Located outside of The City in the quaint greenery of Livermore, Range Life is the perfect excuse for an escape-ette. The restaurant serves vegetable-centric dishes complemented by grilled meats, as informed by the owners’ past involvement in Tartine and Outerlands. The cocktail menu will extend your daycation further, with some of the most delicious and fresh concoctions inspired by local flora.
Look forward to handmade tortillas, family recipes, and chile-garnished margaritas at San Francisco’s newcomer Flores. Dishes are inspired by traditional Mexican flavors and served in a bright, expansive space aptly equipped with communal tables and vibrant murals.
Liholiho Yacht Club
Yacht Club in the Tenderloin? While this might have been unheard of five years ago, the up-and-coming neighborhood’s newest resident Liholiho is serving up Michelin-recommended eats at its sunny, Island-inspired digs. Plates include Tuna Poke, Roasted Octopus and Manila Clams with Coconut Curry.
Small plates from ricotta pancakes to red trout are served dim-sum style on roaming carts.
State Bird Provisions
Come for one of the busiest and most in-demand brunches in The City, stay for the gorgeous hardwood-clad space.
This pocket-sized Italian food powerhouse delivers some of the most comforting and perfectly executed thin crust pizzas and small bites in town.
Tartine’s perfectly baked crusts and delightfully flaky doughs have received their share of praise and fanfare, and we fully stand by the dozens of people queuing outside every day.
Head to the Richmond District for a night of oysters and purple cocktails made with creme de violette at Violet’s. The bright and modern bar is almost as stunning as the dishes themselves, with peacock blue and gold accents framing fresh oysters on ice, chilled lobster crudo, and a burger that somehow fits perfectly with the refined menu.
Try the Navy Grog, but really (if you love Tiki bars as much as we do) you can’t go wrong with anything from their extensive menu. With an international reputation and a James Beard award, pirate-themed Smuggler’s Cove is the place for a rum drink to enjoy with yer mateys.
Live Jazz, a dozen oysters, delightfully indulgent and carefully crafted cocktails housed in a turn of the century saloon. Come for the atmosphere, stay for the unicorn juice.
While an assortment of delightful Oaxacan small plates at this Russian Hill hotspot are arguably enough to bring crowds to the door, it is the impeccable mezcal cocktails that keep us coming back.
There aren’t many relics of old San Francisco around these days, but this unironic ode to all things kitsch is a welcome escape from huckleberry-infused artisanal cocktails taking over the world.
Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum Cafe
Grab a seat at Trick Dog’s converted warehouse that serves craft cocktails and a rotating menu of small bites.
It’s one of those unusually hot summer days, where coffee seems out of the question and Mission Dolores Park is so packed that there’s barely room for your picnic between the scantily-clad yet very-pale tanners and person selling questionable mycelium. This is the day to head to Powder: a modern Taiwanese-style shaved snow joint located in the Lower Haight. Flavors range from Black Sesame to Horchata, Cereal Snow to Ube, all made with locally sourced ingredients and made with traditional techniques.
Serving up flavorful, artisanal coffee and an edited menu of quality bites at its five SF locations, Réveille’s is perfect for every kind of morning, from creative brainstorming to a quick bite.
Enjoy coffee made with house-roasted beans, freshly baked pastries, and Irish-inspired drinks at Andytown’s sunny and inviting Outer Sunset digs.
Brave the line at one of Boba Guys’ six locations around the city for quality boba milk tea made from heirloom leaves and organic milk. We promise it’s worth the wait.
Somehow balancing exceptional quality pieces and serious artisanship with an atmosphere of collaboration, fun, and levity, Voyager is the unpretentious-yet-beautiful shop of our dreams. Hard-to-find brands like 69, Kurt Lyle, Dusen Dusen and Paloma Wool are fully stocked alongside monthly pop ups featuring local artists and makers.
Offering a minimal and sunny spot for a beautiful assortment of clothes to color, Le Point curates emerging and contemporary brands at its Mission home. Expect designers like Creatures of Comfort, Tibi, and Mari Giudicelli.
Gravel & Gold
A staple in the Mission District for a decade, Gravel & Gold offers San Franciscans a place to shop beautiful handmade items, many made by Renegade vendors. Also a brand of its own, Gravel & Gold creates wearable yet beautiful pieces in modern prints and patterns: we promise you’ll want it all.
For a breath of true SF history, look no further than Beat-movement epicenter, City Lights Books.
City Lights Books
These made-to order clogs handcrafted by a skilled all-women team will change the way you look at footwear.
One of our favorite spots for inspired community oriented design, this stunning space features a lovely garden in the back along with some of our favorite handmade goods, jewelry and apparel.
Exploratorium After Dark
While the Exploratorium is already the best place to rediscover your inner child and get lost in the beauty of science, the Exploratorium After Dark allows you a different look at The City–one that is cloaked in foggy darkness and mystery. Inside, expect light displays, a pitch black dome, and nocturnal views of the Golden Gate with a drink in hand.
Hop over to the East Bay for a spring afternoon of swimming, fishing, and picnicking at Lake Temescal. Reopening in the Spring and conveniently protected from the wind, the Lake is a secret oasis of nature in the city.
SF Jazz Center Summer Sessions
From mid-July to late-August, SF Jazz Center returns with its ever-popular and always-growing Summer Sessions. This year includes Philip Glass Festival, New Grass-American Roots Week, New Sounds of Cuba, New Voices, Bay Area Soul, as well as SFJAZZ interactive workshops, hands on clinics for teens, and more.
If you close your eyes as you sip on a freshly-brewed cup of green tea and sink into the warm waters of the communal baths, you might just think you’ve been transported to the foot of Mt. Fuji or a ryokan in Kyoto. Onsen SF provides a restful and invigorating experience with communal baths in a beautifully designed space. The modern spa also serves small, refreshing bites that are seasonally inspired and locally sourced.
Head to Mission Dolores Park at dusk with your camp chair and charcuterie plate and watch movies like Lady Bird and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Mission Dolores Park Summer Film Nights
Visit the eerily beautiful ruins from the former glass and iron encased salt water swimming pools.
Head to the northwest corner of San Francisco for an in-city getaway full of breathtaking views of the Bay, walking trails, rocky beaches, and nature as far as the eye can see.
Enjoy cult to classic films with locally sourced California-Mediterranean fare.