Photo: Pier 39
Photo: Pier 39


Getting animated in San Francisco´s hotspots

Animation studio Pixar is located near San Francisco. Three of the technological masterminds who work at the company share their tips on how best to enjoy the city with the Golden Gate.

Tips from Dan Englesson, Technical Director

The Sea Lion Center on Pier 39

Order a coffee in the bright sunshine on the pier and watch the sea lions. One of my favorite places in San Francisco.

Pier 39

Beach Street & The Embarcadero, San Francisco

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Beer tasting

Many breweries in the Bay Area offer beer tastings. Lagunitas in Petaluma north of San Francisco has a beer garden with music and a brewery tour that is very enjoyable. If that’s too far out of the city, try Anchor Steam in San Francisco itself.


1280 North McDowell Boulevard, San Francisco

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Golden Gate

A trip north of the Golden Gate Bridge is highly recommended. Walk, cycle or drive to the top of Marin Headlands for fantastic views over San Francisco.

Tips from Alli Sadegiani, Animator

Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

A 7km avenue with really good record stores, vintage stores, cafés and restaurants. The road goes all the way to world-famous Berkeley University, which inspired Pixar’s movie Monsters University.

Berkeley University


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The New Parkway Theater

This is a unique movie theater in Oakland. They screen both classic and new movies and you can also get something to eat and a locally-brewed beer or coffee in the lounge.

The New Parkway Theater

474 24th St, Oakland

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An iconic district in San Francisco that is fascinating to visit. It borders Golden Gate Park, which has many world-class museums.

Tips from Magnus Wrenninge, Principal Engineer

B Patisserie

A French patisserie on Divisadero Street with the best croissants and pastries. Try their speciality, Kouign Ammann.

B Patisserie

2821 California St, San Francisco

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This restaurant always has the best and freshest produce on the menu. Value for money, but with a long waiting list.


60 Divisadero Street, San Francisco

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