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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Neighbourhood
“More than 75 percent of San Francisco's visitors include Fisherman's Wharf on their itinerary. Waterfront marketplaces and the Wharf's famous fishing fleet make for a terrific fish story. Fishing boats, sea lions basking in the sun, seafood stalls, steaming crab cauldrons, seafood restaurants and sourdough French bread bakeries … you know you’re in world-famous Fisherman’s Wharf. Souvenir shops and historic ships add to the atmosphere. The historic F-Line streetcar and two cable car lines terminate in the area and sightseeing boats and boat charters link to Alcatraz ("The Rock") , Angel Island and other points around San Francisco Bay.”
  • 258 locals recommend
  • 34 Experiences
Science Museum
“Located in Pier 15 on the Embarcadero, the Exploratorium is an interactive museum inspiring creativity in people of all ages. Explore more than 600 hands-on exhibits and enjoy breathtaking views of the city and bay in the spectacular glass-and-steel Bay Observatory. Ignite your curiousity as you step inside a tornado, walk across a fog bridge, and crawl through total darkness in the Tactile Dome using your sense of touch as your only guide through the maze.”
  • 234 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The 'windiest street in the world". It really is probably not the wildest tree though are great views and I would go before the close it to the public. Ad if you personally drive down it, then take a left at the bottom and drive straight forward to experience a San Francisco step street ride :-)”
  • 138 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
Shopping Centre
“Pier 39 or Fishermans Warf - come out for a walk, food and fun activities. ”
  • 128 locals recommend
Premise
“Coit Tower, a slender white concrete column rising from the top of Telegraph Hill, has been an emblem of San Francisco’s skyline since its completion in 1933, a welcoming beacon to visitors and residents alike.”
  • 104 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“It makes for beautiful views of the SF landscape. I would recommend climbing the stairs through the park up to the tower.”
  • 121 locals recommend
  • 7 Experiences
Neighbourhood
“North Beach, rich in Italian heritage, compresses cabarets, jazz clubs, galleries, inns, family style restaurants and gelato parlors into less than a square mile. A perfect spot for cappuccino and espresso, North Beach is transformed into one of San Francisco's most electric playgrounds by night; live music and dancing keep the streets swinging. In the morning practice tai chi with the regulars in Washington Square and from here, catch the No. 39 bus to the top of Telegraph Hill. Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill offers amazing views. Thirty local artists painted murals on its ground floor walls in 1933. This hill is also laced with stairways off Filbert and Greenwich streets as well as lush gardens.”
  • 100 locals recommend
  • 24 Experiences
Pizza Place
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“The best pizza in San Francisco! Pro Tip: You can join the waitlist online to reduce your wait time by using Yelp. I recommend adding yourself to the waitlist about 30 minutes before you'd like to dine, and an 60 minutes ahead of time on Friday and Saturday nights.”
  • 113 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Rental Car Location
“Take time to walk through the Ferry Building. You might leave there with your pockets a little empty but your belly will be full! Great place to get gifts to take home to your family and friends. ”
  • 75 locals recommend
  • 13 Experiences
Breakfast Spot
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“Got to start lining up at 7:30 otherwise you will have to wait 90 minutes. Is it worth it? Depends on how hungry you get while waiting in line for 90 minutes. At that point you talk yourself into thinking its worth it otherwise you will feel like a fool.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Park
“Just a nice park for sunny days. Lots of young people hanging out. Sometimes they have movies on at night!”
  • 67 locals recommend
  • 3 Experiences
Bar
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“Restaurant bar to go to when you are visiting Fisherman's Wharf or Ghiradelli Square. It is famous for it's Irish Coffee. ”
  • 55 locals recommend
Museum
“While you're hanging out at Fisherman's Wharf, be sure to stop by and see this unique museum.”
  • 61 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
New American Restaurant
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“A classic for brunch or dinner - and no need to wait! Park Tavern accepts reservations in advance and also does pretty well at accepting walk-ins as well. A little bit pricier, but worth it for the tasty food and lack of wait.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Sicilian Style, late night full pie or by-the-slice, we’ve been out clubbing and need food before our drive home. They have clam and garlic, what’s not to love! ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Sotto Mare provides an authentic Italian North Beach experience. They serve the freshest fish and shellfish in town; Oysters and clams on the half shell, Boston style Clam Chowder, Baccala, Crab Cioppino, Louis salads, Seafood Pastas and Seafood Risotto. Call ahead for RSVP, or go at off hours 2-4:30”
  • 42 locals recommend