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Five Hidden Gems in San Francisco

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Our favorite lesser-known spots in the Golden Gate City

Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences

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Jun 29, 2012 —  We won’t deny that some of San Francisco’s biggest tourist destinations are well-worth going to, even if it does mean fighting consistent crowds. Upwards of 100,000 people walk the Golden Gate Bridge on a busy weekend, for example, but on a beautiful summer day we can think of few other places in town we’d rather be.

Similarly, Fisherman’s Wharf is way more kitsch than cool to most locals, but watching the hundreds of sea lions along the docks never gets old, and while Haight Street is about as authentic to its hippie roots as the tie-dye line at Target, there’s something strangely satisfying about strolling through the billowing clouds of pot smoke and navigating ever-creative panhandlers on our way to Golden Gate Park.

Still, if you’re the kind of person who wants to avoid the mainstream attractions in a city – either because you’re a longtime local or because riding the cable cars sounds about as appealing as jumping in front of them – we picked out a few or our favorite lesser-known spots just for you.

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    The Presidio

    Beach / Culture / Outdoor Activity / Park

    The Presidio - Beach | Culture | Outdoor Activity | Park in San Francisco.
    Presidio

    Roughly bounded by Lyon Street
    and the Pacific Ocean
    San Francisco, CA 94129

    Visitor Information: 415‑561‑4323

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    Specs’ 12 Adler Museum Café

    Dive Bar

    Specs’ 12 Adler Museum Café - Dive Bar in San Francisco.
    North Beach / Telegraph Hill

    12 William Saroyan Place
    San Francisco, CA 94133

    415‑421‑4112

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    Ocean Beach

    Beach / Outdoor Activity

    Ocean Beach - Beach | Outdoor Activity in San Francisco.
    The Sunset

    Point Lobos Avenue/Great Highway
    San Francisco, CA 94121

    415‑561‑4323

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    NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences

    Culture / Drinking Activity / Event Space / Museum

    NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences - Culture | Drinking Activity | Event Space | Museum in San Francisco.
    The Sunset

    55 Music Concourse Drive
    San Francisco, CA 94118

    415‑379‑8000

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    Stray Bar

    Gay Bar / Sports Bar

    Stray Bar - Gay Bar | Sports Bar in San Francisco.
    Bernal Heights

    309 Cortland Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94110

    415‑821‑9263

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User Comments

Anonymous Jul 28, 2012
Sunset from the Presidio is pretty amazing. And if the pet cemetery doesn't give you chills, then you're not human.
Victor H. Jul 27, 2012
Looks like I need to revisit San Francisco as I seemed to have missed all these spots when I went the first time.
Anonymous Jul 27, 2012
Who knew that Ocean Beach had so much history? Totally creepy - I love it.
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