While prepping for YTH Live 2017, we pulled together some of our local knowledge to share with you about the City By The Bay.
I like the ferry building! Coit tower is also great, you can take a pedicab over there which can be fun. I personally like going to Coit then walking through North Beach’s record stores. City Lights Bookstore specifically has a cool history around the Beatniks. And also Haight Ashbury is a great place for vintage stores and some hippie history.
I love giving people advice about things to do in San Francisco! Here are some of my favorites:
Ferry Building Farmer’s Market: Check out the Ferry Building (at the end of Market Street, along the Embarcadero) on Saturday Morning for a huge Farmer’s Market. Buy some fresh bread at Acme Bread Company, some fresh cheese at Cowgirl Creamery and a couple veggies at a stand for a fresh, delicious breakfast. If you have extra time, walk along the Embarcadero, under the Bay Bridge, to AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.
Blue Bottle Coffee: One of the best cups of coffee in SF, new locations keep springing up all over the city, but Blue Bottle is consistently thick, rich and delicious. Try visiting their original garage in Hayes Valley, their new stall in the Ferry Building or the downtown location in Mint Plaza (if you go to this one, be sure to check out their $20,000 syphon coffee machine).
The Mission: A fun neighborhood with great cafes, bars, burritos and used book stores. Try a burrito at El Farolito or Taqueria Cancún, grab a used book at Dog Eared Books, and grab a coffee at Ritual Coffee. If you have extra time, stop by Dolores Park for a beautiful view of downtown.
Cable Cars, Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street and Coit Tower: If you’ve never been to SF, you can’t leave without seeing these postcard-ready sites. Take the Powell-Hyde Cable Car from Powell Street near Union Square, to the top of Nob Hill. Hop off at Lombard Street and take a photo in front of the most crooked street in the world. Walk down the hill to Fisherman’s Wharf to try some fresh clam chowder. If you have extra time, head over to Coit Tower for a great view of the city and the Bay.
As a (very) new Bay Area resident, here are some SF activities that I personally love:
1. SF Moma
2. Golden Gate Park
3. Dolores Park
4. Lands End
5. Baker Beach
6. The Ferry Building
7. deYoung Museum
8. Japanese Tea Garden
9. Murals in the Mission
10. Bi-Rite Creamery (eating ice cream is an activity, right?)
11. Ocean Beach
12. Lombard Street
13. Dim sum in Chinatown
14. Eating anything chocolate in Ghiradelli Square
San Francisco has such wonderful culinary options, these are just the beginning!
I recommend the Cable Car turnaround for someone brand new to SF, it’s close to Bespoke, and it’s a fun experience. The Flood Building is close to our venue as well, and surrounded by yummy restaurants. Moscone Center is an entertainment venue all on it’s own, and close to Yerba Buena gardens, another favorite of mine. If you want to see some more SF specific architecture, there are Victorian Home walks, and Walking Tours and Urban Hikes all over the city. I’ve also had a good time shopping on Market Street (window or otherwise!) and enjoy ending a day out with some friends at a good Karaoke Bar (for those of age of course!).
I’m a fan of the California Academy of Sciences and Exploratorium. Church of 8 Wheels is also fun, as is the Urban Putt for those over twenty-one. The Alamo Draft House is a great venue as well. And for some more variety: Off the Grid, SF MOMA, Palace of the Fine Arts…there’s so many things to do in SF. If you’re looking for something more mainstream the Walt Disney Family Museum and Ghiradelli Square are pretty popular.
I like seeing the sea lions at Pier 39. And the farmer’s market at Fisherman’s Wharf is also a favorite of mine. By far, I like hanging out in the Castro, the people, the food, the shopping, it’s always a brilliant time in that neighborhood.