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Park
“When the weather is nice, you can barely see the grass due to the throngs of people lounging around. Luckily, the park was recently renovated and is big enough that you're bound to find a spot you like. The southwest corner is good for a panoramic view of the city skyline (and usually far enough away from the folks enjoying their herbal refreshments on the northern slope). There's also a nice kid's playground, although it's geared more towards older kids.”
  • 765 locals recommend
Park
“A park with miniature train, pony-rides, a lake to swim in, and trails to explore... Home to bears and mountain lions, here's a little bit of wilderness right next to home.”
  • 268 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful scenery full of wild life, fitness areas, and coffee shops. Walking around the lake transports you throughout Oakland!”
  • 426 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was the first museum in this part of the country to show only modern art. There are currently more than 29,000 pieces of work on display including paintings, sculptures, photographs and architecture”
  • 316 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Constantly bustling -- people use the square mostly as a space to relax and soak up a bit of sun, and to wallow in the atmosphere created by the surrounding cable cars, hotels and shoppers. Great for people watching! There is free wi-fi provided by the city. Look under the leaves of the greenery in the planters, and you'll find a few power outlets for your laptop.”
  • 328 locals recommend
Museum
“features great exhibits and hosts Off the Grid & live music on Friday Nights.”
  • 293 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Millennials love to stand in lines. Go mid-morning on weekdays to avoid long lines. But, the food is well worth it! Riches beyond your wildest dreams: butter-golden pains au chocolat, cappuccinos with ferns drawn in dense foam and croque monsieurs turbo-loaded with ham, two kinds of cheese and béchamel. Don't be dismayed by the inevitable line out the door – it moves fast – but be aware that lolling in Dolores Park is the only possible post-Tartine activity.”
  • 501 locals recommend
Farmers Market
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“Market inside Ferry Building with a diverse selection of famous SF eateries: Hog Island Oyster Co, Acme Bread, Cowgirl Creamery, Blue Bottle, Miette and more.”
  • 453 locals recommend
Historic Site
“If you plan on going to Alcatraz, book early! It completely fills up in the summer. ”
  • 199 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“Home to the San Francisco Giants. Catch the Ferry from Oakland just a 20 minute ride. Have a glass of champagne while on your trip. See the wonderful state of the art Willie Mays stadium at Oracle Park, SF”
  • 257 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“One of the most popular destinations for tourists -- there are attractions such as museums, souvenir stores, historical buildings and piers, and scenic vistas over the Bay. Bring a jacket! ”
  • 264 locals recommend
University
“ Sather Tower, also known as the Campanile, is one of UC Berkeley’s most beloved and well-known symbols. Visible for miles, the Campanile is the third-tallest bell and clock-tower in the world, and an integral part of the campus experience. Get a spectacular, sprawling view of the Bay Area from the observation platform. Enjoy three daily carillon concerts. Lounge on the historic esplanade and enjoy the shade of the stone giant. The Campanile is truly not to be missed.”
  • 220 locals recommend
Cinema
“Catch a movie or see a show, this historic theater is a must see when in the Oakland area.”
  • 239 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“My favorite special occasion restaurant. One of the best in the City. Casual atmosphere, great food.”
  • 358 locals recommend
Park
“For miles of hiking, biking, running and even horseback riding trails in the California redwoods right in our back yard, Redwood Regional and the other connected parks is the place. ”
  • 186 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Stop by here on your way to and back from Dolores Park for some of the best ice cream this city has to offer. Try the Salted Caramel!”
  • 317 locals recommend