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826 Valencia

Attractions, Shops

Local literary lion Dave Eggers opened this non-profit kids' writing centre in 2002, an essential destination for those travelling with young aspiring...

826 Valencia Street
FreeMajor venue

Alcatraz

Critics' choice
Attractions, Museums

'Alcatraz' is Spanish for pelican, but to its inmates it was simply known as 'the Rock'. The West Coast's first lighthouse was built here in 1854, but it...

Alcatraz Island
Major venue

Chez Panisse

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

This is where chef/owner Alice Waters created California cuisine more than 35 years ago. Her modest, wood-framed restaurant still reigns supreme, serving...

1517 Shattuck Avenue
Major venue

City Hall

Attractions

Built in 1915 to designs by Arthur Brown and John Bakewell, City Hall is the epitome of the Beaux Arts style visible across the whole Civic Center. The...

1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place (Polk Street)
FreeMajor venue

City Lights

Critics' choice
Shops

The legacy of Beat anti-authoritarianism lives on in this publishing company and bookshop, co-founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1953. Be sure to head...

261 Columbus Avenue
Major venue

Coit Tower

Attractions

This 210ft (64m) concrete turret, built by City Hall architect Arthur Brown in 1933, was a gift to the city from the eccentric Lillie Hitchcock Coit, famed...

Peak of Telegraph Hill
Major venue

Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market

Critics' choice
Shops

Since the restored Ferry Building reopened in 2002, the Ferry Plaza farmers' market has become a sightseeing attraction in its own right. White tents spill...

Ferry Building, Embarcadero
Major venue

Fillmore Auditorium

Critics' choice
Music

The 1,200-capacity Fillmore was built in 1912, but is better known as the venue in which Bill Graham launched his rock-promotion empire. The performers who...

1805 Geary Boulevard
Major venue

Fort Point

Attractions

The spectacular brick-built Fort Point was built between 1853 and 1861 to protect the city from a sea attack. The assault never came; the 126 cannons...

Marine Drive
FreeMajor venue

Ghirardelli Square

Shops

At the home of the Ghirardelli chocolate company, gorge yourself on ice-cream drizzled with chocolate made on the premises, then wander the square, which is...

Beach Street
Major venue

Grace Cathedral

Attractions

Begun in 1928, this Episcopalian cathedral was once a private mansion. It was later taken over by the church and is, by the standards of most cathedrals in...

1100 California Street
Major venue

Gump's

Critics' choice
Shops

Established in 1861, Gump's is the place where moneyed San Franciscans buy wedding presents, china and a variety of baubles, from black pearls to custom...

135 Post Street
Major venue

Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship

Attractions, Museums

There's plenty for history buffs big and small to explore aboard the Jeremiah O'Brien, a veteran of D-Day and the only original ship to sail under its own...

Pier 45
Major venue

Mission Dolores

Critics' choice
Attractions

Founded by a tiny band of Spanish missionaries and soldiers in 1776, and completed 15 years later, Mission Dolores is the oldest structure in the city and...

3321 16th Street
Major venue

Palace of Fine Arts

Attractions

Local architect Bernard Maybeck's pièce de résistance, the Palace is a neo-classical domed rotunda supported by a curved colonnade topped with friezes and...

Lyon Street
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