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San Francisco. Photo: Shutterstock
San Francisco. Photo: Shutterstock

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The local's top 5 in San Francisco

Henric and Malin Trotzig has lived in San Francisco a couple of years and here are their top 5 for visiting the city.

Golden Gate park

Prepare to spend at least a day in this park, because it is _huge_. Spanning from the west end of Haight Street all the way to Ocean Beach, this park has something for everyone. Come here on a Sunday when most of the park is closed to motor traffic. Start by admiring the flowers at the Conservatory of Flowers. Then make your way over to the Skatin' Place on 6th Avenue and Kennedy Drive and watch roller skaters boogie to funky beats.

Golden Gate park

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

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Brunch at Zazie

Cole Valley is a cozy neighborhood that is famous for being the home of Craig and Zazie. The former is the founder of Craigslist, the latter a French restaurant doubling as the best brunch restaurant in town. Get here early or prepare to spend at least an hour and a half waiting in line. It will all be worth it when your order of Miracle Pancakes arrives. Ask to be seated in the back patio, it's adorable (and has heating so don't worry about the cold SF weather).

Zazie

941 Cole St, San Francisco

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Off the Grid

This traveling street food market is a must if you want to have a unique Bay Area dining experience. Food trucks line up in a circle around a live band. Our favorite trucks are "The Chairman" and "Senior Sisig". But a tip is to use the length of the line as a quality indicator of the food, i.e. don't be afraid to go to the longest one.

Off the Grid

Civic Center, San Francisco

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An afternoon in The Mission

This is the hipster epicenter of San Francisco. What used to be a working class Latino neighborhood has now transformed into fixie-gear, pour-over mecca. Start by admiring the murals in Clarion Alley and on the Women's Building on 18th Street. Then get in line to buy the best ice cream in the city at Bi-rite Creamery. Eat the delicious frozen treat in Dolores Park while admiring a view of downtown SF and watching the locals play Hacky Sack.

Bi-rite Creamery

3692 18th Street, San Francisco

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Booksmith

If you love books, you're going to love this store. If you think books are okay, you are still going to love this store. Booksmith has everything from beautiful design books and classics in new editions to comics and children's books. They also sell cool swag for book nerds, such as tote bags and posters with famous book titles. If you time your visit well you might catch a best-selling author at one of their book signing events. When you're done book shopping you can check out all the nearby vintage clothing stores on Haight Street.

Booksmith

1644 Haight Street, San Francisco

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