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March 16, 2017

MYSF Insider Tips


 Spring 2017 Edition

Read through the great insider tips listed below that were submitted from our local experts.

The Quarterly MYSF Insider Tip Winner

Stop by for some authentic Italian food and ingredients at AG Ferrari Foods located in SoMa, grab some cheese and wine and enjoy your afternoon in the beautiful Yerba Buena Gardens. When? At any time!

-Submitted by Waldana, a blogger that specializes in discovering all the hidden gems the City by the Bay has to offer. She is our Spring Insider Tips winner, and she was rewarded with an invitation to San Franciso's Marketing Conference

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The Mission has always been one of my favorite places to visit. From the rich Latin Culture to the great food and hidden gems, it's no wonder that I feel so welcomed here. However, there are two places that are my favorite to visit constantly. The first is the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Here is a unique movie viewing experience. The theater has an old theater feel from the 1940s. You are assigned seating and given a small menu of gourmet foods and snacks prepared in a kitchen. You are waited upon and do not have to leave your seat. It is an experience unlike any other. Then after the movie, it's always great to get a drink or a small meal at El Techo. In Spanish, it means the ceiling or balcony. The food is amazing and comes in small portions perfect for a group. The bar/lounge is on an actual ceiling and offers great views of the city skyscrapers. A great way to end or begin the night.

-Laura from San Francisco State University


Check out the windmills on either Ocean Beach boundary side of Golden Gate Park and have a fantastic lunch at the Cliff House or the Beach Chalet restaurants. Then walk the beach!

-Brent from Guest Services Solutions

Thirsty Bear offers delicious tapas, organic craft brews and Flamenco dancing shows every Sunday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. What a perfect way to close out the weekend!

-Annie from Lucky Strike

A tip I would give to visitors is to go to all the spots where you can view all or most of San Francisco. Twin Peaks offers a great view of the city, in the day time and at night. There's also Dolores Park, Billy Goat Hill, and Grandview Park. Visiting and recreating in all the neighborhood parks are fun as well. Concerts during the summer at Stern Grove are an awesome experience.

-Junaj from San Francisco State University

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Looking for more ideas?

Our Visitor Information Center (ViC) staff has some great tips as well. Check out what the ViC staff is recommending in the SF FAQs by clicking here.

Airbnb San Francisco Locals List


Whether you're into local produce or burritos, graffiti or go-go dancing, getting lost on a hike or amongst the shelves in an old Beat hangout, feeling like a local here takes nothing more than an open mind and a healthy dose of curiosity.

Airbnb reached out to their eclectic San Francisco host community and compiled a list of their neighborhood favorites. Illustrated by Agnes Lee, The Local List will guide you through muraled alleys and reclusive vistas, from the Embarcadero to Lands End and back. Click here to check it out. 

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