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First San Francisco Visit

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First San Francisco Visit

Hello - just wondering if anyone could provide some advice on what the absolute "must-see" sites in San Francisco are and restaurants that we should eat at for both lunch/dinner. We're late 20's and early 30's, we love good food and we're just looking for unique experiences in San Fran. Also looking to get a real local feel of the city (no tourist traps/tours) so some places that the locals frequent would be great to hear about as well.


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1. Re: First San Francisco Visit

There really is no such thing as a "must see" or "must do." These forums work best when you do some reading and research and have an itinerary or list of things and post them here for feedback.

We have an excellent selection of Top Questions (including "off the beaten path") and you can check the "Things to Do" tab at the top of the screen as well.

San Francisco, once out of the downtown core, is an amalgam of various unique neighborhoods. Each has its own personality and local shops, cafes and restaurants. If you really want to get the local vibe, pick one or two to scope out. Here's a summary: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/

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2. Re: First San Francisco Visit

Couldn't agree more.

Have a good look through the Top Questions on right of this page . There is a wealth of information in there and come back to us with some questions about what you find.

"We love good food"_____You have picked the right city to visit for that.

Let us know

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There are two ways to have a unique food experience in San Francisco... eat at a restaurant serving a chef's specific vision, or eat foods only (or predominately) served in San Francisco.

I think SF excels in the chef-driven restaurant, so check out: Coi (very high-end, molecular gastronomy), Atelier Crenn (high-end, unique food), State Bird Provision (short-listed for a James Beard award, serving modern California cuisine in a dim-sum style), Benu (Asian-influenced high-end), Sons & Daughters (high-end food in a very casual setting).

Traditional SF foods include Dungeness crab, petrale sole, sand dabs, sourdough bread (but NOT clam chowder in a sourdough bowl).

But aside from that, there are lots of great restaurants that we can recommend if you let us know cuisine, budget and/or atmosphere preference. And there is pretty much any type of cuisine you can imagine here -- all the usual suspects for both European and Asian cuisine, plus more esoteric choices like Eritrean and other African cuisines, Moroccan, Turkish, Peruvian, and more.

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@SFSusanW - Thank you!! Sounds incredible.

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