- Kelsey Theriault
Duboce Triangle is a tiny, residential San Francisco neighborhood bordered by Market Street, Duboce Avenue, and Castro Street. Despite its small size, there are plenty of things to do and see in Duboce Triangle.
Relax at Duboce Park
If you want to relax outside and play with some puppies, visit Duboce Park — many local residents bring their dogs here to play and socialize. At any given time, there are ten to twenty dogs running around, but whether you have a dog or not, there is something at Duboce Park for you. The park spans a full block, with a small portion dedicated to the dog park, and the rest of the park is an open space for people to spread out blankets, picnic, read a book, or play a game. There is also a small playground for children, and it is close to the Sunset Tunnel Muni stop on the N-Line.
Duboce Park, Duboce Ave, between Scott St and Steiner St, San Francisco, CA, USA
Drink Coffee at Duboce Park Cafe
When you’re ready for a coffee or a light meal, check out Duboce Park Cafe. Don’t worry about the inevitably long line — it moves quickly, and the food is worth it. Try and grab a table outside so you can enjoy the views of the tree-lined neighborhood and the dog park. To avoid the lines, try the cafe later in the day for their lunch specials, house-made soups, and artisanal pizzas. If you need to get some work done, the cafe also offers free wifi.
Duboce Park Cafe, 2 Sanchez Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 (415) 621-1108
See an Exhibit at Harvey Milk Photography Center
The Harvey Milk Arts and Photography Center features the oldest community dark room available to the public in San Francisco. The Arts Center offers courses to local residents and features exhibitions from local artists. Currently, there are two exhibitions on display, and more will be added during the upcoming spring session. Check their website for a list of the current exhibitions and classes offered.
Harvey Milk Photo Center, 50 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 (415) 554-9522
Bike Along The Wiggle
The Wiggle is a windy bike route that begins at Market and Duboce, continues through Lower Haight to the Panhandle, and ends in Golden Gate Park. There is minimal car traffic, the route is well-marked, and it is relatively flat, which makes The Wiggle desirable for cyclists who are interested in seeing different parts of the city while still taking it easy. In addition to being a great bike route, there are few stop lights and plenty of crosswalks, making it a favorite route for runners as well.
Enjoy Happy Hour at Churchill
Churchill will take you all the way back to World War II and is decorated entirely with 1940s artifacts, like an American flag with 48 stars and a statue of Winston Churchill. Check out Happy Hour at Churchill, which occurs daily until 7pm and features $4 beers (in mason jars!) alongside other drink deals. For larger parties, Churchill takes reservations.
Churchill, 198 Church Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 (415) 570-9198
Eat a Gourmet Meal at L’ardoise Bistro
If you are looking for a gourmet meal in Duboce Triangle, look no further than L’ardoise Bistro. L’ardoise showcases traditional French dishes in a small, intimate atmosphere. The restaurant seats less than 40 people, so be sure to make a reservation. L’ardoise is known for its impeccable service and delicious French dishes, like their Duck Confit and Pan Roasted Rack of Lamb.
L’ardoise, 151 Noe Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 (415) 437-2600
Play Games at Brewcade Arcade Bar
If you want to spend a night out but play video games at the same time, Brewcade Arcade Bar is the bar for you. With classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Street Fighters, and Area 51, you will have no problem connecting with your inner-child. If arcade games aren’t your scene, sit outside and play a game of chess or play on one of the many pinball machines. Before you play, grab a drink from the bar — they have a large assortment of beers and a wine slushie (it sounds odd, but regulars swear by it!).
Brewcade Arcade Bar, 2200 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 (415) 555-5555
Eat at Super Duper Burger
Super Duper Burger is what you get when In-n-Out meets casual dining. Super Duper Burger is known for their quality burgers (with a larger selection than In-n-Out), but they still keep things simple. Try their four-cheese burger and garlic fries with all of the sauces available for an authentic San Francisco treat. In addition to burgers and fries, Super Duper Burger also features a self-serve pickle bar, fresh pecan pie, and soft-serve ice cream. There is frequently a line, but it moves quickly, and seating is usually available.
Super Duper Burger, 2304 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 (415) 558-8123
Stroll Along Market Street
Stroll down Market Street, where the Castro meets Duboce Triangle. Explore multiple bookstores, restaurants that will suit any budget, and shops that are perfect for any taste. Take pictures of the beautiful San Francisco architecture and enjoy views of the many hills in the city, or stop for a drink at the bars along the way and enjoy a light meal at one of the tapas restaurants.
Market Street, between Church and Castro, San Francisco, CA, USA
Borrow a Book at the Tiny Free Library
If you are looking for a good read during your time in San Francisco, skip the bookstores and head to the Tiny Free Library on Noe Street. Passersby are welcome to borrow a book from the library and return it whenever they’re finished. If you’re able, you can contribute a book of your own. The library functions on an honor system, so you don’t need library cards or money.
Tiny Free Library, 221 Noe Street, between 15th and Market, San Francisco, CA, USA