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Fun Things To Do in San Francisco:
1. Urban Trek USA is a unique way to see San Francisco. A San Francisco walking tour is the best way to get to know why San Francisco is one of the best places on earth. Urban trekking is an experience you will never get sitting inside a tour bus. With Urban Trek USA's treks, you absorb more of the environment and thus have an enhance interaction with your surroundings.
2. Eating at the many neighborhood restaurants. Check out Bargain Places to Eat, Best Places for Desserts, and Twitter Updates for suggestions showcasing a few neighborhood restaurants that provide great food, good value, and an atmosphere that is unique to San Francisco.
View from Inspiration Point Overlook
View from Batteries to Bluffs Trail
Free Activites in San Francisco:
Try Urban Trek USA's On Your Own Urban Treks: Urban Trek 5. For more information about the self-guided On Your Own Urban Treks, visit the "On Your Own" web page.
California Academy of Sciences - One Sunday per quarter. Check their calendar.
M.H. de Young Museum, Conservatory of Flowers & Legion of Honor - free every first Tuesday of the month.
It is that time of year again for street fairs all over the city. For a schedule of all the street fairs, click on this link: San Francisco Street Fairs
This Urban Trek Leader's favorite are: Fillmore Street Jazz, Union Street Art Festival, North Beach Festival, Stern Grove Festival.
Watch a movie under the stars in San Francicso:
San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation shows movies at different parks from June 20th to October 3rd. Check link to their website for dates, show times, and movie listing: San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation website.
Some suggestions if you plan to go to one of the screenings: a) Washington Square is in the North Beach district. Have coffee and pastries at Victoria Pastry (Victoria Pastry website) or have gelato at Naia (Naia website) before watching the movie. b) Dolores Park is not far from Tartine Bakery and Cafe (Tartine website) where you can have their delicious bread pudding or have good ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery (Bi-Rite Creamery website) across from the park.
DeLise Dessert Cafe, 327 Bay Street (between Mason & Powell), San Francisco, CA 94122, (415) 399-9694 (Click here for DeLise Dessert Cafe website)
This place offers excellent ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet. This Urban Trek Leader's absolute favorites are the coconut pandan sorbet and the toasted rice ice cream. A single scoop for $2.25 and a double scoop for $3.50 and a triple scoop for $4.50 are a bargain! I get my fix each time I have to go food shopping at Trader Joe's near by.
The pastries and sandwiches are also good if it is too cold for something frozen.
DeLise is a hidden jewel in the Fisherman's Wharf area, which is an area filled with tourist traps.
Tartine Bakery & Cafe, 600 Guererro Street (@ 18th Street), San Francisco, CA 94110, (415) 487-2600 (Click here for Tartine's website)
The bread pudding is absolutely delicious. This Trek Leader can eat a whole pan of this divine dessert. Most of the other desserts are also good but one must try the bread pudding. The only bad thing about this place is that it closes too early so one would have to have an early dinner around the neighborhood in order to get to Tartine Bakery & Cafe for dessert before it closes. Well, maybe those that do not like having an early dinner can have the bread pudding (or other desserts) after breakfast, lunch, or anytime during the day.
If you are more in the mood for ice cream than pastries then read the next recommended place.
Bi-Rite Creamery, 3692 18th Street (@ Dolores), San Francisco, CA 94110, (415) 626-5600 (Click here for Bi-Rite Creamery's website)
Bi-Rite Creamery is a block from Tartine Bakery & Cafe. So on warm days/evenings ice cream might be a better choice for dessert. My favorite is Sam's Sundae, which is chocolate ice cream with bergamot olive oil, maldon sea salt, and whipped cream. Yes, you read that correctly, olive oil and sea salt. The sea salt brings out the chocolate flavor and the olive oil add something that makes it unique. If you're not willing to try something unusual, you will not be disappointed with the many ice cream, sorbet, and popsicle flavors. Bi-Rite Creamery also serves some baked goods.
Naia, 520 Columbus Avenue (between Green & Union Streets), San Francisco, CA 94133, (415) 677-9280 (Click here for Naia's website)
Naia serves good gelato with a wide variety of flavors. Flavors range from the usual strawberry/chocolate to goodies like tiramisu/cantaloupe and the more exotic young Thai coconut. This is a place to get something quick and yummy, especially on a warm day/night.