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Café Flore

Located in the heart of the Castro neighborhood, this restaurant is known as the best place to meet up for brunch because of its fun, self-service atmosphere. This is the spot for you if you enjoy having a good meal al fresco while people watching.

2298 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94114

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Farmer Brown

Support African-American farmers at this unique soul food restaurant. Chef Jay Foster marries farm-fresh southern cuisine with local bay area ingredients in a down-home, soulful atmosphere.

25 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Flour and Water

Pasta lovers will enjoy dining at this reasonably-priced restaurant. Up to 8 types of fresh pasta are on the menu each day. We recommend visitors try the wood-fired margherita or salsiccia pizza. Delicious!

2401 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Range

Husband and wife team, Phil and Cameron West, serve up a variety of interesting dishes, including chicken liver mousse, pilsner steamed mussels, red wine braised beef, yuba lasagna and olive oil poached flounder with Dungeness crab.

842 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Spruce

At this restaurant, it's about the organically grown produce, naturally raised meats, line-caught fish and perfectly aged cheeses. Try Chef Mark Sullivan's refined dishes where the flavors of the ingredients take center stage.

3640 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94118

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Slanted Door

Chef Charles Phan puts his knowledge into practice at this Mission district test kitchen where his team recreates original Vietnamese dishes with a twist, including crispy Monterey squid and spiced duck breast.

1 Ferry Building #3
San Francisco, CA 94111

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Swan Oyster Depot

Make a pit stop at this tasty depot for fresh seafood, counter seating and a friendly staff, which all come together to make a fun, but tasty dining experience in San Fran.

1517 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

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Yank Sing Dim Sum

Yank Sing opened its doors in 1958, and today it still serves up the best dim sum in the city. We recommend trying the classic shu mai with fresh pork and shrimp stuffed inside.

101 Spear St.
San Francisco, CA 94105

See & Do

Alcatraz Island

Visit the home to some of America’s most notorious criminals like Al "Scarface" Capone and James "Whitey" Bulger.

Alcatraz Island
San Francisco, CA

See & Do

Castro Theater

Built in 1922, this historic movie palace was designed by famous Bay Area architect Timothy L. Pflueger. It’s one of the few remaining movie theaters in the US from the 1920s still in operation.

429 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

See & Do

The Dragon Gate, Chinatown

Enter through the Dragon Gate and immerse yourself in the oldest Chinatown in North America, as well as the largest Chinese community outside of Asia.

Grant and Bush Ave.
San Francisco, CA

See & Do

Coit Tower

Get awesome views of the City by the Bay from this 210-foot-high Art Deco tower located atop Telegraph Hill.

1 Telegraph Hill Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94133

See & Do

Ghirardelli Square

Shop 'til you drop at this large retail and restaurant complex located near the city's waterfront. And if you need to satisfy your chocolate fix, stop by Ghirardelli's store for an ice cream sundae or a bite of chocolate.

900 North Point St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

See & Do

Golden Gate Bridge

Take a 1.7-mile walk or bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge for breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay.

Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94129

See & Do

Golden Gate Park

Explore the more than 1,000 acres that include the de Young Museum, Strawberry Hill, Japanese Tea Garden, Conservatory of Flowers, California Academy of Sciences and more. Fun Segway tours are also provided at the park.

501 Stanyan St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

See & Do

Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood

The bohemian vibe still exists in this historic neighborhood that was once the epicenter of the hippie movement in the 1960s.

Haight and Ashbury Streets
San Francisco, CA

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Fisherman's Wharf

Since the days of the US Gold Rush, Fisherman's Wharf has remained a popular fishing industry hub, but it has grown into a popular tourist destination, featuring the Aquarium of the Bay, Anchorage Square, the 7D Experience and much more!

Beach Street and The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA

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Japanese Tea Garden

Sip a cup of tea at the Japanese Tea House and Garden. The azalea-covered waterfall, regal lanterns and statues, the Zen garden and the scent of sweet wisteria are all intoxicating sights and smells to help relax stressed locals and tourists.

75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118

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Lombard Street

Just between you and me, it’s really not the crookedest road in San Francisco, but it’s fun to watch drivers maneuver their way through the switchbacks on the block between Hyde and Jones Streets.

Hyde and Lombard Streets
San Francisco, CA 94133

See & Do

Pier 39

Amazing views, sea lions and chowder bowls are all things tourists will run across when visiting the popular pier with 2 levels of dining, entertainment, shopping and attractions.

2 Beach St.
San Francisco, CA 94133

See & Do

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Founded in 1935 and featuring more than 27,000 artworks, SFMOMA is the first museum on the West Coast devoted to modern and contemporary art.

151 3rd St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Yerba Buena Gardens

This multi-purpose public facility includes a Children's Creativity Carousel, the Cho-En Butterfly Garden, Ohlone Indian Memorial and the Esplanade -- more than 5 acres full of meadows, trees, public art, waterfalls and small cafes.

750 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

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Golden Gate Hotel

This moderately priced, quaint Edwardian inn is located between Union Square and the top of Nob Hill. Managers boast that 75% of their guests are returning visitors or referrals.

775 Bush St.
San Francisco, CA 94108

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Hotel Bohème

This hotel’s bohemian décor reflects the culture and taste of San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood in the late 50s. All rooms have free Wi-Fi.

444 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133

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Hotel Union Square

San Francisco's first boutique hotel is located in the city's shopping district. The hotel's suites pay homage to literary aficionados, and there's a special "Kids Suite" with child-friendly amenities, including a computer, books and games.

114 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Inn on Castro

Stay at the 7-room bed and breakfast located on Castro Street or enjoy the privacy of the Inn's 2 apartments on Caselli Avenue and Douglas Street. Located close to the Castro’s shops and bars, these are perfect accommodations for GLBT travelers.

321 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114

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InterContinental San Francisco

Located in San Fran’s SoMa neighborhood, this hotel features high-tech guest rooms, a lap pool, a well-reviewed spa and Michelin-star restaurant that make it one of the best value hotels in the city.

888 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Laurel Inn

This moderately priced hotel is located steps away from stylish boutiques, intimate dining spots and within walking distance to the historic Presidio National Park. We recommend a drink at the Swank Cocktail & Coffee Club to help you unwind.

444 Presido Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94115

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The St. Regis San Francisco

Stay in luxury! The Remede Spa and pool, 24-hour butler service, rooms with great beds and bathrooms and the critically-acclaimed Ame restaurant are all reasons why you should stay at this high-end, luxury hotel.

125 3rd St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Getting There

San Francisco International Airport

Located 13 miles south of downtown San Francisco, the airport is actually located near Millbrae and San Bruno. It is the 2nd busiest airport in California and the 12th largest airport in the world.

780 S Airport Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94128

Getting There

San Francisco Cable Car

A trip to the City by the Bay isn’t complete until you’ve taken a cable car ride. The Powell-Mason line -- the most popular route -- runs up and over Nob Hill and down to Bay Street at Fisherman’s Wharf.

1201 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA 94108

Getting There

Muni (San Fran Municipal Transportation Agency)

It’s the slowest major transit system in America, running at 8.1 mph, but more than 200 million people ride the Muni every year. The railway runs year round and some routes operate 24 hours a day.

One South Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94103

Getting There

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)

BART -- the 5th busiest heavy-rail rapid system in US -- connects San Francisco with cities in the East Bay and suburbs in northern San Mateo County. It operates 5 lines on 104 miles of track with 44 stations in 4 counties.

Oakland, CA 94604

Getting There

Golden Gate Ferry Service

This ferry service provides tourists with a close view of the Golden Gate Bridge and a chance to visit other nearby coastal towns like Larkspur, or even the Giants’ AT&T Park.

Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94129

Getting There
Editor's Pick

Blue and Gold Fleet

Take a day trip! This fleet of ferries provides regular service around the Bay Area to Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, Vallejo, Alameda and Oakland and select service to AT&T Park.

Pier 41, Marine Terminal
San Francisco, CA 94133