1 DAY – 4 BLOCKS!

** The Challenge: Spend 12 Hours in a 4-block radius without losing interest.**

Golden Boy Pizza in San Francisco's North Beach

Finding the Real City outlines specifically how to spend one full day in one neighborhood.

The following itineraries highlight 12 hours, four blocks from the center of each neighborhood. This is not about being in a hurry. Welcome to Deep Travel – a new way of looking at tourism.

NORTH BEACH/CHINATOWN — Broadway @ Columbus
10am – Breakfast: Café Trieste
11am – Grant Avenue walkabout (follow the old Barbary Coast Trail)
12pm – Lunch: Molinari Deli (picnic at Washington Square)
1pm – Beat Museum
2pm – Portsmouth Square (historic Chinatown park)
3pm – Shop along Grant Avenue in Chinatown
4pm – Tea tasting at Vital Tea Leaf tea shop
Turn right on Kerouac Alley…
5pm – City Lights Bookstore
6pm – Vesuvio and Spec’s (have a drink)
7pm – Dinner: North Beach Restaurant
8pm – The Saloon (live blues) or Beach Blanket Babylon (unique live theatre)

THE WATERFRONT — Jefferson @ Taylor
9am – Breakfast: Boudin Bakery
10am – Walk along the piers and fishing boats, Sea lions
11am – Hyde Street Pier (tour the historic ships)
1pm – Lunch: Clam chowder/fresh crab at the outdoor fish market
2pm – Musee Mecanique (old-fashioned arcade)
3pm – Wax Museum (“C’mon, it’s fun!”)
4pm – Tacky souvenir shopping on Jefferson St. (“Live a little!”)
5pm – Lounge on the beach at Aquatic Park
6pm – Buena Vista Café (order an Irish Coffee)
7pm – Dinner: Gary Danko
8pm – Live music: Lou’s Pier 47 Blues Club
*If you want to keep the party going, go to Bimbo’s 365 Club

MISSION/VALENCIA ST. — Dolores @ 19th St.
9am – Breakfast: Maxfield’s House of Caffeine (read a weekly SF newspaper)
10am – Take tour of Mission Dolores, including historic cemetery grounds
11am – Bookstores: Dog Eared Books, Borderlands Books
12pm – Lunch: El Toro Taqueria
1pm – Shopping: Good Vibrations, Dandelion Chocolate, 826, Aquarius Records
3pm – Bi-Rite ice cream, Muddy Waters Café
4pm – Art Tour: Women’s Building mural, Clarion Alley, Creativity Explored
5pm – Dolores Park (hang out on the grass or play some frisbee)
6pm – Elixir (have a drink)
7pm – Dinner: Sunflower Vietnamese
8pm – Roxie Theatre (watch a film)

RICHMOND DISTRICT — Clement @ 4th Ave.
10am – Breakfast: Blue Danube (hangout with wifi)
11am – Green Apple Books (records and magazines next door)
1pm – Lunch: Burma Super
2pm – Tea tasting at Aroma Tea Shop
3pm – Shopping: Chinese herb stores, aquarium, candy/ice cream shops
4pm – Massage (steam sauna then 90-minute massage)
6pm – Buckshot (game of pool)
7pm – Dinner: Q
8pm – Live music: The Plough and Stars
*To keep the party going, head to Dirty Trix and go upstairs to see a rock band

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Green Apple Books in San Francisco

 

–FREE SAMPLE FROM THE GUIDEBOOK (WITH LINKS)–

ONE DAY/FOUR BLOCKS – Day One:
NORTH BEACH
Broadway @ Columbus

10am – Breakfast: Café Trieste –  http://www.yelp.com/biz/caffe-trieste-san-francisco-5

11am – Grant Avenue walkabout: follow the Barbary Coast Trail – http://www.letsgoexploring.com/blog/2011/04/exploring-san-franciscos-barbary-coast-trail-north-beach/

12pm – Lunch: Molinari Deli – http://www.yelp.com/biz/molinari-delicatessen-san-francisco

1pm – Beat Museum – http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-beat-museum-san-francisco

2pm – Portsmouth Square (historic Chinatown park) – http://www.yelp.com/biz/portsmouth-square-san-francisco

3pm – Shop along Grant Avenue in Chinatown –  http://www.sanfranciscodays.com/chinatown/

4pm – Tea tasting at Vital Tea Leaf – http://www.yelp.com/biz/vital-tea-leaf-san-francisco

Turn right on Kerouac Alley…

5pm – City Lights Bookstore – http://www.citylights.com

6pm – Vesuvio and Spec’s  – http://www.yelp.com/biz/vesuvio-cafe-san-francisco

http://www.yelp.com/biz/specs-twelve-adler-museum-cafe-san-francisco-2

7pm – Dinner: North Beach Restaurant – http://www.northbeachrestaurant.com/

8pm – The Saloon (live blues) – http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-saloon-san-francisco

Beach Blanket Babylon (unique live theatre) – http://www.beachblanketbabylon.com/where/index.shtml

 

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