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25 Things to do in San Francisco

Updated on May 28, 2013

1) Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. On a nice sunny day start from the other side and enjoy the beautiful views of the bay and the city.

2) Dolores Park. A rolling green park with palm trees, one side has a huge playground and the other is where the young people have picnics and drink with their friends on a nice day. There are always food trucks as well as people walking around selling "cookies" if you get my drift. The BART train runs along the park so you can be dropped off right there. A lot of times there are bands or some kind of festival going on there.

3) Haight Street. The legendary 'Summer of Love' street has recently turned into a mecca for shopping, cool cafes, and band venues. Go and get lost in time.

4) Amoeba Record Store. This huge record store is located at the very end of Haight Street by Golden Gate Park. They have every genre of music, cd's, records, concert dvd's, and a huge selection of band show posters. Almost every week they have a free show in their store and a lot of well known bands come through.

5) Valencia Street. From about 16th street to 24th street on Valencia is about the trendiest area in San Francisco. It is full of awesome restaurants, bars, authentic clothing stores, furniture, record stores, all kinds of stuff.

6) Ferry Building. Located on the water with a view of the Oakland Bay Bridge. Outside of the building are tons of food trucks and on the weekends there is a huge farmer's market. Inside are specialty cheeses, olive oil, wines, beer, bread, coffee, and restaurants. You can also take a ferry from there to Sausalito.

7) North Beach. It is basically the Little Italy of San Francisco. There are tons of Italian restaurants and cafes. The Vesuvio Café located there is a two floor bar with great drink specials, the top floor has great views out of the windows, writer Jack Kerouac used to hang out there.

8) Get a Taco. Go to one of the hundreds of Taquerias. Many of them have a daily happy hour usually from 3-5 for $1 Tacos. These are no ordinary Tacos. Juicy meat, diced red onion, cilantro, great marinade, and a delicious tortilla, with several salsas to choose from. You will never look at Tacos the same.

9) Baker Beach. This beach is situated next to the Golden Gate Bridge. It has a nice stretch of sand lots of trees surrounding and huge hills across the bay. It is a major spot for dog walkers, you will see tons of dogs. It is a beautiful place to relax.

10) Palace of Fine Arts. This iconic building with red columns holding up a huge dome was built in 1915 for a huge art exhibition. It is situated in a little park with a pond in front of it in the Marina district. Gaze at this beautiful structure and walk around its park and pond.

11) Marina District. Chestnut and Union streets are full of shopping and cafes in this beautiful neighborhood a few blocks from the bay.

12) Corona Heights Park. Located at 1 Fairbanks St. is a huge dog park and a little rock cliff that has a trail around it and you can stand up on the peak and see the whole entire city from all directions. It is breathtaking.

13) Noe Valley. Adorable neighborhood with tons of moms strolling their kids but don't let that make you think it's lame. 24th street is full of adorable shops like Ambiance and several cafes, wine and cheese stores, arts and craft stores and more. It is beautiful and relaxing and leads down to Dolores St. which is covered in palm trees.

14) The Castro. This is the gay neighborhood of the city. There are rainbow flags lining the street and tons adult gay stores and at the corner of Castro and Market are red chairs all set up where naked men are sitting and strolling around, though I think they might have outlawed the complete nudity thing recently. There are also cute shops and restaurants and the Castro theater shows old movies with an elaborate organ player before the show starts.

15) Crissy Field. Green fields right by the bay and little stretches of sand around the marina area. Picnic and play Frisbee on the grass or hang out on the sand with beautiful views of the golden gate bridge.

16) Market Street. This is the shopping touristy area it has Forever 21, a huge mall, Anthropologie and basically all of those big brand name stores. You can catch a cable car there as well.

17) Ocean Beach. Take the BART to Ocean Beach, a quaint area by the ocean, it is a peaceful beautiful beach, go and relax.

18) Hayes Valley. Cute little street with swanky shops and cafes. There is an open park with a cool jungle gym, picnic area, little hot dog and ice cream stands and a beer garden open Wednesday through Sunday, there is cool art on the brick wall beside the park as well.

19) Fillmore. Fillmore St. walk up this steep street to some cool thrift shops and artisan cafes. Walk up to the top and see Alcatraz and the bay.

20) Divisadero. A hipster like street with antique and awesome shops. Really cool bars and great restaurants.

21) The Seven Sisters. The houses featured in Full House and Mrs. Doubtfire. Sit in the park in front of them stare at the famous adorable houses while having a great view of the city.

22) Hike Up the Hills. San Francisco is known for its steep hills everywhere. Get a great work out walking up Divisadero from the Marina. Do this everyday and your legs will be model worthy.

23) Golden Gate Park. The famous park at the end of Haight st. there are tons of homeless hippies hanging around but once get walking further into the park you can escape them. You can find the Botanical Gardens and the Exploratorium.

24) Nighttime Bar Hop. Go to the Mission District and hop around the many cool bars like Delirium, Elbo Room, or Double Dutch, there are tons.

25) Walk and Explore as much as you can. Everywhere you go there are gorgeous views and each neighborhood has its own vibe. Try and see as much of it as you can, you will never want to leave.


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