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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.

North Indian Restaurant
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“Grungy hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurant is a hidden gem of the gritty Tenderloin district.”
18 locals recommend
Dim Sum Restaurant
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“Authentic dim sum (expect lines) and Cantonese food. Great for dinner with a group. Make reservations as this small restaurant is often full. Not cheap but worth the great service, tablecloths and clean atmosphere and delicious food. (Dim sum is typically only eaten at lunchtime). ”
18 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Steve promotes some events at this somewhat rock n roll DJ nightclub in South of Market area; it hosts mostly "alternative" type parties, including Steve's New Wave City party every 3rd Saturday. Very welcoming to all, including LGBTQ.”
17 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Super easy place to grab one of the best pasta in town. Go there for a quick lunch while visiting North Beach. ”
10 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“It’s part speakeasy, part club, and on Thursdays, it's all 90s music and dancing all night! I love the 90s—Spice Girls, ‘N SYNC, Backstreet, all of it! The upstairs area is awesome—they have screens that play the music videos of the songs the DJ is mixing, which is a fun walk down memory lane. There’s no cover.”
11 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“This is where the Osha chain began. Additional restaurants On 2nd st 3rd st. In the Embarcadero Plaza etc.”
19 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Great place serving a variety of noodle dishes. However it is very small and so during weekends the wait can be long. ”
12 locals recommend
Playground
“Public playground, gym and tennis courts just down the street. Bootcamp SF also holds outdoor classes here a few times a week.”
14 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Contemporary expression of Mexican; upscale, 2 Michelin Stars. $$$$. Tasting menu and reservations required. ”
10 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is a classic corner bar (it's been around since 1948) with a pool table, pinball and legendary Bloody Marys. In recent years it has become a bit of a hipster destination (their slogan — featured on their super fun t-shirts which make a unique SF souvenir — is: "The Holiest Place To Fall From Grace"). Nothing fancy, just a nice close place to grab a beer.”
14 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Great spot if you want tasty pasta for a reasonable price. Casual counter service and family-friendly.”
13 locals recommend
Café
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“This is a local chain of breakfast spots and it is always good (the chain was bought by Starbucks but then sold back to the original owner).”
17 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Sons and Daughters offers a 9-course tasting menu (12 items to try) that leaves you giddy! The staff are also sensitive to diet restrictions and work with the guest in advance of your visit. Expect a quiet and intimate atmosphere. ”
13 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“A hip coffeeshop with pourover coffee, espresso and a great outside patio. Free wifi! ”
10 locals recommend
Boutique
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“Mens & women's attire at reasonable prices in a lovely neighborhood in San Francisco. Plenty of other places to shop and eat in this district. ”
13 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“If you’re into history, this is definitely a theater to check out. Built in 1910, the building is an amazing example of Art Deco. I would go at nighttime to see the Art Deco vibe with the lighting and the colors, and to step into the past a little bit. They only program one film at a time, and they also do a great midnight madness series, which you can find on their web site. It’s in a good part of town to go eat dinner. The Clay is on Fillmore Street, so there’s lots of stuff around.”
17 locals recommend