2 years, the time I lived in San Francisco, in reflection, seems like just the right amount of time to start to know a place. Although a small city, it’s hugely active, dynamic, and is as happening as it’s preceding reputation.
Keeping in mind the myriad of other guide to SF, I thought I’d take a different route. If you’re around for a short holiday, I’d like to suggest a few things outside of the tourist traps.
Things to do:-
- Catch Muni 33 to Golden Gate Park — probably the best bus ride in the entire city, it cuts across the city, gives an amazing view, and ends up at the park
- Eat a super burrito @ Taqueria Cancun — Taquerias are a big deal, everyone has their favorite. Cancun in the Mission is multi award winning. (Over time I’ve eaten the whole menu here)
- Check out Archive.org’s Open Friday Lunch — One of the best kept secrets in the city. Archive.org has an open door policy on Fridays. A chance to learn what the internet’s archive is getting up to.
- Go hiking in Muir Woods — A short bus ride over the golden gate bridge, this national park has some of the oldest trees in the world.
- Head to Noise Bridge, check out an open, hacker space. Free Wifi, Workshops, Desks, Darkrooms, Noise Bridge is a great community.
- Check out Berkeley, try go on Sunday and enjoy a donation lunch @ Wat Mongkolratanaram
- Grab a coffee(or two) @ Four Barrel Coffee, wander Valencia, enjoy @ Dolores Park
- Spend some time @ the SF SPCA. The SF SPCA does amazing work. It’s a lovely building, beautifully fitted with cute animals, a lot starving for human interaction.
- If into climbing, check out Mission Cliffs. If into swimming check out Mission or Garfield Pools ($5)
- For some killer, humble Indian Alhamra can’t be beat.
- Sundays in Spring/Summer/Fall there’s usually something on worth checking out. Sunday Streets, Pride, Folsom Street, Love Evolution, are some events that I’ve been to and enjoyed.
- If you’re still looking for things to do, check out meetup.com and craigslist for all kinds of local events
There’s a lot more to do and see in the city. I enjoy geeking and eating out, with a good bit of exercise also. This list reflects that. *Photo by Kayvee