The Best of San Francisco: An Impertinent Insiders' Guide to Everybody's Favorite City

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Completely revised and updated, The Best of San Francisco is a book of lists that highlights the city's Ten Best lures in more than 50 categories. These comprehensive lists give visitors all the details they need to find the very best that San Francisco has to offer. Beginning with an unauthorized history that exposes some of the city's dark secrets, the guide lists the ten best tourist attractions, hidden lures, museums, hotels, bed and breakfast inns, historic pubs and more. Because San Francisco is a great ...

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Completely revised and updated, The Best of San Francisco is a book of lists that highlights the city's Ten Best lures in more than 50 categories. These comprehensive lists give visitors all the details they need to find the very best that San Francisco has to offer. Beginning with an unauthorized history that exposes some of the city's dark secrets, the guide lists the ten best tourist attractions, hidden lures, museums, hotels, bed and breakfast inns, historic pubs and more. Because San Francisco is a great dining city, the book has dozens of restaurants listings, ranging from best seafood parlors to the top cafes of Chinatown. For visitors on a budget, a "Proud Paupers" chapter points out the ten best free attractions and the cheapest eats and sleeps. Readers seeking a workout can find the ten best walks and bike routes. Some lists are fun or simply offbeat -- the ten most romantic hideaways, the ten best photo angles, the ten naughtiest diversions, and the ten dumbest things visitors can do. The book finally lists the best reasons to get out of town, featuring attractions in nearby Oakland, Berkeley, and beyond.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780942053449
  • Publisher: DiscoverGuides
  • Publication date: 9/9/2004
  • Series: Ten Best City Guide Series
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 279
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The City
Leaving one's heart 9
Getting there and getting about 10
An unauthorized history 16
Our favorite San Francisco moments 22
Then Ten Best firsts and onlines 28
2 Playing tourist
When to visit the Ten best attractions 34
The next Ten Best attractions 43
The Ten Best things to do just because it's San Francisco 48
Secret San Francisco: Ten things most other guidebooks miss 52
3 Culture & art
The Ten Best major museums 58
The Ten Best small museums 63
The Ten Best art galleries 66
4 Dining: The inside guide
The Ten Very Best restaurants 71
The Ten Best seafood restaurants 77
The Ten Best Asian restaurants 82
The Ten Best other ethnic restaurants 87
5 Savoring Something Special
The Ten Best specialty restaurants 93
The ten most unusual restaurants 98
Sunnyside up: The Ten Best breakfast cafes 102
Sunlunches: The Ten Best outdoor cafes 106
Vittles with a vista: The Ten Best view restaurants 110
Run and eat: The Ten Best takeouts 114
Goodies: The Ten Best specialty foods 118
6 Pillow talk
The Ten Best major hotels 123
The Ten Best small hotels 129
The Ten Best bed & breakfast inns 133
7 Proud paupers: A budget guide
The Ten Best cheap eats 138
The Ten Best cheap sleeps 142
Frugal fun: The Ten Best free or inexpensive attractions 144
8 Nightside
The Ten Best of the performing arts 150
The Ten Best nightclubs 153
The Ten Best places to dance your sox off 157
The Ten Best places to catch a film 159
9 Pub crawling: Best places to sip suds
The Ten Best watering holes 164
The Ten Best view bars 167
The Ten Best personality bars 170
10 Romance and other primal urges
The Ten Best places to snuggle with your sweetie 175
The ten most romantic restaurants 179
Getting naughty in the city 183
11 Points of view
Where to stare: The Ten Best vista points 189
Photo tips: Shooting San Francisco 193
Where to point your Pentax 194
12 Credit card abuse
The Ten Best shopping venues 199
The Ten Best specialty stores 203
13 A city celebrates
The Ten Best Festivals 207
14 The bay gay scene
The Best of Gay San Francisco 213
15 Getting physical
City walking tours 217
The Ten Best walks and hike routes 218
The Ten Best bike routes 227
16 Odd ends: A miscellaneous Ten Best
The Ten Best places to sit and do nothing 234
Touring by transit: the Ten Best Muni rides 238
The Ten Best specialty guides to the Bay Area 241
Easy listening: The Ten Best radio stations 243
17 The bottom ten
The worst of San Francisco 245
The Ten dumbest things you can do in the city 248
18 Across the Bay
The Ten Best attractions in Oakland and Berkeley 252
The next Ten Best East Bay attractions 258
The East Bay's Ten Best restaurants 262
19 Beyond Paradise
The Ten Best reasons to get out of town 267
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