Things to do in San Francisco
Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts
Best of the best
671 local Airbnb hosts recommend
People congregate here on sunny days to enjoy the amazing views of SF. There's nothing quite like it anywhere else. There's also a recently renovated playground that appeals to kids young & old. Bi... read more
Want to have a glorious time people watching on a sunny day? Pack a picnic and a 6-pack and walk on over to recently renovated Dolores Park. Check out the rather spectacular children's playground... read more
437 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Coffee and pastries! Real cream, rich pastries, done the old-fashioned way. For a decadent experience try the Banana Cream Tart, or one of their hot pressed sandwiches!
You must try Tartine in the Mission. It’s at 18th and Guerrero, and there will most definitely be a line out the door. But the wait is worth it, and the line moves fast. There are few places I thin... read more
437 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Visit the huge foodie farmers market, stroll through the shops, sample artisan cheese and chocolate, eat oysters at sunset and watch the Bay Lights on the Bay Bridge. Ferry boats leave from the back.
The Ferry Building is like a historic mini mall set inside hence the name "ferry building". Looks very elegant and lively inside esp when the place fills up with customers going in to shop for spec... read more
439 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Great exhibits mostly of contemporary arts. Current exhibit has Oscar De La Renta's fashion design collections on display. Restaurant on site as well and it's conveniently located next to the Ja... read more
The following San Francisco museums offer FREE ADMISSION on the FIRST TUESDAY of every month: Legion of Honor - lands end; De Young-in golden gate park; The Conservatory of Flowers - Golden Gate P... read more
592 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Absolutely gorgeous park! Home to the DeYoung museum, the Botanical garden, the Academy of Science, the Japanese Tea Garden, tennis courts, playgrounds, and lots of trails for jogging. One of my f... read more
402 local Airbnb hosts recommend
The California Academy of Sciences is a natural history museum in San Francisco, California, that is among the largest museums of natural history in the world, housing over 26 million specimens. Co... read more
344 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Home of the World Series winning SF Giants! If you don’t have time to see a Giants baseball game but a game is going on, walk to the east side (waterfront promenade) of AT&T Park. There is an area... read more
325 local Airbnb hosts recommend
You can go sit in the bar area (first come first serve) or you can try to get a table. The food is really good. They're open for dinner 7 days a week and they have a good weekend brunch. It's fun t... read more
Hands down my favorite restaurant in SF. The food. The staff. The space. Exceptional. Always. If you can plan in advance, try to get a reservation. Otherwise, arrive at 5pm and you'll be seated at ... read more
322 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Ice cream that people wait in endless lines for. Why? Well, because it's worth it. Salted Caramel, Honey Lavender, Creme Fraiche are some of our faves. Gets lots of taste spoons, it's worth the wait!
This is the second best ice cream shop in the city but the most crowded. It is not unusual to wait 20 minutes in line for ice cream. Insider tip: there is a second window that serves baked goods ... read more
232 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Strong brew that draws a fanatical following of coffee snobs. Definitely hits the spot if you need a caffeine fix. Nice little outdoor seating on the sidewalk as well.
This may be one of the best coffee roasters in the world. My favorite thing to do is to step up to the single origin bar where they have up to 6 unique coffees from around the world. An animated (a... read more
If hipster coffee had a high temple of worship this would be it. You might get funny stares riding up without a fixie, but the coffee is worth it. So is the bacon cheddar scone!
229 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Yum! Delfina offers Cal-Italian cuisine, and is a delicious and delightful (tho not cheap) night out. Next door, Delfina Pizzeria offers Italian style thin crust pizza for the more casually inclined.
Two outstanding sister restaurants; the original is a northern Italian trattoria, the newer place is a pizzeria featuring thin crust pizza
234 local Airbnb hosts recommend
The newly reopened SFMOMA is absolutely incredible, from the architecture of the new space, to the art and sculptures inside. A must see!
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338 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Union Square is a 2.6-acre public plaza bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Streets in San Francisco, California. "Union Square" also refers to the central shopping, hotel, and theater distri
At the center of San Francisco is Union square, literally a town square surrounded by shops, a main SF trolley stop, and a whole lot of people watching. Look up events around the year including Chr... read more
224 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Coit Tower sits atop Telegraph Hill, looming over the eastern side of San Francisco with its almost regal presence. It serves as a directional marker for people lost in the mazes of city streets, b... read more
187 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Phil is the father of SF drip coffee by the cup. The original 24th St location is full of funky charm. Get a pastry from Knead Bakery next door, and try the Turkish coffee with mint & cardamom.
Philz Coffee is a specialty coffee retailer based in San Francisco that has 17 locations within California and specializes in hand-crafted coffee brewed one cup at a time.
186 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Pair this up with an evening stroll down Castro St. and you will not be disappointed. Most recent viewing? "R Kelly's: Trapped In The Closet - Sing Along." San Francisco's most colorful theatre.
181 local Airbnb hosts recommend
The Mill is legendary for their $4.00 slice of toast! Yes, it's a little over-the-top, but the bread is dense, thick, and house made (you can pick up a loaf on your way out) the house coffee is Fo... read more
264 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Get up early and greet the sunrise and brisk bay air with a hearty walk on the piers and along Jefferson Street, making sure to take a turn into Fish Alley. Known for its historic waterfront, delic... read more
Iconic and historic San Francisco! Take the old trolly from Powell Street/Market and ride it all the way to the end of the line, breathtaking views along the way. Once you arrive, visit Ghirardelli... read more
149 local Airbnb hosts recommend
A very popular brunch spot. Make reservations to get in on their lemon ricotta pancakes.
176 local Airbnb hosts recommend
In a town full of Taquerias this is a standout. Try the carnitas tacos, the best! And if you like strawberry you must try their strawberry agua fresca..OMG
Apparently the best burrito in the nation. We love it. We recommend calling in advance if you’re planning on taking out. If you go eat there, be prepared for a bit of a line. We love the burrit... read more
Get any taco "dorado" style for a crispy fried corn tortilla wrapped around a soft corn tortilla (chorizo is my favorite for tacos). Carne Asada burrito, with an aqua fresca or a beer and you're set.
141 local Airbnb hosts recommend
"A vibrant San Francisco neighborhood Mexican kitchen, celebrating the traditional cookery of Mexico and utilizing local, organic and sustainable ingredients." We get the totopos every time, and t... read more
I'm always wary of more "upscale" Mexican restaurants. Will they be as satisfying as our neighborhood taqueria? For Nopalito, the answer is a resounding yes. The Mexican cuisine is made using na... read more
A vibrant neighborhood Mexican kitchen celebrating the traditional cookery of Mexico and utilizing our philosophy of purchasing local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Serves lunch and dinner.
163 local Airbnb hosts recommend
162 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Casual french bistro. VERY popular for weekend brunch (long lines). Good egg dishes and pancakes by day, reasonably priced french bistro food by night.
Everything here is magic. My brother had his wedding rehearsal dinner here. We had our wedding rehearsal dinner here. The backyard ambience is superb, and the food is sooooo good. The line is ... read more
162 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Gorgeous thin crust pizzas, risottos, small plates of yum. Eggplant caponatina with burrata is a must. Terrific cocktails and a wonderful brunch as well. Gets very busy but you can call ahead and p... read more
Great cocktails, food is consistent, and lots of small bites make it less expensive than you would think, given how cool it looks and how busy it is. Call one hour ahead to put your name on the list.
Budget friendly. Handcrafted pizzas, small bites & unique cocktails keep this trendy spot hopping.
158 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Hard to get reservations. They reserve half their tables for walk ups. Get there 30 minutes before opening if you want to eat on the early side. Really great quality, delicious Italian inspired dishes
From Zagat: "Heavenly handmade pastas are the main attraction at this high-profile Mission Italian, where chef Thomas McNaughton’s seasonally inspired creations also include “terrific” wood-fired ... read more
157 local Airbnb hosts recommend
For budget choices try the food court on the bottom of the building and see the amazing original skylight at the top of the building. Mid-range and upscale stores. BART to Powell Street Station!
This is much more than a mall... Nordstroms and Bloomingdales are here, and go downstairs to check out the only in SF food court. Everything is in this mall... Madewell, J Crew, Banana, H&M, Lulu etc.
Huge shopping center with every store you could imagine! You can take the muni from forest hill station and in 15 minutes get off and walk right into the shopping center. Amazing food court!
173 local Airbnb hosts recommend
The Exploratorium is a museum in San Francisco whose stated mission is to change the way the world learns. It's an amazing hands-on science museum.
Dont go to the Palace of Fine Arts to find the Exploratorium. It has moved to Pier 15 at the Embarcadero! If you have an old Guide Book, you will go to the wrong location! Exploratorium: there is... read more
Another great science museum in San Francisco! New amazing location on the piers of SF Bay. Exhibits here should be touched and played with. (Map is WRONG, new location is Pier 15 on Embarcadero!)
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This is a very cool dive with the feel of rustic meets beach scene. Their walls are wooden and the foods are phenomenal and sort of pricey. It's a place to take someone on a romantic dinner and d... read more