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Trusted Guide to San Francisco

Sep 7, 2018
Sarah Gray

I moved out here to San Francisco over five years ago from the east coast with the intention of ‘checking out’ what California had to offer. Five years later, I’ve found myself with still so much to explore while also refining my list of favorite things to do and places to eat in this amazing city. It’s really hard to explain what make San Francisco so special but if you spend enough time here, you’ll get it.

I’ve had the privilege and opportunity to explore every corner of my current ‘home’. San Francisco has far more to offer than being arguably one of the best places to work as a nurse. From diverse cuisines, cultures, residents, visitors to weather, terrain, neighborhoods, activities, and views, San Francisco pretty much has something for everyone. Whether you’re here to visit, for a contract or two, or relocating for the foreseeable future, we’re giving you the scoop on our faves.

RESTAURANTS

The Progress

The date-night, parents-in-town, go-tos:

The dependables: These ones are faves mostly because they’re completely dependable for food, availability, and service. Authentic mexican, mediterranean, or vietnamese cuisines with locations throughout the entire city. They’re all fairly quick and can be eaten there or taken to go (especially if you’re headed to one of the parks below).

The fave:

  • Burmese Kitchen: My favorite restaurant here in SF that I’ve thought more than twice about including in here because part of me selfishly doesn’t want to let the cat out of the bag. My personal faves? The coconut noodle soup, ginger salad, coconut rice, chicken biryani, and curry chicken. Oh! And of course a side of roti.
Jane

CAFES & COFFEE SHOPS

BREAKFAST, BRUNCH, ETC.

BARS & HAPPY HOURS

Alamo Square

PARKS

SF parks can be more hopping than a Jersey shore beach in the middle of July. You can find pretty much anything you’re looking for here whether it’s a tan, beverage, snack, puppies, a game of pick-up basketball, tennis, or spike ball, or some of the most intriguing people watching on the west coast.

TOURISTY TO-DO’s

Scribe

DAY TRIPS & WEEKEND GETAWAYS

Wineries

Napa/Sonoma

Tahoe

Santa Cruz

Yosemite

Russian River