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Things to do in San Francisco County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“What to say? One of the great parks of the United States. Just head down the hill to Kezar Stadium (at the very bottom of Willard Street) and you'll see the GGP right beyond it (walk around Kezar to the west to enter the park). You can also enter on Stanyan and Haight (and at many other points). Enjoy the Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, the Conservatory of Flowers (great night time light shows in the summer and winter) and many, many other features of the park.”
  • 722 locals recommend
Park
“When the weather is nice, you can barely see the grass due to the throngs of people lounging around. Luckily, the park was recently renovated and is big enough that you're bound to find a spot you like. The southwest corner is good for a panoramic view of the city skyline (and usually far enough away from the folks enjoying their herbal refreshments on the northern slope). There's also a nice kid's playground, although it's geared more towards older kids.”
  • 762 locals recommend
Bridge
“[One of Markus' TOP 10 Things to See and Do around the SF Bay Area] The best selfies are taken from Battery Spencer on a hill to the north and west of the bridge. You can use your smartphone's map apps to get there.”
  • 380 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The de Young often features traveling exhibits from all over the world. It's in a fantastic modernist building which has a tower that you can go up (free of charge) for a great view of Golden Gate Park and the surrounding city.”
  • 476 locals recommend
Park
“Book a parking reservation, limited parking or take shuttle from Sausalito. ”
  • 262 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was the first museum in this part of the country to show only modern art. There are currently more than 29,000 pieces of work on display including paintings, sculptures, photographs and architecture”
  • 315 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Constantly bustling -- people use the square mostly as a space to relax and soak up a bit of sun, and to wallow in the atmosphere created by the surrounding cable cars, hotels and shoppers. Great for people watching! There is free wi-fi provided by the city. Look under the leaves of the greenery in the planters, and you'll find a few power outlets for your laptop.”
  • 326 locals recommend
Science Museum
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“California Academy of Sciences is housed in a giant new, award-winning building that features a grass roof and indoor tropical rain forest. World-class exhibits of fish, insects, and animals abound, including a live albino alligator named Claude. The planetarium is a must see. 55 Music Concourse Dr. in Golden Gate Park.”
  • 454 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Millennials love to stand in lines. Go mid-morning on weekdays to avoid long lines. But, the food is well worth it! Riches beyond your wildest dreams: butter-golden pains au chocolat, cappuccinos with ferns drawn in dense foam and croque monsieurs turbo-loaded with ham, two kinds of cheese and béchamel. Don't be dismayed by the inevitable line out the door – it moves fast – but be aware that lolling in Dolores Park is the only possible post-Tartine activity.”
  • 505 locals recommend
Farmers Market
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“Market inside Ferry Building with a diverse selection of famous SF eateries: Hog Island Oyster Co, Acme Bread, Cowgirl Creamery, Blue Bottle, Miette and more.”
  • 457 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Alcatraz was the site of the first lighthouse in the Western United States but became a federal penitentiary from 1934-1963, housing famous convicts such as Al Capone and George "Machine Gun" Kelly. Now, this once infamous prison island is part of the Bay Area’s 80,000-acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Located one-and-a-half miles from Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz is one of the city's most popular attractions. A visit to the island includes a tour of the cell house where visitors can see where the prisoners lived. Although the last inmates were transferred off the island in 1963, the main prison block with its steel bars, claustrophobic (9 x 5-foot) cells, mess hall, library and "dark holes," where recalcitrant languished in inky blackness, is still structurally intact.”
  • 198 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“Hop on the Larkspur Ferry during the Baseball Season to Oracle Park in San Francisco to see the GIANTS play in this gorgeous stadium! The entire ferry is specifically for those going to the game and makes for a really fun trip both ways!”
  • 258 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“One of the most popular destinations for tourists -- there are attractions such as museums, souvenir stores, historical buildings and piers, and scenic vistas over the Bay. Bring a jacket! ”
  • 255 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“- Popular hike to nearby peak - Great views of SF - Walk down to Castro or Glen Park nearby for lunch”
  • 289 locals recommend
Trail
“Beautiful (and easy) hiking trail overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Pick a sunny day for the views although I also love the misty fog or as we call him, Karl the Fog! He even has his own instagram @KarlTheFog ”
  • 352 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Hands down my favorite restaurant in SF. Fantastic neighborhood (if I had $6mil I would live there). Have dinner at NOPA and go see your favorite band next door at the Independent. Divisadero is a great street to cruise and sightsee”
  • 359 locals recommend

Top restaurants

New American Restaurant
“Hands down my favorite restaurant in SF. Fantastic neighborhood (if I had $6mil I would live there). Have dinner at NOPA and go see your favorite band next door at the Independent. Divisadero is a great street to cruise and sightsee”
  • 359 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“One of our favorite pizzeria! The line may be long so go during non peak dinning time, or put your name there and walk around have a drink!”
  • 218 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“In central SF - and near SF MOMA, Metreon and Yerba Buena park so you can split up and do a variety of things and come back together for lunch and dinner.”
  • 144 locals recommend
Burrito Place
“The famous La Taqueria is the birthplace of the Mission-style Burrito. Also named the best Burrito in America! A must visit. Lines may be long, but moves quickly. Only a 5 minute walk away. ”
  • 209 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Another one of my absolute favorites. This one is a bit more upscale, but worth the price. Be sure to reserve in advance. ”
  • 187 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“High-end. Unbeatable location. Great Sunday brunch. Definately worth the extra cost for the view.”
  • 199 locals recommend
Thin-crust pizzas and cocktails in a neighborhood spot
“Delicious California fare and pizza for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Great cocktails + outdoor seating!”
  • 178 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Amazing cocktails. Super well known place in SF. They change their menu every 4 months!”
  • 179 locals recommend

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