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Best things to do in San Francisco

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

New American Restaurant
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“Great for dinner or weekend brunch: NOPA. A favorite. It is crowded and hard to get a reservation, so book in advance, or have a drink while waiting for a set at the bar. Simple, natural cuisine and great mixed drinks. They serve dinner until 1 AM. ”
362 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
Shopping Centre
“Pier 39 or Fishermans Warf - come out for a walk, food and fun activities. ”
128 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The history of Lombard Street is worth knowing. During the 1920s, people in San Francisco were beginning to drive around in automobiles, but many of the hills were too steep to navigate. A local man named Carl Henry came up with the idea of using a curved street to help vehicles move downhill, although it would mean several sharp turns. An engineer named Clyde Healy created the design, and overall the hill’s slope went from 27% to 16%. Now you can watch the cars and bikers navigate the sharp turns as tourists gawk at them.”
136 locals recommend
Burrito Place
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“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
Pizza Place
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“INSPIRED BY THE BEST PIZZA OF NEW YORK CITY AND NAPLES, ITALY. Very popular.”
219 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Another excellent coffee shop. The home coffee brewing class ($35) is interesting and fun.”
208 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“This old-school movie palace has been a fixture in the Castro neighborhood since 1922. The grand interior and signature pre-show organ music are worth the price of admission alone — but stick around for their ever-changing roster of classic films, spirited sing-alongs, and rotating film festivals. Absolutely one of our favorite destinations in SF!”
222 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Stunning San Francisco beach!! As a former San Franciscan, I used to live within walking distance of this spot. It’s a little piece of home for me. ”
229 locals recommend
Garden
“San Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden is the oldest public Japanese garden in the country. The garden was created for an exhibition in 1894, when the exhibition closed a gentleman’s agreement was reached and the garden remained. As time went by the garden expanded to the size it is today, approximately 5 acres. Today the gardens are hugely popular with tourists who come to see the pagodas, stepping stones, arched bridges and native Japanese plants. There is also a koi pond and Zen garden. If you are hungry or thirsty on your visit you can stop for some traditional Japanese refreshments.”
144 locals recommend
Park
“A short urban hike up this hill gives you breathtaking, 360-degree views of the entire Bay Area. Highly recommended for sunrise and sunset. ”
204 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Probably no description needed here... the 24 bus just out the doorstep takes you there in 4 quick stops.. then maybe stop by Little Star for some delicious pizza or 4505 bbq for amazing briskets afterwards ”
135 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“One of the first "gentrified" restaurants in the area. Best fried chicken. Really strong chef. Movies projected in the back.”
189 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Most major cities have a Chinatown, but San Francisco has four and the one on Grant Avenue is the biggest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as being the oldest in North America. The town is so big that is encompasses two hospitals, various parks and draws more visitors each year than the Golden Gate Bridge. If you are looking for authentic Chinese cuisine in San Francisco there is no point looking anywhere outside of the four Chinatowns to find real traditional Chinese food. If you are in the city during the Autumn Moon Festival you can visit this Chinese festival for free.”
178 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“There's a lot of history here. You can climb about the old bathhouse ruins (although you can't see them really), and have a famous SF Ramos Fizz at the bar when you're done. Great views of the Ocean and right near Ocean Beach.”
194 locals recommend
Zoo
“The San Francisco Zoo is a 100-acre zoo located in the southwestern corner of San Francisco, California, between Lake Merced and the Pacific Ocean along the Great Highway. As of 2016, the zoo housed more than one thousand individual animals, representing more than 250 species. ”
97 locals recommend