- Liverpool Lil's2942 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123recommended Liverpool Lil'sShakira Mongul
I've been meaning to try this place. I hear the food is absolutely amazing and unmistakably American. The outdoor seating faces the Lombard Gate in the presidio - making Liverpool Lil's an excellent spot on a nice day.
Let me know if you give it a try!
- St Francis Fountain2801 24th Street, San Francisco, CArecommended St Francis FountainSaint Francis definitely offers the kind of kitsch experience you're looking for. It has been on the same corner in the mission since 1918. It's an old fashioned lunch counter joint that doubles as an ... read moreice cream parlor and confectionary. The vibe is retro American and is just the kind of experience a tourist would be interested in.
- Straw203 Octavia Boulevard, San Francisco, CArecommended StrawFun comfort food with a very San Franciscan foodie-hipster twist. Can never stop eating the sweet potato tater tots. Not super expensive, but my wallet cries a little bit when I eat here because it ... read morejust doesn't seem right to pay sit-down restaurant prices for carnival food...Michelle L
This place is really fun, with just the right amount of kitsch. American carnival food!
- Mel's Drive-In2165 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CArecommended Mel's Drive-InClassic!!!! Opened in 1985 in San Francisco is a place I can't get tired of. The American Style food and atmosphere of the 50's result in a great experience no matter if for breakfast, lunch or ... read moredinner! Juke box, music, decor.... Again, it's a classic!!!!Nanda Lacerda
I go with Joseph Coureur suggestion too. Mel's is a classic in all meanings. Everytime I go to Cali with int'l friends that never tried it... that's the place I stop by. They love it even just cause of the atmosphere itself.
Specially with italian friend... they have amazing food there, so I'd go with the place and fun!
- Biscuits & Blues401 Mason St, San Francisco, CArecommended Biscuits & BluesLocated near Union Square in SF, Biscuits & Blues has transformed over the years from more an underground blues joint to now, way above ground (they have a second level now), jazz club. The southern ... read moreroots of biscuits and blues is apparent in the performances and in the food offerings of cajun, n'awlins style fare. While we used to be able to sit in for drinks while watching artists prepare in their underground days, we now are able to enjoy a more established lineup while savor just as fantastic food.Mel S Wong
hi Keane, you guys may consider Biscuits & Blues (American Southern cuisine...hello gumbo and American Jazz, hello blues), check their website for current line up. this could be a fun down home nawlins soul food and music experience...in california
- The Front Porch65 29th St, San Francisco, CA 94110recommended The Front PorchNow I know San Francisco isn't known for Southern food. And I'm not going to claim this place does it as well as, well, the South, but it's pretty darn good for the west coast. Get the chicken and ... read morefill up on biscuits.Paul Petrick
Southern food and style...
- Gott's Roadside1 Ferry Bldg, San Francisco, CA 94111
- Zeitgeist199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103recommended ZeitgeistStill has the biker bar vibe, but now full of hipsters drinking pitchers of beer on the picnic tables outside on sunny days. They also grill some mean burgers.Nomadic by Nature
Bro this spot would work. Mel's is a good option too, or Louis' out above Suttro bathes.
- In-N-Out Burger11 Rollins Rd, Millbrae, CA 94030recommended In-N-Out BurgerIn-N-Out is one of my favorite burgers, and I get to stop at the Millbrae location after I gas up my rental car and before I go to the airport. It's always busy, but's that's how it is.Joseph Coureur
In-n-Out is another great idea. It's not only American, it's West Coast. I miss it.
- In-N-Out Burger333 Jefferson St., San Francisco, CA 94133recommended In-N-Out BurgerThis In-N-Out Burger is one of the few exceptions that I'll make after saying that I avoid Fisherman's Wharf like the plague. For my British guests, this was considered to be a significant highlight ... read moreof their trip. I don't fully understand soccer and they feel the same way about baseball. So for 2 cultures divided by a common language, a Double Double Animal Style was all it took to maintain diplomatic harmony.Eric Brink
Great American Burger within a Tourist Trap. What could be better?
- Tee Off Bar3129 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA, United Statesrecommended Tee Off BarMy Son is a huge fan of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (DDD) on the Food Network. On the strength of Guy Fieri's representations, the Kid and I have previously enjoyed repeat visits to Blueplate in ... read morePortland. And during a long Thanksgiving Weekend, we watched a few more episodes and zeroed in on the Tee Off Bar as a place to try. We had our chance today as my Son wanted to go to Japantown First and have Lunch here Second. The Title of this Place of course has double meaning and we walked in, I felt I was walking into a neighbourhood joynt in Milwaukee (without the Friday Night Fish Fry). It also brought back fleeting memories of the old Pat O'Shea's Mad Hatter (We Cheat Drunks and Tourists) when Nancy Oakes cooked here. Otherwise, here's the 911: DECOR - Yes it's a Dive. On the down side, the Restrooms needed cleaning and a new deodorizer and the place looks a little worn in several places. On the plus side, it's comfortable, safe (at least when we were there) and a great place to watch a Game. TABLE SERVICE - Friendly and Kind (especially to the Kid). I appreciated a few beer tastes prior to my choice, my son's soft drink glass staying full, and her attempts to expedite getting the food out of the Kitchen. KITCHEN SERVICE - Glacial. What were they doing back there? FOOD - Very Good but Pricey. My Son enjoyed his Mac N Cheese and this Dude enjoyed his Big Lebowski (Turkey, Goat Cheese, Aarugula, and Other Ingredients). The portions were generous and the sides (Salad for Him and Frites for Me) complemented our dishes well. But $14 for and order of Mac? ONE THING I LEARNED THAT I PREVIOUSLY DID NOT KNOW - Hypothetically, if you call your Dog a "Service Animal in Training", Fido could get an inside seat next to you. And they wonder why some of us our cynical about Handicap Parking... COMPARISON TO THE DDD FATHER/SON BLUEPLATE "GOLD" STANDARD? OK, but Guy Fieri is going to have to do better than this.Eric Brink
Good dive bar eats
- Manor Coffee Shop321 West Portal Avenue # A, San Francisco, CArecommended Manor Coffee Shop4/2014 UPDATE I had my first Manor Coffee Shop meal soon after moving to the Bay Area in 1984. Has it really been 30 years already? I was recently in the West Portal neighborhood and made sure I had ... read moreLunch here. It's still very retro in terms of decoration, linoleum counters, and waitresses in traditional attire. One even called me "Hon". It also remains a "cash only" business, but ATM help is close by. I sat at the counter and ordered a blue cheese burger, fries, and lemonade. I would have preferred a beer, but this place is no alcohol. My meal was served fast, hot, and it was all delicious. I remain a fan and hope the Manor Coffee Shop is here for at least another couple decades. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gayle sometimes notices that I live in the past. During vacations back in Iowa, I'll go back and visit the old High School and other haunts. I'll also collect things like the old calendar that my Dad used to give out at the service station he once owned. And speaking of that, I can recognize an old gas station turned other business a mile away. And if you stop by the Manor Coffee Shop, I just might be one of those "old" people at the Counter enjoying my comfort food. This place has a cool retro diner vibe and for the most part I'm here for the burgers, a slice a pie, kitschy collections of stuff, and linoleum for as far as the eye can see. Sometimes old school is good, especially when it's recreated so well at the Manor Coffee Shop. The only thing missing from the appropriately dressed Asian staff is someone to call me "Hon".Eric Brink
- Mel's Drive-In801 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103recommended Mel's Drive-InI love Mel's Drive-In, although it's not a drive in at all. The original restaurant was had carhop service, but that restaurant is gone. This is just good American diner food. I tend to go to the one ... read moreon Mission since it's close to the other stuff I'm doing.Joseph Coureur
If you want American food experience, you gotta go to a diner.
- Orphan Andy's Restaurant3991 17th Street, San Francisco, CArecommended Orphan Andy's RestaurantAfter my old middle-of-the-night-and-drunk-in-the-castro standby Bagdad Cafe shut down in 2011, Orphan Andy's became my go to place. The french fries are oh-so-greasy and you can't go wrong with their ... read morefrench toast slathered in maple syrup.Katie Worth
I dunno if this is a "really American restaurant" - but this is definitely a REALLY San Francisco diner! Take her here and watch the Castro go by. Tip: the more you drink beforehand, the better the food tastes! :-)
- Heinold's First & Last Chance48 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607recommended Heinold's First & Last ChanceThis place is awesome! A historic bar from yesterday that used to be a Jack London favorite hang out. The floors were damaged by an earthquake, so everything is slanted, making it feel like a fun ... read morehouse. They have excellent beers on tap.Arlo Hemphill
Another historic spot along the Bay. Truly inspiring - bringing back an age and an author gone by...
- Vesuvio255 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133recommended VesuvioOne of my all time favorite rustic bars in San Francisco. I love the feel of history and past literary glory in this place. The worn and eclectic dim interior is just my style too. I've often been ... read moretempted to spend an entire day here - bring my laptop and write my own version of "On the Road" over pints of Anchor Steam!Arlo Hemphill
So while Vesuvio isn't typical American, it is uniquely American - and San Franciscan for that matter. One of my favorite SF watering holes - ripe with the souls of beat poets!
- Hooters1150 El Camino Real #210, San Bruno, CA, United Statesrecommended Hooters3-mile island wings, curly fries, and draft beer. It's heaven in a bright shade of orange!Arlo Hemphill
Keane - you said you wanted something REALLY American! Ha, here it is!
I actually thought about it for awhile and realized all my favorite SF restaurants are Mexican, Irish, Japanese or Italian. Other than Fisherman's Wharf seafood - this really is the local Americana!
- DeLise dessert cafe327 Bay Street, San Francisco, CArecommended DeLise dessert cafeTotally underrated place for ice cream and desserts...because of its location and lack of "super cool" interior design, most pass this place off as just another cafe/sandwich place. However, Dennis ... read moreand Eloise make some pretty bomb and different ice creams and sorbets.AJ
The truth is...no one, zero, makes gelato in SF. The closest to what you're looking for might be SF Gelato (http://sanfranciscogelato.com/), but as you can tell from the cryptic website, they don't pop up for air all that often. Everyone makes American style ice cream...which makes sense, but it's definitely not gelato. Guess you'll just have to get yourself to NYC or back to italy if you want gelato! So, in light of all that...I just rec'd a more off the grid ice cream shop for you to try in the mean time.
- Holy Gelato!1392 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CArecommended Holy Gelato!I love the mango, strawberry, coconut here. This place blows Baskin Robbins out of the water. It's adjacent to Golden Gate Park, after a nice promenade there, go to Holy Gelato for a holy gelato ... read moreexperience. Get as many as free samples as you can get.
- Marco Polo Italian Ice Cream1447 Taraval Street, San Francisco, CArecommended Marco Polo Italian Ice CreamFamily owned and operated homemade/small batch gelato spot in the Sunset district that has been around since, ahem, my days as full time student. Their fruit flavors are made with seasonal fresh ... read morefruits like mangos, guava, and yes durian while their more traditional italian flavors like chocolate, coppa mista, and vanilla are rich and just as delicious. Take out pints are available and eating in is just as cozy. This is one of my favorite ice cream spots in the city.Mel S Wong
hello keane, you may already know about Marco Polo, this place is not "hip" but it is definitely "familiar and comfortable".
- Rincon Center Annex101 Missionrecommended Rincon Center AnnexThe murals located within the old Rincon annex are colorful depiction of the history of California. The building itself was an old postal facility and now it houses convenient shops and a tour desk. ... read moreMany likely not aware that this very building is a registered historical site. Generally, people who passes through this great hall have a mission in mind...hurrying down into the food court in the main atrium area...but just stopping short, and looking up, the reward is immense. California history appears silently in front of us.Mel S Wong
see what a great question does?! it uncovers hidden treasures and forgotten knowledge. I used to work in the spear tower that's how I know about this. You should enter through the mission street entrance for the proper effect. The historical bldg is gorgeous (they really don't build it like they used to) and there are wonderful murals covering the upper walls inside. If you appreciate frescos you would love this. even if you don't, you will still find it interesting. Also check out murals inside the coit tower if you are out and about. enjoy!
- Ingleside TerraceIngleside Terrace, San Francisco, Californiarecommended Ingleside TerraceI've only driven by the sundial and that was years ago but, hey, who doesn't love a gigantic, strangely placed timepiece?
- Golden Gate HeightsGolden Gate Heights, San Francisco, California
- SS Jeremiah O'Brien45 Pier, San Francisco, CA, United Statesrecommended SS Jeremiah O'BrienA friend of mine had his 30th birthday bash on this battleship -- talk about doing it big!! Okay, so it's not really a battleship -- it's a liberty ship, which means it was a cargo ship built during ... read moreWW2 -- but telling people that you're going to a party on a battleship just sounds a lot cooler. Located between Piers 43 1/2 and 47, you would never suspect a warship to be docked in the middle of Fisherman's Wharf. We must have asked 5 people for directions, and no one had a clue. Luckily, we spotted a friend who was hanging outside the pier to wait for his motion sickness medication to kick in. Yes, there is a very slight sway you'll feel inside. Just keep drinking and you'll just think it's the booze. What a unique spot to have a party! Although the ship is available to rent for cruise parties, the one we were at was a moored event. It was nice to be able to come and go as you pleased, though it would have been amazing to cruise along the bay in a huge warship. The event space was below the docks, and there was a large dance floor and nice bar area. While it would get stuffy down below, you could easily cool off by going up on the deck and look out onto the gorgeous bay. The ship goes on cruises about 6 times a year. There's one that they do during Fleet Week in October. For $150, you can watch the Blue Angels from the deck, enjoy breakfast and a BBQ lunch and be entertained by a live jazz band. There's a lot of history to be learned from the tour you can take during the week. An interesting factoid for movie buffs (especially Titanic fans): "Many interiors, sounds and visuals for Titanic were captured aboard the S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien, including her fully-operational triple expansion marine steam engine, which provided the dramatic massive and churning metallic parts of the famed White Star liner's engine room. A wide range of Jeremiah O'Brien Academy Award-winning sound effects were also captured for Titanic, including metallic door closes, hatch openings, distant engine rumbles (which run throughout the film, to give the sense of movement), bells, clangs, etc. The O'Brien also was taken out into San Francisco Bay so Cameron's sound team from Skywalker Sound could capture a tremendous variety of bow wash, mid-side wash, propeller wake, hull laps, and other water movement sounds, which occupy much of the movie's first 11 reels before Titanic 's iceberg collision. The O'Brien's crew even threw the engines into full-reverse about 20 times, simulating the climactic iceberg collision moment, which provided a wealth of creaks, groans, distant rumbles, perspective shifts, and countless backgrounds used to re-create the factory-like ambience of the steerage compartment."Connie Pistilli
It would be cool if they (or we) could do a screening of Titanic on the ship!
recommended Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial WaterfallHidden in the middle of the city center, but worth a visit for sure!
- Molinari Delicatessen373 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133recommended Molinari DelicatessenMolinari, the ultimate San Francisco Deli has been around for since 1896. This place is also one of my touchstones when I return to the neighbourhood, as the surroundings have changed significantly ... read moreover the years. Walking into this North Beach landmark is half the fun, as it's stuffed to the rafters with imported meats, cheeses, wines, canned goods, and Italian attitude. You can also get "high" (and disoriented) on the energy of this place and the smells. The sandwiches are excellent (Go get your bread!) and if there's space, limited outdoor seating is available. The ravioli (with sauces) are also a good thing to bring home for dinner. The only thing missing is a container of Pedroni's potato salad.Eric Brink
How about the Granddaddy of Italian Delis?
- Glen Canyon ParkGlen Park, San Francisco, CArecommended Glen Canyon ParkGayle and I took BART to Glen Park so that we could walk around the neighbourhood and enjoy a nice hike together up the Canyon. I lived in the City about 20 years ago and only discovered this large ... read moreand scenic park only a few years ago. As it turned out, it was a great little explore and exercise excursion, and one that we would love to do more often. It's also a fun place to bring the dog. The Park offers an experience of San Francisco's diverse terrains as they appeared before the intense development of the region in the late 19th and the 20th Centuries. The park incorporates free-flowing Islais Creek and the associated riparian habitat, an extensive grassland with adjoining trees that supports aviary breeding, striking rock outcrops, and arid patches covered by "coastal scrub" plant communities. Elevations in Glen Canyon Park range from approximately 225 feet (above sea level) at the south end of the park to 575 feet at the north end and along the east rim of the canyon. Formal recreational facilities in Glen Canyon Park are mostly located at its southern end. These facilities include a community recreation center, ball fields and tennis courts, and playgrounds. The park is also well-used by local rock climbers. A lonely looking building about halfway up the canyon near Islais Creek serves as....? The park is easily entered at its southeastern corner (we walked to the end of Chenery Street). Somewhat further north, there is a wooden stairway leading down into the park (the Sussex Street entrance). There are also trails leading into the park from the Diamond Heights Shopping Center. Gayle and I also noticed that it was warm in the Canyon, while it was cool below in the Glen Park business district, and cold and foggy "upstairs" on Portola. We were also surprised as we walked back down along O'Shaughnessy on how much elevation we had climbed, as the hike up was so gradual that it almost seemed flat.Eric Brink
A favourite part that even some folks in SF don't know about!
- Farley's1315 18th Street, San Francisco, CArecommended Farley'sFarley's is my benchmark on which I measure other coffee houses. And if I look at their recent "franchising" into the East Bay, their java vision has appeared to have traveled well. Farley's had me ... read moreyears ago starting with the Lincoln Logs, magazines, and a cool "living room" environment. They also do black coffee (and the right nosh to go with it) very well. Beyond that, I love the somewhat hard to find Potrero Hill location, the warm interior and hangout comfort, and the fun and sometimes educational people watching and conversation. Best of all is that with all the shiny new things out there, this Farley's keeps staying who they are. It's a place that I could spend hours (and have).Eric Brink
A Classic and not to be forgotten with all the other new and hip coffee places around.
- Vermont StreetVermont St, San Francisco, CArecommended Vermont StreetWhen my out-of-town friends come to town, I head to Vermont Street and leave Lombard Street to the Hordes. The fun part is that you can take Vermont Street a little bit faster and circle back to the ... read moretop in fairly short order. By the 2nd Round, my guests have usually had enough. And by the 4th Round, they'll do almost anything (like a comped lunch) to get me to move on to somewhere else. It's all great fun and also gives you the opportunity to explore other interesting parts of Portrero Hill.Eric Brink
The "Other" Crooked Street!
- City GuidesSan Francisco, CA, United Statesrecommended City GuidesThe City Guides are a San Francisco establishment. They offer free tours of the city with a wealth of information that you can't find anywhere else! If you're a resident of the city, you too can be a ... read moreCity Guide. They offer a comprehensive training program with all the information you'll ever need to lead your own tour.
- Grand Hyatt San Francisco345 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108recommended Grand Hyatt San FranciscoThe Grand Hyatt is a very centrally located hotel near Union Square in San Francisco. I've always liked to take out of town visitors to the top floor Grandview lounge for drinks because it is rarely ... read morecrowded, has great views, easy to find and get to, and has nice strong drinks. I also like to tell out of towners about this hotel because of the amazing bronze fountain right on its premise on Stockton street. What is so cool about this fountain is that we can find all relevant SF landmarks and sights (at the time of construction...in the 70s) all built into it in bronze. (somethings are timeless though) We can do scavenger hunt of things SF...all right here, in one place!Mel S Wong
I had to dig through my archives to find a copy of the picture of the Asawa Fountain to share on my passport. As a kid in summer day camp, our camp leader would take us here to find things on the fountain about SF for the scavenger hunt...we would be here for hours (or at least felt that way), this is a cool water fountain/monument that is a great representation of SF that i think is often overlooked. Great Question Keane! (i just travelled back in time)
- Forbes IslandPiers 39 & 41, San Francisco, CA 94133recommended Forbes IslandIt's an island, no, it's a boat, no, it's a restaurant on a boat that's really an island. Whatever, this place is so weird and quirky you can't not love it.The owner will come get you in his water ... read moretaxi and drop you off on the kitschy boat/island/restaurant. There's a cool lighthouse that you can climb up and get an awesome view of Fisherman's wharf, the bay and the city.I've only had bar bites here and their crazy strong tropical cocktails made by Pierre, the French bartender who's worked there for over 20 years. Pierre is actually also the GM and also scuba dives to clean the ship's portholes. The women's restroom is located inside Forbes' old bedroom, which is still furnished with his old bed and desk. There's also a stuffed seal on the bed that everyone has posed for pictures with on the bed.If just for shits and giggles, you've got to check out Forbes Island.
- 555 Mission St555 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105recommended 555 Mission StThe public space at 555 Mission, bordering Minna & Mission, has some very interesting art and sculptures that makes for a wonderful respite from the busy office surroundings. There are benches but no ... read moretables, nevertheless, this makes for a good quick lunch spot after grabbing something yummy from Sushirito or Specialties near by. This space is safe because it is constantly monitored by building security. The center piece lego-man like structure is really cool. This space is so much better now that the transbay terminal is fully demolished!Mel S Wong
Also at the 101 Second Street Bldg there are indoor space with chairs and tables plus cool bronze arts and a VERY large painting. While across the street from 555 Mission, there is another open space opened to public with a cool sun dial looking sculpture. SF is artsy!
- Fort Point National Historic SiteLong Avenue and Marine Drive, San Francisco, CA 94129recommended Fort Point National Historic SiteA Civil War site in San Francisco? Yep. Fort Point was built in the 1860s to protect against a potentially ambitious Confederate navy or any foreign invaders. While the fort hasn't ever seen any ... read moremilitary action, it's now a fascinating place to visit. Usually only on weekends (Fri-Sun), the fort has an absolutely stunning view. Climb to the top to stand just under the Golden Gate Bridge (bring a windbreaker and hold down any small children; the gusts can be pretty overwhelming). With the Presidio and Crissy Field, Fort Point is a perfect half-day outing if you want to see the bay and bridge but get away from the tourist masses.Alex L
Of course I had to recommend this place. :)
- Hyde Street Pier2905 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA, United Statesrecommended Hyde Street PierIn a past life, I was either a merchant marine or a navy seaman. Or perhaps a pirate. But I love anything olde time-y and maritime, so the Hyde Street Pier is like historic happiness for me. You can ... read moreset up docent-led tours, sign up in advance to volunteer, sail a tall ship, or just show up and walk around. (Seriously; check their website ahead of time, as they have the coolest events.)Alex L
Mmm, maritime history ...
- Barbary Coast Trail900 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, United Statesrecommended Barbary Coast Traila fantastic way to see and experience San Francisco's history...on foot, the Barbary Coast Trail has markers guiding those on the path to discovery of San Francisco's colorful past. At each marker, a ... read morelittle bit more about SF is revealed. Most of the sites along the trail are those dated back to the golden days of the 49'er's rush, the poignant '06 earthquake, and everything significant that happened in between. I have only gone on a small portion of the entire 3mile track, perhaps that should be a personal goal to complete it in its entirety. I think that should make for a fun in-city excursion!Mel S Wong
I've only done a portion of this walking history trail (FiDi to Chinatown to North Beach) and along the way, there are statues and points of interest I saw that I never noticed before. This is a very pleasant walk!
- Caffe Trieste609 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA
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- Palace of Fine Arts3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-1002recommended Palace of Fine ArtsThe Palace of Fine Arts is a monumental structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition to exhibit works of art presented there. One of only a few surviving structures from the ... read moreExposition, it is the only one still situated on its original site. It was rebuilt in 1965, and renovation of the lagoon, walkways, and a seismic retrofit were completed in early 2009. It's a popular attraction for me and others and is one of the key landmarks that I look for when I'm in or near San Francisco by land or water. The Palace is also on the top of my bring the tourists list, although I prefer walking here as part of a larger pedestrian tour of the City. And with lunch or dinner in the Marina. I love walking around and especially if there's a wedding party on the grounds. I also enjoy watching the swans and ducks, meandering around the columns, gazing up at the dome, relaxing in the park, and counting my blessings for being able to live in the Bay Area.Eric Brink
Hidden in Plain Site, especially the nice pond and the park next door!
- Filbert StepsBetween Filbert Street and Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94111recommended Filbert StepsThe Filbert Street Steps run along a short section of Filbert Street, along which is a garden tended to and paid for by the residents of the street. The steps lead from Telegraph Hill down to The ... read moreEmbarcadero. Many houses in this residential neighborhood are accessible only from the steps. Similar to paved streets, several fire hydrants and a solitary parking meter are located along the steps. For me climbing up and down these steps has been an optimum form of Therapy. When life has thrown me a knuckleball, I'd rather be concentrating on my breath while exercising than wasting money on a psychologist who want to know more about my Mother. It's also cheaper than Bikram Yoga, and all I have to do is remember to put one foot in front of the other on each of those 482 steps. It's a great workout and there's always something insightful that I've thought about along the way. It's not quite the Camino de Santiago, but it's close enough. The gorgeous payoff going up is Coit Tower, the view from the top of the Telegraph Hill world, and maybe the Parrots.. Then it's downward to North Beach for Italian pastries, refreshments at Cafe Trieste or a wide variety of dinner choices with friends.Eric Brink
Maybe not so hidden, but certainly passed over by lots of Coit Tower visitors. And there are so many other stairways in SF!