Local Tips
Live Like A Local

Our Staff's Tips on Things to Do in San Francisco

It can be overwhelming. You arrive in a new city and have limited time, but of course you want to see, do and taste the very best. Now, get ready to double the effort in a place like San Francisco, which absolutely brims with possibilities from the gourmet shops at the Embarcadero to the chic boutiques found at Union Square. Who better then to give you insider tips of our fair City by the Bay than our own staff. We asked these intrepid locals: If you had only two days to enjoy San Francisco, what would you do? Read on and learn their discoveries so you can enjoy San Francisco and Live Like a Local!

Michael Reining

Michael Reining - Local for 30 years

Postrio Chef

  • Mission Chinese Food. A pop-up located within an existing restaurant, inside the Lung Shan Restaurant on 2234 Mission. Amazing food!

  • Red's Java House at pier 40 on the Embarcadero is a great spot before a Giants game or any event at AT&T Park!

Francis Kelly

Francis Kelly - Local for 50 years

Postrio Bartender

  • A neighborhood favorite is the Owl Tree. It's frequented by locals and the Mango Mojito is very popular.


  • I love Johnny Foley's Irish Pub on O'Farrell Street. There is live music and the atmosphere is fun.

Tim Erkelens-Probst

Tim Erkelens-Probst - Local for 4 years


  • Fuel yourself up with some delicious organic Mexican cuisine from Gracias Madre. Their vegetarian tamale is a must try.

  • Ready for the workout of your life? Stop in to Krav Maga SF and take advantage of their daily Krav Maga classes!

Retail therapy
Ozge Gundogdu

Ozge Gundogdu - Local for 6 years


  • I love the Gallery of Jewels, visit one of their 3 locations (Union Square, Fillmore, and Noe Valley) to find handcrafted, unique jewelry.

  • Picnic is a charming neighborhood boutique that has everything you need; from soy candles to fragrant soaps.

Jill Lazzaretti

Jill Lazzaretti - Local for All my life years


  •  Smuggler's Cove is best described as a pirate themed tiki bar, choose from a variety of over 70 Rum inspired cocktails. 

  • House of Air - Tackle an arena of trampolines after a long week. Reserve an hour or two with some friends to play trampoline dodge ball.

One of a kind
 Garret Gerritsen

Garret Gerritsen - Local for 21 years

General Manager

  • Miette Confectionery and Bake shop instantly transports you to pre WWII era candy shop. You'll find nostalgic candies that your grandparents enjoyed. 

  • Walk through time at La Rosa in the Haight which just proves its "ALL JUST A BIT OF HISTORY REPEATING".