Classic arcade games, local food, relaxing spa 

Faves and raves by Ryen Anderson

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AGE: 31
YEARS IN THE CITY: Three
NEIGHBORHOOD: Hayes Valley
OCCUPATION: T-shirt graphic designer for Old Navy
SELF-DESCRIPTION: Curious adventurer

FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE TOURISTS
Musee Mecanique
WHERE: Pier 45, Shed A, at the end of Taylor Street, Fisherman’s Wharf
WHAT: Coin-operated antique arcade games
INFO: (415) 346-2000 or www.museemechanique.org

MM has an interesting assortment of vintage arcade games and creepy puppets, as well as a classic old photo booth where you can get four photos for $1. On my last visit, I bought “Lost & Found at the Musee Mecanique,” a 35-year photo collection of left-behind photo booth photos.

FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP
Unionmade Goods
WHERE: 493 Sanchez St., at 18th Street
WHAT: A gentlemen’s clothing shop
INFO: (415) 861-3373 or www.unionmadegoods.com

A beautiful contemporary men’s store which I’m compelled to visit because it’s all the things I love. Every trip confirms that my wardrobe works for me because I’m always finding things I want to buy, but then realize that I already have one at home.

FAVORITE PLACE TO TALK THROUGH A MOVIE
Castro Theatre
WHERE: 429 Castro St., at 17th Street
WHAT: Home of the mighty Wurlitzer organ
INFO: (415) 621-6120 or www.castrotheatre.com

I love the singalong musicals because there’s a costume contest and everyone is encouraged to sing along to every song. The goodie bags are a special treat, and it’s fine if you talk all the way through the movie.

FAVORITE VIEW OF THE CITY
Blue and Gold Fleet
WHERE: Pier 39 marine terminal
WHAT: San Francisco Bay cruises
INFO: (415) 705-8200 or www.blueandgoldfleet.com

Every cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge has campy narration by Captain Nemo, which adds to the fun. Even after going past Alcatraz and under the bridge 15 times, I think it is an amazing sight.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT FOR THE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
Mission Beach Cafe
WHERE: 198 Guerrero St., at 18th Street
WHAT: Delicious, fresh, local food
INFO: (415) 861-0198 or www.missionbeachcafesf.com

If you get there by 9 a.m. when they open, you won’t wait in line for two hours to get brunch. As much as I’d like to try other stuff, I always get the egg sandwich because it’s so good. The dishes are all simple and really well prepared.

FAVORITE PLACE TO PLAY SKEE-BALL
Buckshot
WHERE: 3848 Geary Blvd., at Third Avenue
WHAT: The ultimate game room
INFO: (415) 831-8838 or www.buckshot-sf.com

There are tons of skee-ball players who compete in the Brewskee league. I played in the first “skeeson” and now I play just for the fun of it. Mad skee-ball freaks, combined with the multitude of taxidermy on the walls and the chicken-fried bacon, make Buckshot a totally unique experience.

FAVORITE FURNITURE STORE THAT LOOKS LIKE A MUSEUM
H.D. Buttercup
WHERE: 290 Townsend St., at Fourth Street
WHAT: Furniture for people who have unique tastes
INFO: (415) 820-4788 or www.hdbuttercup.com

Everything in here is unique, special and looks one-of-a-kind, ranging from pirate-ship chandeliers to a leather couch stained with the American flag. I was trying to go to the Legion of Honor with a friend, but got distracted for three hours at this place.

FAVORITE DAY SPA
John Francis Spa
WHERE: 4200 18th St., at Collingwood Street
WHAT: A getaway from city life
INFO: (415) 861-3000 or www.johnfrancisspa.com

Facials, waxing and massages done personally by John, a genuinely good person. He knows that everyone’s life is chaotic, so when you go in, he makes sure to provide a soothing balance point for you.

FAVORITE BARBERSHOP
Mystic Hair
WHERE: 14 Haight St., at Gough Street
WHAT: Grooming the way it’s supposed to be done
INFO: (415) 255-8473 or www.yelp.com/biz/mystic-haircutting-san-francisco

Be sure to ask for Shorty — you can’t miss him because he’s got the pompadour, full-sleeve tattoos and dresses like the Big Boy. Shorty is bringing back the fine art of barbering with vintage shave techniques and hysterical stories.

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