A hipster guide to San Francisco

Published January 20th, 2016

There’s no denying San Franciscans have an enviable lifestyle. Home to tech geniuses and start-up entrepreneurs, San Fran has long been home to liberal thinkers – making it a hot bed for hipsters seeking good coffee, food, culture and quintessential outdoor pursuits (aka cycling and picnics). Morning yoga in the Mission district is followed by a frangipane croissant at Tartine Bakery, and afternoons are spent lolling about in Dolores Park.

That San Fran feeling! Image: Getty


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Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory

Found in SFs famous Chinatown, watch the cookie-making process as well as sample them for free!

Tartine Bakery

One bite of the pain au chocolate and you’ll be applying for the Green Card lottery to stay in San Fran indefinitely. Grab a baguette to go and plan a picnic for later that day.

La Taqueria

Any bonafide hipster knows the the Mission District is where you go for Mexican. LA Taqueria is widely considered the best taqueria in the city, having won awards for its tacos and burritos. Wash one down with the house aguas frescas.


Tacos! Tacos! Tacos! #lataqueriasf : @viko82 A photo posted by La Taqueria (@lataqueriasf) on

Pizzetta 211

There’s only four tables here, so unless you get lucky, get a pie to go. There’s a reason people queue, Pizzetta is said to be one the best pizza places in the city.

Bi-rite Creamery

Homemade. Organic. Smallbatch. Icecream. Do we need to say more?

Food Trucks

Going to SF and not eating from a food truck is like going to New York and not getting a bagel. Check out 'Off the Grid', a roaming food truck event with live entertainment, or the 'SoMa StrEat Food Park'.


Date Night

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Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery

The Pomegranate Cider will upgrade your hipster lyfe.

Vesuvio Cafe

Drink where Kerouac drank. If it’s too busy head across the road to swanky cocktail bar 15 Romolo.


  Too beautiful to see in reality.   A photo posted by @tianqiii on


While every self-respecting fixed-gear riding hipster will tell you the coffee is better at Ritual or Blue Bottle, getting a coffee at Philz in the Mission District is an experience in and of itself. And for coffee with that little extra kick, try the famous Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista Cafe in Fisherman’s Wharf.


Mint-astic way to connect with friends. (: @elizakennard) #philzcoffee #mintmojito #bayareaeats #happywednesday A photo posted by Philz Coffee (@philzcoffee) on


Rollerskate in a church

Over in Hayes Valley you can find your ‘rolligion’ at the Church of 8 Wheels, a Catholic church turned modern day roller disco.

Dolores Park

The ultimate picnic sess spot. Soak up the sunshine, listen to hippies and hipsters strumming guitars and playing ball.

Sewart Street Slides

Ultimate SF hipster-tip. Free slides! Make sure you have travel insurance!


She's a scaredy cat but I'll let it slide A photo posted by TN (@taranejad) on

Bike ride over the Golden Gate Bridge

Better than driving on it or sailing under it, make that Golden Gate feeling last longer on a bike.

Take a night tour of Alcatraz Island

Once home to the notorious Al Capone, Alcatraz is haunting any time of the day, but even more so at night – especially if you get a creepy, foggy evening on the bay.



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Op Shop goldmines are a plenty on Haight Street, plus plenty of boutiques and one-off designer shops too. Part art gallery part book and zine store, budding artists need to check out Needles and Pens on Valencia Street in the Mission District.

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Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.