Don’t Be A Tourist: RALLY’s SF Insiders Guide
As communications professionals from around the country descend on San Francisco for ComNet 2018, RALLY’s San Francisco office has compiled our Insiders Guide for what to eat, drink and see in San Francisco on a tight timeline. Use it for ComNet or whenever!
1. Welcome to our neighborhood. ComNet is located next door to RALLY’s office on Union Square. It’s the heart of the City for tourists, shoppers and locals, so it pays to get a local’s take on sorting through the options for your pre-conference or post-conference drink.
- Nearby Caffeine: Mazarine Coffee for ambiance, Caffé Central for the individual drip coffee, Equator for the Bouchon Blend, and Boba Guys or Enough Tea & Coffee for boba.
- Nearby drinks: Benjamin Cooper for cocktails (the door on Mason Street is unmarked), Iron Horse (Maiden Lane), Mikkeller Bar (fancy beer), Bar 587 (happy hour hot spot), Tunnel Top for a classic dive when your night is threatening to be too much fun.
2. Brunch your heart out.
- Brunch: Brenda’s French Soul Food for beignets, Dottie’s True Blue Café as a Downtown favorite, Mama’s for unbeatable French Toast, and Plow (try the lemon ricotta pancakes).
- Views: Twin Peaks is still the king off all San Francisco panoramic views (requires a ride), but other favorite spots include these hilltop parks: Alamo Square, Lafayette, Alta Plaza Park, Mission Dolores Park or Golden Gate Park’s Strawberry Hill. You can also combine drinks and views at El Techo in the Mission District.
3. Ice cream you scream: San Francisco is proud of our ice cream, you must try the selections in different neighborhoods to do it right: Smitten Ice Cream (visit the original location in Hayes Valley), Bi-Rite Creamery (Mission or Divisadero), Swensen’s Ice Cream (Russian Hill), Mitchell’s Ice Cream (Mission), and Humphry Slocombe (Mission).
4. Ramen for your soul: Chinese food reigns supreme in San Francisco, but also consider some of the City’s ramen hotspots, some staff favorites include Orenchi Ramen, Ramen Izakaya Goku, and Ramen Underground.
5. Art for your IG page: To enrich your visit with street art or museums to explore, our top choices include Balmy Alley, Clarion Alley, 16th Avenue Mosaic Stairway, SFMOMA, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Asian Art Museum and the de Young Museum.
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