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Things to do in San Francisco

There are a delirious number of things to do in San Francisco, from cable cars and Alcatraz to spots that show off the DIY creativity of its progressive, tech-savvy residents. Northern California’s beloved scenic city offers something for every traveler—great cocktails, indie bookshops, retro candy stores, city wineries, incredible parks with wide expanses of green, world-class art museums—in Nob Hill, Hayes Valley, North Beach, Mission District, Embarcadero, Dogpatch, and beyond.

For the lowdown on where to go and what to do in San Francisco, check out our travel guide, featuring expert information and insider listings from Travel + Leisure’s network. Forget touristy Fisherman’s Wharf and instead check out our top picks for things to do in San Francisco—visit hidden Victorian gardens in Golden Gate Park, browse the Ferry Terminal farmers’ market, join an underground supper club, climb the Filbert Steps, indulge in soft-serve at Bi-Rite Creamery and Bakeshop, shop at designer-owned boutiques, party at clubs with names like Tonga Room, Vessel, and the Orbit Room. T+L even takes you on a Muir Woods tour with a Sierra Club naturalist.

If you’re on the hunt for the best things to do in San Francisco, look no further than T+L’s travel guide.

  • 4505 Meats

    Try their cereal bar with chicharrones—basically a Rice Krispies treat crammed with fried pork skin. More
  • 826 Valencia (Pirate Store)

    Located in the Mission district, this pirate supply shop was established in 2002 by author Dave Eggers and teacher Nínive Calegari to fund the adja... More
  • Adventure Out

    From the Big Sur coast to the Anza-Borrego Desert, this outdoor adventure school provides access to some of California’s most scenic and remote are... More
  • Afterlife Boutique

    Siblings Danielle and Luke Teller helm the well-edited Afterlife Boutique, which carries reconstructed antique jewelry by the shop's Adoura Demode ... More
  • Alabaster

  • Alcatraz Island

    The island itself has remained more or less the same since the Park Service first opened it to visitors in 1973, but the tours of the world-famous ... More
  • Amoeba Music

    Amoeba Music on Haight Street is a must for music lovers: 24,000 square feet packed with 2.5 million new and used CDs, DVDs, video games, and vinyl... More
  • Anchor Brewing

    Inside an Art Deco building on Potrero Hill, Anchor Brewing Company is one of the oldest independent breweries in the nation, dating back to 1896. ... More
  • AT&T Park

    Home to the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park provides views of San Francisco's skyline, Bay Bridge and McCovey Cove (named in honor of legendary Gia... More
  • Avedano’s

    Located in a Bernal Heights building that housed various neighborhood markets for most of the 1900’s, Avedano’s is an old-fashioned butcher shop th... More
  • Babette

    Influenced by modernist architecture and graphic design, Babette clothing is known for its sophisticated colors, geometric shapes, and functionalit... More
  • Bar Drake

    Located in the lobby of the 1928 iconic Sir Francis Drake Hotel, Bar Drake is known as the patriarch of Union Square bars. Bar-goers are surrounded... More
  • Bay City Bike

    At this family-owned bike shop in Fisherman’s Wharf, a variety of 24-hour rental options are available, including comfort, performance, and electri... More
  • Biondivino

    Named after owner Ceri Smith’s great-grandfather, the Biondivino wine boutique is located on Green Street, squarely between the upscale Nob Hill an... More

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