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Things to do in Outside San Francisco

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Outside San Francisco. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Outside San Francisco attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Outside San Francisco to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Outside San Francisco.

  • Alinder Gallery

    The Alinder Gallery displays authentic works by a range of artists, but most notably from Ansel Adams (one of the gallery owners has even written a... More
  • Amoeba Music, Berkeley

    Housed in Berkeley’s historic Amoeba building—the center of the city’s Free Speech Movement during the 1960’s—this iconic shop is billed as the wor... More
  • Berkeley Farmers' Market

    Started in 1987, the Berkeley farmers' market has since grown into three year-round markets in three neighborhoods. Live musicians, food stands, an... More
  • Café Cacao

  • Cesar

    A busy spot for cocktails and tapas, Cesar has a happy hour that runs both before and after dinnertime. Large double doors open between the outside... More
  • César

    Sherry stronghold. This café and bar offers more than 500 spirits and fortified wines. More
  • Dashe Cellars

    South of Jack London Square, Dashe Cellars hosts weekend tastings of its Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Syrah wines. More
  • Duckhorn Vineyards

    This Napa Valley winery produces Bordeaux-style varietals and hosts wine tastings in a bright, yellow-toned room as well as on its wide, wrap-aroun... More
  • Edward Phillips

    Excited About: The hip new microbreweries popping up across Alaska. Phillips can organize a tour of his favorite spots, including Denali Brewing Co... More
  • Explorers’ Corner

    Founder Olaf Malver’s specialty is trailblazing kayak journeys in remote polar settings, but he also runs mellow, warm-water trips. T+L Trip pick A... More
  • Fox Theater

    A Moroccan-style pile from 1928 (neon marquee out front; gilded ceilings inside) that shuttered in 1966 and reopened last year as one of the best i... More
  • Ici Ice Cream

    Ici is run by a former pastry chef from Chez Panisse, Mary Canales, and is balanced between the past—hearty root-beer floats and all that—and the g... More
  • Jack London Market

    Located along Oakland's waterfront, the Pacific Coast Farmer's Market bustles each Sunday morning (from 9 a.m to 2 p.m) as over 40 stall set up in ... More
  • Julie Holcomb Printers

    Open by appointment, this renowned print shop is located in a warehouse just across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco. Established in 1982, the com... More
  • Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill

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