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San Francisco is known for being a tech city, the most expensive and one of the strangest cities in the world. There are many things that make this city unique but only a few that are nationally recognized. Check out this list of restaurants, events and places that people from around the world know about and discover the things that only San Francisco has to offer.
Bob’s Donuts isn’t just an average donut shop; it’s the home of San Francisco’s $8 giant donut. This donut, which is about the size of a human head, comes in simple flavors such as glazed and chocolate. If you can eat this donut in under two minutes, you will receive a refund, free drink, Bob’s Donuts T-shirt, and your name listed on the hall of fame. Bob’s Donuts takes great pride with being one of the last independent donut shops that still make their pastries from scratch. The best part is that they’re open 24 hours.
Bob’s Donuts, 1621 Polk St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 776 3141
San Francisco has an abundance of taquerias, but only one of them has fought through 67,391 restaurants to be named ‘best burrito in America.’ La Taqueria’s carnitas burrito was ranked the best burrito by FiveThirtyEight. That’s a lot of burritos to beat, so this one is definitely a big deal. San Francisco’s Mission Street is also home to many nationally recognized burrito shops including El Farolito, Taqueria Cancun and El Castillito.
La Taqueria, 2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 285 7117
Residents both love him and hate him. Karl the Fog is the notorious fog that rolls over San Francisco for most of the year. Obviously fog is a phenomenon that occurs throughout the world, but Karl has become more than a weather pattern. Karl is a part of this city, similar to how rain is described with Seattle.
San Francisco is also home to the largest leather event in the world. Hundreds of vendors and leather-heads gather at the Folsom Street Fair to fill their material passion. This event is a playground for adults with dance areas, public playstations and a massive live stage. This event has also become known for its public nudity.
Folsom Street Fair, 131 10th St #302, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 777 3247
If you get car sick easily, this street probably isn’t for you. Lombard Street is known for its steepness and sharp turns and is one of the most crooked streets in the world. This is also a well-known tourist attraction that has been seen in many movies and tv shows. Whether you’re taking the hill by foot or by car, you’re guaranteed to have an adventure.
Lombard St, San Francisco, CA, USA
By Joey Reams
Joey is a student at San Francisco State University, where he studies music journalism. During his spare time, he can be found going to concerts, rock climbing, or finding the next best place to eat. In the last eight years, he has proudly attended more than 200 concerts.