Things to Do


Here are some of our favorite food spots, or explore on your own!
- Thorough Bread & Pastry ($) - Neighborhood bakery with delicious croissants and a great back patio.
- Panchita's ($) - Accessible by BART or Muni, taste authentic pupusas day or night at the 16th St location.
- Red's Java House ($) - Located along The Embarcadero, a local hangout for burgers and beers on the patio.
- Ferry Building ($-$$$) - Explore all the options first. A pork bun from Imperial Tea Court never hurts.
- Beit Rima ($) - Arabic comfort food and favorites served family style.
- Dumpling Time ($$) - Explore the world of dumplings at this Design District favorite.
- Giordano Bros ($) - Pittsburg style all-in-one sandwiches and a great beer list at this Mission favorite.
- Tommaso's ($$) - An pizza institution in North Beach since 1935. No reservations, so go early or late.
- El Buen Comer ($$) - Homestyle Mexican food. Just order "El Buen Comer" and they will do the rest.
- Il Casaro ($$) - Neopolitan style pizzas to die for. Locations in both North Beach and the Castro.
- House of Nanking ($$) - Great Chinese food on the edge of Chinatown. No reservations, but service is fast.
- Enjoy Vegeterian ($$) - Vegan/Vegeterian Chinese that is Barb approved!
- Shabu House ($$) - Japanese hot pot with all you can eat and/or all you can drink options. Kanpai!
- Cockscomb ($$$) - Find the entrance down an alley and step into the bustling open kitchen space. Either bring friends to share their specials of the day or sit at the chef's counter as a pair. Reservation recommended.
- La Ciccia ($$$) - Snag a hard to come by reservation and be rewarded with rustic Sardinian food. Accessable by the Muni J-Church.
- Fort Point Valencia ($) - Vibrant colors and great rotating taps highlight this SF brewery taproom.
- Thirsty Bear ($) - Organic brewery located in SoMa that is worth the stop.
- 21st Amendment Brewery ($) - Larger SF brewery near the Giants.
- Pier 23 Cafe ($) - Grab a beer and sit on the patio by the water during an Embarcadero walk.
- The Beehive ($$) - Craft cocktails in a '60s backdrop that will make you feel fancy.
- Zeitgeist ($) - Mission beer garden perfect for hipster watching or enjoying the fresh air.


Live like a local or like a tourist - we do both!
- Fort Funston or Ocean Beach - Take the N-Judah out to Ocean Beach or drive 15 minutes to Fort Funston. Both will make you feel far away from the City.
- Saulsalito - First, rent bikes either near the Ferry Building or at Sports Basement Presidio. Then bike over the Golden Gate Bridge and coast down the hill into Saulsalito. Stop at Bar Bocce for pizza and a drink before taking the Ferry back. Alternatively, take a drive over and wander Saulsalito for the day.
- Alcatraz - A worth while 3 hour tour, just make sure to get tickets in advance as they sell out.
- SF MOMA - For the museum lovers, a walk through the MOMA can occupy a whole day
- Urban Hike - All of SF's hills make for great hiking. Favorite spots include Twin Peaks, Buena Vista Park, or Alamo Square (see the Full House houses). Just wander the City, you never know what you will see!
- Golden Gate Park - Walk through the park, bring a picnic, or visit the Cal Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Botanical Garden or Conservatory of Flowers. Just don't skip the Bison Padlock!
- Muir Woods - See the great redwoods without the drive. Parking is limited and must be reserved ahead of time.
- Mt. Tam Hike - Drive up to the vista or start from somewhere down below, but both will lead to great views of the Bay and Pacific Ocean
- Duboce Park - Take a seat on one of the many benches and enjoy all the dogs. Truly therapeutic.
- Walk the Embarcadero - Go from the Giants stadium to Marina Green or anywhere in between. Or catch a peddle cab as well!
- CityPASS - For anyone thinking of spending more than a few days wandering the City, the SF City Pass can be worthwhile.

What You Don't Want to Live Without

- A light jacket: You never know when the fog (also known as Karl the Fog) or "microclimates" will change, so always carry a jacket or dress in layers!
- Sunglasses: Even if it looks cloudy, it could get sunny.
- Shoes for Walking: San Francisco is best explored by foot, so bring comfortable shoes for the time you won't be dressed to the nines.
Emily Betts