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  1. AdamG

    AdamG Senior member

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    I'm heading to SF over the Xmas/New Years and was wondering what are the must do/sees?

    Also where are the best shops?

    Also art galleries?
     


  2. tiecollector

    tiecollector Senior member

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    I'm heading to SF over the Xmas/New Years and was wondering what are the must do/sees? Also where are the best shops? Also art galleries?
    I don't know as much about SF as I should but check out: 1) Golden Gate Bridge -- view from Marin Headlands especially (#1 thing to do I think) 2) Castro to get a taste of the "real" SF [​IMG] 3) For shopping Union Square is always fun, not sure about boutiques, or what kind you are looking for. 4) Ride the Cable Car that runs on the California line, it is less touristy 5) MoMA, Museum of Modern Art 6) lots of great restaurants though others can comment better than I can. Tenderloin district is supposed to be good but be careful! 7) Ferry Building - have some restaurants and farmer's market on the weekend. 8) Haight Ashbury is always interesting 9) Chinatown (which is kind of run down) - Hing Lung for some authentic cheap Chinese food. 10) Alcatraz 11) Golden Gate Park 12) Our hideous Warf 13) Ghiradelli Square 14) Japantown and walk up Fillmore 15) Serpentine on Lombard, the world's curviest street. 16) http://asiasf.com/ which is a tranny restaurant, never been... If you don't have exact change on MUNI you'll slow everyone down. This is inside SF. There are other things to do in the Bay Area as well if you are interested.
     


  3. Yaz

    Yaz Senior member

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    The O'Farrell Theater is a must [​IMG]
     


  4. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    The O'Farrell Theater is a must [​IMG]
    Indeed, it is one of the few really classic SF establishments, and one still frequented by many locals. There are generally not a lot of good art galleries. The good shops are few and far between. Wilkes and Self Edge are probably the best. Most of Tiecollector's suggestions are good, although I would skip AsiaSF and Ghiradelli. There is a lot of good ethnic food and pretty good standard fare as well. If you know better what you want, we could probably be more helpful.
     


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    philosophe Senior member

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    If you have the time, a day trip to the Muir Woods is spectacular.
     


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    Pretty much most of the good spots are listed above. For dining however, I would recommend Green's restaraunt in Fort Mason with a great view of the bridge and bay. Keep yourself in shape on your trip by dining at one of the vegetarian restaurants in San Francisco[​IMG]
     


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    doink Senior member

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    If you have the time, a day trip to the Muir Woods is spectacular.

    I'll second that and add that the Japanese Tea Garden was interesting to see.

    I'd also add taking the ferry to Sausolito.

    I was somewhat disappointed by Chinatown. Seemed small and not too interesting compared to Toronto and Vancouver.
     


  9. Mustapha

    Mustapha Senior member

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    If you have the time, a day trip to the Muir Woods is spectacular.

    I agree. Spectacular GIANT redwood trees; only 45mins north of SFran. I beleive they are the most northerly redwoods in Cali.
     


  10. NorCal

    NorCal Senior member

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    I agree. Spectacular GIANT redwood trees; only 45mins north of SFran. I beleive they are the most northerly redwoods in Cali.

    Not even close. The redwoods continue for over 100 miles north.
     


  11. NorCal

    NorCal Senior member

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    My first question to the TS is where are you from? The midwest or a more cosmo local? Edit ( I'm stupid, your from NZ)
    Have you seen a homosexual before?if the answer is yes, skip the people watching in the Castro. On the other hand I would highly recomend catching a film at the Castro theatre. Its a fucking great old building and has a pretty cool selection of films.
    The Haight is an outdoor mall for well heeled psuedo hipsters and "punks" complete with burnt out beggers. Not really that mind blowing but good for blowing some cash. Ameobia records at the end is great and the noodle joint across the street is good.
    If you like the outdoors go north to Muir woods, or to Bolenas beach. Get a map as its a bitch to find.
    The MoMa is cool, they have a Joseph Cornell exhibition going now. The Cartoon museum has an Edward Gorey show.
    Go to the Upper Playground for one off street style selections, it is in the lower haight.
    Check Jeremys for mensware
    Boulevard is a great place to spend 100$ on dinner, Ton Kiang on 22nd and Geary has the best Dim Sum.
    Best Pussy, O'farrel Theatre
    Lastly go to the park, spend the day, go to the De Young, and if you like Botany check out the Conservatory of Flowers, even if you do't give it a look.
    Any sepecific questions, I'll try to come up with an answer.
     


  12. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    My first question to the TS

    That's a big assumption to make just because he's spending the holidays in San Francisco.

    To the many good suggestions already made, I'd add the Exploratorium. Fantastic for kids, but also pretty cool for adults if you enjoy that sort of thing at all.
     


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    If you like photography, there is the Franekel Gallery.
     


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    City Lights Bookshop on Broadway near Columbus. I grew up in the Bay Area, and whenever there, I always make a trip to that place. If it's a normal SF day (often around New Year's, it's not), you can buy yourself a nice read, then stroll up to one of the espresso shops in North Beach and watch the Italians and fog swirl about. Besides that, I always enjoy a trip to North Beach Pizza, as well, though the crowds are sometimes a PiTA. I second the suggestion to take the California trolley, but a really nice one is the one that goes through Russian Hill--is it the Hyde line? Anyway, the California St. trolley crosses with it on the west side of Nob Hill. My mom used to live near there, and that is one of the mellowest but nicest scenic public transportation rides anywhere. If you have a car, the drive over Twin Peaks is very pretty, as well. Oh, and yes, the Sausalito ferry is always nice. Just avoid it at rush hour (if not a holiday).
     


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    I lived in SF for 8 years and I only took a trolley once and that was because I was late, dressed nice, and didnt want to bomb up powell and get all sweaty. Ive been ran over by one while skating and I used to buy weed off of a driver. But I generally didnt take them. Its kind of cool I guess. I think its the powell line that drops you off in the projects by cost plus near the wharf, I always thought that was amuzing.
     


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