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Top 10 Non-Touristy Things To Do Around Pacific Heights

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Pacific Heights is like a work of art that most people tend to misinterpret. Yes, it’s filled with affluent families and Victorian homes, but it also has the best barbecue joint in San Francisco. Lining the neighborhood and those adjacent, there are parks, cozy movie theaters, and plenty of other places to get your fix of gourmet food.

4505

For some of the best food in the city, be sure to check out 4505. It boasts a short but sweet menu and has a number of daily specials. One of the highlights is the ‘best damn cheese burger’ featuring 4505’s own grass-fed beef on a sesame seed bun. Couple the burger with a beer from their curated selection or a house-made hard lemonade and you have a match made in heaven.

4505, 705 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 231 6993

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Bi-Rite

Wow, you just stuffed your face with some amazing barbecue, but what now? Time for a stop at Bi-Rite, a high-end grocery store, comparable to a Whole Foods. Grab some of its famous ice cream, walk out the door, and enjoy the city. Or better yet, head to this spot coming up next…

Bi-Rite, 550 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 551 7900

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Alamo Square

This place is slightly touristy, okay, it’s really touristy, but it’s worth it. Whether you have some ice cream or not, you’re in for a treat. Alamo Square is a great spot in the city that will take you away from all the bustling and let you relax for a little bit. Fun fact: this was home to the classic television sitcom, Full House. Sit back, and enjoy this little slice of heaven from the 1990s.

Alamo Square, Steiner St & Hayes St, San Francisco, CA, USA,+1 415 614 2526

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La Urbana

Now that you’ve walked off your lunch, time for more food! La Urbana is a perfect stop if you want to step out of your comfort zone, and leave Chipotle in your rear view mirror. This isn’t a place to order barbecue or nachos. Those items sound tasty, but La Urbana is for people yearning for a journey. It serves seasonal cocktails, like the ‘wasabi mule’ and the ‘Aztec Sour’. Enjoy those with the ‘pork carnitas’, or ask for the ‘Tijuana quesadilla’ if you’re feeling adventuraous.

La Urbana, 661 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 440 4500

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Sundance Kabuki Cinema

Kabuki is a cozy theater that serves alcoholic beverages. Kabuki also has pre-reserved seating; just order the tickets on your phone and pick the seats you’d like. Sit back in a comfy chair, drink an ice cold beer, and lose yourself in a movie. This is the perfect stop for those rare hot days, and even better for those more common cloudy days.

Sundance Kabuki Cinema, 1881 Post St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 346 3243

Pizzeria Delfina

Looking for some of the best pizza in the city? Well you may have found it. Pizzeria Delfina serves up a mean Neapolitan pizza, and will finish you off with some refreshing gelato. Order the ‘prosciutto pie’ and the ‘house-made blood orange soda’, or even a glass of wine. End your meal with some ‘espresso gelato’, a perfect way to enjoy some dessert and kick off the rest of your day.

Pizzeria Delfina, 2406 California St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 440 1189

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Nest

There’s plenty of food in Pac Heights, but maybe it’s time to lay down the fork, and pull out the credit card. Walking through this beautiful slice of San Francisco, you’ll find quite a few lovely little spots to shop. Try out Nest if you’re looking for some antiques or home décor. You can buy just about anything here, and you can even get your purchase gift wrapped.

Nest, 2300 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 292 6199

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Browser Books

After antiquing, check out Browser Books. Walking around the city can be tiring, so this is a perfect stop in the middle of the day. Regroup and walk the aisles; there most likely won’t be a crowd, so this little bit of space will be refreshing. Grab a book and skim through the intro, maybe you find a genre you never knew you liked.

Browser Books, 2195 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 567 8027

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State Bird Provisions

It’s been a long day in the city, it’s time to treat yourself with some gourmet food. Gourmet is an understatement when describing State Bird Provisions. The menu changes frequently, but here’s an example of the type of food they create: butternut squash mochi with Brussels sprouts, savory oats, and black truffle. Wow. Just wow. With this reputation for extraordinary food, it can be difficult to grab a table at State Bird Provisions. You might want to call for a reservation a day or two in advance, if not more.

State Bird Provisions, 1529 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 795 1272

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Alta Plaza Park

Finish the day with the best stop. Enjoy the sunset at Alta Plaza Park, and look out at the city. It has a play area for kids, and even tennis courts. Sit back and watch a sub-par match of tennis for free, or admire all the cute dogs walking around in this pet-friendly park. No matter the time of day, Alta Plaza Park is the place to sit reminisce on those long San Francisco days.

Alta Plaza Park, Pierce St and Clay St, San Francisco, CA, USA