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Insider's San Francisco

If you want to see the real San Francisco, visit these local favorite spots.


Insider's San Francisco
In San Francisco, weekends are for playing - and eating. On Saturday mornings, locals head to the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market early enough to beat the crowds and snag the best breakfast goodies. This is a great spot to sample local provisions, take in the amazing bay view, and eat!

One of the most beloved activities in San Francisco is hanging out at a lovely café. Many San Franciscans use cafes as their unofficial offices, and park themselves at a favorite spot with laptop and i-phone in tow. At places like Coffee Bar, you can sit out on the sunny patio, enjoy fabulous coffee, food, and wine while listening to great music and using free WiFi.

The young, hip, and artistic flock to the Mission for the restaurants, cool cocktail spots, shopping, galleries, and playing in Dolores Park. While you’re there, grab lunch at Pizzeria Delfina or at one of the neighborhoods great taquerias. Be sure to browse the stores along Valencia st from 16th to 24th streets.

As for culture, locals often wait until the first Tuesday of each month, when admission to SF MOMA, the de Young, and other top museums is free. Speaking of which, check out some of the free performances happening around the city, particularly in the warmer months.

On warm, sunny days, Crissy Field is packed with joggers, picnic-makers, and strollers. The tiny beach is a great spot to sit and enjoy the majestc view of the Golden Gate Bridge while watching sailboats bob in the bay.
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