Guide to San Francisco

Unearth a hidden literary treasure at the beloved Adobe Bookshop. From Old Hollywood screenplays to rare novels, the books here make up in content what they charmingly lack in first-use condition. 3130 24th between Folsom and Shotwell, (415) 864-3936

Smitten Ice Cream’s logo is a wagon, and it seems that by now, everyone in (and out) of town has jumped on it. Who wouldn’t, when the offerings are all liquid-nitrogen-frozen for maximal smoothness, then mixed into flavors like Meyer Lemon Gingersnap or Sweet Corn with Berries? 432 Octavia St between Hayes and Linden, (415) 863-1518

San Francisco’s much-trumpeted Authentic Burritos and Authentic Guacamole have a home, and that home is Pancho Villa Taquería. Best of all, the equally authentic cafeteria setup, without any fussy décor or fancy service, means that the Mexican munchies come cheap. 3071 16th St between Julian Ave. and Ronde Place, (415) 864-8840, and other locations

Its name is the only thing wasteful—much less unappealing—about Wasteland San Francisco, Haight Street’s vintage Mecca packed with styling finds. 1660 Haight St between Clayton and Cole, (415) 863-3150

It’s easy to see why the city’s wealthiest residents (including one California rep turned Speaker of the House) have dropped millions to live in Pacific Heights. With each home the size of a mansion, the city’s famous Victorian architecture here is not just beautiful, but panoramic. between Bush Street, Presidio Avenue, Union Street, and Van Ness Avenue

Coffee beans from De La Paz? Fresh vegetables from the hills of NorCal? Rainbow Grocery evokes San Francisco’s hippie and activist past to sell every kind of fair-trade, locally grown specialty in a festive and colorful warehouse: It is, after all, a worker-owned co-op. 1745 Folsom St between 14th St. and Route 101, (415) 863-0620

San Franciscans who like men and San Franciscans who like women concur: Hot Cookie’s chocolate-dipped macaroons are the tastiest penises they’ll ever put in their mouths. 407 Castro at 17th St., (415) 621-2350

There are a million views of San Francisco, but the best one is from the summit of Twin PeaksTwin Peaks Blvd.

Catch a black-and-white flick in the city’s most historic movie palace, formerly a theater and still containing the beautiful Mighty Wulitzer pipe organ. Castro Theatre, 407 Castro St between 17th and 18th, (415) 621-2350

Buy a cup of Blue Bottle Coffee or a fresh pastry at the Ferry Building, then enjoy it outside with the view of the ships to Oakland and Vallejo. 1 Sausalito, (415) 983-8030

The Golden Gate Bridge was painted International Orange to stand out in the fog, and 77 years later, it’s one of those sights that you just can’t miss.

If you’re not already a self-proclaimed flower child, the incredible Golden Gate Park will turn you into one. Spaces like the Japanese Tea Garden, polo fields, and Strawberry Hill are impossible not to adore. between Fulton St. and Lincoln Way between Stanyan St. and the ocean, (415) 831-2700

It’s worth the surrounding crowds of tourists to catch the San Francisco Bay sea lions catching some rays. Pier 39 Marina, Beach Street and the Embarcadero, (415) 981-7437

There are worse ways to spend a few hours than watching Ghirardelli chocolate being mixed, learning about its history, and then sampling from the gift shop’s extensive supply. Ghirardelli Chocolate Manufactory, 900 North Point St. between Larkin and Polk, (415) 474-3938

Sexy and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, Costumes on Haight turns the classic costume store into a dazzling destination for shopping—or, if you don’t actually need that Alice pinafore or astronaut suit after that upcoming theme party, renting. 735 Haight St between Pierce and Scott, (415) 621-1356

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