Hidden Gems of San Francisco
Oddball visionaries, lesser-known histories, and unconventional destination spots arguably make up the meat of our city’s beloved urban heart.
The Marina at Pier39
The Wave Organ: a jetty made by Exploratorium artists in residence in the ’80s that uses cemetery stones with inlaid pipes to create an organ when the waves come in at high tide.
Free Gold Watch
What began as a silk screening print shop has now also become an impressive vintage arcade, housing pinball machines, skeeball, and other classic games at ’80s arcade prices.
San Francisco Treasure Island
Clipper Cove: a hidden stretch of beach to the south of Treasure Island’s yacht harbor is shielded from the wind and offers great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge.
Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
Thousands of fortunes have been created here daily since 1962 - buy them by the bagful or take a couple samples with you for the road.
The 16th Ave Tiled Steps Project
Inspired by the Escadaria Selarón in Brazil, local artists covered 163 precipitous steps with mosaic tiles, portraying a shimmering path from the sea to the sky.