighborhood is not as "gay"as it once was, despite the rainbow crosswalks and flags, but look to the sidewalk plaques for some good historic tidbits.
Parks & Nature
Golden Gate Park is a little or a lot of everything. It stretches from Stanyan Street (just walk west on Page or Haight Streets, they both dead-end into the park), all the way to the Pacific. What's there? A lot of everything. Go enjoy nature/museums/tennis courts/botanical gardens/golf/soccer/jogging/a bike ride/windmills/a model boat show/a historic carousel/a roller disco/swing dancing/an outdoor concert/etc.
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Golden Gate Park
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Golden Gate Park is a little or a lot of everything. It stretches from Stanyan Street (just walk west on Page or Haight Streets, they both dead-end into the park), all the way to the Pacific. What's there? A lot of everything. Go enjoy nature/museums/tennis courts/botanical gardens/golf/soccer/jogging/a bike ride/windmills/a model boat show/a historic carousel/a roller disco/swing dancing/an outdoor concert/etc.
This place is a "wow!!" You'll be in a historic lighthous in the southwest corner of Marin County. You can get there only by going through a cave and across a pedestrian drawbridge. If the waves are big enough, you might catch a splash. The views are breathtaking, to say the least. You'll learn something. The schedule is sporadic. Check it out on the GGNRA website.
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Point Bonita Lighthouse
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This place is a "wow!!" You'll be in a historic lighthous in the southwest corner of Marin County. You can get there only by going through a cave and across a pedestrian drawbridge. If the waves are big enough, you might catch a splash. The views are breathtaking, to say the least. You'll learn something. The schedule is sporadic. Check it out on the GGNRA website.
Renzo Piano's remodel breathed life into the old Academy of Sciences. It's a great place to take kids or just yourself. There's an albino alligator named Claude. What else do you need to know? OH, yeah- Every Thursday evening is a themed "club night" with special exhibits, DJs or sometime live music, bars, and everything is open. Less than half the normal price of admission, 21+. No kids to step on.
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Concourse Dr at Acad of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr
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Renzo Piano's remodel breathed life into the old Academy of Sciences. It's a great place to take kids or just yourself. There's an albino alligator named Claude. What else do you need to know? OH, yeah- Every Thursday evening is a themed "club night" with special exhibits, DJs or sometime live music, bars, and everything is open. Less than half the normal price of admission, 21+. No kids to step on.
Arts & Culture
...and bookstore. Always an interesting exhibition, and you can find out anything you're curious about, as long as it's about California. Right by SPUR, on Mission near 3rd.
California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
...and bookstore. Always an interesting exhibition, and you can find out anything you're curious about, as long as it's about California. Right by SPUR, on Mission near 3rd.
This beautifully maintained and furnished Victorian mansion was built and occupied for generations by members of the Levi-Strauss family, but there's nothing denim about it. Much inside (and out) is original, and so beautiful. You'll learn so much about Victorians and how people (rich people in this case) lived at the turn of the last century. It's now the HQ of SF Heritage, our local architectural preservation non-profit, and they have tours on Wednesdays and Sundays and occassional special events. Check for details on-line.
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Haas-Lilienthal House
2007 Franklin Street
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This beautifully maintained and furnished Victorian mansion was built and occupied for generations by members of the Levi-Strauss family, but there's nothing denim about it. Much inside (and out) is original, and so beautiful. You'll learn so much about Victorians and how people (rich people in this case) lived at the turn of the last century. It's now the HQ of SF Heritage, our local architectural preservation non-profit, and they have tours on Wednesdays and Sundays and occassional special events. Check for details on-line.
Everything Else
SPUR is an interactive urbanist 'Think tank.' There is always an interesting exhibition at street level (free!) and frequent lectures and events. A must for all you architects and urbanists.
SPUR
654 Mission St
SPUR is an interactive urbanist 'Think tank.' There is always an interesting exhibition at street level (free!) and frequent lectures and events. A must for all you architects and urbanists.