Inside San Francisco’s Hidden Gems

September 19, 2013 | By | Comments (10)

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San Francisco’s beauty is far from subtle. Surrounded by waterfront vistas, filled with iconic landmarks, and peppered with Michelin-starred restaurants, it’s an easy city to love. But what makes our heart skip a beat isn’t just the Golden Gate Bridge or the black truffle pastas ­– it’s the hidden gems that bring the city to life. Here, seven of SF’s best-kept secrets:

Mount Sutro Forest


The canopy of eucalyptus in the open space reserve beneath Sutro Tower creates a rainforest-like escape in the middle of San Francisco. Hike to the beautiful picnic spot at the summit, and spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying your very own urban retreat.

SF Art Institute Rooftop


This hidden rooftop not only offers breathtaking views of the city, but it’s the perfect place to unwind amidst tiled fountains, koi, and timeless works of art, including an original fresco by Diego Rivera.

Trouble Toast


Way out by Ocean Beach is a tiny coffee shop with quirky décor and friendly surfers-cum-baristas behind the counter. While the coffee is perfect on its own, it’s the ‘Build Your Own Damn House’ breakfast trifecta that’s worth writing home about: a whole young coconut, a cup of coffee, and thick-cut cinnamon toast that will change your life.

Alamere Falls


A short drive from the city, the quintessentially Californian Bolinas Coast Trail is full of surprises. The 50-foot drop at the end, however, is by far the most awe-inspiring, as you can truly lose yourself in the sensory whirlwind where Alamere Falls takes the plunge to meet the ocean.

Seward Slides


A few blocks from the hubbub of Dolores Park is a steep slide cut into the Castro hillside. Grab a friend and a piece of cardboard (there’s usually some sitting at the base), and scream your head off as you race to the bottom.

Tank Hill


Summiting the 650-foot hill will reward you with sweeping views of the entire city that stretch all the way to Stinson Beach on a clear day. If you ever need to shake up your perspective on life, try looking down from up here.

The Heirloom Burger


You won’t find the city’s best burger on any menu. The salty-sweet époisses burger is only available after a little wink and a nudge to your server at Heirloom Café, the cozy Mission restaurant with seasonal dishes and warm, communal tables.

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  1. blogthisthought

    San Francisco is indeed so much more than a city. It is the urban hub of one of the most vibrant and gorgeous places on earth. Pick a town, any small town north or south of the City and roam about. Bring your camera. Find a hole in the wall for lunch. Walk, don’t drive. Discover what makes your heart beat stronger. Find a wooded area, and follow it to the ocean. Climb Mt Tamalpais and find yourself above the clouds, surrounded by wildflowers. If it is storm season, drive north along the coast and settle into a wind blown rain pounded room with views of the ecstatic surf. This is a place to be savored in all the ways there are.

    September 5, 2015 at 4:16 pm
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  3. unamusedneighborconsantlylisteningtohordesofscreamingtouristinouroncequetneighborhhod.

    really… “scream your heads off”. nice…. whatever happened to, I dont; know, maybe ‘ rember to be repectful of the neighbors and the neighborhood ” – jerks

    July 23, 2015 at 7:27 pm
  4. Noel Morata (@emorata)

    I’ve been to a few of these places, San Francisco has a lot of really cool places that most locals frequent. Here are a few that I would love to share

    July 23, 2015 at 2:25 pm
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  6. R Stanley (@RosemaryFStan)

    Why doesn’t anybody ever talk about the escape of Mt.Davidson? My old stomping grounds!

    July 22, 2015 at 11:03 pm
  7. Joshua

    Hey thanks for the geography lesson there, GuyB.

    February 22, 2015 at 2:27 pm
  8. GuyB

    Alamere Falls is 34 miles outside of San Francisco.

    January 24, 2014 at 4:42 pm
  9. Sue

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    January 19, 2014 at 2:36 pm
  10. Tana

    Nice “To-Do” List!

    September 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

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