is a city full of touristy activities, but the real treasures aren't discovered until you live as a local. Next time you make your way out to San Francisco, be sure to make a stop at these fine places.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
Mr. Holmes is well known by the locals for their incredible pastries, specifically their cruffins. They open at 7 am and close as soon as they sell out. If you get a chance, get there by 8am and wait for the muffins made from croissant batter. The cruffins sell out by 9 however if you can't make it by then, you can't go wrong with anything else.
Fort Point, built in 1794, served as a military base to protect from British and Russian invasion. It has since been transformed and is now a bit on the touristy side. Fort Point is notorious for strong gusts of wind, but still makes for a great portrait session. Be sure to explore the Presidio and Crissy Field, as there are plenty of hiking opportunities.
Amoeba Music is located right in the heart of the Haight. Its is the epitome of a classic record store and allows you to step back into an era of appreciation for the older ways of personal music enjoyment. If you play your cards right, you may even be able to catch a free concert like this performance of San Cisco. Be sure to explore the remainder of the Haight district to discover its unique oddities.
Sightglass Coffee is an iconic coffee house for the denizens of the Mission district. While it may not be well known in other parts of the city, the location serves as a great place to hang out and enjoy all styles of coffee. Be sure to try some exotic flavors of the Salt and Straw ice cream imported from Portland.
Don't Be Afraid To Explore
Every trip I take to San Francisco I continue to be amazed by the fact that there is always something new to discover. Regardless of the amount of times you go, there will always be extraordinary views and eateries that you have yet to find. Just this trip, I found out that the parking garage that I frequent in Chinatown has a killer view of the city. Don't be afraid to be spontaneous and venture to new parts of the City. If lose your way, remember that you aren't lost; you are just finding a new way to get there.