How to NOT be a tourist in SF: Day Adventures. Part One.

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This is going to be a little series of day adventures you can go on in San Francisco. Instead of trying to cram a bunch of crap into one day while wasting time traveling to get from spot to spot, I made it easy for you.

Last week, I was visiting family in the Bay Area and I had a full day in San Francisco before my flight. After living there for 5 years (and growing up outside of it for my whole life), I have a ton of favorite spots.

I couldn’t do all of them in one day, so I picked one route and went with it. And I’ll share the rest with you in the next few weeks.

This day adventure has my favorite things: bottomless brunch, burritos, art, nature, and more booze.

a day in san francisco: part one

Grab a Phil’z coffee (24th & Folsom): Obviously you need to start out your day with the best f-ing coffee in San Francisco. There are over 30 different blends and each cup is made personally to your liking. It’s SO. DANG. GOOD. They also have amazing bagel sandwiches.

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Bottomless mimosas at Sycamore (Sycamore & Mission): Seeing as bottomless brunch is my favorite, I had to include it on the agenda. Don’t be fooled by the dive bar vibe – this place rocks. It’s $12 for bottomless with an entrée, the back patio is small & is picnic table style but worth the wait. And they definitely don’t let your mimosa hit the bottom.

Walk down Valencia Street and visit all the boutiques/thrift shops/food (from Valencia & 26th to 14th): Thrift shops, clothing boutiques, restaurants, knick knacks & so much more. Zeitgeist has the most glorious beer garden in the back (but it isn’t dog friendly for some reason).

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Walk down the graffiti alley (Clarion between Valencia & Mission): Murals everywhere, sometimes you can find artists selling their work out of their garage (I bought an amazing little piece a few years back). The art on this alley is worth seeing.

Grab a 6-pack & a burrito and walk to Dolores Park (18th & Dolores): Taqueria Cancun is a favorite of mine – on Mission & 19th street. There are liquor stores around there to grab some goodies for the park. Bask in the weirdness at Dolores and take-in the view of downtown SF as you sit on the top of the hill.

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Take a bus to Lower Haight and walk your way up (Start at Haight and Fillmore): If you start in Lower Haight and work your way up the hill, you’ll find more clothing boutiques, a costume store, record stores, incense, graffiti, tattoo shops, bars. You may be hungry again by the time you get to Upper Haight so stop by Cha Cha Cha for some tapas and sangria.

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Hop back on the bus to the beach to watch the sunset (Ocean Beach): Your day in SF won’t be complete without watching the sunset at the beach. You can take the 7 bus or the N train from the Haight area and it’ll take you all the way to the beach. Sit on the sand and reminisce about the day spent in the most glorious city.

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Part two: Coming soon…

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