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Guidebook for San Francisco

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Guidebook for San Francisco

Arts & Culture
Amazing old movie palace with a great program. Home to all the film festivals in San Francisco.
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The Castro Theatre
429 Castro St
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Amazing old movie palace with a great program. Home to all the film festivals in San Francisco.
Great art house movie theater. And a venue for many of the major film festivals. Love seeing films in this very NOT cineplex environment.
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Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street
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Great art house movie theater. And a venue for many of the major film festivals. Love seeing films in this very NOT cineplex environment.
old, important, vibrant, vital storefront theatre company . Loretto Grecco is at the helm and runs a fierce season of work.
Magic Theatre
old, important, vibrant, vital storefront theatre company . Loretto Grecco is at the helm and runs a fierce season of work.
great touring collections, but the real treat is the museum itself- from the perforated brass exterior that is patinaing green, to the twisted tower, to the sculpture garden.. don't miss the Turrell!
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Museu Memorial de M. H. de Young
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
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great touring collections, but the real treat is the museum itself- from the perforated brass exterior that is patinaing green, to the twisted tower, to the sculpture garden.. don't miss the Turrell!
Fantastic modern arts museum. Recently renovated/expanded.
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Museu de Arte Moderna de São Francisco
151 3rd St
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Fantastic modern arts museum. Recently renovated/expanded.
Excellent venue for jazz and other music. Check out their calendar for the events.
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SF Jazz Center
201 Franklin St
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Excellent venue for jazz and other music. Check out their calendar for the events.
Essentials
Large gorcery store.
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Safeway
2020 Market Street
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Large gorcery store.
Large grocery store.
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Whole Foods Market
2001 Market Street
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Large grocery store.
A corner store with a huge selection of beers. Also sells snacks and ice creams and other corner store fare. Owner is a very nice Palestinian American guy with some Irish connection.
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Healthy Spirits
2299 15th Street
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A corner store with a huge selection of beers. Also sells snacks and ice creams and other corner store fare. Owner is a very nice Palestinian American guy with some Irish connection.
A funky corner store with cheap and good produce, flowers, cheese, and other goodies. One of my favorite place to shop in the 'hood.
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Courtney's Produce
101 Castro Street
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A funky corner store with cheap and good produce, flowers, cheese, and other goodies. One of my favorite place to shop in the 'hood.
Neighborhood deli & liquor store. Opens later than most stores in the area.
Rosenberg Food & Beverage, Liquor
276 Noe Street
Neighborhood deli & liquor store. Opens later than most stores in the area.
Food Scene
Great neighborhood Mediterranean restaurant.
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La Mediterranee
288 Noe Street
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Great neighborhood Mediterranean restaurant.
Great fast cheap Vietnamese sandwiches
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Dinosaurs
2275 Market Street
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Great fast cheap Vietnamese sandwiches
Fantastic small seafood place. From another era. But beware, lines long, no reservations taken. Put name on board and go for a walk for a while. Especially love the pasta seafood dishes.
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Anchor Oyster Bar
579 Castro Street
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Fantastic small seafood place. From another era. But beware, lines long, no reservations taken. Put name on board and go for a walk for a while. Especially love the pasta seafood dishes.
Favorite laid back breakfast simple brunch place. Sit outside if weather is nice, sun warms you as you drink your coffee and eat their great almond crossoints.
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Cafe du Soleil
200 Fillmore St
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Favorite laid back breakfast simple brunch place. Sit outside if weather is nice, sun warms you as you drink your coffee and eat their great almond crossoints.
Neighborhood Japanese restaurant with nice owners. Service sometimes slow, but excellent food.
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Amasia Hide's Sushi Bar
149 Noe Street
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Neighborhood Japanese restaurant with nice owners. Service sometimes slow, but excellent food.
Very nice small neighborhood French bistro. Excellent food. Hard to get a table so book early.
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L'Ardoise
151 Noe St
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Very nice small neighborhood French bistro. Excellent food. Hard to get a table so book early.
Fun and lively bar and restaurant. Casual with good food. Medium priced.
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Starbelly
3583 16th Street
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Fun and lively bar and restaurant. Casual with good food. Medium priced.
Lovely place to hang out outdoors when the weather is nice. Good for brunch, lunch, or just tea/coffee. No outlets available for laptops.
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Duboce Park Cafe
2 Sanchez St
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Lovely place to hang out outdoors when the weather is nice. Good for brunch, lunch, or just tea/coffee. No outlets available for laptops.
Nouveau American diner that open later. Good, cheery spot. One of our regular places.
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Chow Food Bar
215 Church Street
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Nouveau American diner that open later. Good, cheery spot. One of our regular places.
Seriously delicious ice cream. Always a line outside the door. Worth the wait.
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Bi-Rite Creamery
3692 18th Street
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Seriously delicious ice cream. Always a line outside the door. Worth the wait.
Burgers! Soft serve dipped in chocolate! Need I say more?
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Super Duper Burgers
2304 Market Street
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Burgers! Soft serve dipped in chocolate! Need I say more?
Just a old fashion, unpretentious, gay Castro diner.
The Cove on Castro
434 Castro St
Just a old fashion, unpretentious, gay Castro diner.
Where I go when I'm craving a bowl of pho or five-spice chicken. Love the nonstop video of people cooking food in Saigon on the TVs overhead.
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Jasmine Garden
708 14th Street
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Where I go when I'm craving a bowl of pho or five-spice chicken. Love the nonstop video of people cooking food in Saigon on the TVs overhead.
Fine dining restaurant. Delicious and hugely popular. Hard to get a reservation but can try to walk in right when the place opens or way late.
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Frances
3870 17th Street
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Fine dining restaurant. Delicious and hugely popular. Hard to get a reservation but can try to walk in right when the place opens or way late.
Hole-in-the-wall delicious Vietnamese food with the (original) Mission vibe.
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Sunflower
3111 16th Street
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Hole-in-the-wall delicious Vietnamese food with the (original) Mission vibe.
The classic massive Mission taqueria. All tasty.
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Pancho Villa Taqueria
3071 16th Street
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The classic massive Mission taqueria. All tasty.
Great Mexican food with funky vibe, although it is louder and losing its edge of late. But Marguerita and pozole. Yum.
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Puerto Alegre
546 Valencia St
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Great Mexican food with funky vibe, although it is louder and losing its edge of late. But Marguerita and pozole. Yum.
Nice farm fresh ingrediants restaurant-- California Cuisine. Bit more expensive but good food.
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Fable
558 Castro Street
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Nice farm fresh ingrediants restaurant-- California Cuisine. Bit more expensive but good food.
Every saturday there is a big farmers market on the pier, full of fresh organic produce. And tons of great food, coffee, sweets from the store in the ferry building. Fun relaxed day.
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Ferry Bldg Marketplace
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Every saturday there is a big farmers market on the pier, full of fresh organic produce. And tons of great food, coffee, sweets from the store in the ferry building. Fun relaxed day.
A neighborhood institution. Food is okay, but a fun place to hang out, have a coffee/drink, and people-watch.
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Flore on Market
2298 Market Street
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A neighborhood institution. Food is okay, but a fun place to hang out, have a coffee/drink, and people-watch.
Great coffee & tea.
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Peet's Coffee
2257 Market Street
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Great coffee & tea.
Great Mexican spot with delicious food.
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Tacorgasmico
2337 Market Street
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Great Mexican spot with delicious food.
Simple taqueria around the corner with good food and outdoor seating.
Tacos Club
2324 Market St
Simple taqueria around the corner with good food and outdoor seating.
Castro institution. Super casual. Great place to grab a slice before going to the movies at the Castro Theater.
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Marcello's Pizza
420 Castro Street
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Castro institution. Super casual. Great place to grab a slice before going to the movies at the Castro Theater.
Good excuse to check out Glen Park. Great pizza but no reservation, so be prepared to wait.
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Gialina
2842 Diamond St
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Good excuse to check out Glen Park. Great pizza but no reservation, so be prepared to wait.
Sightseeing
A short hike and a amazing view of downtown and Bay Bridge. 2 tennis courts if you walk up the hill on 15th Street.
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Corona Heights Park
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A short hike and a amazing view of downtown and Bay Bridge. 2 tennis courts if you walk up the hill on 15th Street.
San Francisco landmark. Going under a full renovation at the moment, but a great place to hang out, see the city view, and buy anything from hot tamales to... other stuff.
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Mission Dolores Park
Dolores Street
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San Francisco landmark. Going under a full renovation at the moment, but a great place to hang out, see the city view, and buy anything from hot tamales to... other stuff.
Ruins of huge Victorian Vacation Public Baths, evocative, haunted place on the stunning coast. Go the the park above and to the north in lands end, some spectacular trails on sea. But dress warm!
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Sutro Baths
1004 Point Lobos Ave
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Ruins of huge Victorian Vacation Public Baths, evocative, haunted place on the stunning coast. Go the the park above and to the north in lands end, some spectacular trails on sea. But dress warm!
Get a taste of the public stairs ("steps") that San Francisco is famous for. This is walking distance... more extravagant ones are in the northeast side of the City.
Vulcan Stairs
Vulcan Stairs
Get a taste of the public stairs ("steps") that San Francisco is famous for. This is walking distance... more extravagant ones are in the northeast side of the City.
Iconic "Tales of the City"-esque steps in North Beach. A real hike but totally worth it.
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Filbert Steps
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Iconic "Tales of the City"-esque steps in North Beach. A real hike but totally worth it.
Shopping
Particularly good 2nd hand clothing store. Think it is due to it being a gay neighborhood and the boys always buying new cloths. I am happy getting great cloths that are barely used a year later.
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Crossroads Trading
2123 Market Street
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Particularly good 2nd hand clothing store. Think it is due to it being a gay neighborhood and the boys always buying new cloths. I am happy getting great cloths that are barely used a year later.
Old fashion hardware store crossed with drag queen supplies crossed with toy store. Check out both store (right next to each other). Love Cliffs
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Cliff's Variety
479 Castro Street
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Old fashion hardware store crossed with drag queen supplies crossed with toy store. Check out both store (right next to each other). Love Cliffs
oddities- from gems to bones to stuffed animals to some great books.
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Paxton Gate
824 Valencia St
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oddities- from gems to bones to stuffed animals to some great books.
Ship some souvenirs home!
The UPS Store
2370 Market Street
Ship some souvenirs home!
Drugstore/pharmacy. Opens 24 hours!
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Walgreens Pharmacy
4129 18th Street
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Drugstore/pharmacy. Opens 24 hours!
Drinks & Nightlife
Gay dive bar with back patio. Low key hang out spot for a couple of beers.
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The Mix
4086 18th St
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Gay dive bar with back patio. Low key hang out spot for a couple of beers.
If you want to do some dancing in the Castro, this would be a good spot. Intimate and posh.
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QBar
456 Castro Street
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If you want to do some dancing in the Castro, this would be a good spot. Intimate and posh.
Great cocktails. Fun place to hang out with friends. On the louder side.
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Blackbird
2124 Market Street
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Great cocktails. Fun place to hang out with friends. On the louder side.
Industrial vibe. Big windows. Packed all the time. Lots of hipsters.
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Churchill
198 Church Street
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Industrial vibe. Big windows. Packed all the time. Lots of hipsters.
Everything Else
Castro branch of the San Francisco chain of gyms. Busy. Mostly men.
Fitness SF Castro
2301 Market Street
Castro branch of the San Francisco chain of gyms. Busy. Mostly men.
Bank & ATM
ATM (Chase Bank)
2112 15th St
Bank & ATM
Usually a line... try not to go at lunch time or towards the end of the day.
United States Postal Service
4304 18th Street
Usually a line... try not to go at lunch time or towards the end of the day.
Laundry and dry cleaning. Nice Chinese family runs it.
Jack's Laundry
196 Noe St
Laundry and dry cleaning. Nice Chinese family runs it.