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Map2Next’s Ultimate Guide to 3 Days in San Francisco: Day 3

6 months ago by Kimia

So you just arrived in San Francisco, and you’ve got three days to explore the city. Whether on foot or by cable car, we’ve got you covered when it comes to the packed seven-mile stretch of steep and colorful hills encompassing the City by the Bay. It’s time to get your walking shoes on, because you’ve got a ton to do and see over the next few days! 

From queuing up outside of the best bakeries and cafes to living your best life at rooftop bars with sweeping views, there’s no end to delicious eats and charming spots to check out while you’re here. Let’s not forget popular local activities like picnicking at Dolores Park, exploring breathtaking landmarks like Sutro Baths, or visiting the Exploratorium, either! You’ll want to keep reading for our ultimate guide to San Francisco.

Day 3, we’ve saved the best for last — you’ll be spending the day in the Mission District and Alamo Square.

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The Mill

If you’d like to opt for a light breakfast on Day 3, start your day off right at The Mill. This cafe and bakery serves up Four Barrel Coffee and an incredible artisanal toast concept, with toast available from 7am – 5pm daily. Each toast flavor, including cinnamon sugar, almond butter, chocolate hazelnut, and more, is served on freshly baked house-made bread, as well as coming with a variety of seasonal toppings. *drool*

Brenda’s French Soul Food

Want something a little more filling this morning? Go for Brenda’s Soul Food for breakfast instead. Brenda’s has the best biscuits in the city, and a delicious array of hearty Southern fare, to boot. You can’t go wrong with the fried chicken eggs Benedict (!) and watermelon iced tea.

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

Feeling like you need a croissant-muffin right about now? Same. Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is here to fill that gaping hole in your life, and with aesthetically pleasing decor, to boot. Don’t forget to snap a pic while you’re there! #DoItForTheGram

Painted Ladies at Alamo Square Park

If you’ve got time, don’t miss a chance to photograph the Painted Ladies! These famously colorful Victorian houses  were literally built in a row across the street from Alamo Square Park. The park serves as a great vantage point to take in the picturesque urban backdrop of downtown San Francisco. Hey, this spot is also called “Postcard Row” for good reason.

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Dolores Park

You’ll want to pack that cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, along with stopping by a local liquor store to grab some wine on the way, before enjoying your Sunday fun day to the utmost at Dolores Park. Kick back on the grass while picnicking and people watching, with a gorgeous view of the city spread out before you like a painting — as long as the fog permits, of course!

Oh, and if you really want to sound like a local? Text any friends in San Francisco to “meet you at Dolo.” You’re welcome.  

El Faro

We know what you’re thinking: It’s probably a good time for a taco. (To be honest, when isn’t it a good time for a taco?) Try El Faro on for size. Pro tip: This FiDi / SoMa spot is cash only, so come prepared with your hard-earned greenbacks and a ravenous hunger for authentic Mexican food.

Tartine Bakery & Cafe

This Mission District mainstay always has a line out the door, and with good reason. Don’t be fooled — the wide selection of mouthwatering baked goods at Tartine Bakery & Cafe is absolutely worth the wait! If you’re craving a rich taste after standing in that line, opt for the pain au jambon (ham and cheese croissant) or a savory scone. Or, if you’d rather nosh on a little something sweet, the banana cream tart is a staple for a reason.  

Thinking ahead? Grab some pastries for later, so you can pack a little picnic for your Dolores Park hangs this afternoon.

El Techo

Nestled into the heart of the Mission District, this Latin American restaurant and bar has one of the most vibrant rooftop patios in the city. Queue up outside for mouthwatering street eats and cocktails with unforgettable views at El Techo. Another spot that’s worth the wait!

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Mission Chinese

Feeling famished after all that bar hopping? Head to Mission Chinese for a unique fusion food experience. It’s decorated like an old school Chinese restaurant, with a mysterious, dimly lit interior, solid music selection, and an overall funky and enjoyable ambiance. Your best option here is to come with a few friends or large group on a Friday or Saturday night, so that you can enjoy the vibe to the utmost. Oh, and so you can order a ton of satisfyingly hearty food and sample bites from each dish, of course.

Alamo Drafthouse

Also nearby so thought we’d throw it in, this swanky little movie theater is a fun date spot, or you can scarf down Truffle popcorn, yummy food and beer while watching a movie with friends. The popular Alamo Drafthouse also has a large bar with an incredible drink selection, so you’ll want to get there early and drink up before your film starts.