San Francisco--any tips?

<p>We will be in SF for 4 days next week. Any suggestions for restaurants, museums or other attractions would be appreciated.</p>

<p>We were there 2 weeks ago. Firefly Firefly</a> Restaurant and Incanto Incanto</a> Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, Noe Valley, San Francisco 415-641-4500 were wonderful; Check out the museums for free days; MOMA is free on the first Tuesday of the month...</p>

<p>We went to Golden Gate park last August ( there is a thread somewhere).
We didn't rent a car- used buses & streetcars. Lots to see- but tiring.
Have good walking shoes. We stayed at Fishermans Wharf, but really liked the Castro District.</p>

<p>If you want a fabulous meal with world class service, order the tasting menu at Restaurant Gary Danko.</p>

<p>Here's another relevant thread: <a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/parent-cafe/517500-help-planning-week-san-francisco.html?highlight=dim+sum%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/parent-cafe/517500-help-planning-week-san-francisco.html?highlight=dim+sum&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Lovely pastries, San Francisco atmosphere at this bakery In North Beach:
Italian</a> Bakery & Wedding Cakes - Victoria Pastry Co.</p>

<p>I found another old thread</p>

<p>; <a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/parent-cafe/750349-san-francisco-travel.html?highlight=san+francisco%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/parent-cafe/750349-san-francisco-travel.html?highlight=san+francisco&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Audiophile, thanks for the tip and the link.</p>

<p>Well that link didn't work. It was to ek's old thread. Is there a trick to doing links on CC? I'd never tried it before.</p>

<p>House of Prime Rib</p>

<p>Though I am a student, I tend to post on any post involving SF, since I live here, so I hope you don't mind me intruding here in the Parent's Cafe!</p>

<p>Like mominva mentioned, there are lots of great museums here. The MOMA is fabulous, as is the DeYoung. The Legion of Honor and the Asian Art Museum are also really nice. Two other great places are the Academy of Sciences (renovated a few years ago, and just amazing!), and my personal favorite, the Japanese Tea Garden! I would highly, highly recommend the Japanese Tea Garden.
The Japanese Tea Garden, the Academy of Sciences, and the DeYoung are all in the middle of Golden Gate Park, so you could definitely see more than one on the same day; they're literally right across from each other. </p>

<p>Obviously, Asian culture is a huge thing in San Francisco - it can always be fun to go to Chinatown, and I also like Japantown a lot myself. Japantown is definitely smaller than Chinatown, but I still think it's really cool. </p>

<p>Other fun areas of the city might include the Mission (lots of great Mexican restaurants and other cool places) and the Castro (rainbow flags abound), among others.</p>

<p>If you are interested in shopping, downtown has all the typical places - around Union Square and 5th/Market is always good for that. </p>

<p>The Upper Fillmore is also a fun place to walk around - lots of expensive, high-end shops and a lot of interesting food places. Not exactly affordable, but lots of fun. Same goes for Union Street. </p>

<p>Regarding places to eat - San Francisco is such an amazing city for food; I don't even know where to start, but I'll try to name a few of my favorites...(my dad is really, really into food, so any place that has his approval is generally quite good ;) )</p>

<p>For coffee: Four Barrel and Blue Bottle are incredibly popular, and are just amazing. They're what I would call "cult favorites." There's also a small place called Farm Table, near downtown, that has great coffee and also serves food. It's tiny, but is just amazing. A well kept secret.</p>

<p>Dessert kind of places: If you're into frozen yogurt, that has become really popular around here recently - we have some great places, such as Cultive (Union St.) and Fraiche (Fillmore St.). There's also a great place called Bittersweet on Fillmore - they basically serve everything chocolate! </p>

<p>Asian food: So so so many good places, but a really popular restaurant is an Asian-fusion one called The Slanted Door. The Slanted Door is expensive and can be hard to get reservations at, but they also have a place called Out the Door that is essentially the same thing. It is cheaper, and if you go to the one downtown, you can eat there just as though it's a regular restaurant (there's another one just for carryout). </p>

<p>Other food places: I think Delfina Pizzeria is great for pizza, my dad also likes Delfina's restaurant, Limon (in the Mission) is amazing (though expensive)...I'm sure I could go on and on, but I'll leave it for now.</p>

<p>Hope this helps, and have a great time! I'm very biased, of course, but I think San Francisco is such an amazing city.</p>

<p>^ nicely done! </p>

<p>Also, check out the ferry plaza farmers market if you are there on a Saturday, and opentable <a href="http://www.opentable.com/start.aspx?m=4&mn=5to%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.opentable.com/start.aspx?m=4&mn=5to&lt;/a> see restaurant reviews and make reservations. Boulevards is a family favorite, but expensive by non-SF, non-NY standards. Chowhound.com, bay area section <a href="http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/1?tag=main_menu_boards;menu_boards%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/1?tag=main_menu_boards;menu_boards&lt;/a> is good for a food hunt too.</p>

<p>Yeah, I love the food here.</p>

<p>Our friends took us to Fog City Diner--A great casual evening. Great food, great service.
Fog</a> City Diner</p>

<p>If you're into baseball, check out a Giant's game--the atmosphere of a downtown ballpark is great!</p>

<p>There's this little building on Pier 45/ near Fisherman's Wharf called Musee Mecanique
It's a collection of antique arcade games like a spinning Ferris Wheel made out of toothpicks. It's one of my faves every time I go there.</p>

<p>Thanks so much for these suggestions, students and parents equally welcome. I have printed it all out and I know I'll have a lovely trip.</p>

<p>A place I like bringing visitors to is the Cable Car Museum. You can hop on & off the cable car there for a quick visit - it doesn't take long, it's free, and it gives you an appreciation of how those cables really work. </p>

<p>San</a> Francisco Cable Car Museum</p>

<p>If you like brew pubs and tapas, The Thirsty Bear is very good. It's near the Moscone Center south of Market.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.thirstybear.com/%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.thirstybear.com/&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>vballmom,
I had forgotten about Thirsty Bear. Yes we really enjoyed that one, too!</p>

<p>We moved (by unfortunate family circumstances) from SFBay area to Hobart, Indiana. Here is what we miss most:
Exploratorium: best physics museum/playspace ever.
Tu Lan Vietnamese - horrible neighborhood, questionable cleanliness, but the greatest Vietnamese dive in US. Julia Child described as best restaurant in SF.
Zeitgeist Bar- rudest bar in SF. Met my husband there. Meanest bartenderes - bar none!( And I love and know them all)
Berkeley- shop on 4th street, see kids stilll waiting for Jerry Garcia on Telegraph.
Eat Sushi- too many places to mention, but make sure the mirugai moves when you hit it.
Debate how conservative Obama is- any street corner, any person: you will find those that call him Bush lite (I promise). </p>

<p>Sitting in Northwest Indiana I long for my true home. (Though I am glad my kid will not have to compete for college spots with his former Berkeley Hogh classmates.</p>

<p>Any recommendations for a used book store?</p>

<p>Green Apple Books at Clement and 6th.</p>

<p>Thank you!</p>

<p>For entertainment, see "Beach Blanket Babylon" in North Beach. It's a classic. </p>

<p>For the best focaccia (especially their pizza bread), try the Liguria Bakery at the corner of Stockton and Filbert Streets. </p>

<p>Hike up to Telegraph Hill for some exercise and the view.</p>