Things to do in San Francisco

Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts

Best of the best

671 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Dolores Park is every reason to come to The Mission. Whether it’s cloudy or sunny, weekend or weekday, you’ll always find people relaxing in this park. With a $20.6 million renovation recently comp... read more

People congregate here on sunny days to enjoy the amazing views of SF. There's nothing quite like it anywhere else. There's also a recently renovated playground that appeals to kids young & old. Bi... read more

Want to have a glorious time people watching on a sunny day? Pack a picnic and a 6-pack and walk on over to recently renovated Dolores Park. Check out the rather spectacular children's playground... read more

437 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Coffee and pastries! Real cream, rich pastries, done the old-fashioned way. For a decadent experience try the Banana Cream Tart, or one of their hot pressed sandwiches!

This bakery is well known for its morning buns and fresh bread. There is usually a line. However if you wake up early enough to get their morning bun, it is great way to start off the day. Their... read more

You must try Tartine in the Mission. It’s at 18th and Guerrero, and there will most definitely be a line out the door. But the wait is worth it, and the line moves fast. There are few places I thin... read more

437 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Visit the huge foodie farmers market, stroll through the shops, sample artisan cheese and chocolate, eat oysters at sunset and watch the Bay Lights on the Bay Bridge. Ferry boats leave from the back.

The Ferry Building is like a historic mini mall set inside hence the name "ferry building". Looks very elegant and lively inside esp when the place fills up with customers going in to shop for spec... read more

The Ferry Building Marketplace is a people's marketplace serving residents and travelers alike. Located within the historic Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street, shops large and small celebr... read more


de Young Museum

Arts & CultureMuseums
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr·Map·Hours·Website·

439 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great exhibits mostly of contemporary arts. Current exhibit has Oscar De La Renta's fashion design collections on display. Restaurant on site as well and it's conveniently located next to the Ja... read more

I love this place. It is right across from the Academy of Sciences so sometimes I do both at a shot. Great exhibitions. They follow the museum trend of having a live mixer happening on certain nigh... read more

The following San Francisco museums offer FREE ADMISSION on the FIRST TUESDAY of every month: Legion of Honor - lands end; De Young-in golden gate park; The Conservatory of Flowers - Golden Gate P... read more

592 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Absolutely gorgeous park! Home to the DeYoung museum, the Botanical garden, the Academy of Science, the Japanese Tea Garden, tennis courts, playgrounds, and lots of trails for jogging. One of my f... read more

San Francisco’s most famous park is only nine blocks north. You can get there via beach or street. We suggest renting a bike (see below), but the walk is nice too. Once in the park, take your pick ... read more

402 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The California Academy of Sciences is a natural history museum in San Francisco, California, that is among the largest museums of natural history in the world, housing over 26 million specimens. Co... read more

Possibly the coolest museum in San Francisco, the California Academy of Sciences was recently rebuilt, and now boasts: a living roof planted with local grasses; a four-story-tall indoor rainforest ... read more

344 local Airbnb hosts recommend

AT&T Park is home to the San Francisco Giants, and can seat over 40,000 people. The Giants have one three of the past World Series titles, and we’ve got a feeling this season will be a great one! E... read more

Home of the World Series winning SF Giants! If you don’t have time to see a Giants baseball game but a game is going on, walk to the east side (waterfront promenade) of AT&T Park. There is an area... read more



Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 560 Divisadero St·Map·Hours·Website·

325 local Airbnb hosts recommend

You can go sit in the bar area (first come first serve) or you can try to get a table. The food is really good. They're open for dinner 7 days a week and they have a good weekend brunch. It's fun t... read more

Hands down my favorite restaurant in SF. The food. The staff. The space. Exceptional. Always. If you can plan in advance, try to get a reservation. Otherwise, arrive at 5pm and you'll be seated at ... read more

Very popular spot in the bustling Alamo Square NOPA part of town. Known for terrific urban rustic food. Look for dishes from the wood fired oven. Don't miss the pork chop, flatbread, or tagine. Res... read more

322 local Airbnb hosts recommend

It's the Ice cream place around the corner from us that always has lines when the weather is good (and even when it's bad). To avoid the line for made to order cones, go to the soft serve window (... read more

Ice cream that people wait in endless lines for. Why? Well, because it's worth it. Salted Caramel, Honey Lavender, Creme Fraiche are some of our faves. Gets lots of taste spoons, it's worth the wait!

This is the second best ice cream shop in the city but the most crowded. It is not unusual to wait 20 minutes in line for ice cream. Insider tip: there is a second window that serves baked goods ... read more

232 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If hipster coffee had a high temple of worship this would be it. You might get funny stares riding up without a fixie, but the coffee is worth it. So is the bacon cheddar scone!

Strong brew that draws a fanatical following of coffee snobs. Definitely hits the spot if you need a caffeine fix. Nice little outdoor seating on the sidewalk as well.

This may be one of the best coffee roasters in the world. My favorite thing to do is to step up to the single origin bar where they have up to 6 unique coffees from around the world. An animated (a... read more



Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 3621 18th St·Map·Hours·Website·

229 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a great Italian place. The restaurant is divided into two sections, the pizzeria and the main dining area. Their pasta is especially good. This place will have a long line but a shorter ... read more

Two outstanding sister restaurants; the original is a northern Italian trattoria, the newer place is a pizzeria featuring thin crust pizza

Yum! Delfina offers Cal-Italian cuisine, and is a delicious and delightful (tho not cheap) night out. Next door, Delfina Pizzeria offers Italian style thin crust pizza for the more casually inclined.

234 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The newly reopened SFMOMA is absolutely incredible, from the architecture of the new space, to the art and sculptures inside. A must see!

With a finger on technology's pulse, this premier West Coast modern-art venue just keeps getting better. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art put itself back on the map in January 1995, the day i... read more

205 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The glory of Ocean Beach is a mere four blocks west, and they call this neighborhood the Sunset for good reason. It’s a wonderful place to be any time of day, but much of the neighborhood spills ou... read more

338 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Union Square is a 2.6-acre public plaza bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Streets in San Francisco, California. "Union Square" also refers to the central shopping, hotel, and theater distri

At the center of San Francisco is Union square, literally a town square surrounded by shops, a main SF trolley stop, and a whole lot of people watching. Look up events around the year including Chr... read more

The main downtown shopping area in San Francisco, everything from Macys to Saks to Gucci and a flagship Apple Store. Also check out the San Francisco Shopping Center between Mission St and Market ... read more


Coit Tower

SightseeingPoints of Interest
1 Telegraph Hill Blvd·Map·

224 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Coit Tower sits atop Telegraph Hill, looming over the eastern side of San Francisco with its almost regal presence. It serves as a directional marker for people lost in the mazes of city streets, b... read more

An eye-catching landmark featuring “Work Progress Administration” murals and beautiful views. As a tribute to the men who tried to save San Francisco in 1906, Lilly Coit designated that her legacy ... read more

187 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Philz Coffee is a specialty coffee retailer based in San Francisco that has 17 locations within California and specializes in hand-crafted coffee brewed one cup at a time.

Phil is the father of SF drip coffee by the cup. The original 24th St location is full of funky charm. Get a pastry from Knead Bakery next door, and try the Turkish coffee with mint & cardamom.

This is the only coffee you will see on this map, because that's how devoted I am to Philz. It might be the thing I bring to a dessert island. As a dark roast person, I love the Ether, with Silke... read more

186 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Pair this up with an evening stroll down Castro St. and you will not be disappointed. Most recent viewing? "R Kelly's: Trapped In The Closet - Sing Along." San Francisco's most colorful theatre.

181 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Mill has great handcrafted espresso drinks from Four Barrel Coffee and SF's famous $4 artisanal toasts from Josey Baker Bread. (The toast is worth splurging for.) The Mill also hosts a Pizza n... read more

The Mill is legendary for their $4.00 slice of toast! Yes, it's a little over-the-top, but the bread is dense, thick, and house made (you can pick up a loaf on your way out) the house coffee is Fo... read more

264 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Iconic and historic San Francisco! Take the old trolly from Powell Street/Market and ride it all the way to the end of the line, breathtaking views along the way. Once you arrive, visit Ghirardelli... read more

Get up early and greet the sunrise and brisk bay air with a hearty walk on the piers and along Jefferson Street, making sure to take a turn into Fish Alley. Known for its historic waterfront, delic... read more

The world famous Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco is located at Pier 39. Lots of restaurants, and aquarium and several souvenir shops around the pier. Many of the tourist boats to Sausalito, An... read more



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1299 18th St·Map·Hours·Website·

149 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A very popular brunch spot. Make reservations to get in on their lemon ricotta pancakes.

This is an AMAZING breakfast spot -- they have delicious everything; I love their Annies Almond Flour Pancakes which was named after my favorite wait-staff-person, who has sadly moved along and bec... read more

176 local Airbnb hosts recommend

In a town full of Taquerias this is a standout. Try the carnitas tacos, the best! And if you like strawberry you must try their strawberry agua fresca..OMG

Get any taco "dorado" style for a crispy fried corn tortilla wrapped around a soft corn tortilla (chorizo is my favorite for tacos). Carne Asada burrito, with an aqua fresca or a beer and you're set.

Apparently the best burrito in the nation. We love it. We recommend calling in advance if you’re planning on taking out. If you go eat there, be prepared for a bit of a line. We love the burrit... read more



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 306 Broderick St·Map·Hours·Website·

141 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A vibrant neighborhood Mexican kitchen celebrating the traditional cookery of Mexico and utilizing our philosophy of purchasing local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Serves lunch and dinner.

I'm always wary of more "upscale" Mexican restaurants. Will they be as satisfying as our neighborhood taqueria? For Nopalito, the answer is a resounding yes. The Mexican cuisine is made using na... read more

"A vibrant San Francisco neighborhood Mexican kitchen, celebrating the traditional cookery of Mexico and utilizing local, organic and sustainable ingredients." We get the totopos every time, and t... read more

163 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the most creative cocktail menus in the city which rotates ever 3-4 months outdoing the last menu. The Kale Cesar salad is a must have. The neighborhood is in the midst of gentrification a... read more

162 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Casual french bistro. VERY popular for weekend brunch (long lines). Good egg dishes and pancakes by day, reasonably priced french bistro food by night.

Arguably the best brunch spot in SF in the best neighborhood in SF. Cole Valley is full of charms -- you can check this place out on your way into Golden Gate Park. I recommend brunch, but it's als... read more

Everything here is magic. My brother had his wedding rehearsal dinner here. We had our wedding rehearsal dinner here. The backyard ambience is superb, and the food is sooooo good. The line is ... read more



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1199 Valencia St·Map·Hours·Website·

162 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Budget friendly. Handcrafted pizzas, small bites & unique cocktails keep this trendy spot hopping.

Great cocktails, food is consistent, and lots of small bites make it less expensive than you would think, given how cool it looks and how busy it is. Call one hour ahead to put your name on the list.

Gorgeous thin crust pizzas, risottos, small plates of yum. Eggplant caponatina with burrata is a must. Terrific cocktails and a wonderful brunch as well. Gets very busy but you can call ahead and p... read more


Flour + Water

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 2401 Harrison St·Map·Hours·Website·

158 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Hard to get reservations. They reserve half their tables for walk ups. Get there 30 minutes before opening if you want to eat on the early side. Really great quality, delicious Italian inspired dishes

From Zagat: "Heavenly handmade pastas are the main attraction at this high-profile Mission Italian, where chef Thomas McNaughton’s seasonally inspired creations also include “terrific” wood-fired ... read more

Flour + Water is one of the top restaurants in the country. If you're thinking about coming here, you can either make a reservation for a private table WAY in advance, or you can show up, put your ... read more

157 local Airbnb hosts recommend

For budget choices try the food court on the bottom of the building and see the amazing original skylight at the top of the building. Mid-range and upscale stores. BART to Powell Street Station!

Huge shopping center with every store you could imagine! You can take the muni from forest hill station and in 15 minutes get off and walk right into the shopping center. Amazing food court!

This is much more than a mall... Nordstroms and Bloomingdales are here, and go downstairs to check out the only in SF food court. Everything is in this mall... Madewell, J Crew, Banana, H&M, Lulu etc.



Arts & CultureMuseums
Pier 15 The Embarcadero·Map·Hours·Website·

173 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Another great science museum in San Francisco! New amazing location on the piers of SF Bay. Exhibits here should be touched and played with. (Map is WRONG, new location is Pier 15 on Embarcadero!)

The Exploratorium is a museum in San Francisco whose stated mission is to change the way the world learns. It's an amazing hands-on science museum.

Dont go to the Palace of Fine Arts to find the Exploratorium. It has moved to Pier 15 at the Embarcadero! If you have an old Guide Book, you will go to the wrong location! Exploratorium: there is... read more

138 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a very cool dive with the feel of rustic meets beach scene. Their walls are wooden and the foods are phenomenal and sort of pricey. It's a place to take someone on a romantic dinner and d... read more

Head towards Ocean Beach and along the way stop for brunch at Outerlands. Expect a wait because this place is a gem. Entertain yourself by popping into the cute boutiques and Trouble Coffee with aw... read more