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San Francisco, CA

“I think I had the perfect San Francisco day yesterday. I woke up early and grabbed some Four Barrel coffee on the way to Marin. My friends and I hiked along the ocean cliffs for a few miles till we wound up at a mountain lake that had a rope swing. We swam for a few hours then came back to the city in time to meet friends and BBQ in Precita Park, then went out to a few bars in that neighborhood.” — Painted Palms

Curated by: Andrew St. James, Erase Errata, Geographer, Giraffage, GRMLN, Hidden in the Sun, James Vernon, Painted Palms, Sonny and the Sunsets, Vetiver, The Stone Foxes, SWMRS

city guide:
San Francisco, CA
Stinson Beach
Stinson Beach Parking Lot, Stinson Beach, CA, USA
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1-2-3-4 Go! Records
Independent record store known for its selection of obscure titles & on-site music performances.
1-2-3-4 Go! Records, 40th Street, Oakland, CA, United States
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Slash Denim
Opened in 1979, this shop carries a variety of jeans & corduroys, plus tops, jackets & accessories.
Slash Denim, College Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States
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Shandong Restaurant
Buzzing eatery featuring traditional Chinese staples in a bright, straight-up setting.
Shandong Restaurant, 10th Street, Oakland, CA, United States
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Cactus Taqueria
Mexican spot serving signature crispy chicken tacos and a variety of salsas from the counter.
Cactus Taqueria, Oakland, CA, United States
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Mama’s Royal Cafe
Retro coffee shop is a busy local favorite serving hearty breakfasts & lunch fare since the '70s.
Mama's Royal Cafe, Broadway, Oakland, CA, United States
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Mountain View Cemetery
The Mountain View Cemetery is a large 226-acre cemetery in Oakland, known for its architecture and sweeping views of the bay.
Piedmont Funeral Home Mountain View Cemetery, Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA, United States
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Lake Merritt
Lake Merritt is a large tidal lagoon in the center of Oakland, California, just east of Downtown.
Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA, United States
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Seedstore
An inviting shop stocked with relaxed independent & name-brand fashions for men & women.
212 Clement St, San Francisco, CA, United States
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Ton Kiang
Casual, bustling mainstay serving up dim sum all day, plus Hakka Chinese staples at dinner.
5821 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA, United States
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Eddie’s Cafe
Long-running corner diner for homey, hearty breakfast & lunch in a straightforward setup.
800 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA, United States
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Lands End
Located within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Lands End is a beautiful hiking area that offers views of the pacific ocean and a number of hiking trails.
680 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121, United States
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Simple Pleasures Cafe
Local mainstay for espresso, house-roasted coffee, bagels & baked goods in a lived-in cafe setting.
3434 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA, United States
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Phoenix Hotel
Lots of hotels strive to be trendy, but Phoenix Hotel's irreverent, hip combination of a mid-century boutique hotel and a chic motor lodge in downtown San Francisco’s Tenderloin has a rock ‘n’ roll soul with more than a little edge.
601 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
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Nob Hill Masonic Center
The Masonic is a public venue at 1111 California Street in San Francisco, California. The venue was formally dedicated on 29 September 1958. It has several large sculptures representing the four branches of the Armed Services on its outside wall.
1111 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
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Mollusk Surf Shop
Surfing institution provides boards, apparel, gear & accessories in a cheerful, modern interior.
4500 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
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Gimme Shoes
Established footwear shop sells modern designer shoes for men & women in a minimalist snug interior.
416 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
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Mission Chinese Food
Trendy crowds line up for the imaginative Chinese eats at this casual, nationally known destination.
2234 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Twin Peaks
The Twin Peaks are two prominent hills with an elevation of about 925 feet located near the geographic center of San Francisco, California. Only 928 foot Mount Davidson is higher within the city.
Twin Peaks, San Francisco, CA, USA
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Market Street
Market Street is a major thoroughfare in San Francisco, California. It begins at The Embarcadero in front of the Ferry Building at the northeastern edge of the city and runs southwest through downtown.
Market St, San Francisco, CA, USA
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San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge
The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 240,000 vehicles a day on its two decks.
519 Bay St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park is a large urban park consisting of 1,017 acres of public grounds.
Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA
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El Polín Spring
El Polin Spring is a natural spring in San Francisco, California located in The Presidio. It is the source of the central tributary of El Polin Creek.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, MacArthur Ave, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
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Rock Bar
Drinking den offering cocktails & bottled beer as well as a jukebox tuned to hipsters' tastes.
80 29th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Truly Mediterranean
Late-night hours make this small spot a convenient take-out option for Middle Eastern street food.
3109 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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Vinyl Dreams
Record store in the Lower Haight specializing in house, techno and disco music.
593 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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Fourbarrel Coffee
Exposed beams create a sleek & rustic ambiance for this Mission cafe specializing in drip coffee.
375 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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Precita Park
Pet-friendly field area on 2 acres with butterfly garden & gated playground, picnicking & a cafe.
Precita Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Club Waziema
Casual Ethiopian eatery offering traditional dishes to eat with your hands & a laid-back bar scene.
543 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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Albany Bulb
The Albany Bulb is a classic bay area landmark — a no man's land filled with driftwood sculptures and graffiti.
1 Buchanan St, Albany, CA 94706, USA
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Down Home Music Store
Store established in 1976 carrying CDs, DVDs & LPs of roots music such as folk, gospel & zydeco.
10341 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530, USA
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Martha & Bros Coffee Co
Local chain coffeehouse offering dozens of types of coffee, plus pastries & free WiFi.
1551 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131, USA
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Toyose
Small Korean restaurant located in a repurposed garage, offering late-night eats & soju cocktails.
3814 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
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The Night Light
Dance hall & bar with a clubby, old-fashioned feel pouring craft cocktails & hosting live acts.
311 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
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Shalimar
Bare-bones, counter-serve Indian-Pakistani restaurant dishing up kebabs, curries & more.
532 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
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Wonderland SF
Wonderland SF is a gallery and boutique that showcases the work of local fashion designers, painters, and photographers.
1266 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory in San Francisco exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. Its mission is to create inquiry-based experiences that transform learning worldwide. 
❒ Pier 15, The Embarcadero & Green St., San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
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Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco, California, is a monumental structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented there.
3301 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA
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Crissy Field
Crissy Field, a former U.S. Army airfield, is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Historically part of the Presidio of San Francisco, Crissy Field closed as an airfield after 1974.
Crissy Field Center, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA
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Uptown
Hole-in-the-wall bar for grabbing a drink, shooting pool & lounging on thrift-store-style couches.
200 Capp St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Phone Booth
This small, quirkily decorated watering hole is a hangout for beer-drinking locals.
1398 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Rooky Ricardo’s Records
Hip vinyl shop boasts a variety of classic records & listening stations in a compact colorful venue.
419 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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Ambiance
This trendy chain provides a variety of women's designer clothing & accessories in a stylish interior.
1458 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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P-kok Planet
Edgy shop filled with a varied selection of club clothes, streetwear & accessories for men & women.
1445 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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Crossroads Trading Co.
Consignment store with new & used clothing, shoes & accessories, including brand-name items.
2123 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
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Orbit Room
Laid-back Market Street locale serving clever handcrafted cocktails to an eclectic crowd.
1900 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
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Rasputin Music
Music-store chain trading in new & used CDs, DVDs & video games, plus T-shirts & collectibles.
1672 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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The Hotel Utah Saloon
Intimate, circa-1908 bar & music venue offering indie live acts, cheap beers & burgers.
500 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
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Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach is located on the west coast of San Francisco and is adjacent to Golden Gate Park, the Richmond District, and the Sunset District.
Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA, USA
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RobotSpeak
Classic music shop stocking audio gear for the computer-based home & project studio, plus classes.
589 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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Sam’s Pizza
Pizza, Italian subs & a range of pasta dishes are available at this unassuming eatery.
618 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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Trad’r Sam
Festive tiki bar mixing a long list of rum-based blender drinks with kitschy Polynesian-esque decor.
6150 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
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The Independent
Intimate, no-frills music venue with a full bar that features indie & emerging acts.
628 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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Mission Dolores Park
Mission Dolores Park, often abbreviated to Dolores Park, is located in the heart of the city and is a cultural and events epicenter.
Clinton Park, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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J & E Cafe
Unassuming low key Chinese food at its best.
2537 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Elbo Room
2-story Mission club with a bar downstairs & an upstairs space for dancing to DJ beats & live bands.
647 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Amnesia
From gypsy jazz to indie rock, this red-lit Mission music club hosts live bands.
853 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Rickshaw Stop
Indie bands & DJs rock crowds in a small, funky space that also offers food & lounge areas.
155 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
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Painted Bird
Trendy merchant with an upscale vibe buying & selling eclectic vintage fashions.
1360 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Sutro Baths
The Sutro Baths were once a large, privately owned public saltwater swimming pool complex. Now they're a public landmark in the Lands End area of the Outer Richmond District.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 680 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
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Honey B
Tea house offering bubble teas, hot drinks and smoothies.
2201 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
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Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the one-mile-wide, one-point-seven-mile-long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
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Fisherman’s Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf is a neighborhood, marina and popular tourist attraction known for its seafood and chachkies.
Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA, USA
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Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island is located 1.25 miles offshore from San Francisco and is home to a now abandoned prison. During the 29 years it was in use, the jail held some of the most notorious criminals in American history, such as Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the "Birdman of Alcatraz"), and George "Machine Gun" Kelly.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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Angel Island
Angel Island is an island in San Francisco Bay offering expansive 360° views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin County Headlands and Mount Tamalpais.
Angel Island, Tiburon, CA 94920, USA
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Presidio of San Francisco
A former army post, this iconic park offers hiking, historic sites, visitor centers & scenic vistas.
Presidio, San Francisco, CA, USA
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Pretty Penny
Consignment boutique offering vintage & contemporary women's clothing, jewelry & accessories.
5488 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, USA
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no.
Vintage shop with an offbeat vibe carrying clothing, jewelry & accessories for men & women.
389 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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Vacation
Cool secondhand shop offers vintage apparel & accessories, plus occasional in-store shows.
651 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
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General Store
Emporium with an eclectic inventory including books, clothing, artisanal housewares & furniture.
4035 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
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Foggy Notion
Handmade, eco-conscious merchandise by independent designers, including lotions, bags & home goods.
275 6th Ave #101, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
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Explorist International
Vintage record shop stocking world music, jazz & rare vinyls plus electronics in an informal space.
3174 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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20th Century Cafe
Chic, retro corner bakery featuring sweet & savory specialties from Vienna, Budapest & Prague.
198 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
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The Chapel
Converted ex-chapel featuring a 40-ft. arched ceiling, bar & a wide variety of live-music acts.
777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Gravel & Gold
Funky boutique offering artisanal home goods, bags, accessories & clothing, plus in-store workshops.
3266 21st St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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The Mill
Bright & airy coffee shop serving a simple menu curated by Four Barrel Coffee & Josey Baker Bread.
736 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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The Golden Fire Hydrant
When San Francisco burst into flames in the days following the 1906 earthquake, much of the city’s fire hydrants failed. Miraculously this hydrant, nicknamed “little giant,” is said to have been the only functioning hydrant and is credited with saving the historic Mission District.
3899 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
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Royal Cuckoo Market
Narrow space stocking culinary treats & bottles doubles as a coffeehouse for to-go drinks.
3368 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Lost Weekend Video
Known for being one of the best collections of films left in San Francisco, the rental store offers tons of foreign films and documentaries, along with knowledgeable and passionate staff.
2550 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Roxie Theatre
A San Francisco landmark in the Mission District, the theater not only shows unique films but also invites filmmakers, curators, entertainers and educators to interact with audiences.
3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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Pyramid Records
Minimalist and elegant space showcasing a highly curated selection of vinyl.
3174 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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CAPITAL
The contemporary gallery is run by Bob Linder and Jonathan Runcio.
26 Lilac St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Castro Theatre
The Castro Theatre is one of the few remaining movie palaces in the nation from the 1920s that is still in operation.
429 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
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Ampersand
Ampersand is a hip and modern local flower shop and design studio based in the Mission District.
80 Albion St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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Martuni’s
Patrons belt out show tunes and down large specialty martinis at this popular piano bar.
4 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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Zuni Café
Bustling Market Street bistro serving famous roast chicken & other wood-fired eats.
1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
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Amoeba Music SF
Indie music lovers' hangout for free live shows & an eclectic stock of new releases & vintage hits.
1855 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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Sockshop Haight Street
Casual, fashion, sport-specific & novelty socks for both genders, along with hosiery & leggings.
1742 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum Cafe
Longtime watering hole with a museum-like collection of knickknacks & oddities on the walls.
12 Williams Place, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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Vesuvio Cafe
Visitors & locals alike toast Kerouac et al. amid Beat-era memorabilia at this North Beach icon.
255 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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La Taqueria
This no-frills taqueria serves Mexican eats, including famed traditional-style, rice-free burritos.
2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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The Great American Music Hall
Known for its decorative balconies, columns, and frescoes and for its history of unique entertainment, which has included burlesque dancing as well as jazz, folk music, and rock and roll concerts. The capacity of the hall is 600 people.
859 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
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Bottom Of The Hill
From indie rock to hip-hop, this popular club offers a range of live music, plus outdoor seating.
1233 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
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Lost Church
Intimate, 50-seat theater with folding chairs & a warm decor offering unique theater & music.
65 Capp St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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Doc Ricketts
A historic setting & chic decor set the tone for this Northern Californian eatery.
124 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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Blue Front Cafe
Quaint cafe providing deli sandwiches & Mediterranean dishes at the counter in an informal setting.
1430 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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Bay View Boat Club
San Francisco's blue-collar yacht club.
489 Terry A Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94158, USA
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The Riptide
Easygoing bar & lounge offering booze, karaoke, live bands & more just steps from the ocean.
3639 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116, USA
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Ritual Coffee Roasters
Artisanal coffeehouse chain that cultivates relationships with growers & roasts their beans on-site.
1300 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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Philz Coffee
Laid-back local chain specializes in custom-blended coffees, plus teas, specialty drinks & pastries.
3101 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Artists’ Television Access
Artists' Television Access is a non-profit art gallery and screening venue in San Francisco's Mission District in the United States of America.
992 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Mount Davidson Cross
Historical landmark in San Francisco, California
125 Dalewood Way, San Francisco, CA 94127, USA
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Crepes A Go Go
Crepes a Go Go is a homey little nook which provides delicious crepes of all kinds! It is perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
350 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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