150 Awesome Things To Do In San Francisco

San Francisco, in northern California, is a city with a ton of fun things to do. It is situated on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. San Francisco is known for its hilly landscape, year-round fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and colorful Victorian houses. We hope this list of the top 150 fun things to do makes your stay in San Fran the best it could be!

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Night Tour

Listen to stories about the legendary Alcatraz Island at the Night Tour

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Golden Gate Bridge

Cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on foot and enjoy the view

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AT&T Park

Catch the Giants play ball at AT&T Park

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San Francisco Bay

Watch the sunset at San Francisco Bay

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Golden Gate Park

Wander aimlessly in Golden Gate Park

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Wiggle Route

Discover the Wiggle route while pedalling through the heart of the city

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San Francisco Love Tour

Ride the VW Hippie Bus at the San Francisco Love Tour

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Red and White Fleet

Go sightseeing aboard the historic Red and White Fleet

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The Double Decker Bus

Ride the Double Decker Bus and see SF’s most famous landmarks

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Time Machine Tour

Meet Emperor Norton I at the Time Machine Tour

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Lands End

Get a breath taking view of the Golden Gate from Lands End

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Twin Peaks

Check out the spectacular view of the Bay Area from Twin Peaks

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Exploratorium

Explore the interactive exhibits at the Exploratorium

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Palace of Fine Arts

Take a romantic stroll at the Palace of Fine Arts

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Cable Car Ride

Move around the city aboard the cable car

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California Academy of Sciences

Step into an aquarium, planetarium, museum, and more at the California Academy of Sciences

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Walt Disney Family Museum

Find out how the magic all began at the Walt Disney Family Museum

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Legion of Honor

View the Thinker and other impressive artwork at Legion of Honor

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Cable Car Museum

See interesting memorabilia at the Cable Car Museum

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Lombard Street

Stand at the bottom of Lombard Street and watch how cars maneuver this crooked road

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Musee Mecanique

Take a trip down memory lane at Musee Mecanique

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Pier 39

Be fascinated by the sea lions at Pier 39

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Fisherman’s Wharf and Waterfront Segway Tour

Book the Fisherman’s Wharf and Waterfront Segway Tour

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Presidio of San Francisco

Bring a picnic basket and enjoy a day at Presidio of San Francisco

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Young Museum

Look at over 27,000 works of art at de Young Museum

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Crissy Field

Go jogging along the beach at Crissy Field

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Adventure Cat

Sail into the sunset with Adventure Cat

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Hornblower

Have brunch while cruising the Bay aboard the Hornblower

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Blue and Gold Fleet

Explore the San Francisco Bay while riding the Blue and Gold Fleet

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Fisherman’s Wharf

Search for the best seafood restaurants at Fisherman’s Wharf

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Fort Point

See a cannon loading demonstration at Fort Point

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Ferry Building Marketplace

Satisfy your food cravings at Ferry Building Marketplace

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Asian Art Museum

View the masterpieces at the Asian Art Museum

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City Lights

Search for hard to find books at City Lights

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Boudin at the Wharf

Watch the bakers at work at Boudin at the Wharf

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Union Square

Go people watching at Union Square

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Amoeba Music

Find the classics as well as new releases at Amoeba Music

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Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

See the freshest produce at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

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Fortune Cookie Factory

Learn how fortune cookies are made

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Green Apple Books

Browse the shelves for old or new titles at Green Apple Books

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Gump’s

Shop for the perfect gift at Gump’s

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Italian deli at Molinari’s

Have a taste of old-school Italian deli at Molinari’s

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Paxton Gate

Spot weird and wonderful items at Paxton Gate

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Z. Cioccolato

Indulge your sweet tooth at Z. Cioccolato

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Beard Papa’s

Taste a yummy cream puff from Beard Papa’s

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Warming Hut

Have a hot chocolate at the Warming Hut on a cold day

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Downtown

Check out the sights and sounds of Downtown

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San Francisco Symphony

Listen to a world class performance by the San Francisco Symphony

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Davies Symphony Hall

Have a night filled with music at Davies Symphony Hall

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San Francisco Opera

Watch an amazing performance by the San Francisco Opera

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Baker Beach

Get sand on your feet at Baker Beach

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Beach Blanket Babylon

See the hilarious Beach Blanket Babylon on stage

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Feinstein’s at the Nikko

Have dinner while watching the show at Feinstein’s at the Nikko

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

Catch over a hundred musical artists at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

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Un-Scripted Theater Company

Be entertained by the Un-Scripted Theater Company

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Speakeasy Ales

Take a tour of Speakeasy Ales and Lagers Brewery and sample their best beers

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Brick and Mortar Music Hall

Get tickets to see a rockin’ show at Brick and Mortar Music Hall

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Brava Theater Center

Find out who’s performing next at Brava Theater Center

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Grace Cathedral

Do Yoga on the Labyrinth at Grace Cathedral on a Tuesday night

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Angel Island State Park

Go hiking in Angel Island State Park

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Japanese Tea Garden

Meditate at the Japanese Tea Garden

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Golden Gate Promenade

Relax at the Golden Gate Promenade

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Coit Tower

Get a 360 view of the city from the Coit Tower

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The Bay Bridge

Bike across the Bay Bridge and check out the magnificent view

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16th Avenue

Get a good workout climbing the 163 tiled steps on 16th Avenue

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49 Mile Scenic route

See famous landmarks while driving the 49 Mile Scenic route

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San Francisco City Hall

Take a tour of the San Francisco City Hall

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San Francisco Ballet

Watch an enchanting performance by the San Francisco Ballet

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San Francisco Botanical Garden

Be one with nature at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

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Embarcadero

Walk around the Embarcadero and check out the local shops

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SS Jeremiah O’Brien

Aboard the SS Jeremiah O’Brien and experience living history

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USS Pampanito

Learn more about WWII history while exploring the USS Pampanito

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Ghirardelli Square

Wine and dine at Ghirardelli Square

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Filbert Steps

Climb the Filbert Steps and find out where it leads to

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Maritime National Historical Park

Walk on the Balclutha and other historic vessels at the Maritime National Historical Park

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Alamo Square

Find the “Painted Ladies” in Alamo Square

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Castro

Take a stroll in the colorful neighborhood of the Castro

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Chinatown

Spot great places to eat in Chinatown

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Fort Funston

Go hang gliding in Fort Funston

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Cliff House

Sit by the window for a Sunday brunch at Cliff House

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Mission Dolores Park

Spend an afternoon relaxing in Mission Dolores Park

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Westfield San Francisco Centre

Go window shopping in Westfield San Francisco Centre

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Streetcar Ride

Ride San Francisco’s famed historic streetcar

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Orpheum Theatre

Get tickets to see a show at Orpheum Theatre

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Sutro Baths

Explore the ruins of Sutro Baths

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Conservatory of Flowers

Smell the fresh blooms at the Conservatory of Flowers

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Coastal Trail

Go hiking with a great view on the Coastal Trail

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San Francisco Zoo

Meet the wonderful animals at San Francisco Zoo

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Mission Dolores

Visit the Cemetery and Gardens of Mission Dolores

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North Beach

Find the best eats in North Beach

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Yerba Buena Gardens

Sit by the waterfalls at Yerba Buena Gardens

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Ocean Beach

Fly a kite at Ocean Beach

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Wells Fargo History Museum

Learn how to drive a stagecoach at Wells Fargo History Museum

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Russian Hill

Have a great work out climbing up and down Russian Hill

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Alamo Square

Walk your dog in Alamo Square

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Madame Tussauds

Get closer to the stars at Madame Tussauds

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Little Italy

Check out the cafes and ice cream shops in Little Italy

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Powell and Market Streets

Watch a cable car being manually turned around on Powell and Market Streets

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Haight-Ashbury

Spot a giant pair of legs dangling from a window in Haight-Ashbury

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Treasure Island

Get a great view of San Francisco from Treasure Island

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Telegraph Hill

Find the parrots of Telegraph Hill

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Mission District

Take a look at the colorful murals in Mission District

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at SFJazz Center

Enjoy a jazz filled evening at SFJazz Center

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Buena Vista Cafe

Have an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista Cafe

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The Saloon

Listen to some blues at the Saloon, the oldest bar in San Francisco

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The View

Sip some cocktails at the View

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Weepers’ Corner

Gaze out the window in “Weepers’ Corner”

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Vesuvio Cafe

Have late night drinks at Vesuvio Cafe

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Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar

Share a Lava Bowl with your date at Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar

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Toronado

Find out what’s on tap at Toronado

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Smuggler’s Cove

Choose over 400 rare rums at Smuggler’s Cove

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Sausage Sampler at Mikkeller Bar

Order the Sausage Sampler at Mikkeller Bar

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Starlight Room

Dance the night away at the Starlight Room

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Hi Dive

Have a late night dinner at Hi Dive after a game

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Taste Club Deluxe’s

Taste Club Deluxe’s famous pizza

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Cityscape Lounge

Unwind after a long day at Cityscape Lounge

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Slim’s

Catch your favorite band at Slim’s

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Rickhouse

Have cocktails with friends at Rickhouse

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Gold Dust Lounge

Hang out at the iconic Gold Dust Lounge

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Vertigo

Watch Hitchcock’s film “Vertigo” at the hotel lobby

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Bimbo’s 365

See who’s performing next at Bimbo’s 365

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Gino and Carlo

Have drinks while watching a game at Gino and Carlo

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Tortoises in Huntington Park

View the Fountain of the Tortoises in Huntington Park

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Moscone Center

Find out what’s happening next at Moscone Center

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Aquarium of the Bay

Explore the world beneath the water at Aquarium of the Bay

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Off the Grid

Check out the food trucks at Off the Grid

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Balmy Alley

Take pictures of the amazing street art at Balmy Alley

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Grand View Park

Get a panoramic view of the city in the aptly named Grand View Park

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Pier 39

Be entertained by street performers at Pier 39

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Autodesk Gallery

Take a free guided tour of Autodesk Gallery on Wednesdays

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Anchor Brewing Company

Tour Anchor Brewing Company, America’s first and oldest craft brewery

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War Memorial Opera House

Watch a magical performance at the War Memorial Opera House

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Beat Museum

Have a blast from the past at the Beat Museum

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China Beach

Chill out on China Beach

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Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown

Join in the festivities of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown

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Treasure Island Flea Market

Discover hidden treasures at the Treasure Island Flea Market

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Children’s Creativity Museum

Let the kids play and learn at the Children’s Creativity Museum

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Transamerica Pyramid

Take a snap of Transamerica Pyramid, the tallest skyscraper in San Francisco

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B.A.R.T.

Ride the B.A.R.T. and get to your next destination in no time

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Lyon Street Steps

Find a “heart” at the bottom of the Lyon Street steps

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Museum of the African Diaspora

Learn more about African history and culture at the Museum of the African Diaspora

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Aviation Museum and Library

Know interesting facts about the history of flight at the Aviation Museum and Library

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San Francisco Public Library

Get a library card from the San Francisco Public Library

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Kokkari Estiatorio

Savor Greek cuisine at Kokkari Estiatorio

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Liholiho Yacht Club

Make a dinner reservation at Liholiho Yacht Club

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Hog Island Oyster Co.

Taste hand raised oysters at Hog Island Oyster Co.

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Humphry Slocombe

Scream for ice cream at Humphry Slocombe

As you can see, there’s plenty to do in San Francisco. But if we missed something make sure to suggest it be added! Don’t forget to check out all of the other things to do in LA and San Diego!