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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.
Park
“What to say? One of the great parks of the United States. Just head down the hill to Kezar Stadium (at the very bottom of Willard Street) and you'll see the GGP right beyond it (walk around Kezar to the west to enter the park). You can also enter on Stanyan and Haight (and at many other points). Enjoy the Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, the Conservatory of Flowers (great night time light shows in the summer and winter) and many, many other features of the park.”
  • 732 locals recommend
Park
“Tilden Park is a gorgeous (and huge) park with incredible views of San Francisco. Within the park there are plenty of things to do, including riding a steam train, the “little farm,” etc. It’s a wonderful place to sit and take in the sights of the East Bay and beautiful San Francisco. ”
  • 266 locals recommend
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.”
  • 775 locals recommend
Bridge
“Rent or take your bike or walk across the Golden Gate Bridge (1.5miles) for ecstatic beauty with panoramic views no matter the weather (except completely fogged in times!). If you have a vehicle, the headlands on the Marin County side (North) of the Bridge have amazing views from Vista Points of the Bridge and San Francisco!”
  • 377 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The de Young often features traveling exhibits from all over the world. It's in a fantastic modernist building which has a tower that you can go up (free of charge) for a great view of Golden Gate Park and the surrounding city.”
  • 483 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“AMUSEMENT PARK ON THE BEACH, ROLLER COASTERS, MANY FAMOUS FILMS HAVE BEEN FILMED HERE, WEST COAST VERSION OF CONEY ISLAND.”
  • 310 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”
  • 312 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
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“Less than 2 miles away and a fun place to visit and spend time under the oak tree. ”
  • 275 locals recommend
Park
“One of the last remaining redwood forests in the San Francisco Bay area, the Muir Woods are only a couple of hours from San Jose and will transport you to another world. The trip itself by car is wonderfully picturesque, taking you across the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headland, but once you arrive at the Muir Woods, the scenery will take your breath away. Monumentally large trees tower above visitors on all sides and you can hike towards the ocean or up into the mountains. Be sure to pack plenty of water and a lunch, as shops are few and far between in the forest. ”
  • 267 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This mall is almost two miles away and has many stores as well as a food court. ”
  • 164 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Stanford Shopping center has lots of stores, restaurants and beautiful landscaping. Fun to shop or just walk around. ”
  • 188 locals recommend
Park
“Great place for a nice stroll or family fun! Offers boat rentals on the lake! Perfect place to have a picnic and enjoy a nice day! ”
  • 427 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.”
  • 505 locals recommend
Science Museum
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“Perfect place for animal and nature lovers alike! You're guaranteed to pop a smile amidst the aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, rain forest, and home to 40,000 live animals — all under one living roof. Home to a Bay Area's celebrity albino alligator, Claude! ”
  • 457 locals recommend
Museum
“Local treasure. Focusing on California. Special exhibits have featured Dia de Los Muertos, Ray and Charles Eames, and the Art of Burning Man. Check out the Friday Nights at the Museum events. Outdoor maze like sculpture garden is great and open to the public for no fee. ”
  • 295 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Alcatraz was the site of the first lighthouse in the Western United States but became a federal penitentiary from 1934-1963, housing famous convicts such as Al Capone and George "Machine Gun" Kelly. Now, this once infamous prison island is part of the Bay Area’s 80,000-acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Located one-and-a-half miles from Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz is one of the city's most popular attractions. A visit to the island includes a tour of the cell house where visitors can see where the prisoners lived. Although the last inmates were transferred off the island in 1963, the main prison block with its steel bars, claustrophobic (9 x 5-foot) cells, mess hall, library and "dark holes," where recalcitrant languished in inky blackness, is still structurally intact.”
  • 203 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pedestrian Plaza
“AMUSEMENT PARK ON THE BEACH, ROLLER COASTERS, MANY FAMOUS FILMS HAVE BEEN FILMED HERE, WEST COAST VERSION OF CONEY ISLAND.”
  • 310 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This mall is almost two miles away and has many stores as well as a food court. ”
  • 164 locals recommend
Cheese Shop
“Cheeseboard pizza is amazing! They make one kind of vegetarian pizza every day and it changes daily. Check out their website to see the pizza of the day. They also have amazing buffalo milk soft serve and house made ginger cookies. There is outdoor seating and live music every day for both lunch and dinner. Don't be intimidated by the line. It moves quickly!”
  • 208 locals recommend
Bar
“A food court with lots of different options. There is also live music at night on weekends.”
  • 133 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Hands down my favorite restaurant in SF. Fantastic neighborhood (if I had $6mil I would live there). Have dinner at NOPA and go see your favorite band next door at the Independent. Divisadero is a great street to cruise and sightsee”
  • 364 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“In central SF - and near SF MOMA, Metreon and Yerba Buena park so you can split up and do a variety of things and come back together for lunch and dinner.”
  • 149 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“ This is the famous Alice Waters, fancy, farm-to-table restaurant. If you're a foodie, you might need to check it off your list. ”
  • 199 locals recommend
Burrito Place
“One of 2 best Taquerias in San Francisco to get Burritos. The other one is El Farolito which is very close to this one. Which is better? You decide!”
  • 207 locals recommend

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