City’s abundant history, great cuisine, getaways 

Faves and raves by Anna Lazzareschi

PERSONAL STATS

AGE:
29

YEARS IN THE CITY:
Six

OCCUPATION: Teacher

SELF-DESCRIPTION:
A Bay Area local and high school history teacher who loves to explore The City, its history and its food

FAVORITE SAN FRANCISCO LANDMARK FOR LOCALS

Fort Point

WHERE:
End of Marine Drive, at the Golden Gate Bridge

WHAT:
A unique historical landmark

INFO: www.nps.gov/fopo/index.htm

I’ve loved this place my entire life. It’s one of the oldest things in San Francisco. It’s unique. You can get a taste of San Francisco history and there’s a cool view of the Golden Gate Bridge from below.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET ICE CREAM

Bi-Rite Creamery

WHERE:
3692 18th St., at Dolores Street

WHAT: Delicious local ice cream

INFO: (415) 626-5600 or www.biritecreamery.com

The reason to go here is Sam’s Sundae — chocolate ice cream, orange olive oil, sea salt, topped off with whipped cream. It uses local ingredients and is all made there. It’s also in a great location near Dolores Park.

FAVORITE BAR TO WATCH THE GIANTS

The Blarney Stone

WHERE:
5625 Geary Blvd., between 20th and 21st avenues

WHAT: Great happy hour

INFO: (415) 386-9914

They have a happy hour for the entire game. There are great bartenders and the garden in the back has a television so you can sit outside on a nice day and watch the game.

FAVORITE WEEKEND GETAWAY

Point Reyes National Seashore

WHERE:
1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station

WHAT: Different-world escape

INFO: (415) 464-5100

Only 45 minutes away, it’s a great place to escape The City for a day or two. There are lots of cool trails for hiking and a lighthouse you can walk to. It’s the perfect place for bike riding. There are plenty of nice restaurants in Point Reyes Station nearby.

FAVORITE TAPAS RESTAURANT

Cha Cha Cha

WHERE:
1801 Haight St., between 19th and 20th streets

WHAT: Incredible shrimp

INFO: (415) 386-7670 or www.cha3.com

Completely delicious Cuban food. The shrimp and potatoes are amazing. There’s a great ambiance. Don’t forget to order the Sangria.

FAVORITE WALK

Lands End Trail

WHERE:
El Camino del Mar and 32nd Avenue

WHAT: Beautiful views

INFO: www.yelp.com/biz/lands-end-trail-san-francisco

It’s a pretty good walk. You start at El Camino del Mar and 32nd Avenue and end up at the Sutro Baths. Sunny days are perfect to view the ship wrecks on a low tide or the Farallon Islands in the distance.

FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE A CONCERT

The Warfield

WHERE:
982 Market St., at Sixth Street

WHAT: An intimate music setting

INFO: www.thewarfieldtheatre.com

It’s a cool San Francisco landmark. There’s a nice, intimate setting and historical vibe. It’s in an ideal central location for pre- or post-concert endeavors.

FAVORITE SAN FRANCISCO LANE

Lovers’ Lane

WHERE:
The Presidio, at Funston Avenue and Presidio Boulevard

WHAT: A walk in the past

INFO: www.nps.gov/prsf/planyourvisit/lovers-lane.htm

Located in the Presidio, it’s only about a mile walk. It’s one of the oldest walkways in San Francisco. When the area was used as a military base, the soldiers used to walk along Lovers’ Lane to San Francisco to meet their sweethearts. There’s an art installation hidden in the trees — you just have to look carefully to find it.

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