Off The Beaten Path City Guide | The World You See
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The ideal guide for unique restaurants, bars and experiences in San Francisco Bay Area

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Off the beaten path San Francisco Travel Tips

San Francisco provides an abundance of treasures for its travelers, from the windswept and foggy bay to its meandering hills positioned by Victorian homes that command spectacular scenery over the city. SF varies wildly from the Chinatown to the hipster vibe of the Castro and the gleaming skyscrapers built along the cityโ€™s Silicon Valley.
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Curated places to see

๐ŸŒ‰ Alcatraz Islands — Take a ferry to the former federal prison located on anย island ๐Ÿ’ฏ
๐Ÿ”ญ Exploratorium — Science museum that allows to ask question & question answers
Land’s End Trail — Short trail across the historic Sutro Baths with an ocean view
๐ŸŽจ Clarion Alley — Street art and murals with Latin-American influences
Dolores Park — Recreational park with open air movie theatres and ice cream
๐ŸŒŠ Wave Organ — Acoustic sculpture powered by the ocean waves
Twin Peaks — Urban hike with a scenic view of San Francisco
๐ŸŽญ BATS Improv — Performing arts theatreย hosting improv musicals and shows
Dandelion Chocolate — Independent chocolate factory with tours and a café
๐ŸŽณ Mission Bowling Club — Upscale bowling alley with drinks and dining
๐Ÿบ Xanadu Gallery — Boutique museum of African and Asian cultural artefacts
๐ŸŒ Baker Beach — Clothing-optional beach overlooking the golden gate bridge
๐ŸŽฅ Yerba Buena Gardens — Cultural playground with cinemas, galleries and food
The Castro Theatre — Historic theatre playing movies and performances
๐ŸŽจ de Young — Contemporary art museum with Friday cocktails and shows
Ferry Building Marketplace — Organic farmers market with food stalls
Camera Obscura — Dark room with holographic projections and views over the coast

No FoMo by skipping these

Skip the Powell Cable Car Line and just explore the quiet scenic parts of the city


Unique restaurants

$Espetus Churrascaria — Rodizio-style Brazilian steakhouse ๐Ÿ’ฏ
Harris’ — Steakhouseย serving excellent food with great ambience and service
Lolinda — Creative Argentinian steakhouse serving top cocktails and tapas to share
El Techo — Latin American rooftop restaurant serving cocktails and street eats
๐Ÿ› Lers Ros — Thai restaurant serving exotic game and traditional dishes
๐Ÿ› iThai — Thai restaurant offering a quick bite and an extensive menu
๐Ÿค Foreign Cinema — Outdoor space showing movies and serving Mediterranean food
๐ŸŒฎ Taqueria El Faralito — Mexican restaurant serving tacos, quesadillas and burritos
Sam’s Anchor Café — Seafood waterfront restaurantย offering views over Angel island
๐Ÿฆ€ Thanh Long — Vietnamese restaurant famous for its baked and roast crabs
Cliff House — Brunch restaurant with an ocean viewย over the Sutro Cliffs
$ Nopa — Contemporary Californian restaurantย focusing on quality ingredients
๐Ÿฒ Suppenküche — German restaurant serving wholesome soups
๐Ÿฃ Ebisu — Small but authentic Japanese restaurant serving fresh sushi with fair prices
Warakubune — Sushi restaurantย with a belt that brings you sushi on little boats
Cha Cha Cha — Cosy Caribbean restaurantย offering Latin American food with sangria
$Flour + Water — Italian restaurant with a Cali-influence
๐Ÿฅž Outerlands — Beach shack themed café serving pancakes
$State Bird Provisions — Dim sum style innovative dishes like sauerkraut pancakes
Brenda’s French Soul Food — American-French comfort food serving fried chicken
Bar Agricole — Ecofriendly lounge serving meat and seafood delicacies
๐Ÿ— Wing Wings — Buffalo and Korean styled chicken wings restaurant
The Social Study — Cosy Lounge with board games and conversations
Blue Bottle Coffee — Café serving Belgian waffles and seasons soups
$Craftsman and Wolves — Gourmet café serving innovative croissants and muffins
Gitane — Vintage restaurant serving a potpourri of Spanish and Middle Eastern cuisine
Aziza — Intimate Morrocan restaurant serving contemporary arab cuisine and drinks
$ Greens — Waterfront restaurant serving the best of world’s vegetarian food
Coletta Gelato — Petite ice-cream shop serving flavors with traditional Italian method

Watch out!

High homeless population
๐ŸŒซ๏ธ Foggy summer weather
Walkable city with steep hills


Bars, Nightlife and Parties!

๐ŸŒฎ Nick’s Crispy Tacos — Mexican sports bar and restaurant celebrating Taco Tuesdays
Blue Light — Dive bar filled with students on Taco Tuesday nights offering $1 tequila
๐Ÿน 620 Jones — Rooftop barย with an outdoor patio serving the freshest cocktails
๐ŸŽค Tupelo — Casual bar hosting live musicย gigs and karaoke nights with a fun crowd
๐Ÿธ The Brixton — Fun bar with cosy booths, soul food and tasty cocktails
Louie’s Bar — Hidden gastropub offering a lively environment with music and drinks
The Tipsy Pig — Gastropub serving great chicken pies, fish tacos and craft beers
Tommy’s Joynt — Classic spot offering American comfort food dishes
The View— Cocktail bar at the top of Marriott offering views over San Francisco
Top of the Mark — Rooftop bar serving cocktails with great ambience and staff
๐ŸŽท Comstock Saloon — Bar and lounge playing live jazz music in a fun atmosphere
Barbarossa — Cosy loungeย serving food & drinks in a building that survives earthquake ๐Ÿ’ฏ
๐Ÿšฌ Cigar bar & grill — Lounge with an outdoor courtyard and Thursday jazz ๐Ÿ’ฏ
๐ŸŽณ Plank — Outdoor beer garden also serving fast food and an indoor bowlingย alley
Temple — Nightclub offering bottle service and hosting DJs spinning electronic tunes
Monarch — Vintage cocktail bar with an underground club room ๐Ÿ’ฏ
๐Ÿค˜ Bottom of the Hill — Intimate venue playing live rock gigs with a patio and bar
๐Ÿฅƒ Smuggler’s Cove — Pirate themed cocktail bar serving great rum
๐ŸŽท Local Edition — Vintage newspaper themed speakeasy bar with jazz performances
๐Ÿบ Zeitgeist — Beer garden serving craft beers, bloody marys and munchies

Networking spots in the city

General Assembly — Urban school offering short courses and tech networking events
Start-up Grind — Networking community hosting keynotes and mixers in the bay area

Exclusive moments and luxury

Redwood Room — Glamorous cocktail bar with artistic decor serving as a hot spot in SF
Saison — 3 Michelin star restaurant serving a luxurious French-American cuisine
Atelier Crenn — Fine dining restaurant serving food as an artistic experience
๐Ÿท Press Club — Wine and beer bar serving gourmet snacks
La Folie — Ornate French dining restaurant serving snails, caviar and frog legs

Shopping and gift guide

Unionmade — Concept men’s outfitter store offering timeless American selections
๐Ÿ›’ Bi-Rite — Grocery store serving gourmet sandwiches, ice cream and baked goods
๐Ÿ’† International Orange — Holistic wellness and spa with terrace sunbathing
The Voyager Shop — Contemporary fashion and homeware with a Cali perspective
Sui Generis — Designer and vintage clothing at discounted prices
๐Ÿ“š Omnivore — Curated book store for chefs and cooking enthusiasts
๐Ÿ‘ž Al’s Attire — Bespoke clothing and footwear store focusing on elegance & comfort
๐ŸŽฉ Paul’s Hat Works — Family owned bespoke handcrafted hat store
โœˆ๏ธ Flight 001 — Creative store with collections of travel friendly products & essentials
โ›บ Aether — Quality outdoor fashion products with a lifetime guarantee
Rare Device — Practical home accessories, unusual decorations and gift products
Paxton Gate — A cabinet of curiosities with a collection of carnivorous plants & fossils


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Road trip ahead

โ›ฐ Mount Tamalpais Trail and Stinson Beach — Hike up scenic hills from the beach
๐Ÿš— 49-mile Scenic Drive — Scenic tour around the cityโ€™s major attractions and scenery
๐Ÿž๏ธ Yosemite — National Park with granite cliffs, waterfalls and camping spots
Giant Sequoia — National Park with crystal caves, moro rocktrail and really giant trees
๐Ÿœ Death Valley — National Park with salt pans in a very hot desert biome
Lake Tahoe — Freshwater lakeย offering sunny beaches and ski resorts in the winter
๐ŸŽฅ Los Angeles — City of sunshine, beaches and Hollywood

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