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San Francisco - City by the Bay

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San Francisco from a UK visitors point of view. I've been a regular visitor for the last 15 years and love San Francisco.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

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23 Places

Mikkeller Bar

Restaurants

Crissy Field

Parks

AT&T Park

Arenas & Stadiums

San Francisco Bay

Bodies of Water

21st Amendment

Restaurants

Cable Cars

Tramways

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

Theatres

Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

Restaurants

San Remo Hotel

Hotels

Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco

Hotels

Fisherman's Wharf

Neighbourhoods, Piers & Boardwalks

Alcatraz Island

Historic Sites, Islands, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas

Golden Gate Bridge

Bridges

Holiday Inn San Francisco Fishermans Wharf

Hotels

Golden Gate Park

Parks

Pier 39

Piers & Boardwalks

Chinatown

Neighbourhoods

San Francisco Bay Bridge

Bridges

Lombard Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Market Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

The Embarcadero

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods, Piers & Boardwalks, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Coit Tower

Architectural Buildings, Monuments & Statues, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Haight-Ashbury

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Clembo1957's City Tips

  • By a 1 Day, 3 Day or 7 Day MUNi pass, for use on Cable Cats, buses and MUNI subways. The best way to see SF. Alternatively by a Citipass which includes admission to museums as well as a MUNi pass,
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    Mikkeller Bar
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Pub)
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    One of the best new bars in San Francisco reflecting the growthof of Craft Beer in Northern California. A great selection of beers on tap and good food..

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Plenty of tables and seats at the bar
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #274 of 4,229 restaurants in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Large Mikkeller 13/11/2017
    • Guaranteed Mikkeller quality 08/11/2017
    • Mikkeller Bar
    Address:
    34 Mason St
    San Francisco, CA 94102-2806
    Phone:
    +1 415-984-0279
    Hours:
    Sun - Wed
    12:00 - 00:00
    Thu - Sat
    12:00 - 02:00
    Other:
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    Crissy Field
    Parks
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    A breathtaking walk from the Marina District to the Golden Gate Bridge. Chrissy Field is returning to its natural wild state. Breathtaking views of the Bridge

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Go early in the morning and join the walkers, joggers and dog lovers
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Super views of GG Bridge from an old airfield turned city park 01/11/2017
    • old airfield now a park 24/10/2017
    • Crissy Field
    Address:
    1199 E Beach
    San Francisco, CA 94129-1605
    Phone:
    +1 415-561-4323
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:58 - 19:00
    Other:
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    AT&T Park
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    Home of the San Francisco Giants and one of the best Ballparks in the country. Try to get to a game if visiting between April and September. Great atmosphere and a must visit for sports fans.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Guided tours available
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Baseball 18/11/2017
    • Field of dreams 15/11/2017
    • AT&T Park
    Address:
    24 Willie Mays Plz
    San Francisco, CA 94107-2134
    Phone:
    +1 415-972-2400
    Price range:
    US$22 - US$22
    Other:
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    San Francisco Bay
    Bodies of Water
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    The city by the bay, see the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, take a ferry, walk the Bridge

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Ferries to Sausalito and Larkspur all have great views and are a lot cheaper than the tourist cruises
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • I was expecting more 15/11/2017
    • Sea the Lions 14/11/2017
    • San Francisco Bay
    Phone:
    +1 415-788-2222
    Other:
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    21st Amendment
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Pub, Contemporary)
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    Close to the ballpark and very busy on game days. Good food, great atmosphere and a good range of beers. I felt like a local after a couple of visits

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Very busy when the Giants are at home
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #214 of 4,229 restaurants in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun Place for Drinks 06/11/2017
    • Favourite Bar in SF 26/10/2017
    • 21st Amendment
    Address:
    563 Second St
    San Francisco, CA 94107
    Phone:
    +1 415-369-0900
    Price range:
    US$21 - US$40
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 00:00
    Mon - Thu
    11:30 - 00:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:30 - 01:00
    Other:
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    Cable Cars
    Tramways
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    A must do for all tourists. A great experience with great views of the city

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Long queues at the start and end of each line so board a few stops down. Expensive so by a Muni Pass for repeated rides.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ride on the cable cars 18/11/2017
    • Well worth queing for. 18/11/2017
    • Cable Cars
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
    Theatres
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    A San Francisco gem and worth a visit for the Photo opportunity. If you're walking from the Marina to the Golden Gate Bridge it's a short detour

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • A peaceful walk around the lake
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely place for spending couple of hours 11/11/2017
    • Beautiful remnant of the 1915 Expo 08/11/2017
    • Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
    Address:
    3301 Lyon Street
    San Francisco, CA 94123-1002
    Phone:
    +1 415-563-6504
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
    Restaurants (Bar, Spanish, Pub)
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    Another Brewpub, South of Market St. Popular with conventioneers, tourists and locals. Good food, good beer and good service.

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Sit at the bar for a chat with the bartender. Check out the Flamenco Dancing
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #242 of 4,229 restaurants in San Francisco
    • Great location, great food! 14/11/2017
    • Decent food and drinks in large but intimate venue 09/11/2017
    • Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
    Address:
    661 Howard St
    San Francisco, CA 94105-3915
    Phone:
    +1 415-974-0905
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 22:00
    Mon - Thu
    11:30 - 22:00
    Fri
    11:30 - 23:00
    Sat
    12:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    San Remo Hotel
    Hotels
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    On my first visit to San Francisco in 1999 I was on a tight budget and stopped at the San Remo one of SF's best kept secrets. Cheap compared to San Francisco's chain hotels. Bathrooms are shared, rooms are small but the hotel has a great character

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • For the budget traveller
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 54 Accommodation in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very Interesting Hotel 17/11/2017
    • Unique Experience 15/11/2017
    • San Remo Hotel
    Address:
    2237 Mason St
    San Francisco, CA 94133-1899
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    Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
    Hotels
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    Handy for Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39 etc a good location, I've stopped here a few times. You know what you get witH Hyatt

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Book early for the best deals
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #70 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
    • Very friendly staff and great amenities 17/11/2017
    • Excellence + Approachable = Perfection! 16/11/2017
    • Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
    Address:
    555 North Point Street
    San Francisco, CA 94133-1311
    Phone:
    (415) 212-5634
    Other:
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    Fisherman's Wharf
    Neighbourhoods, Piers & Boardwalks
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    Strictly for the tourists the Wharf abounds with tacky souvenir stores. Worth a visit but aimed at the tourist

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Try the clam Chowder at one of the food stalls
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic birthday trip 18/11/2017
    • Tourist trap but we still enjoyed it 17/11/2017
    • Fisherman's Wharf
    Address:
    Jefferson Street
    Between Hyde and Powell Streets
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    Phone:
    +1 415-673-3530
    Other:
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    Alcatraz Island
    Historic Sites, Islands, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    A must visit for any tourist the prison is atmospheric, spooky and full of history. Visit early - take the first boat if possible and book in advance during the summer

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go early or do the Alcatraz After Dark tour if possible
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Loved the Bar Spreaders 18/11/2017
    • 5 stars 18/11/2017
    • Alcatraz Island
    Address:
    Pier 33
    B201 Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94122
    Phone:
    +1 415-981-7625
    Other:
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    Golden Gate Bridge
    Bridges
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    The best known bridge in the world, an Icon. There's a pedestrian walkway so walk across, it's well over a mile to the other side. Walk from the Marina along the beach and Chrissy Fields then walk the Bridge itself.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bike the Bridge - cycle to Sausalito then take the Ferry back
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing views of bridge 18/11/2017
    • Fun View 18/11/2017
    • Golden Gate Bridge
    Address:
    Lincoln Boulevard, near Doyle Drive and Fort Point
    San Francisco, CA 94129
    Phone:
    +1 415-921-5858
    Other:
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    Holiday Inn San Francisco Fishermans Wharf
    Hotels
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    Good location on Columbus Avenue, I've stayed here on several occasions. Typical Holiday Inn but welcoming

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get a top floor room
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #86 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
    • very good location, friendly reception staff 18/11/2017
    • Fisherman"s Wharf stay. 16/11/2017
    • Holiday Inn San Francisco Fishermans Wharf
    Address:
    1300 Columbus Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94133-1328
    Phone:
    +1 877-859-5095
    Other:
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    Golden Gate Park
    Parks
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    Acres and acres of the landscaped park stretching down from Haight to The a Pacific Ocean. A lot to see so wear your walking shoes and give it plenty of time

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Enjoy a walk in the park
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Fine Jewel in a City Of Jewels 17/11/2017
    • Family 16/11/2017
    • Golden Gate Park
    Address:
    501 Stanyan St
    San Francisco, CA 94117-1898
    Phone:
    (415) 831-2700
    Other:
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    Pier 39
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    Tourist Central but worth a visit to see the sea lions

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go early and avoid the tourists
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Walk around the pier 18/11/2017
    • A must for tourists 17/11/2017
    • Pier 39
    Address:
    Beach Street & The Embarcadero
    Parking area
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    Phone:
    +1 415-705-5500
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Chinatown
    Neighbourhoods
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    Historic Chinatown, check out the tacky souvenir stores but enjoy the atmosphere. Check out a restaurant or two.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Look for the places where the locals are eating not the tourists
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    • Feels like you’re in another city 17/11/2017
    • A little over rated 17/11/2017
    • Chinatown
    Address:
    Grant Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    Phone:
    +1 888-212-3203
    Other:
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    San Francisco Bay Bridge
    Bridges
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    Unfortunately you can't walk over this one but great for photos. Overshadowed by the more famous Bridge in SF but a great bridge in it's own right.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Take a bus or drive over
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing bridge for views and sunrise 17/11/2017
    • Fantastic bridge for sunrise photography 10/11/2017
    • San Francisco Bay Bridge
    Address:
    Highway 80 West
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    Phone:
    +1 510-286-4444
    Other:
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    Lombard Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    Another tourist Mecca. Twisting and turning, the crooked bit is just a small section of Lombard St

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go first thing in the morning to avoid the tourists and don't annoy the residents!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • That's some crazy street 18/11/2017
    • We walked it! 18/11/2017
    • Lombard Street
    Phone:
    +1 415-391-2000
    Other:
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    Market Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    The main shopping strip in SF, ride the historic trolley buses down Market to the Castro

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take care crossing!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #101 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    • Part good, part bad 17/11/2017
    • The Good, The Bad & the Ugly 13/11/2017
    • Market Street
    Address:
    Market Street
    San Francisco, CA
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    The Embarcadero
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods, Piers & Boardwalks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
    See more photos
    Clembo1957 Says:

    Revived since the 1988 earthquake resulted in the double decker freeway being demolished, opened up, runs from Fishermans Wharf with historic trolley buses, piers and a lot of SF history

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take a vintage trolley bus.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Put on your walking shoes! 11/11/2017
    • Long street ... 29/10/2017
    • The Embarcadero
    Address:
    Embarcadero Blvd
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Other:
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    Coit Tower
    Architectural Buildings, Monuments & Statues, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    An historic SF landmark, a good walk up hill or take the bus. Great views from the top

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Enjoy great views of San Francisco
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice place to visit 17/11/2017
    • Panoramic City Views 14/11/2017
    • Coit Tower
    Address:
    1 Telegraph Hill Blvd
    San Francisco, CA 94133-3106
    Phone:
    +1 415-488-7772
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$8
    Other:
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    Haight-Ashbury
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Clembo1957 Says:

    Nowadays it's an hippy theme park but still lots of funky stores and the famous road sign

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Have lunch in Magnolia
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • great experience 15/11/2017
    • Hippy Turnover 15/11/2017
    • Haight-Ashbury
    Address:
    Haight Street between Masonic and Stanyan
    San Francisco, CA 94117
    Phone:
    +1 415-391-2000
    Other:
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