My San Francisco recommendations

I've only been living in San Francisco since the summer of 2010 (though I did live here as a teen-ager in the 80s), so I'm not fully qualified as a native to give recommendations.

I've never let that stop me before.

Here are some of my favorite things in San Francisco.

Best of SF:
If you only have a day or two, here are my picks (details of each are further down):


Coffee & Tea:

Outdoors & Active:


I am an avid pizza fan, and have scoured the city for the best pizza. I'm partial to Neapolitan style pizza, though there are two deep-dish places I also love in the city.

Beer, Wine & Cocktails:


Fine Dining:

Other Restaurants:


No comments on these except every single bookstore here is small, independent, and wonderful. If you're a booklover, check out a few in the area you're walking around in.

For Kids:

Please please skip Pier 39 and do the things below. The zoo isn't bad, but not as good as the things below.

Tourist Things Worth Doing:

Skip Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Union Square, tour buses, Chinatown, and the Powell Street cable car (better to catch the cable car at California Street).


These are the best streets in the city for people who like to stroll and look at interesting shops with fantastic wares. Best for Parisian-style window shopping, because they're not cheap.

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