San Francisco Experts

Area Tips

Beth Perkins

"A 7x7 mile square, San Francisco is a small, walkable city with lots to see and do.
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Area Tips

Allison Arruda

"With mild temperatures all year round, you’ll never have to battle unbearable summer heat or an arctic-like winter. A light jacket will get you through any San Francisco day. Luckily, there is ample public transportation here (BART, bus, cable car, etc) to get you just about anywhere. Cable cars are a San Francisco staple."

Food

Beth Perkins

"San Francisco boasts a wide variety of foods that appeal to foodies of all kinds. If you’re in the mood for Mexican food, head down to the Mission district. Check out Papalote on 24th and Mission for amazing salsa. The dim sum in Chinatown is delicious, and reasonably priced. For a fine dining experience, Gary Danko offers a 5-course tasting menu with wine pairing. If you’re craving seafood, head over to Fisherman’s Wharf. You can get crab from the sidewalk stand ...

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Family

Beth Perkins

"San Francisco is full of fun activities for kids and families. The Koret Playground in Golden Gate Park is a great place to spend the afternoon. Then check out the carousel, nearby. There are plenty of museums to interest your little ones. The Children’s Creativity Museum is an interactive art and technology museum. Kids can create a short film in the animation studio or perform their favorite song in the music studio. Interested in science? The Exploratorium offers hands...

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Adventure

Beth Perkins

"San Francisco has loads to offer outdoorsy or active types. Take the ferry to Angel Island for a day-hike or bike ride. Like rock climbing? Check out one of the many indoor gyms around the city. For the naturalist, the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, south on Highway 1, has a wide diversity of marine life including crabs, sponges and sea stars. During low tide, harbor seals haul out on the beach. For cyclists, there are plenty of places to rent bikes around town. The SF bicycle ...

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Attractions

Allison Arruda

"San Francisco is full of incredible things to do, like:

Alcatraz – A true step into history and a fascinating story about the deserted prison. It is amazing, but definitely book in advance because those ferries sell out!

Golden Gate Bridge – The longest bridge of its time, the Golden Gate is the most iconic symbol of San Francisco. A trip to San Francisco is not complete without a picture of you and the bridge.
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Arts & Music

Beth Perkins

"If you’re interested in music, take in a show at The Fillmore or the Great American Music Hall. For an outdoor show, head over to Stern Grove in the Sunset district during the free concert series. Once a summer, the Opera House broadcasts a show in Giants Stadium. Spectators can take in the opera while enjoying ball park franks and garlic fries. Beach Blanket Babylon is a San Francisco classic and must see show – it’s the longest running (and most irreverent) musical ...

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Shopping

Allison Arruda

"Union Square is a haven for shopping enthusiasts in San Francisco. One of the largest shopping areas of the city, the square bodes several high end stores including Tiffany & Co, and Louis Vuitton, and is home to major department stores such as Macy's."

Neighborhoods

Allison Arruda

"No district in the states can compare to Chinatown of San Francisco. It’s not only the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, but also the oldest in North America. Be sure to taste the dumplings at one of the many restaurants along these streets; you won’t regret it!
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Nightlife

Allison Arruda

"While you’re in Union Square, definitely check out the Red Room at the Clift Hotel. This swanky bar in San Francisco, much like other Northwestern cities, is known for a good cup of joe. For the best cup of single drip brew coffee in the city, visit any local Blue Bottle Coffee. The wait is worth it for a true coffee connoisseur."

Area Tips

Christina Ouimette

“San Francisco is exactly what you see in the movies”, is the first thing that came out of my mouth when I entered the city. You literally drive around and go “Hill-Seeing”. The ENTIRE city is carved, constructed, and busily bumping away on hills after hills. Driving down you'll see the big city, inviting and lively. Traveling up the hills you feel like you're almost going to tip over. Houses and buildings are all at an angle, and, more often than not, they are pressed...

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Neighborhoods

Christina Ouimette

“Bernal Heights is a fabulous neighborhood in San Francisco. It's super close to everything like food markets, shops, and bars. Cortland street runs right through the middle. It's a pretty steep hill, and an electric bus route runs right through it! Some of the houses have small, yet intricate and beautiful back yards. You can still touch your neighbors house from the yard though. This street is special because there's a Community Garden located on it. People from all ends o...

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Nightlife

Christina Ouimette

“If you're looking to have a good time at a local bar, Wild Side West is where you want to go! It's located on Cortland Street, in Bernal Heights. When you walk in, there's a juke box to your left, and most likely someone at a microphone, hosting the event that is happening that night. To the right is a single pool table. There's a small bar, but behind the bar the wall is decorated from floor to ceiling with shelves of unique bottles, old piano benches, a mirror, an chalk b...

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Adventure

Christina Ouimette

“Two words, Mount Davidson. Gorgeous, heart stopping panoramic views. You can see everything - the interconnected, hilly neighborhoods, the tall buildings of the city, the coast and the ocean, the bridges. It is stunning and it's FREE!
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Neighborhoods

Gae Shulman

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"The Mission district is a must visit. It catapults you into many cultures since it is a living portrait of the mixture of backgrounds of San Franciscans. It opens a visitor to a myriad of experiences in food, architecture and clothing, all in ten blocks.!"

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