We've lived in San Francisco for as long as we've known each other. We
love the city and its many neighborhoods — the Tenderloin, Mission,
Potrero Hill and Hayes Valley being the sites of our many homes — and
enjoy making the most of it from the bay to the breakers.
If you're visiting San Francisco, there are the obvious sights and
Your first vacation shouldn't be complete without a walk along
the Embarcadero from the
Along the walk, you'll come across the
a unique science museum that recently made Pier 15 its home,
a maritime shopping center, and
Pier 45's arcade game museum.
A hike up the nearby Telegraph Hill to
will give you a great view of downtown.
A walk along the
Golden Gate Bridge
can provide spectacular views of the north
bay when it's not fogged over. Dress warmly just in case!
Golden Gate Park
has a handful of beautiful sights. Walk along John F Kennedy
Drive and you'll come across the
Conservatory of Flowers
botanical garden, the
Academy of Sciences,
de Young Museum
Japanese Tea Garden.
Further along, you can rent boats at
or spectate at the
At the end of the road,
Of course, there are many attractions that are off the beaten path.
and the adjoining
are full of cute shops, delicious food, and parks with a view.
in particular, is a major attraction for
the age 20-30 crowd. For a great day in the park, get food and
drinks at nearby
Move higher up for the best views. Just be discreet with
alcoholic beverages. There's a fantastic playground for children
If you're looking to hike the many hills of our city,
provide short expeditions with great visual payoffs.
provides a lovely hike through a lush forest with ocean views.
Some might think that the official food of San Francisco is
clam chowder in a bread bowl, but they'd be wrong — it's
definitely the super burrito, invented right in the Mission.
El Farolito for what
most (not all) consider to be the best of the bunch.
The sandwiches at
and the aforementioned
are so popular that it's often best to check out
their menus online and call ahead.
Food trucks are essentially haute fast food, and San Francisco's
got them in spades. In addition to the
Off the Grid
pop-ups throughout the city, there's
SOMA StrEAT Food Park,
a snazzy setup which has a constantly rotating cast of
trucks, plus wine and beer.
For a great dinner date, there's
a new American restaurant with some fancy pizzas, among other
has exquisite dishes and an outdoor courtyard.
have delicious South American small plates — their meat
options are not to be missed.
If you're really looking to splurge, there's
two treasures with creative menus and
with a Moroccan-inspired menu. Consider reserving far ahead of
time for these fancier options.
Trust us: while we might not be on the east coast, our pizza is
definitely worth a try. Go to
which also serves their own wine,
for deep dish with a cornmeal crust, or
if the former is too crowded.
is our favorite Indian/Pakistani place, and
serves great Burmese food. If you've never tried Burmese food,
we think it combines the best of Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese
are the go-to places for great beer selections along with some
delectable pub food.
also has a wide variety of beers, and
sausages next door at
make the night complete.
hosts some amazing mixologists,
is a dark, cozy wine bar,
Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem
is a lively spot with an awesome fried food menu, and
Two Sisters Bar and Books'
cocktails are outstanding.
Looking for ice cream? Head to
strange but surprisingly tasty flavors.
also has some of the best scoops around, if you can bear the
ice cream is churned using dry ice, making it exceptionally
Cupcakes are especially hip. Try
in truck or storefront form. And if you're jonesing for the ones from our
for some of the moistest ones we've ever had.
Finally, try to catch the
Crème Brûlée Cart
if you can. And if you're looking for an upscale twist on a
traditional candy shop, don't miss
A Day in Hayes Valley
Want to explore our neighborhood? Try this itinerary out for
Start the day with some breakfast. Head to
great coffee, or have a large cup of joe at
along with some pastries. You can go for a full breakfast
or head up Haight for
is a unique tea house which is great for
breakfast or lunch. Other excellent lunch options include
Flipper's Gourmet Burgers
From Hayes Valley, you can rent bikes and ride to Golden Gate
a popular route that avoids most
of the hills. Or if you're looking to indulge in the arts, see
a show at the
There are numerous great restaurants along Hayes or Gough
Street, but especially worth mention are
a German joint,
for fancy Thai cuisine, and
whose menu has some interesting twists on the classics.
Finally, go for some drinks. Try
or head to the
an outdoor venue with large pours and warm pretzels.
If you haven't booked at
in Emeryville, we might also suggest the
Columbus Motor Inn
in North Beach, the
Hilton Garden Inn
in Emeryville, or the
Inn at Jack London Square
When all else fails, try searching
for finding food, activities, or accommodations in the area. If
you have any questions, please don't hesitate to
email or call us!