With a city proper spanning roughly 7×7 miles, San Francisco manages to pack a lot of amazingness into a small area!
We reached out to our Bay Area experts – local vendors selling at San Francisco’s 4th Annual Renegade Craft Fair – for their favorite things to do. Enjoy their tips for San Francisco fun, and be sure to check out all of our vendors from near and far at the Fair this weekend!
If you aren’t planning on spending all of your money stocking up on crafts, Silvi from The Poetry Store suggests a stroll down Valencia Street to browse at Paxton Gate, Dog Eared Books, and The Pirate Store, among other fun shops. She says “Valencia Street epitomizes so many of San Francisco’s joys, especially if you’re a literary, crafty, margarita-loving nerd like me.” Grab a beverage at Puerto Allegre to try her favorite drink, and some delicious Mexican food, when you get your fill of shopping.
For vintage shopping, Yukako from Bahama Kangaroo says NO is a must, where you can find a “great selection of gems, and items from India and Thailand.” Leslie from Feisty Elle suggests a trip to Japantown to explore New People and to browse the stacks at Kinokuniya. If you get hungry, she suggests the ramen from Suzu Noodle House to keep your stomach from rumbling. If you didn’t get your craft fix from the Fair, Leslie also has a handy map for all things crafty in the bay area!
File under just plain fun, Helen from Cookie & the Dude suggests Lucky Ju Ju Pinball for a good time, and tells us that for $20 you can “play unlimited games and sip a tall boy while you’re at it.”
Renegade loves some pinball – almost as much as bingo – and Eden from Secession Art & Design let us know about a rowdy night of bingo hosted by The Knockout! Who’s up for a game of four corners?
For off-the-beaten-path fun, Nora of Nora Aoyagi suggests the Musee Mechanique for a quirky good time, and cites Mountain View Cemetery as an amazing architectural graveyard that is well worth a visit.
A trip to Fort Point, and a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge is a must, according to many vendors. Lisa of Zelma Rose exclaims “There is nothing like crossing the bridge and seeing that beautiful International Orange big and bright up against a clear blue sky. It’s awesome. Besides Fort Point being the location for Kim Novak’s dramatic plunge into the bay in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Fort Point offers one of the most unique and up close views of the bridge. A great spot for the camera happy.”
If you feel like scooting across the bridge on wheels, Gregg of GIGART suggests renting a bike, or driving over in a car. Head 30 minutes beyond the bridge to visit Muir Woods for an amazing outdoor experience. Alcatraz, Lombard Street, and a ride on a cable car are other classic San Francisco to-dos on Gregg’s list.
If dining in San Francisco is more your speed, several vendors, including Mai from M-square suggest Tartine Bakery for breads and other delicious cafe goodies. Eric and Anne of 3 Fish Studios recommend Outerlands where you can “see an entirely new side of San Francisco out by the beach.”
Eden from Secession Art & Design and Sabrina of Cynically Delicious both suggest Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack, describing it as a “quirky restaurant meets hipster dive bar,” and Nora Aoyagi and Eden of Secession Art & Design give high marks to the food at The Front Porch. Eden tells us “the fried chicken comes with popcorn, and their mac-n-cheese is so rockin’.”
For sweets, Lisa from Zelma Rose raves about Humphry Slocombe, explaining “not only do they offer a selection of well crafted ice creams and sorbets, but the flavors are out of this world. Secret Breakfast- a combo of ice cream, bourbon and cornflakes! FlufferNutter, Butter Beer…need I say more?” Um no. No further explanation needed, count us in!
A beautiful bridge, groovy shops, and restaurants with character –
Who could ask for anything more?
Local vendors, thanks for letting us know what makes your city so special!
If you have a must-do recommendation please add it to the comments below to help us round out the best of the bay. See you soon, San Francisco!