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Apptentive’s guide and interactive map to the best SF has to offer

Robi Ganguly  //  June 10, 2012  //  14 min read

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people in the app development, technology and startup spaces visit San Francisco for conferences and events, like Apple’s WWDC and Google’s I/O.  And most of those people spend all of their time around the Moscone Center, only visiting the touristy/chain venues that are close to the conference.

We think that’s a damn shame.

As huge fans of San Francisco, we feel very strongly that the best of San Francisco is OUTSIDE of Moscone Center.  Getting outside and seeing the investment the city has made in its many parks, experiencing the Golden Gate Bridge in person, trying out craft cocktails, visiting the unique restaurants and understanding how very different each of the neighborhoods requires leaving the vicinity of your conference. But, we realize that part of the reason that people stay downtown is because they don’t have a good sense of where to go and what to do. So, we’ve put together a list of what we think you really should see during your visit to the city.

With the help of our friends Buzz Andersen, Justin Williams, Ryan Nielsen, Jonathan Barbero, Mike Wolfinbarger and Ash Ponders we present to you the Apptentive guide to what you should do in order to truly experience San Francisco. Bars, restaurants, coffeeshops, parks, stores, hikes and landmarks are all covered here.

(Foursquare user? Here’s the list on Foursquare: https://foursquare.com/user/2637670/list/apptentives-guide-to-san-francisco)

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 The full list:

Clock Bar
Recommended by multiple people
Rickhouse
Recommended by multiple people
Smuggler’s Cove
Recommended by multiple people
The chieftain
Recommended by multiple people
Tempest Bar & Restaurant
Recommended by multiple people
Biergarten
Recommended by Andrew Wooster
Zeitgeist
Recommended by multiple people
Deli Board
Recommended by multiple people
Sentinel Restaurant
Recommended by Andrew Wooster
Ferry Building Marketplace
Recommended by multiple people
Boccalone
Recommended by Andrew Wooster – get the Nduja
Golden Gate Park
Recommended by multiple people San Francisco, CA
Battery Spencer
Recommended by Andrew Wooster for sunset viewing
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Recommended by multiple people
The View
Recommended by multiple people
Mission Dolores Park
Recommended by Ryan Nielsen for a field trip
House of Shields
Recommended by multiple people
Corona Heights Park
Recommended by Ryan Nielsen for a field trip
Alamo Square
Recommended by Ryan Nielsen for a field trip
Lands End
Recommended by Ryan Nielsen for a field trip
El Presidio de San Francisco
Recommended by Ryan Nielsen for a field trip
Crissy Field Ave, San Francisco, CA
Recommended by Ryan Nielsen for a field trip
Washington Square
Recommended by Ryan Nielsen for a field trip
Sue Bierman Park
Recommended by Ryan Nielsen for a field trip
Alembic
Recommended by multiple people
Orbit Room Cafe
Recommended by Ryan Nielsen
Club Deluxe
Recommended by Ryan Nielsen for pizza and the greyhound
Elixir
Recommended by Ryan Nielsen
Beretta
Recommended by Buzz Andersen and Ryan Nielsen for their cocktail, The Single Village Fix
Toronado
Recommended by multiple people
Blue Bottle Coffee
Recommended by multiple people
Blue Bottle Coffee
Recommended by multiple people
Ritual Coffee Roasters
Recommended by multiple people
Fourbarrel Coffee
Recommended by multiple people
Coffee Bar
Recommended by multiple people
Samovar Tea Lounge
Ino Sushi
Recommended by Ryan Nielsen
Maki
Recommended by Ryan Nielsen
Maverick
Recommended by Ryan Nielsen
Range
Recommended by Ryan Nielsen
Mission San Francisco de Asís
Recommended by Ash Ponders
Tempest Bar & Restaurant
Recommended by Ash Ponders
The St. Regis San Francisco
Recommended by Ash Ponders
Cyrus Restaurant
Recommended by Ash Ponders for fresh cocktails, specifically the Corpse Reviver #2
Russian River Brewing Company
Recommended by Ash Ponders
Mint Plaza
Recommended by Ash PondersSan Francisco, CA 94103
DOL Ho
Recommended by Ash Ponders for dim sum
Slide Ranch
Recommended by Ash Ponders
Tartine Bakery & Cafe
Recommended by Ash Ponders
Oola Restaurant & Bar
Recommended by Jonathan Barbero
House of Air
Recommended by Jonathan Barbero
Planite Granite
Recommended by Jonathan Barbero
Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery
Recommended by multiple people
Pizzetta
Recommended by multiple people
Umi
Recommended by Jonathan Barbero
California Academy of Sciences
Recommended by multiple people
Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolate
Recommended by Jonathan Barbero
Trouble Coffee Co
Recommended by Buzz Andersen
Outerlands
Recommended by Buzz Andersen
General Store
Recommended by Buzz Andersen
Mollusk Surf Shop
Recommended by Buzz Andersen
Cliff House
Recommended by multiple people
Bourbon and Branch
Recommended by Buzz Andersen for their cocktail, The Laphroaig Project
Pancho Villa Taqueria
Recommended by Buzz Andersen
Taqueria Cancun
Recommended by Buzz Andersen
El Farolito Taqueria
Recommended by Buzz Andersen
Taqueria Vallarta
Recommended by Buzz Andersen
La Palma Mexicatessen
Recommended by Buzz Andersen
Papalote Mexican Grill
Recommended by multiple people
Nopa
Recommended by Buzz Andersen for their Supernova cocktail
Zeitgeist
Recommended by multiple people
Jasper’s Corner Tap
Recommended by Buzz Andersen
City Beer Store
Recommended by multiple people
Coffee Bar
Recommended by Buzz Andersen as a good place to work
Epicenter Cafe
Recommended by Buzz Andersen
Zuni Cafe
Recommended by Buzz Andersen for their late night burger
Humphry Slocombe
Recommended by Justin Williams
The Burritt Room
Recommended by Andrew Wooster
COCO5OO
Recommended by Justin Williams
Mixt Greens
Recommended by Justin Williams
Ayola
Recommended by Justin Williams
Muir Woods National Monument
Recommended by Mike Wolfinbarger
Golden Gate Bridge
Cable Car Museum
Recommended by Mike Wolfinbarger
Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, CA
Mike Wolfinbarger says to go to Pier 39 and see the seals

So there it is – the Apptentive set of recommendations when you’re visiting San Francisco for a conference. If you visit any of these places or if we’ve missed something that you truly love, please add ideas (with links) in the comments or tweet at me (@rganguly) and let me know about your experience.

About Robi Ganguly

Robi Ganguly is the Co-founder and CEO at Apptentive. He is passionate about giving customers a voice via mobile. Follow Robi on Twitter @rganguly.
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