San Francisco: Off the Beaten Path



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Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, Cable Cars…you’ve seen it all before. But where can you discover the real San Francisco that lies off the tourist track? Spend your visit like a local at the following hidden gems.

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Author: Jessica Mordo


Asian Art Museum

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Location:

200 Larkin St
Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94102

Contact:

tel: (415) 668-8921
fax: (415) 581-4700


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

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Location:

151 3rd St
(between Howard & Mission St)
San Francisco, CA 94105

Contact:

tel: (415) 357-4000
fax: (415) 357-4037


Gary Danko

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Location:

800 North Point Street
(at the corner of Hyde Street)
San Francisco, CA 94133

Contact:

tel: (415) 749-2060
fax: (415) 775-1805


Alcatraz Island

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Location:

Embarcadero and Powell St
(Pier 39)
San Francisco, CA 94133

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tel: (415) 705-5555


Golden Gate Bridge

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Location:

Lincoln Blvd & Hwy 1
Hwy. 101 N
San Francisco, CA 94129

Contact:

tel: (415) 921-5858


Yank Sing

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Location:

101 Spear St (at Rincon Center)
(at the corner of Spear Street)
San Francisco, CA 94107

Contact:

tel: (415) 957-9300


de Young Museum

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Location:

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
(Golden Gate Park)
San Francisco, CA 94118

Contact:

tel: (415) 863-3330


Fisherman's Wharf

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Location:

The Embarcadero
Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, CA 94133

Contact:

tel: (415) 956-3493


Lombard Street

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Location:

Between Hyde & Leavenworth streets
Above Ghirardelli Square
San Francisco, CA 94133

Contact:

tel: (415) 391-2000


Slanted Door

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Location:

1 Ferry Building #3
(across from The Embarcadero)
San Francisco, CA 94111

Contact:

tel: (415) 861-8032
fax: (415) 861-8329


Scoma's

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Location:

Al Scoma Way
Pier 47 and Al Scoma Way (between Jefferson and Jones sts.)
San Francisco, CA 94133

Contact:

tel: 800/644-5852
fax: +1 415 775 2601


Day 1 - San Francisco


A rich cultural heritage, vibrant art scene, and great eats and nightlife make the Mission District a great place to kick off your visit. Start with a delicious breakfast at Tartine Bakery. Explore the city’s history at Mission Dolores, the oldest intact building in the city. Catch some rays lounging in Dolores Park (bordered by Dolores, Church, 18th, and 20th streets) for unparalleled city views and people-watching. For lunch, you can’t pass up authentic Mission Mexican fare at Pancho Villa Taqueria. Then window-shop your way up Valencia Street, which is chockablock with boutiques and art galleries. Head to Balmy Alley, entirely lined with amazing murals produced by local artists. For dinner, you can’t go wrong with a refined take on new American at Range or on funky Italian at Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack. Enjoy Mission-style nightlife at the many hip bars on Valencia Street between 16th and 24th and on Mission Street between 18th and 30th streets.


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Tartine Bakery

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Location:

600 Guerrero Street
At 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Contact:

tel: (415) 487 2600
fax: (415) 487-2605


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Mission Dolores

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Location:

332, 16th Street
(at the corner of Dolores Street)
San Francisco, CA 94114

Contact:

tel: (415) 621-8203
fax: (415) 621-2294


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Pancho Villa Taqueria

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Location:

3071 16th Street
(At the corner of Valencia Street)
San Francisco, CA 94103

Contact:

tel: +1 415 864 8840
fax: (415) 864-3484


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Range

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Location:

842 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Contact:

tel: (415) 282 8283
fax: +1 415 282 8828


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Emmy's Spaghetti Shack

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Location:

18 Virginia Street
(cross street: Mission)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Contact:

tel: (415) 206-2086


Day 2 - San Francisco


OK, every visitor to SF goes to Golden Gate Park, but not everyone knows about the spectacular horticultural beauty of the Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Garden. This local favorite is free and also has tons of picnic space. Then the rest of the park is fair game for exploring; don’t miss the Bison Paddock for a truly unique SF sight. Head all the way out to the ocean and grab lunch with a view of the waves at Beach Chalet, followed by a stroll on Ocean Beach. In the afternoon, explore Hayes Valley, a neighborhood adored by locals for its funky clothing boutiques, art galleries, and fine restaurants—not to mention the city’s best java at Blue Bottle Coffee Co. and the dessert legend, Citizen Cake. Having a divine meal and legendary cocktails at Absinthe is a fantastic way to cap off your day.


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Golden Gate Park

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Location:

Stanyan & Fulton Sts
(Great Highway at Fulton St)
San Francisco, CA 94118

Contact:

tel: (415) 831-2700
fax: +1 415 581 2540


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Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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Location:

9th Avenue at Lincoln Way
San Francisco, CA 94122

Contact:

tel: (415) 661-1316
fax: +1 415 661 7427


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Beach Chalet

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Location:

1000 Great Highway
(between Lincoln and Fulton avenues)
San Francisco, CA 94121

Contact:

tel: (415) 386 8439
fax: (415) 386-4125


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Ocean Beach

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Location:

Great Highway
San Francisco, CA 94121


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Absinthe

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Location:

398 Hayes St
At Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Contact:

tel: 415/551-1590
fax: +1 415 255 2385


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Citizen Cake

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Location:

2125 Fillmore St
Between California and Sacramento Streets
San Francisco, CA 94115

Contact:

tel: (415) 861-2228
fax: (415) 861-0565


Day 3 - Mill Valley, Muir Beach


A visit to SF wouldn’t be complete without exploring the great outdoors. Marin County is renowned for its outstanding hiking turf, but beware: the tourist crowds generally converge at Muir Woods. For more off-the-beaten-path alternatives, explore the hiking trails and old WWII-era bunkers at Tennessee Valley, located in the Marin Headlands, or drive further north to Lake Lagunitas, which is an excellent venue for hiking, swimming, and picnicking. Then catch a sunset on the Pacific coast. While most people tend to do so at Stinson Beach, the smaller, more down-to-earth Muir Beach is every bit as beautiful.


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Tennessee Valley Trail

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Location:

Tennessee Valley, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Mill Valley, CA 94965

Contact:

tel: (415) 561-4700


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Muir Beach

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Location:

Highway 1
Muir Beach, CA 94941


Day 4 - San Francisco


Start off the day at the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace, where you can assemble a picnic from the fantastic food shops, or if it’s a Tuesday or Saturday, from the Farmer’s Market located behind the Ferry Building. Then take a ferry to Angel Island State Park, the former West Coast version of Ellis Island. The island is a wonderful place for a (not-too-strenuous) hike, soaking up some history, and having a sun-splashed picnic with beautiful views of the city, the East Bay, Alcatraz, and Marin. You can take a ferry to the laid-back Marin town of Tiburon (a more locally-favored alternative to cute yet touristy Sausalito) for a sunset cocktail and delicious dinner. And not to worry—you can take a ferry from Tiburon back to SF.


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Ferry Building Marketplace & Farmer's Market

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Location:

Ferry Building Marketplace
One Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Contact:

tel: (415) 693-0996


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Angel Island State Park

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Location:

Located one mile south of the Tiburon Peninsula
San Francisco, CA 94133

Contact:

tel: (415) 435-3522


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