Some of my favorite places to eat:
**Boulettes in Ferry Building- the best breakfast you’ll ever have. everything fancy organic, etc. good for kids too. tables are in hall and outside.
*Paxtis- excellent deep dish chicago style pizza in Hayes Valley. Family friendly too. Around the corner from a really cute candy store too called Miette. Get the huge chocolate malt balls.
Nopa -right next to Alamo Square- Alamo Square is super picturesque so be sure to check out the park with the painted ladies victorian houses on one side. Nopa is fancy but my #1 spot for a date night. most amazing food! You’ll need a reservation.
Artisan Burgers. Great family friendly place. Really delicious burgers and shakes/fries. After, drive up to the top of Pacific Heights (the huge Hill) and you’ll be in the most beautiful amazing neighborhood of the city.
**Bi Rite ice cream (you have to try the salted caramel) and Delfina pizza across the street
**Tartine Bakery (morning buns a must and croissants)
Pakwan, Indian in the mission district
Nick’s Crispy Tacos in cow hollow. Don’t do takeout, they get soggy. Eat in.
Sentinel Sandwich by Union Square on New Montgomery street (only during weekday lunch hours)
Terzo is a great tapas restaurant in the Marina. Fancy though.
Brunch: Zaza in Cole Valley and Mama’s in North Beach. Don’t go there on a weekend. Too packed.
House of Nan King in China Town. Not what you’d expect from Chinese food. Really good. Although others seem to love it more than i.
Sushi Domo in Hayes Valley. Tiny little spot. Really good.
Japantown is fun to walk around. Some really cool shops and pretty things in the mall shops. Food isn’t awesome though.
Spots to check out:
**Ferry Building: Tuesday AM is the farmers market. but anytime they have excellent bread (at ACME)/spices/meats/cheeses inside. I’d recommend getting a good loaf of french bread, cheese and chocolate and walking around the piers. Oh and the milk bar! Just a great place to walk around inside too.
Union Square: Some good shopping, Big chains like H&M, Anthropologie, Urban Outfiitters, etc. Meh. No good food.
Take the trolley up the hill (but catch it up on bush street to avoid the crowds) to see Lombard ‘crooked’ street (check the schedule on this, i forget which trolley goes where). Lombard is the pretty crooked street, really picturesque. Two blocks south of Lombard street, sandwiched between the same cross streets is a section of Filbert street which is the steepest street in the WORLD (almost). drive down it if you dare or just peer down!
Forget Fishermen’s Wharf. Ugg. They do have a section of fresh crab, shrimp but it’s a huge time suck and it’s just nasty.AVOID.
Rent some bikes (double bikes even?) and bike over the golden gate bridge (or drive…). make sure to go on the left side (closer to the ocean) where only bikes are allowed and not pedestrians. That side is sometimes closed though. There is a great lookout you can hike up to on the other side (left side).
Take a ferry from Fisherman’s Wharf to Saulsalito
Drive to Muir Woods which is like a 30min drive to beautiful redwood trees. You won’t regret it.
The other kind of day trip would be south to Half Moon Bay along the coast. GORGEOUS. Fav beach is Montara beach right next to this really cool looking Peruvian restaurant. You can reserve a night at this lighthouse called . It’s kind of amazing and like $25 a night or something crazy. It’s actually a hostel but totally cool/safe. You can reserve a large family room but shared bathrooms. If you’re cool with that. There’s a hot tub on the cliffs above the ocean. It’s so calming there.
DeYoung museum and **Academy of Science are really cool museums to check out in Golden Gate Park. Kids would like A of S. But go after school groups leave (after 3pm). Planetarium, aquarium, natural history and rainforest all in one. hit the roof too.
**Japanese tea gardens are beautiful and free mon/wed/fri am from 9-10. go there bright and early. it’s beautiful. Botanical Gardens are right across the street and beautiful too.
Crissy Field, the Piers and the Warming hut are a nice walk to see the bridge and bay.
**Fort Point is right under the bridge, you can walk into and around the fortress building there with the canons and winding staircases up to the roof right under the bridge. fun for kids. did I mention they have canons? Walking across the bridge is fun too if it isn’t too windy or cold.
If it’s really nice, head to either **China Beach (my personal fav) or Bakers Beach. Beautiful view of the bridge and bay and pretty secluded. Plus you’ll have a nice drive through the Presidio.
** Lands End and Sutro Baths–really fun walk on the cliffs with kids, caves, etc. Do this. Hike down to mile rock beach
Other kid spots:
**The Exploratorium. Never been but awesome for school-aged kids.
Hike up to Coit Tower
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Hi there! I'm Liz Stanley. Born and raised a New Yorker I now live in the fairytale city of San Francisco with my husband, son, and baby girl. This lifestyle site is a collection of pretty, creative, and budget-friendly ideas to Say Yes to a more crafty, stylish, and family-focused life. MORE >>>