Being from SF, it only felt right to give you some must hit spots in SF. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, we feel these are perfect anytime to dos!
Explore the Arts
San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art is second only to New York's in size. Our tip: Admission to San Francisco MOMA is half price between 6-8.45pm on Thursdays!
Asian Art Museum – a fabulous beaux-art building that houses 17,000 Asian art treasures. Our tip: reduced admission after 5pm (February and September only).
Explore the Sciences
California Academy of the Sciences
While reservations are not required, we recommend buying tickets in advance to save you from even the slight chance of waiting in a line that is around the block. Admission charged. Children under 6 free. One Sunday per quarter is free for everyone and monthly free days for San Franciscans. Details are here. Our tip: Thursdays are the best night because the tickets are reduced and the Nightlife event (there is a DJ! And Charles Phan food available for purchase)is in full effect. Planetarium shows fill up fast. Pick up passes as soon as you arrive.
Be a Beatnik for the afternoon!
To get up to speed on the Beats and their legacy, check out the Beat Museum (540 Broadway, at Columbus Avenue, 399 9626, www.thebeatmuseum.org). Then, head over to check out the publishing company that spearheaded the beat movement, City Lights bookshop, founded in 1953. Step across Jack Kerouac Alley just next door to Vesuvio, where Kerouac drank in the 1950s.
Al Fresco Dining
Every night is alfresco night at Foreign Cinema. This restaurant’s outdoor courtyard dining room plays classic foreign films through a projector onto its film screen.
Speak Easy Revived
Bourbon & Branch has managed to rekindle the spirit of the speakeasy. Reservations are required (that's when you'll learn the password to gain entry). Though it can be tough to gain entry, it’s all worth it once you’re in. Plus, it wouldn’t really capture the essence of a speakeasy if entry were easy. At least that’s what we tell ourselves on a Saturday night when we are waiting to grab a drink at bourbon & branch.
Our Staple Restaurants
This restaurant encapsulates the true spirit of “Californian” cuisine. We can’t dine here without ordering the nine hour stewed bolognese. Plus, who doesn't love a huge heaping bowl of papardelle smothered in delicious bolognese. No one. That’s who…unless you’re vegetarian. Then, for you veggies, there’s the delivious Moroccan Vegetable Tagine. YUM.
Beretta is hands down one of the best contemporary Italian comfort food in SF. They make a mean thin crust pizza (prosciutto is our fave) and their meatballs are delicious. Our tip: they don’t take reservations so call one hour before you plan to dine to get your name on the list. Then when you arrive at the restaurant, hang around. The wait is usually not as long as the hostess quotes.
We hope you enjoy SF as much as we do! Have fun!