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Where to go and what to do right now in San Francisco

Valencia Street/Walk, Shop, Eat/Mission District

Pros: Day or night a great destination
Cons: Cost of having a good time is steadily rising
Best For: An urban adventure

The Ferry Building/Embarcadero

Pros: The most energetic, diverse lunch scene in SF
Cons: Gotta eat early to avoid lunch crush
Best For: Farmers market days, really good restaurants and sitting by the bay

Off The Grid/Multiple Weekly Locations

Pros: Food truck dining, cheap and good
Cons: Brick and mortar folks are jealous
Best For: Feeling part of a community

Geocaching

Pros: This treasure hunt is a world-wide phenom
Cons: Without a GPS device, you're lost
Best For: The surprise find

The Gravity Car Barn on top of Mount Tamalpais/North Bay

Pros: A very cool interpretive exhibit
Cons: Where's the locomotive?
Best For: History buffs who like cliffside walks with vistas

SF Symphony Open Rehearsals/Civic Center

Pros: Extraordinary music in a rehearsal setting
Cons: Must be free weekday mornings
Best For: Coffee, a speaker and an informal concert

Hair by Natasha Warton Sanivskaya/Cetana Salon Spa

Pros: She cuts, she colors, she teaches, she's brilliant
Cons: You'll never want to trust your head to anyone else
Best For: Intelligent and artful haircuts/lustrous Aveda color

Walking The Golden Gate Bridge

Pros: Killer vantage point from atop a beloved icon
Cons: Bundle up
Best For: A quintessential SF experience

Fort Mason Center Sunday Farmers' Market

Pros: Low-key on the bay
Cons: Needs a hipper baked goods vendor
Best For: Coffee from the Readers Cafe and a morning-after hunt for farm-to-table ingredients

The Gardens of Alcatraz Tour

Pros: A docent-led tour through gardens closed to the general public
Cons: Twice a week only
Best For: A mind-blowingly beautiful walk through 3 centuries of cultivated gardens

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