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Best way to spend a month in San Francisco

Soon I will be going to SF for about a month. Business and pleasure.

What is the best neighbourhood to stay? I am looking to rent an apartment so will need grocery and other every day conveniences near by.

I am pretty active so I would like to continue to skydive and kitesurf while in SF. How far is the local DZ and equipment rentals etc.

Best places to eat and drink? Of course.

Notable sights that are off the beaten path?

6 Answers

top answer by
Katie from Amherst (Massachusetts)

Hi Alex,

I lived in SF for a month last summer! That amount of time was perfect for experiencing the city like a local. I stayed in my friend's apartment in NoPa (north of the panhandle), which was a great central location. Bus system is super easy to use if you're not bringing your car.

My favorite thing to do was picnic at Dolores Park on the weekends. It's always full of people eating, drinking and catching some sun. Grabbing ice cream Bi-Rite Creamery is an absolute must.

My favorite restaurant was Nick's Crispy Tacos. Some of the best tacos I've ever had and they have a fun Taco Tuesday.Obviously there are so many things to do in SF, but these are just a few highlights from my month in the city! Enjoy!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. NoPa (neighborhood)
  2. Bi-Rite Creamery (attraction)
  3. Nick's Crispy Tacos (attraction)
  4. Dolores Park (attraction)
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answered by
Thomas from Saint Paul (Minnesota)

I have lived in SF off and on during the past 6 years. And, I assume you'll get plenty of answers that cover the standard things. So, I'll try to share a few that you might not find otherwise...

First off, go to The Willows fairly early on, because if you like it as much as I suspect you will, you're gonna want to go back several times. you know for things like amazing burgers, or pork-belly donuts, or jalapeño poppers.

When you are ready for some caffeine, don't get too distracted by all the fancy places like Blue Bottle CoffeeFour Barrel CoffeeSightglass Coffee, and Ritual Coffee Roasters. Instead, head over to Epicenter Cafe and order the Cubano. You don't have to trust me, but trust me.

You into drinking? Yes? Good.

Let's see... how else can we get you off the path. Oh, I know. Get down to Pacifica, so you can eat a CrunchWrap on the beach while watching a sunset from the most amazing Taco Bell in the world.

I gotta stop somewhere... so if you want more ideas like these, LMK.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. The Willows (restaurant)
  2. Blue Bottle Coffee (restaurant)
  3. Four Barrel Coffee (restaurant)
  4. Sightglass Coffee (attraction)
  5. Ritual Coffee Roasters (restaurant)
  6. Epicenter Cafe (restaurant)
  7. Velvet Cantina (restaurant)
  8. Bender's Bar & Grill (restaurant)
  9. Casanova Lounge (attraction)
  10. Smuggler's Cove (attraction)
  11. Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar (restaurant)
  12. Burritt Room (attraction)
  13. Taco Bell (restaurant)
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answered by
Janet from Emerald Hills, Ca

1) walk Bernal Heights: find the earthquake cottages, climb Bernal Hill for a unique view of SF

2) walk the Mission District: eat anything that looks interesting from street tamales to up-and-coming new restaurants; discover fantastic murals everywhere: the women's building, Balmy Alley, just to name a couple.

3) take out a Swan Oyster Depot, then jump on the cable car at the west end of California (near Polk), eat your lunch at the Ferry Building or along the water somewhere to your liking

4) Explore Marin Headlands/Mount Tamalpais area...fabulous hiking, great views.

5) Take any of oodles of the stairway walks all over SF

6) Walk Crissy Field, take the trail up to the Golden Gate Bridge, walk the bridge

7) Explore the Presidio: Find the parrots, visit Yoda and Darth Vader at Lucas Films

8) Check out the authentic ethnic food in the Tenderloin

9) Find the 3 Diego Rivera murals in San Francisco

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bernal Heights (neighborhood)
  2. Mission District (neighborhood)
  3. Swan Oyster Depot (restaurant)
  4. Ferry Building (attraction)
  5. Marin Headlands (attraction)
  6. Mount Tamalpais (attraction)
  7. Crissy Field (attraction)
  8. Golden Gate Bridge (attraction)
  9. Presidio (neighborhood)
  10. Tenderloin (attraction)
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answered by
Valerie from Los Angeles

I crave Pearl's Deluxe Burgers on a daily basis. They have a delicious Nutella milkshake that I would gladly drive to SF from Los Angeles for. The The Tipsy Pig is a fun spot, great food and drinks. They have an awesome beer selection! 

Take a drive over to Twin Peaks, you get the whole view of the city. Its stunning! Crissy Field is an awesome place to view the Golden Gate Bridge. Bring a blanket and relax on the beach. 
Take BART into Oakland to watch the best baseball team (the Oakland Athletics) play some ball at the Coliseum!Have fun in San Francisco!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Pearl's Deluxe Burgers (restaurant)
  2. The Tipsy Pig (restaurant)
  3. Twin Peaks (attraction)
  4. Crissy Field (attraction)
  5. Golden Gate Bridge (attraction)
  6. Oakland (city)
  7. Coliseum (attraction)
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answered by
Sarah from San Francisco

The Mission is a blast if you are here for a month, it's close to public transportation, every day conveniences, etc... Check out AirBnB for options.  Great things to do are- spend an afternoon reading and people watching in Dolores Park, get a bulgogi steak sandwich at Rhea's Deli and Grocery, get a taco at Taqueria Vallarta, have a drink atop El Techo de Lolinda, eat brunch at Foreign Cinema, there are so many things to do, just wander up and Valencia and down Mission streets and you'll see a ton.  

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Dolores Park (attraction)
  2. Rhea's Deli and Grocery (attraction)
  3. Taqueria Vallarta (restaurant)
  4. El Techo de Lolinda (restaurant)
  5. Foreign Cinema (restaurant)
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answered by
Peter from Munich

Hi there,

I have been to San Francisco many times and I can tell you, you pretty much find on every corner a good restaurant. There are so many restaurants and I just try to try out a new one every time I have a chance for it. It also depends on your type of food you looking for but you pretty much find every kind of cuisine in San Francisco.

A couple interesting places:

marin headlands

Rodeo Beach


Angel Island State Park

Grand View Park

16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project

Grace Cathedral

Treasure Island (San Francisco)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. marin headlands (attraction)
  2. Rodeo Beach (attraction)
  3. Sausalito (city)
  4. Angel Island State Park (attraction)
  5. Grand View Park (attraction)
  6. 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project (attraction)
  7. Grace Cathedral (attraction)
  8. Treasure Island (San Francisco) (metro area)
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