Guidebook for San Francisco

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Guidebook for San Francisco

Drinks & Nightlife
Located in the Castro, this Gay Bar caters to the those who love Sports. Various games are shown thru-out the day. They have a kitchen that serves really great bar food: Nachos, Hot Dogs, Burgers, etc. Everyone is welcomed.
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Hi Tops
2247 Market St
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Located in the Castro, this Gay Bar caters to the those who love Sports. Various games are shown thru-out the day. They have a kitchen that serves really great bar food: Nachos, Hot Dogs, Burgers, etc. Everyone is welcomed.
Great bar with amazing cocktails just couple blocks away with pool table in the back.
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Blackbird
2124 Market Street
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Great bar with amazing cocktails just couple blocks away with pool table in the back.
Low key bar with amazing cocktails and comfortable couches. This is the place to go if you want to relax a big from your long day and enjoy a drink or two or three
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Wildhawk
3464 19th St
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Low key bar with amazing cocktails and comfortable couches. This is the place to go if you want to relax a big from your long day and enjoy a drink or two or three
Gay bar that is known for their Sunday Fundays with a nice view overlooking the Castro. Great place to people watch and have a drink on the balcony
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Lookout
3600 16th Street
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Gay bar that is known for their Sunday Fundays with a nice view overlooking the Castro. Great place to people watch and have a drink on the balcony
Gay bar/club. Nice dance floor. Gets really crowded on the weekends
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Beaux
2344 Market St
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Gay bar/club. Nice dance floor. Gets really crowded on the weekends
Nice local bar with pool table with nice beer garden in the back
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The Mix
4086 18th St
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Nice local bar with pool table with nice beer garden in the back
Classic cocktails (some in mason jars) & lots of brews in a comfy, roomy space inspired by WWII era
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Churchill
198 Church Street
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Classic cocktails (some in mason jars) & lots of brews in a comfy, roomy space inspired by WWII era
The Treasury team dispenses cocktails & playful New American eats in this buzzy, retro-glam lounge
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The Beehive
842 Valencia St
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The Treasury team dispenses cocktails & playful New American eats in this buzzy, retro-glam lounge
Wine by the glass or in flights & bites like French- style pizza in a cozy space.
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Etcetera Wine Bar and Cafe
795 Valencia Street
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Wine by the glass or in flights & bites like French- style pizza in a cozy space.
Taquilla Bar next to Tacolicious. Though the cocktail menu is quite short at this Mission spot attached to the restaurant Tacolicious, agave fans will be floored by the list of more than 300 tequilas and mescal served by the glass or carafe; a small selection of botanas (snacks) is another reason to vie for one of a few barstools in the narrow sliver of a space, where an arty arrangement of mason jars tiling the ceiling creates a warm glow
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Mosto
741 Valencia St
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Taquilla Bar next to Tacolicious. Though the cocktail menu is quite short at this Mission spot attached to the restaurant Tacolicious, agave fans will be floored by the list of more than 300 tequilas and mescal served by the glass or carafe; a small selection of botanas (snacks) is another reason to vie for one of a few barstools in the narrow sliver of a space, where an arty arrangement of mason jars tiling the ceiling creates a warm glow
Food Scene
Amazing bakery/coffee shop in the heart of the mission. Tartine's organic ingredients provide the makings for breakfast pastries, hot pressed sandwiches & coffee. You MUST try their morning buns. On the weekends, I would recommend going early since there is always a line.
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Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero Street
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Amazing bakery/coffee shop in the heart of the mission. Tartine's organic ingredients provide the makings for breakfast pastries, hot pressed sandwiches & coffee. You MUST try their morning buns. On the weekends, I would recommend going early since there is always a line.
Fabulously pristine bakery and coffee shop. Located just three blocks away. You'll love the pastries. They also have a nice outdoor patio in the back.
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Thorough Bread and Pastry
248 Church Street
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Fabulously pristine bakery and coffee shop. Located just three blocks away. You'll love the pastries. They also have a nice outdoor patio in the back.
Amazing individual drip coffees. They roast on site so everything is pure, fresh, and tastes so smooth
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Four Barrel Coffee
375 Valencia Street
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Amazing individual drip coffees. They roast on site so everything is pure, fresh, and tastes so smooth
The best small Taco Tapas right on the fabulous Valencia Corridor. It gets crowded, but the wait is so worth it
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Tacolicious
741 Valencia Street
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The best small Taco Tapas right on the fabulous Valencia Corridor. It gets crowded, but the wait is so worth it
Authentic Salvadorian papusas as well as other Latin American staples all within a couple blocks away. If this location is too crowded they also have another location just around the corner on Valencia street and 16th (go down 16th street and make a right on Valencia, it's a couple shops down)
Panchita's #2 Restaurant
3091 16th St
Authentic Salvadorian papusas as well as other Latin American staples all within a couple blocks away. If this location is too crowded they also have another location just around the corner on Valencia street and 16th (go down 16th street and make a right on Valencia, it's a couple shops down)
Great Thai restaurant just a block away. Family owned business, very clean, modern decor, and great food.
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KRUA Thai
3214 16th Street
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Great Thai restaurant just a block away. Family owned business, very clean, modern decor, and great food.
Amazing Thai restaurant just a block away. You will find unique dishes here that you won't find at other Thai restaurants. If you like spice, this is your place!
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Lers Ros - 16th Street
3189 16th Street
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Amazing Thai restaurant just a block away. You will find unique dishes here that you won't find at other Thai restaurants. If you like spice, this is your place!
One of the best pan pizza places in the city. They are known for their Chicago style deep dish pizzas with corn meal crust. Just one block away. Gets super busy, but worth the wait.
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Little Star Pizza
400 Valencia Street
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One of the best pan pizza places in the city. They are known for their Chicago style deep dish pizzas with corn meal crust. Just one block away. Gets super busy, but worth the wait.
If you like Boba, you will love Boba Guys. Simple menu with healthy ingredients. I love this place.
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Boba Guys Mission
3491 19th St
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If you like Boba, you will love Boba Guys. Simple menu with healthy ingredients. I love this place.
My favorite Taqueria in San Francisco. The food is great and stays open late as well. Sometimes you will find mariachi bands playing inside to add to the decor.
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Pancho Villa Taqueria
3071 16th Street
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My favorite Taqueria in San Francisco. The food is great and stays open late as well. Sometimes you will find mariachi bands playing inside to add to the decor.
If you like authentic Mexican food, this is the place for you. Do go early on the weekends as it's many San Franciscan's favorite as well. Great margaritas as well.
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Puerto Alegre
546 Valencia St
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If you like authentic Mexican food, this is the place for you. Do go early on the weekends as it's many San Franciscan's favorite as well. Great margaritas as well.
Ferry building has great restaurants and shops from local vendors. On the weekends there is a farmer's market. You are also, right on the Embarcadero which is a great walk on a nice day.
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Ferry Building Marketplace
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Ferry building has great restaurants and shops from local vendors. On the weekends there is a farmer's market. You are also, right on the Embarcadero which is a great walk on a nice day.
ABV prides themselves on having amazing finger foods. They make a mean burger as well. Definitely worth checking out.
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ABV
3174 16th Street
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ABV prides themselves on having amazing finger foods. They make a mean burger as well. Definitely worth checking out.
This is a pub/restaurant that you will love. Great beers and amazing food.
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The Monk's Kettle
3141 16th Street
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This is a pub/restaurant that you will love. Great beers and amazing food.
Great coffee shop if you are heading towards the Castro
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Verve Coffee Roasters
2101 Market St
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Great coffee shop if you are heading towards the Castro
Great Greek restaurant
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Souvla
758 Valencia St
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Great Greek restaurant
Great Pakistani food if you want to grab a quick bite. Located only a block away
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Pakwan Restaurant - Mission District
3182 16th Street
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Great Pakistani food if you want to grab a quick bite. Located only a block away
Vegan Sushi - best of both worlds
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Cha-Ya
762 Valencia Street
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Vegan Sushi - best of both worlds
Amazing Italian restaurant that has become a staple for San Francisco
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Pizzeria Delfina
3611 18th Street
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Amazing Italian restaurant that has become a staple for San Francisco
If you like Peruvian, you will love this restaurant. Every dish is great and flavorful. I love this restaurant. I would go early as the restaurant is very popular.
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Limón Rotisserie
524 Valencia St
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If you like Peruvian, you will love this restaurant. Every dish is great and flavorful. I love this restaurant. I would go early as the restaurant is very popular.
Amazing ice cream shop with unique flavors. They are most famous for their salted caramel ice cream.
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Bi-Rite Creamery
3692 18th Street
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Amazing ice cream shop with unique flavors. They are most famous for their salted caramel ice cream.
Yummy dessert shop that just opened up this past year. Known for snow and boba drinks. They also have a variety of other desserts and coffee drinks
U:Dessert Story
3489 16th St
Yummy dessert shop that just opened up this past year. Known for snow and boba drinks. They also have a variety of other desserts and coffee drinks
California Cuisine. Very popular for brunch on the weekends. Try something with their Millionaire's bacon. It's amazing.
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Kitchen Story
3499 16th Street
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California Cuisine. Very popular for brunch on the weekends. Try something with their Millionaire's bacon. It's amazing.
Made to order liquid nitrogen ice cream. Enough said.
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Smitten Ice Cream
904 Valencia St
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Made to order liquid nitrogen ice cream. Enough said.
Chocolate factory with great hot chocolate for cold days
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Dandelion Chocolate
740 Valencia St
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Chocolate factory with great hot chocolate for cold days
Really good vegan sushi. I would go early as they don't take reservations and there is always a crowd
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Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar and Izakaya
370 14th St
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Really good vegan sushi. I would go early as they don't take reservations and there is always a crowd
Amazing Burmese food. You must try the tea leaf salad
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Burma Love
211 Valencia Street
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Amazing Burmese food. You must try the tea leaf salad
One of my favorite dim sum places in the city AND you don't have to go all the way to Chinatown. Definitely go early on the weekends since it's popular.
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Mama Ji's
4416 18th Street
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One of my favorite dim sum places in the city AND you don't have to go all the way to Chinatown. Definitely go early on the weekends since it's popular.
Singaporian hawker stand style food. Definitely worth giving it a try.
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Hawker Fare
680 Valencia St
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Singaporian hawker stand style food. Definitely worth giving it a try.
Amazing farm to table thin crust pizza
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Pauline's Pizza
260 Valencia Street
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Amazing farm to table thin crust pizza
Late night pizza joint
Nizario's Pizza (Valencia)
535 Valencia Street
Late night pizza joint
Pizza by the slice. My favorite pizza on that side of Castro
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Marcello's Pizza
420 Castro Street
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Pizza by the slice. My favorite pizza on that side of Castro
Amazing French bakery with food and coffee
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Le Marais Bakery
498 Sanchez St
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Amazing French bakery with food and coffee
Amazing Californian cuisine. Hard to get a reservation but you can usually get a table if you go right when they open
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Frances
3870 17th Street
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Amazing Californian cuisine. Hard to get a reservation but you can usually get a table if you go right when they open
Really good French restaurant right in the heart of Castro
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L'Ardoise
151 Noe St
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Really good French restaurant right in the heart of Castro
Is it a bar? or is it a restaurant? They have amazing cocktails as well as amazing food for dinner. Great for stopping for a drink in the afternoon or stopping in for dinner
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Finn Town
2251 Market St
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Is it a bar? or is it a restaurant? They have amazing cocktails as well as amazing food for dinner. Great for stopping for a drink in the afternoon or stopping in for dinner
Amazing Italian restaurant just a couple blocks away. I would definitely make a reservation
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Locanda
557 Valencia Street
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Amazing Italian restaurant just a couple blocks away. I would definitely make a reservation
Great Italian restaurant in the heart of Castro
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Poesia
4072 18th Street
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Great Italian restaurant in the heart of Castro
Don't let this hole in the wall full you, they have amazing Vietnamese Bah Mi and sprint rolls. Also, refreshing smoothies for a hot day
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Dinosaurs
2275 Market Street
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Don't let this hole in the wall full you, they have amazing Vietnamese Bah Mi and sprint rolls. Also, refreshing smoothies for a hot day
My favorite sushi restaurant in this area. They have a great happy hour menu on weekdays
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Sushi Time
2275 Market Street
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My favorite sushi restaurant in this area. They have a great happy hour menu on weekdays
Great coffee shop with great food menu as well
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Réveille Coffee Co.
4076 18th St
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Great coffee shop with great food menu as well
Small and cozy izakaya that's been in the neighborhood for a while. Great place to grab a beer and have dinner. Happy hour available. If you like Japanese curry and happen to be in downtown - make sure you try their Japacurry food truck
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Izakaya Roku
1819 Market Street
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Small and cozy izakaya that's been in the neighborhood for a while. Great place to grab a beer and have dinner. Happy hour available. If you like Japanese curry and happen to be in downtown - make sure you try their Japacurry food truck
New addition to the neighborhood with its original restaurant in North Beach. This place offers great wood oven pizzas. It is quite popular and they don't take reservations. Make sure you take advantage of their online waitlist if you want to check this place out (be sure to select Castro location): https://www.ilcasaropizzeria.com/
Il Casaro Pizzeria
235 Church St
New addition to the neighborhood with its original restaurant in North Beach. This place offers great wood oven pizzas. It is quite popular and they don't take reservations. Make sure you take advantage of their online waitlist if you want to check this place out (be sure to select Castro location): https://www.ilcasaropizzeria.com/
New addition to the neighborhood from the very popular restaurant Flour + Water. This is a must try if you love pizza. they have a take-away option as well if the line is too long: https://www.flourandwaterpizzeria.com/
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Flour + Water Pizzeria
700 Valencia St
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New addition to the neighborhood from the very popular restaurant Flour + Water. This is a must try if you love pizza. they have a take-away option as well if the line is too long: https://www.flourandwaterpizzeria.com/
New York style pizza just a couple blocks away. This is where I go when I crave a slice of pizza. Standing room only so it's a good place to stop by if you are on the go or if you want to grab a couple slices to take home
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Arinell Pizza
509 Valencia Street
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New York style pizza just a couple blocks away. This is where I go when I crave a slice of pizza. Standing room only so it's a good place to stop by if you are on the go or if you want to grab a couple slices to take home
Don't feel like eating anything heavy and love Poke? This asian inspired menu gives you lots of options for toppings and proteins for your meals
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Saucy Asian
3801 17th St
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Don't feel like eating anything heavy and love Poke? This asian inspired menu gives you lots of options for toppings and proteins for your meals
Japanese inspired menu with lots of green tea inspired drinks and desserts. Great place for lunch and dinner. If you are there, make sure you try their Katsu Sando
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Stonemill Matcha
561 Valencia St
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Japanese inspired menu with lots of green tea inspired drinks and desserts. Great place for lunch and dinner. If you are there, make sure you try their Katsu Sando
Parks & Nature
Dolores Park is where everyone hangs out on the weekends especially on a sunny day. The park has tennis courts, basketball courts, as well as dog park. On the weekends, you will find it packed with people playing frisbee, picnicking, or just lazing around enjoying the sun. If you go all the way to the top at 19th and Church, sit on the bench and take in the amazing view of the city.
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Mission Dolores Park
Dolores Street
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Dolores Park is where everyone hangs out on the weekends especially on a sunny day. The park has tennis courts, basketball courts, as well as dog park. On the weekends, you will find it packed with people playing frisbee, picnicking, or just lazing around enjoying the sun. If you go all the way to the top at 19th and Church, sit on the bench and take in the amazing view of the city.
Short ferry ride from Pier 33 which is very close to Fisherman's Wharf. This was a famous maximum security prison now turn historical landmark. It does get quite windy out there even on a warm day so I would bring a nice coat with you. See https://www.alcatrazislandtickets.com
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Pulau Alcatraz
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Short ferry ride from Pier 33 which is very close to Fisherman's Wharf. This was a famous maximum security prison now turn historical landmark. It does get quite windy out there even on a warm day so I would bring a nice coat with you. See https://www.alcatrazislandtickets.com
San Francisco's version of Central Park. You will find great museums and various gardens, tennis courts, etc inside. I would recommend renting a bike or scooter to explore. On Sundays, parts of the park is blocked off to street traffic for folks to bike, rollerblade, etc. For something a little bit different, you might want to check out a segway tour: https://www.viator.com/tours/San-Francisco/Golden-Gate-Park-Segway-Tour/d651-2062GGPARK?eap=planetware-tours-14254&aid=vba14254en
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Golden Gate Park
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San Francisco's version of Central Park. You will find great museums and various gardens, tennis courts, etc inside. I would recommend renting a bike or scooter to explore. On Sundays, parts of the park is blocked off to street traffic for folks to bike, rollerblade, etc. For something a little bit different, you might want to check out a segway tour: https://www.viator.com/tours/San-Francisco/Golden-Gate-Park-Segway-Tour/d651-2062GGPARK?eap=planetware-tours-14254&aid=vba14254en
Gorgeous walk amongst the redwoods. Bring some food and water. The views under the trees is breathtakingly beautiful.
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Muir Woods Visitor Center
1 Muir Woods Road
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Gorgeous walk amongst the redwoods. Bring some food and water. The views under the trees is breathtakingly beautiful.
Sightseeing
Bay Bridge connects San Francisco to the East Bay. In 2016, San Francisco installed an LED art installation on the north side of the Bay Bridge as a temporary installation. Since then it has become a permanent installation and is the largest LED light installation in the world. If you are walking on the Embarcadero at night, it's definitely worth checking out. I would recommend grabbing a drink at Water Bar at night while you enjoy the lights.Check out this article if you want to read more about the lights: https://www.sftravel.com/article/what-you-need-know-about-bay-lights-worlds-largest-light-art-installation If you are there at night. Grab a table in the patio of Waterbar and enjoy the view
Bay Bridge
Bay Bridge connects San Francisco to the East Bay. In 2016, San Francisco installed an LED art installation on the north side of the Bay Bridge as a temporary installation. Since then it has become a permanent installation and is the largest LED light installation in the world. If you are walking on the Embarcadero at night, it's definitely worth checking out. I would recommend grabbing a drink at Water Bar at night while you enjoy the lights.Check out this article if you want to read more about the lights: https://www.sftravel.com/article/what-you-need-know-about-bay-lights-worlds-largest-light-art-installation If you are there at night. Grab a table in the patio of Waterbar and enjoy the view
Located between North Beach and Union Square. Grant is the main street that runs through Chinatown. Walk all the way down Grant street and browse through various shops. Closest entrance is Dragon's Gate on Grant Street located at the North end of Union Square. If you would like to take a break and grab a drink, I would recommend Marriott Marquis Hotel's View Lounge around sunset. It as unobstructed views of the city.
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Chinatown
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Located between North Beach and Union Square. Grant is the main street that runs through Chinatown. Walk all the way down Grant street and browse through various shops. Closest entrance is Dragon's Gate on Grant Street located at the North end of Union Square. If you would like to take a break and grab a drink, I would recommend Marriott Marquis Hotel's View Lounge around sunset. It as unobstructed views of the city.
This is a historic area where the hippie movement began. Now there are interesting shops and coffee shops along Haight street. You can probably walk through Haight street on the way to Golden Gate Park or on the way back. https://www.extranomical.com/HTML_PAGES/HAIGHT_ASHBURY.htm
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Haight-Ashbury
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This is a historic area where the hippie movement began. Now there are interesting shops and coffee shops along Haight street. You can probably walk through Haight street on the way to Golden Gate Park or on the way back. https://www.extranomical.com/HTML_PAGES/HAIGHT_ASHBURY.htm
Located next to Union Square, this is where you want to go if you want to experience San Francisco's iconic cable car
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Cable Car Turnaround Powell St.
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Located next to Union Square, this is where you want to go if you want to experience San Francisco's iconic cable car
Classic San Francisco Victorian homes made famous by TV show, Full House
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The Painted Ladies
Steiner Street
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Classic San Francisco Victorian homes made famous by TV show, Full House
Very close to both Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. It is also known as America’s crookedest street. It is located in Russian Hill which is also one of the most expensive areas in San Francisco with lots of Victorian Houses and Mansions. See http://www.sftodo.com/sanfrancisco/crooked-street-lombard
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Lombard Street
Lombard Street
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Very close to both Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. It is also known as America’s crookedest street. It is located in Russian Hill which is also one of the most expensive areas in San Francisco with lots of Victorian Houses and Mansions. See http://www.sftodo.com/sanfrancisco/crooked-street-lombard
North Beach, rich in Italian heritage, compresses cabarets, jazz clubs, galleries, inns, family style restaurants and gelato parlours into less than a square mile. Amazing Italian food.
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North Beach
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North Beach, rich in Italian heritage, compresses cabarets, jazz clubs, galleries, inns, family style restaurants and gelato parlours into less than a square mile. Amazing Italian food.
This is a historic area where the hippie movement began. Now there are interesting shops and coffee shops along Haight street. You can probably walk through Haight street on the way to GGP or on the way back. https://www.extranomical.com/HTML_PAGES/HAIGHT_ASHBURY.htm
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Haight-Ashbury
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This is a historic area where the hippie movement began. Now there are interesting shops and coffee shops along Haight street. You can probably walk through Haight street on the way to GGP or on the way back. https://www.extranomical.com/HTML_PAGES/HAIGHT_ASHBURY.htm
This food artisan marketplace is right on the Embarcadero. On the weekends there is a farmer's market here as well as good restaurants and shops to check out inside the Ferry Building. You are also, right on the Embarcadero which is a great walk on a nice day.
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Ferry Building Marketplace
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This food artisan marketplace is right on the Embarcadero. On the weekends there is a farmer's market here as well as good restaurants and shops to check out inside the Ferry Building. You are also, right on the Embarcadero which is a great walk on a nice day.
Along the streets, brightly colored rainbow banners flutter from lamp posts and flagpoles, welcoming visitors to San Francisco’s Castro District. The historic center of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender)community reflects a vibrant neighborhood popular with young families, tech workers, an artist community and filled with popular boutiques, bars and restaurants attracting a wide circle of patrons. The Castro District, then known as Eureka Valley, was an immigrant working-class neighborhood heavily settled by Scandinavians through the 1920s, followed by the Irish. It gained popularity with San Francisco’s gay community at the time Haight Ashbury flourished around another element of America’s counterculture during the 1967 Summer of Love. The name Castro was adopted from the landmark art deco movie house of that name. More can be learned at the GLBT History Museum on 18th Street near Castro Street, first of its kind in the nation.
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The Castro
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Along the streets, brightly colored rainbow banners flutter from lamp posts and flagpoles, welcoming visitors to San Francisco’s Castro District. The historic center of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender)community reflects a vibrant neighborhood popular with young families, tech workers, an artist community and filled with popular boutiques, bars and restaurants attracting a wide circle of patrons. The Castro District, then known as Eureka Valley, was an immigrant working-class neighborhood heavily settled by Scandinavians through the 1920s, followed by the Irish. It gained popularity with San Francisco’s gay community at the time Haight Ashbury flourished around another element of America’s counterculture during the 1967 Summer of Love. The name Castro was adopted from the landmark art deco movie house of that name. More can be learned at the GLBT History Museum on 18th Street near Castro Street, first of its kind in the nation.
Nothing screams San Francisco experience more than a cable car ride. The main stop is at Powell and Market street. On the weekends, especially on a nice day, be prepared for a line. http://www.sfcablecar.com/ There are variety of routes that you can take on this.
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Cable Car Turnaround Powell St.
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Nothing screams San Francisco experience more than a cable car ride. The main stop is at Powell and Market street. On the weekends, especially on a nice day, be prepared for a line. http://www.sfcablecar.com/ There are variety of routes that you can take on this.
Pretty touristy area but you have to check it out to say you've been to SF. While you're there make sure you try a sour dough chowder bowl!
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Fisherman's Wharf
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Pretty touristy area but you have to check it out to say you've been to SF. While you're there make sure you try a sour dough chowder bowl!
This is a short walk west from Fisherman’s Wharf. Originally, it was the factory for Ghirardelli Chocolates. Now converted into shops and restaurants. While you are there, you can stop by the Ghirardelli shop for an ice cream sundae or hot chocolate
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The Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop at Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point Street
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This is a short walk west from Fisherman’s Wharf. Originally, it was the factory for Ghirardelli Chocolates. Now converted into shops and restaurants. While you are there, you can stop by the Ghirardelli shop for an ice cream sundae or hot chocolate
Very scenic and close to Marina and Fort Mason. If you are in this area, make sure you check it out
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Palace of Fine Arts
3601 Lyon Street
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Very scenic and close to Marina and Fort Mason. If you are in this area, make sure you check it out
Highly rated on Tripadvisor, Dylan's tour offers a variety of tours whether you want to stay in San Francisco or venture out of San Francisco: https://www.dylanstours.com
Dylan's Tours
782 Columbus Avenue
Highly rated on Tripadvisor, Dylan's tour offers a variety of tours whether you want to stay in San Francisco or venture out of San Francisco: https://www.dylanstours.com
San Francisco offers FREE historical and architectural walking tours of various neighborhoods. All tour guides are volunteers with a passion for San Francisco. It's a great way to check out the city and get to the know it's history Please check website for tours and times: http://www.sfcityguides.org/index.html
San Francisco City Guides
1833 Page St
San Francisco offers FREE historical and architectural walking tours of various neighborhoods. All tour guides are volunteers with a passion for San Francisco. It's a great way to check out the city and get to the know it's history Please check website for tours and times: http://www.sfcityguides.org/index.html
Essentials
Only three blocks away, great grocery store with lots of organic options. Great buffet in the evening as well as bakery as well.
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Whole Foods Market
2001 Market Street
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Only three blocks away, great grocery store with lots of organic options. Great buffet in the evening as well as bakery as well.
Located conveniently across the street, this corner store has all basic essentials you need in case you forgot to pack it
Spotlight Market
298 Guerrero St
Located conveniently across the street, this corner store has all basic essentials you need in case you forgot to pack it
Great laundry mat only 2 block away for your long trips
Star Wash Laundromat
392 Dolores Street
Great laundry mat only 2 block away for your long trips
Slightly farther laundromat but it's well worth it if you want to get some work done while you do laundry. Take an Uber there. It is set up for your to work whilst your clothes are cleaning
Laundré
2401 Mission St
Slightly farther laundromat but it's well worth it if you want to get some work done while you do laundry. Take an Uber there. It is set up for your to work whilst your clothes are cleaning
If Whole Foods isn't your style, there is Safeway across the street. You will find all your daily essentials as well as any food, wine, grocery needs here.
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Safeway
2020 Market Street
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If Whole Foods isn't your style, there is Safeway across the street. You will find all your daily essentials as well as any food, wine, grocery needs here.
Closest gym to the guest room being only 3 blocks away
24 Hour Fitness
2145 Market St
Closest gym to the guest room being only 3 blocks away
In case you need a last minute haircut. Ask for Jenny!
Nice Cuts
3977 17th Street
In case you need a last minute haircut. Ask for Jenny!
Amazing Thai massage for a reasonable price to help you relax. They take reservations online.
Suchada Thai Massage
3699 17th St
Amazing Thai massage for a reasonable price to help you relax. They take reservations online.
If you are looking to pamper yourself, this is the place. It's located inside SF Center where you will find lots of food, shopping, and even a movie theater.
Burke Williams
845 Market Street
If you are looking to pamper yourself, this is the place. It's located inside SF Center where you will find lots of food, shopping, and even a movie theater.
Pharmacy just 3 blocks away in case you are feeling a little bit under the weather from your travels
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Walgreens
1301 Market Street
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Pharmacy just 3 blocks away in case you are feeling a little bit under the weather from your travels
Need a SIM card? T-mobile has a pre-paid tourist plan that you can look into for around $30. For more information, go to: https://prepaid.t-mobile.com/prepaid-international-tourist-plan
T-Mobile
1 Stockton St
Need a SIM card? T-mobile has a pre-paid tourist plan that you can look into for around $30. For more information, go to: https://prepaid.t-mobile.com/prepaid-international-tourist-plan
Need a SIM card? Here is the closest T-mobile to the guest room. They have a pre-paid tourist plan for around $30. For more information, please visit here: https://prepaid.t-mobile.com/prepaid-international-tourist-plan
T-Mobile
601 Valencia St
Need a SIM card? Here is the closest T-mobile to the guest room. They have a pre-paid tourist plan for around $30. For more information, please visit here: https://prepaid.t-mobile.com/prepaid-international-tourist-plan
Want to get a good workout and love spin? This is a great place to stop by - they also offer shoe rental so no worries if you don't have your cycling shoes
SoulCycle
400 Castro St
Want to get a good workout and love spin? This is a great place to stop by - they also offer shoe rental so no worries if you don't have your cycling shoes
New addition to Castro, Barry's bootcamp promises to whip you into shape in no time
Barry's Bootcamp
2280 Market St
New addition to Castro, Barry's bootcamp promises to whip you into shape in no time
Getting Around
If you want to take a day trip out of San Francisco, this is a great place to rent a car being only 15 minute walk away.
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Enterprise Rent-A-Car
1600 Mission Street
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If you want to take a day trip out of San Francisco, this is a great place to rent a car being only 15 minute walk away.
Only 3 blocks away, this is the closest MUNI station to the guest room. Go to intersection at Church and Market Street From there, you are just a couple stops away from Union Square, Downtown, Embarcadero, Moscone Center, etc. Check out the munimobile app for schedule or if you want to buy tickets electronically: https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/muni/fares/munimobile Also, be sure you use Google Maps - all public transportation schedules are integrated into it. That's what I use to figure out how to get there on MUNI MUNI also sells 3 day visitor passes which you may want to consider: https://www.sfmta.com/fares/3-day-visitor-passport
Metro Church Station
Only 3 blocks away, this is the closest MUNI station to the guest room. Go to intersection at Church and Market Street From there, you are just a couple stops away from Union Square, Downtown, Embarcadero, Moscone Center, etc. Check out the munimobile app for schedule or if you want to buy tickets electronically: https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/muni/fares/munimobile Also, be sure you use Google Maps - all public transportation schedules are integrated into it. That's what I use to figure out how to get there on MUNI MUNI also sells 3 day visitor passes which you may want to consider: https://www.sfmta.com/fares/3-day-visitor-passport
If you are heading to the airport (SFO) or want to venture out the East Bay, you will want to hop on BART here. Conveniently located only 3 blocks away. BART tickets can be reloaded so be sure you keep your ticket with you. For more information, please check out https://www.bart.gov/
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16th St Mission BART Station
2000 Mission Street
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If you are heading to the airport (SFO) or want to venture out the East Bay, you will want to hop on BART here. Conveniently located only 3 blocks away. BART tickets can be reloaded so be sure you keep your ticket with you. For more information, please check out https://www.bart.gov/
If you're planning to see the 49'er game in Santa Clara or explore the Peninsula, taking CalTrain is the easier route. NOTE: only buy your mobile phone daily ride ticket the day of travel. Once purchased you have 2 hours to activate it.
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San Francisco Station
700 4th St
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If you're planning to see the 49'er game in Santa Clara or explore the Peninsula, taking CalTrain is the easier route. NOTE: only buy your mobile phone daily ride ticket the day of travel. Once purchased you have 2 hours to activate it.
If you happen to be on this side of Castro, this will be your MUNI stop that will take you to downtown, Moscone center, Union Square, etc. You can't miss it, it's at the corner of Market and Castro next to Soulcycle Check out the munimobile app for schedule or if you want to buy tickets electronically: https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/muni/fares/munimobile Also, be sure you use Google Maps - all public transportation schedules are integrated into it. That's what I use to figure out how to get there on MUNI MUNI also sells 3 day visitor passes which you may want to consider: https://www.sfmta.com/fares/3-day-visitor-passport
Metro Castro Station/Downtown
If you happen to be on this side of Castro, this will be your MUNI stop that will take you to downtown, Moscone center, Union Square, etc. You can't miss it, it's at the corner of Market and Castro next to Soulcycle Check out the munimobile app for schedule or if you want to buy tickets electronically: https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/muni/fares/munimobile Also, be sure you use Google Maps - all public transportation schedules are integrated into it. That's what I use to figure out how to get there on MUNI MUNI also sells 3 day visitor passes which you may want to consider: https://www.sfmta.com/fares/3-day-visitor-passport
Fun affordable way to get around town. There is a station 1 block away from the guest room at 200 Dolores Street @ 15th You can rent them by the hour or get a day pass. For more information. Go to: https://www.fordgobike.com/
Bay Wheels
200 Dolores St
Fun affordable way to get around town. There is a station 1 block away from the guest room at 200 Dolores Street @ 15th You can rent them by the hour or get a day pass. For more information. Go to: https://www.fordgobike.com/
https://scoot.co/san-francisco/ 1. Download the app. 2. Create your account and get certified 3. Locate, reserve and turn on your scooter with your mobile phone 4. Pick-up and drop-off all over town Scoot has been chosen to be one of two operators of kick scooters in San Francisco under a pilot program proposed by the SFMTA. Scoot Kicks are a great answer to your morning commute or weekend joy ride. As always, our kick scooters are professionally serviced by our expert technicians, so you know you’re in good hands. New to scooting? They’ll teach you! Learning to ride a scoot is fun. But like any new skill, it takes practice to feel confident. Before you go on your first ride, watch our training videos or come to a free in-person class to learn the basic skills.
Scoot Networks HQ
1077 Howard Street
https://scoot.co/san-francisco/ 1. Download the app. 2. Create your account and get certified 3. Locate, reserve and turn on your scooter with your mobile phone 4. Pick-up and drop-off all over town Scoot has been chosen to be one of two operators of kick scooters in San Francisco under a pilot program proposed by the SFMTA. Scoot Kicks are a great answer to your morning commute or weekend joy ride. As always, our kick scooters are professionally serviced by our expert technicians, so you know you’re in good hands. New to scooting? They’ll teach you! Learning to ride a scoot is fun. But like any new skill, it takes practice to feel confident. Before you go on your first ride, watch our training videos or come to a free in-person class to learn the basic skills.
If you must have a car and have trouble finding parking. This garage is conveniently located only 3 blocks away. https://www.sfmta.com/garages-lots/16th-hom- garage 42 Hoff Street, San Francisco, CA 415-821-6715 Hours Mon-Thu: 8:00 am-12:00 am Fri: 8:00 am - 2:30 am Sat: 10:00 am - 2:30 am Sun: 8:00 am -11:00 pm Rate Daily Maximum (12 Hours) $24 Daily Maximum (24 Hours) $30 NOTE: Rates subject to updates
16th and Hoff Garage - Lot #203
42 Hoff St
If you must have a car and have trouble finding parking. This garage is conveniently located only 3 blocks away. https://www.sfmta.com/garages-lots/16th-hom- garage 42 Hoff Street, San Francisco, CA 415-821-6715 Hours Mon-Thu: 8:00 am-12:00 am Fri: 8:00 am - 2:30 am Sat: 10:00 am - 2:30 am Sun: 8:00 am -11:00 pm Rate Daily Maximum (12 Hours) $24 Daily Maximum (24 Hours) $30 NOTE: Rates subject to updates
Check out the website and download the app: https://jumpbikes.com Electric bikes you can rent throughout the city. It's a great and fun way to ride around and explore
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JUMP Bikes
2200 Jerrold Ave
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Check out the website and download the app: https://jumpbikes.com Electric bikes you can rent throughout the city. It's a great and fun way to ride around and explore
Shopping
Union Square is the main shopping district of San Francisco. There you will find all major department stores, high end shops, petite boutiques. There are also two large movie theaters nearby. On the north side of Union Square, you will find Dragon's Gate (entrance to Chinatown). Get off on Powell station on either MUNI or BART to get here.
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Union Square
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Union Square is the main shopping district of San Francisco. There you will find all major department stores, high end shops, petite boutiques. There are also two large movie theaters nearby. On the north side of Union Square, you will find Dragon's Gate (entrance to Chinatown). Get off on Powell station on either MUNI or BART to get here.
Walk down Valencia Street starting at 14th street, you will find local restaurants and shops all the way down to 22nd street. This is also known to SF locals as Valencia Corridor
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Valencia Street
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Walk down Valencia Street starting at 14th street, you will find local restaurants and shops all the way down to 22nd street. This is also known to SF locals as Valencia Corridor
On the cutting edge of ethical fashion, everyone's favorite basics brand has made the leap from the interwebs with a shiny new flagship store on Valencia Corridor. So you're wondering, what's the big deal about this new store on Valencia Street? For starters, it's bigger. And obviously better, with offerings you can't even find in New York's Prince Street shop. The space is as you'd probably expect: minimalist and pleasant, with the Everlane aesthetic is apparent in thoughtful design elements like tiered geometric shelving, fair wood countertops, and sunshine pouring through lovely round skylights in every fitting room. Fabulous place to buy clothes
Everlane
461 Valencia St
On the cutting edge of ethical fashion, everyone's favorite basics brand has made the leap from the interwebs with a shiny new flagship store on Valencia Corridor. So you're wondering, what's the big deal about this new store on Valencia Street? For starters, it's bigger. And obviously better, with offerings you can't even find in New York's Prince Street shop. The space is as you'd probably expect: minimalist and pleasant, with the Everlane aesthetic is apparent in thoughtful design elements like tiered geometric shelving, fair wood countertops, and sunshine pouring through lovely round skylights in every fitting room. Fabulous place to buy clothes
Flagship store for online clothing label producing men's & women's fashions using community input
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Betabrand
780 Valencia Street
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Flagship store for online clothing label producing men's & women's fashions using community input
Cary Lane is a unique clothing business in San Francisco that offers deals on designer apparel at up to 80% off the regular retail price for men and women
Cary Lane
3153 16th Street
Cary Lane is a unique clothing business in San Francisco that offers deals on designer apparel at up to 80% off the regular retail price for men and women
Looking to shop? Westfield offers an integrated experience in this historical building with great shops, movie theaters, spa, and a variety of great restaurants to choose from. Make sure you check out the Rotunda if you like architecture.
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Westfield San Francisco Centre
865 Market Street
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Looking to shop? Westfield offers an integrated experience in this historical building with great shops, movie theaters, spa, and a variety of great restaurants to choose from. Make sure you check out the Rotunda if you like architecture.