Tease-O-Rama Guide to San Francisco
San Francisco is a unique, creative and diverse city compact into a 7 mile x 7 mile area. Divided up into neighborhoods the best way to explore San Francisco is by foot.
How to get Around?
San Francisco International Airport
This major international hub is located 15 miles from downtown San Francisco. Average Cab fare to downtown SF: $30-50
You can also take a shuttle from the airport for cheap. Shuttle vans congregate on the second level of SFO above the baggage claim area. Advance reservations guarentee a seat but they aren't required. Usually about $15-20 per trip. Bay Shuttle: 415.564.3400 SuperShuttle: 800.258.3826
Oakland International Airport
If you're coming from the Oakland airport, it's not too difficult to take a bus to the Oakland Coliseum BART station. The airport has AirBART buses that cost $2 (purchased right next to baggage claim and in the BART station for returning tickets) and get you from the airport to coliseum BART station.
Car Services (The New Taxi Cabs in SF!)
Download the UBER car service app Request a car from any mobile phone—text message, iPhone and Android apps. A little more expensive then a taxi cab but can be faster and more reliable. https://www.uber.com
a 24/7 queer car service that caters to all folks around the city. The volunteer collective of designated drivers operates for a suggested donation of $1 a minute. You can text your address with cross street and name to 415-574-5023
Taxis are the way to travel around SF. They are pretty cheap and somewhat easy to flag down. A safe bet is to catch a taxi lined up outside the lobby of a major hotel, or phone one ahead of time. When you call a cab it can be a long wait so be prepared to wait up to 40 minutes! United Cab: 415.552.8562 Yellow Cab: 415.626.2345
With narrow streets and steep hills San Francisco can be a challenge in a car. While street parking is nearly impossible there are garages throught-out the city which make the process more manageable but expensive!
Where to Eat and Drink?
The one thing that San Francisco has is an endless amount of great places to eat and drink! We could only cover a few but we think these are some of the best! All San Francisco restaurants listed are vegetarian friendly.
(A traditional Italian Neighborhood. You can't go wrong at any of the Italian restaurants.)
- A traditional Italian Neighborhood. You can't go wrong at any of the Italian restaurants.
- Marios Bohemian Cigar Store - 566 Columbus Former card club. Basic lunch sandwiches.
- House of NanKing - 919 Kearny Wait in a fast-moving line for some great Hunan.
- Molinari Deli - 373 Columbus Avenue Perfect sandwiches.
- The Bubble Lounge - 714 Montgomery Over 300 kinds of champagne.
- Vesuvio Cafe - 255 Columbus Made famous by Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation.
- Tosca - 242 Columbus Ave best place to grab a hot chocolate with brandy
- Sodini's - 510 Green Street authentic Italian and Carol Doda's favorite restaurant!
- Caffe Greco - 423 Columbus Ave desserts and people watching
- Spec's - 12 William Saroyan Pl dive bar
- Bix Can get a little spendy, but great cocktails
The Mission District
- Boogaloos - 3296 22nd Street Cheap breakfast. Long wait.
- Foreign Cinema - 2534 Mission Street Foreign classic movies and California-French menu. $
- Beauty Bar - 2299 Mission Manicure and a Martini.
- Best burrito spots in the Mission: When in the Mission eat a burrito. One burrito cost $4- $6 and it is a whole meal.
- La Taqueria - 2889 Mission Street Taqueria Can Cun - 2288 Mission Street Taqueria Poncho Villa - 3071 16th
The Haight- Ashbury
- Cha Cha Cha - 1801 Haight Street Yummy tapas but a long wait
- The Citrus Club - 1790 Haight Street Cheap Noodle House.
- Absinthe - 398 Hayes Classic French-Fare. Good for brunch.$
- Suppenkuche - 525 Laguna Street Rare imported beers, great brunch, yummy German fare. $
- Fisherman’s Grotto #9 - 2851 Taylor Street Open since 1935, next door to the musee mecanique
- Buena Vista - 2765 Hyde Street go for the Irish coffee but stay for the view
- Greens - Fort Mason Build A One of the worlds best vegetarian restaurants.
- The Tonga Room - 950 Mason Street It rains every half hour in this Polynesian restaurant and bar
- Top of the Mark - 999 California Street wrap around views of San Francisco
- John's Grill - 63 Ellis Street oldest SF restaurant
- Cafe Claude - 7 Claude Lane french and fabulous
- Li Po - 916 Grant Authentic bar.