Afar's Insider San Francisco


Ocean Beach

Start your day at the far western edge of the city with a morning stroll along Ocean Beach.


Fortify with breakfast at Outerlands.

Mechanics' Institute

Go downtown, but skip the Union Square throngs and stop at the Mechanics’ Institute Library to check out the historic building.

Ferry building

The San Francisco Ferry Building is a showcase for the area’s great local food. Come for the markets on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays, and get lunch at one of the food stalls, like Hapa Ramen.

Hayes Valley

For unique boutiques and the best shoe stores in the city, Hayes Valley can’t be beat. Get coffee at the Blue Bottle on Linden Street.

Fort Point National Historic Site

You’ve seen the Golden Gate Bridge from every angle except this one, at Fort Point.

State Bird Provisions

State Bird Provisions is a justifiably lauded restaurant in the Fillmore district. The sophisticated, delicious fare comes around on trolleys, dim sum–style.

I would stay at: Hotel Vitale