Hi everyone! I'm going to be in San Francisco this weekend. It's my second time so I've done the main sights -- what should I do? See again? Most importantly, where should I eat? I'll be staying in Union Square and won't have a car, and will be alone so want to stay in safe areas. Thank you 😘
  1. Japanese Tea Gardens, California Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park
    The first three are actually just in Golden Gate Park, and suggestions I would make if you go over there. Academy of Sciences is really cool if you're an animal and insect person!
    Suggested by   @naughtyedamame
  2. Nopa is a great eat! 😊😊
    Suggested by   @billnye
  3. always has the info on cool happenings
    Suggested by   @plaidflannel
  4. Suggested by   @jessicaz
  5. Normally I would say hang out with me! I totally would have driven over to meet up but I'm heading down to LA right now! 😕 but enjoy!!!!!
    Tomorrow you should head down to the farmers market! Excellent people watching, good produce to snack on (you need to experience California fruit/veggies while you're here), plus it's at the ferry building which you need to go into and get ice cream or coffee and go into Book Passage! Then, you should walk along the embarcadero for awhile and enjoy the view. It's one of my favorite things to do.
    Suggested by   @supercommonname
  6. Ebisu if you like sushi! It's on 9th.
    Suggested by   @naughtyedamame
  7. Second for Japanese Tea Gardens. Also, Green Apple Books and Amoeba Music!
    Suggested by   @summerallen
  8. Ice cream!
    San Francisco is home of some of the best artisan crafted ice cream. BiRite, Humphrey Slocombe, Mr and Mrs Miscellaneous are three of my favorites but there are others.
    Suggested by   @eatthelove
  9. Bookstores!
    We have a ton of awesome bookstores here in SF. Green Apple Books is probably the top notch one for used and new books. Omnivore Books is a cookbook bookstore. Borderlands is a sci-fi, mystery, fantasy and horror dedicated bookstore. City Lights is home for the Beat Generation and is one of my favorites. There's a Kinokuniya bookstore in Japantown if you are looking for Japanese books. And William Stout is an architect and design bookstore that I adore.
    Suggested by   @eatthelove
  10. Museums
    If you are feeling cultural, the SF Moma just opened up again. And the Asian Art Museum is probably the best collection of Asian Art outside of Asia. But since you're from DC, you might not be looking for museums...
    Suggested by   @eatthelove
  11. SFMoMA for sure
    The Bruce Conner exhibit is amazing!
    Suggested by   @victralala
  12. Swan Oyster Depot
    Seafood & beer heaven. Limited counter seating.
    Suggested by   @dreadpiratemama
  13. Buena Vista Cafe & Musee de Mechanique
    If you insist on going to the touristy Wharf area, these are the best sites to see. Get an Irish coffee at the Buena Vista to warm up. Short walk to the cool museum (free entry, no tickets/lines) to explore super old arcade games (lots over a century old). Bring quarters so you can play!
    Suggested by   @dreadpiratemama
  14. Lands End
    Far west side of town (you can take a bus or get a driver to take you). Wear a good jacket (breezy!) & walking shoes. Start at Cliff House, walk around to see Pacific coastal views. Go up the street, grab pie & coffee at Louie's if it's not crowded. Walk over to the parks visitor center in the huge parking lot behind the cafe & learn the area's history. Go for a short walk down the hill to explore Sutro Baths. Hike Lands End to see Golden Gate Bridge from lesser-known side. It's beautiful!
    Suggested by   @dreadpiratemama
  15. Literary Walking Tour
    Suggested by   @eatthelove
  16. Contemporary Jewish Museum
    Followed by Lemonade for food stuff
    Suggested by   @wordytime
  17. Cafe Greco
    It's this coffee shop in North Beach that's delicious
    Suggested by   @drugs
  18. Stacks
    Really great breakfast
    Suggested by   @drugs
  19. Dotties
    Even BETTER breakfast in the tenderloin tho
    Suggested by   @drugs
  20. Chestnut street
    By the marina for good shopping
    Suggested by   @drugs
  21. Whitechapel is one of the best gin bars I have ever been in. I also recommend Novella, an equally excellent bar.
    Suggested by   @eriknmichaelssrn
  22. If you make it over to Green Apple Books, I highly suggest you have lunch at Burma Superstar! It's just a couple blocks from the bookstore. It's small and there will probably be a wait but the salads are SO good and the staff is great. I went to these places when I had one day in SF this summer and they did not disappoint.
    Suggested by   @shash
  23. Tartine
    Some local people tell me this is like an overrated tourist thing but hey, I'm a tourist. I go here every time I'm in SF because the pastries are wonderful.
    Suggested by   @gwcoffey
  24. Asian Art Museum
    This place is really really wonderful.
    Suggested by   @gwcoffey
  25. Britex Fabrics
    If you're in to sewing (I am not but my wife is) this is such a cool place. Floor after floor of beautiful fabrics and assorted sewing accoutrements. I though it was fun while she shopped 😀
    Suggested by   @gwcoffey