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 - Local for 30 years
Mission Chinese Food. A pop-up located within an existing restaurant, inside the Lung Shan Restaurant on 2234 Mission. Amazing food, not really fine dining, but maybe the best Asian food in the city!
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 - Local for 50 years
A neighborhood favorite is the Owl Tree Bar on Post and Taylor. It's frequented by many who work and live in the neighborhood and is icon among locals. The Mango Mojito is very popular.
Locals in the downtown Union Square area can usually be found at Johnny Foley's Irish Pub on O'Farrell Street. There is live music and the atmosphere is relaxed and fun.
Tim Erkelens-Probst - Local for 4 years
Take care of your insides as well as your outside. 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 or if you want something a little less intense, check out their yoga studio.
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 in gold, silver, precious and semi-precious stones made mostly by Bay Area designers.
Picnic is a charming neighborhood boutique that has everything you need; from soy candles to fragrant soaps, to jewelry and silk dresses.
Jill Lazzaretti - Local for All my life years
Smuggler's Cove - Best described as a pirate themed tiki bar, choose from a variety of over 70 Rum inspired cocktails. I suggest trying their Scorpion Bowl with a few friends.
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 or "air" conditioning work out class.
Garret Gerritsen - Local for 21 years
Miette Confectionery and Bake shop in the Hayes Valley, instantly transports you to pre WWII era candy shop. You'll find nostalgic candies that your grandparents enjoyed.
La Rosa in the Haight. Walk through time at this Mens and Womens Habadashery which just proves its "ALL JUST A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY REPEATING".