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The Ultimate Day in San Francisco
"A city for the weirdos, where you can let your freak flag fly."
With the help of local entrepreneurs, musicians and outdoor enthusiasts, we have out together a city guide for the epicenter of Northern California. The iconic scenes of the Golden Gate Bridge and colorful Victorian houses make for a beautiful backdrop as you wind through the streets and get a feel for the culture that has created so much hype.
Sunrise Hike in Lands End
Get an early start to your morning with an unforgettable sunrise hike to Lands End. Enjoy the rocky coastline as you gaze at the Golden Gate Bridge. Tom Stewart, founder of Sunski Sunglasses, loves the hike for the old Sutro Bath ruins that lay in the stony outcrops that line the trail.
Coffee at Andytown
Reward yourself with a cup of coffee at Andytown Coffee Roasters. Lauren Crabbe and her husband opened this special spot as an embodiment of their dreams. The original location in Outer Sunset is small but intentional. It has the feel of a local coffee shop but the expertise you can only find with true afficionados. You have to try the soda bread, they are straight from her husband Michael’s grandmother.
Breakfast at Outerlands
Next, head on over to Outerlands for brunch. The complete hardwood decor will have you feeling calm and collected in no time. Lauren, owner of Andytown, says that their soup and grilled cheese is one of her favorite meals in the Outer Sunset neighborhood.
Wander The Mission
Go absorb the eccentric culture of The Mission District by walking around Dolores Park and visiting Mission Dolores, the oldest standing structure in California (built in 1776). Full of specialty chefs and music for every taste, The Mission, as locals call it, is truly the area to "let your freak flag fly."
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Head to North Beach to Stop at City Lights
Continue your afternoon at North Beach to witness the classic San Francisco landscape. Alyssa Ravasio, founder of the online outdoor guide HipCamp, insists you go by City Lights Bookstore to feel the energy left by authors like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. With 4 stories to explore, you are sure to find something to read in the Golden Gate Park later this afternoon
Lunch at Swan Oyster Depot
Chef Evan Allumbaugh of Flour + Water is a huge proponent of Swan Oyster Depot for lunch. You will find the freshest oysters and seafood in the Bay Area. Locals say this is the place to come for good food and good people, no frills.
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Afternoon Coffee Fix at Cento
Alex Bell, owner and founder of Snow White Coffee, recommends Cento for coffee anytime of the day. This little coffee shop offers incredible espresso and locals recognize this gem as staple in the San Fran coffee community.
Take in the Evening at Golden Gate Park
Lester Koga, co-founder of Barebottle Brewing Company, says that in order to really appreciate San Francisco you need to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge and take in the serenity of the Golden Gate Park. You can pass into Marin Headlands where there are no buildings and look back onto San Fran’s beauty! A little fresh air and wind on your cheeks is always a good idea.
Dinner at Pizzetta 211
We spoke with many local chefs who spoke very highly of the food at Pizzetta 211. This intimate spot creates fantastic personal thin crust pizzas. There are only tables for two so pull up a chair for you and a couple friends and enjoy a nice meal in the Outer Richmond.
One of a Kind Ice Cream Dessert at Pineapples
Justin Wiguna, co-founder of Kuju Coffee, pointed us to this special spot. Justin claims that the Dole Whip pineapple soft serve is one of his favorite things. Period. It’s only sold at Pineapples, Disneyland, and the Dole plantation in Hawaii so don’t pass up on this opportunity while you’re nearby!
Beers at Cellarmaker
“Cellarmaker Brewing is making some of the best beer in the region right now." -Lester Koga, co-founder of Barebottle Brewing Company. It takes a certain reputation to have brew masters claiming for a different brewery to be making the best beers. But that is just how good they are!