Visit SF

March 10, 2020

A completely unofficial, wildly subjective, and sadly incomplete list of things to do in San Francisco, curated by yours truly.



Unique San Francisco activities

  • Alamo Square Park, grab cold brew from the truck
  • Ferry Building, catch the Saturday Farmer’s Market
  • Picnic at the Presidio, food trucks and bay views
  • Get lost in the Presidio, walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
Live Music
  • Catch a show at a small local venue:
    The Fillmore, The Independent, or Great American Music Hall
  • Order a Greyhound and watch Jazz at Club Deluxe
  • Madrone’s Art Bar, live events throughout the week
Get Learned
  • The Exploratorium, especially “After Dark”
  • California Academy of Sciences, especially “Night Life”
  • SF Botanical Gardens
  • The Commonwealth Club


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Get hungry.

Breakfast & Brunch
  • Zazie, Cole Valley
  • Wooden Spoon, Castro (Upper Market)
  • Pork Store Cafe, The Mission (16th St.)
  • Brenda’s Meat & Three, Divisadero


  • Philz (Especially the 24th Street location)
  • Cento, SOMA
  • Sightglass Coffee, Divisadero
  • Cafe Trieste, North Beach
  • Verve Coffee, Castro (Upper Market)
  • Four Barrel Coffee, The Mission (Valencia)
  • Stanza Coffee, The Mission (16th St.)
Lunch/Casual Dinner
  • Mama Ji, Castro
  • Beit Rima, Cole Valley
  • Pakwan, The Mission (16th St.)
  • Marnee, Inner Sunset
  • Burma Superstar, Inner Richmond
  • Iza Ramen, Lower Haight
  • Balompie, The Mission
  • Pancho Villa, The Mission
  • La Taqueria, The Mission
Good Dinner
  • Tomaso’s, North Beach
  • Shizen, The Mission (14th St.)
  • Lolinda, The Mission
  • Trestle, North Beach
  • Foreign Cinema, The Mission
  • State Bird Provision, The Fillmore
  • Al’s Place, The Mission (Valencia)
  • Octavia, Pacific Heights
  • Rich Table, Hayes Valley


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My favorite watering holes.


  • Vesuvio, North Beach
  • Spec’s Twelve Adler, North Beach
  • Top of the Mark, Nob Hill
  • The Big Four, Nob Hill


  • The Page, Divisadero
  • The Sycamore, The Mission
  • Zeitgeist, The Mission
  • Bloodhound Bar, SOMA

Date night:

  • Hardwater, Embarcadero
  • Lone Palm, The Mission
  • The Linden Room, Hayes Valley
  • Benjamin Cooper, Union Square
  • 15 Romulo, North Beach
  • Absinthe Brasserie, Hayes Valley
  • Churchill, Castro (Upper Market)
  • Elixir, The Mission
  • ABV, The Mission


  • Madrone’s, Divisadero
  • Butter, SOMA


  • The Interval SF, Fort Mason
  • Latin America Club, The Mission
  • Last Rites, Castro (Upper Market)


  • Monk’s Kettle, The Mission
  • Toranado, Lower Haight
  • Standard Deviant, The Mission
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