Top things to do in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Top Choice Park in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Golden Gate Park

From bonsai and buffalo to redwoods and protests, and from flowers, Frisbees and free music to free spirits, Golden Gate Park seems to contain just about everything San Franciscans love about their city. You could w…
Top Choice Live Music in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Noise

The more San Francisco changes, the more this incredible indie record store, art gallery and performance space stays the same. Vinyl enthusiasts will want to hang here for days browsing the vast collection, which is…
Top Choice Bakery in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Arsicault Bakery

Armando Lacayo left his job in finance because he, like his Parisian grandparents before him, was obsessed with making croissants. After perfecting his technique, Lacayo opened a modest bakery in the Inner Richmond …
Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Park Life

The Swiss Army knife of hip SF emporiums, Park Life is design store, indie publisher and art gallery rolled into one. Browse among presents too clever to give away, including toy soldiers in yoga poses, Park Life ca…
Top Choice Museum in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

California Academy of Sciences

Architect Renzo Piano's 2008 landmark LEED-certified green building houses 40,000 animals in a four-story rainforest, split-level aquarium and planetarium, all under a 'living roof' of wildflowers. Inside, butterfli…
Top Choice Seafood in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Hook Fish Co

There's a reason you packed that puffy coat: to visit this delightful fish joint out in the windy abyss also known as the Outer Sunset. Order over a small wooden counter from a short menu of locally sourced seafood,…
Top Choice Museum in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

de Young Museum

Follow sculptor Andy Goldsworthy's artificial fault line in the sidewalk into Herzog & de Meuron's sleek, copper-clad building that's oxidizing green to blend into the park. Don't be fooled by the camouflaged ex…
Top Choice Japanese in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Wako

Chef-owner Tomoharu Nakamura's driftwood-paneled bistro is as quirkily San Franciscan as the bonsai grove at the nearby Japanese Tea Garden. Each omakase (chef's choice) dish is a miniature marvel of Japanese seafoo…
Top Choice Food in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Jade Chocolates

SF-born chocolatier Mindy Fong hits the sweet spot between East and West with only-in-SF treats like passion-fruit caramels, Thai-curry hot chocolate and the legendary peanut Buddha with mango jam. Fusion flavors or…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Violet's Tavern

Here's another neighborhood cocktail bar that doubles as a delectable brunch and dinner spot, but the drinks are really where it's at. Case in point, the Siberian Tea Service, a warm concoction of Japanese whiskey, …